Registered Nurse (Children's CSU) Knox

Help Others, Make a Difference, Save a Life.

Do you want to make a difference in people's lives every day?
Or help people navigate the tough spots in their life?
And do it all while working where your hard work is appreciated?

Join the McNabb Center Team as a Registered Nurse for the Children's Crisis Stabilization Unit at Children's Hospital today!


The CCSU Registered Nurse (RN) provides treatment, rehabilitation, and support for clients in a CSU 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, obtaining vital signs each shift or more frequently as indicated.
  • Administers intramuscular injections, communicates with PCPs during recovery partnership and transition phases, and collaborates with other agencies as indicated.
  • Triages referrals, completing RN intake/assessments on all clients admitted during their shift, obtaining urine drug screens, BAL and pregnancy tests on admissions, obtaining admission orders, dispensing routine and PRN medications, taking orders from prescriber and updating MAR, completing electronic and paper charting in a timely manner and participating in treatment team meetings.
  • Collaborates with Mobile Crisis and Family Walk in Center assisting with clients being referred to higher level of care, completing S-BARs.
  • May take calls from recently discharged clients requesting bridge prescriptions, follow-up calls on weekends, obtain prior authorizations and coordinate with pharmacies. 
  • 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.

Scheduling: Schedule may require 12 hours shifts and rotating weekends. Regular attendance is an essential job function. Mandatory to remain awake and alert during shift.



  • RN with current Tennessee license required. 
  • Experience in psychiatric nursing, BSN or ANA certification as Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse preferred.

Experience / Knowledge:

  • Sound knowledge of psychiatric medications, diagnoses, treatment modalities and interventions.
  • Computer experience is required. Must be familiar with basic Microsoft Office skills and EMR.
  • Experience in working with special populations including individuals with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness and Co-Occurring Disorders preferred.
  • Experience working in a crisis setting preferred.


  • Minimal exposure to biological hazards.
  • Hearing of normal/soft tones and close eye work.
  • Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, and reaching.
  • CPR and First Aid certification required (training provided).
  • Required to be certified in and adequately implement verbal de-escalation techniques (training provided).
  • Applicants should be able to exercise sound judgement under pressure.
  • Clinical staff may be required to get an F endorsement on their driver's license to transport clients as necessary.

You have a lot of choices in where you work…make the decision to work where you are valued at Helen Ross McNabb Center!

Helen Ross McNabb Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Center provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Helen Ross McNabb Center 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.