Registered Nurse (Children's CSU) Knox


The McNabb Center is the region's leading nonprofit provider of mental health, substance use, social and victim services. By focusing on an individual's "Well Mind, Well Being," we provide a quality and compassionate approach to care from infancy through adulthood.

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: Children's Crisis Stabilization Unit RN

The Ideal Children's CSU RN

  • Serves as a clinical member of the multi-disciplinary team at the Children's CSU housed at East Tennessee Children's Hospital (ETCH), providing treatment, rehabilitation, and support for client population.
  • Must be adept at multi-tasking.
  • Provides direct medical care to 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, 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.
  • Responsible for triaging 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.
  •  Additionally, RN may take calls from recently discharged clients requesting bridge prescriptions, follow-up calls on weekends, obtain prior authorizations and coordinate with pharmacies.
  •  RN collaborates with Mobile Crisis and Family Walk in Center assisting with clients being referred to higher level of care, completing S-BARs.  

Schedule:  The Children's Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) will operate 24/7, 365 days a year. The holder of this position will be expected to work shifts that meet the needs of the program operation, which may include day, night, weekend, and holiday hours. Regular attendance is an essential job function. Mandatory to remain awake and alert during shift. Schedule may require 12 hours shifts and rotating weekends.

Travel: 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.

Equipment/Technology: This position requires the use of computer skills with an electronic medical record (EMR), and telehealth/televideo services may be offered as part of the service delivery.



  • RN with current Tennessee license and experience in psychiatric nursing preferred.
  • BSN or ANA certification as Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse preferred.
Experience / Knowledge:

  • Experience in psychiatric nursing preferred.
  • Experience working in a crisis setting preferred.
  • Should have sound knowledge of psychiatric medications, diagnoses, treatment modalities and interventions.
  • Experience in working with special populations including individuals with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness and Co-Occurring Disorders preferred.
  • Experience in the areas of cultural diversity, human development, etiology and treatment of mental illness, alcohol and drug abuse, physical and sexual abuse, suicide, and developmental / intellectual disability.
  • Computer experience is required.


  • Exposure to biological hazards.
  • Hearing of normal and soft tones.
  • Close eye work
  • Must be able to work in the community, working directly with the Outreach Coordinator and with landlords, housing organizations, etc.
  • Lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • Pushing/pulling up to 250 lbs.
  • This position requires certification in and adequate implementation of 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. 
  • Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, and reaching.
  • 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. 
  • Clinical staff members must possess reliable transportation, the ability to acquire an F endorsement on driver's license, and transport clients.

COMPENSATION: Starting salary for this position is approximately $25.12/hour depending on education and experience.  Shift differential: 5% for 2nd shift; 10% for 3rd shift.

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.