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Inpatient Adolescent Psychiatry Unit (APU)

The Inpatient Adolescent Psychiatry Unit (APU) is a 14-bed psychiatric care unit for patients between the ages 12 and 17. The multi-disciplinary team contains a psychiatrist (attending physician), nurse, licensed social worker, medical resident, academic counselor, psychologist and expressive therapist. The ratio of nursing staff to patients is one to three.

The Director of Nursing, Psychiatry manages the daily operation of the unit in addition to supervision of registered nurses (RNs), child psychiatric specialists (CPSs), Licensed Social Worker (LICSW) and other unlicensed personnel. RNs use the nursing process of assessment, implementation, planning, and evaluation to provide care. Each RN assumes the role of charge nurse, administering medication, providing educational and medical treatment, supervising the unit, and delegating tasks to CPS staff. The nursing staff also includes a clinical educator who is a senior staff member in patient care and serves as an administrative resource.

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