Alexandria Residential Treatment Center
The City of Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter square miles in the city have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Registered Nurse position.
The Alexandria Residential Treatment Center (ARTC) is an innovative, short-term residential treatment program located in the City of Alexandria Virginia. The program uses state of the art, best practice approaches to help clients achieve and maintain a life of recovery and meaning. The Registered Nurse is responsible for assessment, monitoring and providing medical coordination for up to 22 consumers having sign and symptoms from various abused substances. The ARTC RN assesses the consumer's medical and mental health at admission and coordinates with the consulting doctor, psychiatrist, emergency room and other health care providers to develop a treatment plan for the safe detoxification of the consumer. The ARTC RN administers and monitors medication, provides case management services, health education and crisis intervention to consumers with mental illness and/ or substance abuse disorders. Provides teaching and feedback to counseling staff in how to monitor consumers.
What You Should Bring
The ideal candidate should have good knowledge of nursing and clinic policies and procedures in a detox setting; good knowledge of approved medical terminology and abbreviations; good knowledge of the function, use, maintenance, and safety precautions of all equipment used; ability to clinically evaluate patients/clients before medicating; and ability to monitor clients on a variety of medications.
- Screens new referrals for appropriateness;
- Assesses in-house consumers for current health status by checking vital signs every 4-8 hours as needed;
- Refers consumers with medical and mental health needs to an appropriate resource for care;
- Follows-up on consumers receiving medical/psychiatric care;
- Schedules appointments and verify appointments when necessary;
- Coordinates care with the CSB psychiatrist and team therapist for dually diagnosed consumers;
- Develops and implements nursing care for consumers with a variety of special medical and mental health needs;
- Provides feedback and follow-up information for unit staff, CSB psychiatrist and ARTC medical director as indicated;
- Maintains timely and precise records of all medication dispensed;
- Protects the confidentiality of clients at all times
- Exercises all prescribed security measures;
- Meets with staff at various facilities for a review of selected consumers and re-evaluate, as needed, their treatment needs;
- Meets with case managers to review consumer cases for medical/psychological implications when requesting treatment and/or aftercare;
- Other related duties as assigned.
About the Department
The Center for Adult Services (CAS) provides programs and services in Aging; Adult Protective Services; Clinical & Emergency Services; and Community & Residential Support Services for seniors and for persons with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders. CAS provides compassionate and effective person-centered services based on best practices. Our teams support self-determination, safety and recovery for Alexandria residents affected by abuse, neglect, mental illness, intellectual disabilities and substance abuse disorders.
Graduation from an accredited school of Nursing; eligibility for, or current licensure with the State Board of Nursing of the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Registered Nurse or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Possession of an active Commonwealth of VA RN license in good standing or compact agreement between VA and participating states as applicable. Bilingual (English-Spanish, skills. Applicant or successful candidate should have at least one year experience working in a mental health and/or addiction treatment setting. Employees must possess a valid driver's license issued by the state of their residence.This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks including but not limited to: FBI/Federal Records Check; VA State Child Abuse/Neglect Registry; Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Database; education/certifications; drug screening; and driver's license.
Schedule: As needed, flexible. As an Essential Employee, staff will be expected to be at work during weekends, holidays, or inclement weather if they have been scheduled.
Employment Type: Temporary