The Registered Nurse is responsible for providing skilled nursing care that will aid in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation process for individuals with mental illness/chemical dependency issues.
- Assesses and identifies nursing care needs and prepares and carries out a nursing care plan as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment teams in numerous departments.
- Provides the intake and screening of new applicants and participates in clinical review/case disposition meetings where treatment recommendations are formulated.
- Monitors psychiatric medications and lab work and works closely with presenting psychiatrist/NP to ensure medication compliance.
- Provides health screening and assessment to clients and monitors key health indicators.
- Administers injections.
- Assist in the induction of medication assisted treatment, which may include monitoring vitals, client observation, and follow up.
- Provides individual, group, marital, family, and milieu therapy as appropriate.
- Coordinates and acts as a liaison with other community service providers.
- Refers to other agencies and/or levels of service to address a variety of needs.
- Assists in community mental health education, consultation, and public relations activities.
- Assures that all requisite documentation/charting is completed in an accurate and timely manner in accordance with appropriate regulations.
- Teaches clients in individual and group session types of medication, uses and side effects.
- Attends staff development training seminars on current practices as directed by the Executive Director.
- Undertakes related duties as assigned.
The Registered Nurse reports directly to the Vice President of Programs or Program Director and collaborates with the Medical Director and other staff. The Registered Nurse has discretion for exercising independent, professional judgment in carrying out details of the job.
Completion of an accredited course of training for nurses, a NYS RN License, and at least one year of nursing experience in public health, mental health, or psychiatric nursing in a position requiring the provision of direct service to clients in the community. Chemical dependency experience also desired.
Ability to apply common sense and understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problem solving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; and operate and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 5 pounds.