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Psychiatry

Johns Hopkins psychiatry nursing fosters an environment that supports the development of clinical expertise, shared governance and peer review. Thanks to our preceptor-guided, unit-based orientation and ongoing education, both experienced and new nurses--whether freshly graduated or merely new to psychiatry--can flourish.

Our nurses practice with autonomy and are integral members of highly collaborative care teams that include physicians, occupational therapists and social workers. Our opinions, observations and assessments are critical components of treatment decisions, and we assume a central role in teaching and caring for patients and their families.

Our Units

  • Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit and Psychiatric Emergency Department

    Meyer 3 houses three distinct inpatient services and staffs the psychiatric emergency department.  The inpatient unit includes three separate eight-bed services including, the Short Stay Service (SS), the Intensive Treatment Unit (ITU), and the Motivated Behaviors Unit (MBU) each with their own focus with an emphasis on the treatment of acute psychiatric and dual diagnoses.  The psychiatric emergency department provides expert consult services to the main emergency department, caring for up to 12 patients with a focus on evaluation, assessment, treatment and disposition of adults presenting to the psychiatric emergency department.

    Patient Population

    • Adult
      • General Psychiatry
      • Addictions
      • Motivated Behaviors

    Number of Beds

    • Inpatient: 24
    • Psych ED: 12

    Nurse/Patient Ratio

    • 1:5-6

    New Grad Orientation Length

    • 8 weeks
  • Meyer 6 houses two distinct services. The Geriatric Service specializes in the treatment of medically complicated elderly patients with severe affective and neuropsychiatric disorders. The Pain Treatment Service evaluates and treats those with intractable pain, in addition to treatment of the psychological distress that accompanies this condition while improving physical functioning for this patient population.

    Patient Population

    • Geriatric Psychiatry, Pain Treatment Service

    Number of Beds

    • 9 geriatric inpatient beds
    • 11 pain treatment inpatient beds
    • 2 partial hospitalization programs that serve as a stepdown for each service

    Nurse/Patient Ratio

    • Varies 1:4-6

    New Grad Orientation Length

    • 8 weeks
  • Patient Population

    • Schizophrenia/General Psychiatry

    Number of Beds

    • 19

    Nurse/Patient Ratio

    • 1:04

    New Grad Orientation Length

    • 8 weeks
  • Inpatient behavioral health unit

    Patient Population

    • Mood Disorders - young adult and adult
    • Eating Disorders

    Number of Beds

    • 22 inpatient
    • 4-10 DH patients
    • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Procedural area

    Nurse/Patient Ratio

    • 1:4-5

    New Grad Orientation Length

    • 8 weeks
 
 

Devin Lowe

There's a huge focus on teaching here. We have lunchtime learning lectures, workshops, and classes. Health care is always changing and it's nice to be at a hospital that's on the cutting edge, that's forward thinking and often molds the patient care practice that other hospitals follow.

-Devin Lowe, RN, Geriatrics/Chronic Pain Unit


More Food, Fewer Crises

The introduction of family-style dining last year has changed the atmosphere across Meyer 3, a locked unit that accommodates up to 22 patients, many of them diagnosed with schizophrenia or affective illnesses, such as bipolar disorder.

Read how introduction of Family-style dining has changed patient's attitudes.

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