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Psychiatry, Blake 11

Blake 11 is a twenty-four bed locked psychiatric unit. The unit serves adults ages 18 and older. The inpatient service provides acute psychiatric care, diagnostic evaluations and brief inpatient treatment. As a tertiary health care provider, Blake 11 accepts patients with diagnostically complex or treatment resistant disorders as well as patients with concomitant medical disease. Patients may be admitted to the unit 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The average length of stay is 7-10 days.


Nursing Director
Christina Stone, RN


Operations Manager
  • Angelo Valente


Clinical Nurse Specialist
Connie Cruz, RN


The inpatient psychiatric service provides treatment for a variety of psychiatric conditions and concurrent medical problems. The unit offers diagnostic evaluations and a treatment program tailored to the individual needs of each patient. The goal is to assist patients toward improvement in their individual functioning and transition to the next level of care. The programs include individual, group and family therapy, psychopharmacology, psycho-education, and somatic therapies.


The RN staff is supported in their work with patients by patient care associates who work under the direction of the RN in assisting patients with their activities of daily living and managing the community. The RN staff are also supported by nursing leadership which consists of a nursing director, clinical nurse specialist and operations coordinator who provide administrative and clinical support. Nurses participate in developing and implementing treatment plans, provide psychotherapeutic interventions via individual and group therapy, manage the milieu and provide disease management and medication education. For available positions on this unit please visit our website at

The nurse plans, implements and evaluates care for their primary patients from admission to discharge. The nurse is a strong advocate for patients and their families during their psychiatric admission. They will assist the patient to set reasonable goals for hospitalization and clarify the treatment plan. Other members of the team include the operations coordinator and associates who ensure the smooth functioning of the operations of the unit.

Every patient on Blake 11 is seen daily by a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team who contributes to the care of that patient. This includes attending and resident physicians, psychologists, occupational therapy staff, social workers and a case manger.


Staff schedules are driven by patient need. The scheduling process is staff driven and flexible to accommodate personal and educational needs. Once the schedule is posted, the staff manages changes with the approval of the nursing director.


All staff attends a one week nursing orientation program. Unit orientation is preceptor based and competency driven. The plan and length of orientation is individualized by the nursing director, clinical nurse specialist, preceptor and the new employee. New nursing graduates participate in the New Graduate Mentorship Program.


Staff education and development is supported by The Norman Knight Nursing Center for Clinical & Professional Development. Full and partial day programs are offered. Staff may also access outside educational opportunities. The teaching environment provides staff with a daily opportunity to discuss patient care related educational issues with members of the graduate medical education program and with other members of the care-delivery team.

Staff has time allocated and the necessary support to offer educational programs to other staff members. Nursing Grand Rounds programs are offered on a regular basis.

Staff RNs have the opportunity to participate as a nurse preceptor. RNs may advance in their clinical practice and demonstrate proficiency through the Clinical Recognition Program.


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