- Primary responsibility to serve as a member of multi-disciplinary service team in the role of Registered Nurse/Health Educator. Responsibility includes team leadership of aftercare clinic, medication administration and on-going assessment of all clients taking medication. Coordination of psychiatric clinics. Coordination of mental health care with community physicians and consulting psychiatrists. Responsible for ensuring that clients on medication receive their prescribed medication. Serve as liaison between GCLC and the Public Health Department. Other duties as requested by the Supervisor, CCO or CEO. Maintain confidentiality for all information regarding clients, staff, physicians, and GCLC obtained as a result of employment at GCLC.
- Will perform direct health treatment in collaboration with the Integrated Care Team to address all health concerns of program participants.
- Work closely with health educators to develop personalized treatment plans that address chronic health conditions. In coordination with the B2W Integrated Care Team Behavioral health providers, Care Manager, and nurses will use Motivational Interviewing to assess and engage consumers in harm reduction and referral to community substance abuse treatment centers, as appropriate.
- Nurses will provide screening and assessments for chronic physical health conditions (e.g., blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), waist circumference, and breath carbon monoxide screening, plasma Glucose (fasting) and/or HbbA1c, and Lipid profile (HDL, LDL, and triglycerides). The information obtained from the screening and assessment will be used to develop appropriate treatment approaches with the persons identified as having such co-occurring physical health conditions and chronic diseases. Provides health education specific to individuals’ chronic conditions and will be responsible for the development of self-management plans with individual’s education regarding the importance of immunizations and screenings; and providing support for improving social networks and providing health promoting lifestyle interventions.
- Participate in development of Safety Plans, SELF Care Plan and participate in Community Meetings. View all clients through the trauma lens of “what has happened to you” rather than “what is wrong with you”. Staff problem solve using the SELF Tool of Sanctuary – Safety, Emotions, Loss and Future.
- All service recipients will be offered health promotion activities as part of the identification and screening process during registration, initial assessment, and treatment including nutrition/exercise, wellness consultation, health education and literacy, and self-help/management programs.
- The on-site health promotion services will be geographically located within space already utilized by the participants receiving care through their respective agencies and at community locations (e.g., behavioral health agencies, FQHCs, senior centers, veteran’s centers, and AA and NA organizations.
- The health educator shall provide evidenced based approaches through individual and group activities in that will include:
- Exercise and Wellness programming that focus’ on use of nutrition and exercise for wellness and recovery (New-R). Activities will be available on a weekly basis, and scheduled to coincide with high flow clinic times and participation will be added as a goal in the treatment plan.
- Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) to engage individuals in a recovery oriented approach to chronic disease management, working to develop easily attainable recovery goals on the treatment plan.
- Other health promotion services include risk factor reduction support, through the use of the CDS Treatment Protocols for Improving Blood Pressure Control and the National Diabetes Education Program nutrition support through the Million Hearts initiative (Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Resource Support), clinical pharmacy support in reviewing the medication list for potential drug interacts, offering opportunity for improvement in medication adherence with use of blister-packing, protocol based prescribing of medications to reduce metabolic risk with the use of atypical antipsychotics and promotion of health literacy to increase the ability of service recipients to read prescriptions accurately.
- Tobacco Cessation programming will consist of use of the Intensive Tobacco Dependence Intervention with Persons Challenged by Mental Illness. Health educators will be trained to use strategies to empower and motivate service recipients to work towards tobacco smoking reduction and cessation. Quitting smoking will be identified as treatment goal in the EHR, and the health educator will check in with the recipient as to progress towards the goal.
Guidance Center of Lea County, Inc.
Why Work Here?Guidance Center of Lea County, Inc. is committed to the Sanctuary Model of Trauma Informed care for its staff and clientele. We believe that increasing awareness, emphasizing safety, and teaching skills to our employees that they can utilize to manage their feelings, are crucial steps in creating an environment conductive of processing change, feelings, past trauma, grief and loss. to using the trauma informed care as a guide for creating a safe and non-violent environment. We communicate using four concepts that guide the way we work. This language is called the S.E.L.F. language and each letter represents an important part of how we view trauma and change both in our organization and in our lives.
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