In response to changing patterns of behavioral health and medical acuity in those seeking help or brought to MCES for help, nurses have joined the Crisis Department staff.
The nurses will greet those arriving for service, assess clients for medical conditions needing immediate attention, complete vital signs, drug screens, pain assessments, pregnancy and diabetes tests, and EKGs. The Welcome Nurse will convey this information, as applicable to the MCES Crisis Psychiatrist, initiate an individualized treatment plan and facilitate the admission process for those found in need of inpatient care.
"We did a trial run for a few weeks and found having a psychiatric nurse in our Crisis Center to be invaluable," said Julie Peticca, MCES Crisis Department director. "The nurses were well-received by both the clients and family members."