Registered Nurse (CSU) -Knox


At the McNabb Center, our mission is "Improving the lives of the people we serve."  Do you see yourself as a part of this life-changing work? If so, we are currently seeking a qualified and motivated professional for the following position: Registered Nurse - Crisis Stabilization Unit


The Registered Nurse - CSU serves as a clinical member of the multi-disciplinary team, providing treatment, rehabilitation, and support for client population. CSU RN must be adept at multi-tasking. Provides direct medical care to clients in a residential setting including clients in varying levels of crisis, frequently working with SPMI and clients with co-occurring issues.  Assists with crisis interventions and medical emergencies, obtains vital signs each shift or more frequently as indicated. Administers intramuscular injections, communicate with PCPs during recovery partnership and transition phases, and liaison with other agencies as indicated. RN is responsible for triaging referrals, completing RN intake/assessments on all clients admitted during their shift, obtaining urine drug screens and pregnancy tests on admissions, obtaining admission orders, dispensing routine and PRN meds, taking off orders from prescriber and updating MAR, completing electronic and paper charting in a timely manner and participating in tx team meetings. Additionally, RN may take calls from recently discharged clients requesting bridging rx, follow-up calls on weekends, obtain prior authorizations and coordinate with pharmacies.  RN collaborates with Mobile Crisis assisting with clients being referred to higher level of care, completing S-BARs.  Required to be certified in and adequately implement verbal and physical de-escalation techniques that include a wide range of bodily movements including but not limited to grasping, holding another person, going down on knees, running, and walking. Schedule requires rotating weekends. Regular attendance, being awake and alert are essential job functions.

This position requires utilizing a personal dependable vehicle to conduct Center business. Maintaining a dependable vehicle and certified driver status is a condition of employment.


Education/Knowledge: RN with current Tennessee license and experience in psychiatric nursing preferred. BSN or ANA certification as Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse preferred. Should have sound knowledge of psychiatric medications, diagnoses, treatment modalities and interventions. Ability to use computer.

Experience: Experience in psychiatric nursing preferred. Experience in working with special populations including individuals with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness and Co-Occurring Disorders preferred. Computer experience is helpful. Experience working in a crisis setting preferred. Lived experience is preferred.

Applicants should possess the ability to relate to individuals and families of varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds, ages, educational levels, and economic circumstances with respect and dignity.  Excellent verbal, written, and computer skills are necessary in order to work effectively and collaboratively with clients, collaborating agencies, and community professionals, as well as maintaining proper documentation. 

Physical: Exposure to biological hazards. Hearing of normal and soft tones. Close eye work. Frequent exposure to unpleasant odors. Lifting up to 50 lbs. Pushing/pulling up to 250 lbs. Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, and reaching. Mandatory to remain awake and alert during shift to monitor client safety. To ensure the safety of the clients and staff, this position requires certification in and adequate implementation of verbal and physical de-escalation techniques (Handle with Care) that include a wide range of bodily movements including but not limited to grasping, holding another person, going down on knees, running, and walking.

The McNabb Center ( is a premier not-for-profit provider of behavioral health services.  The Center provides quality care and serves all ages in a continuum of prevention, early intervention, social, co-occurring, addiction, outpatient, and crisis services.

MC is an EOE. MC conducts background checks, driver's license record, degree verification, and drug screens at hire. Employment is contingent upon clean drug screen, background check, and driving record. Additionally, certain programs are subject to TB Screening and/or testing.  Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; and employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required.  This organization reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises.  Moreover, management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties, or working schedules based on their duty to accommodate individuals with disabilities.  This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.