POSITION PURPOSE: The Psychiatric Registered Nurse is responsible for monitoring the general psychiatric and physical health of all program clients. The Nurse dispenses and accounts for all medication as ordered by the Program Psychiatrist. The range of authority is consistent with that of MHS nursing staff.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Provides service coordination for an assigned group of clients, and assumes responsibility for developing, writing, implementing, and evaluating overall treatment goals in conjunction with the treatment team.
- Provides individual supportive counseling and symptom management and educates and support clients and family members. Conducts comprehensive assessment of psychiatric history and physical health needs as part of the treatment team. Provides on-call crisis intervention covering nighttime hours and serves as a back-up to evening and weekend staff as needed.
- Assists in administering Patient Assistance Program, ensuring efficiency and accuracy in all aspects, while completing all charting and documentation as contractually required and as dictated by program requirements.
- In collaboration with the treatment team, participates in the organization and management of medication coaching and delivery to clients, as well as integrating medication administration into treatment plans.
- Acts as liaison with Program Psychiatrist to obtain corrections to documentation and adjustments to procedures as needed and ensures that all medical policy and procedures are followed and meets regularly with Program Leadership to monitor this.
- Dispenses and accounts for all prescribed medication, assists Psychiatrist in administering and evaluating medications prescribed by Psychiatrist, evaluating medication effectiveness, side effects, and complications, and arranges for lab work according to protocol, and participates in and represents program at quarterly Medication Monitoring Committee meetings.
- serves in a mentoring role to staff and interns re pharmacology and patient care and participates in regularly scheduled staff meetings and Daily Organizational Staff Meetings.
- Maintains a minimum degree of training and knowledge in cultural competency, co-occurring, and gender responsiveness and trauma-informed care.
- Demonstrates commitment to professional growth by attending in-service trainings and staff development programs and seeking out supervision when needed.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Skills necessary to provide effective counseling, therapy and clinical services, and the ability to successfully work as a member of a treatment team, while working cooperatively with intra-agency and interagency staff.
- Knowledge of the Assertive Community Treatment model as it relates to patient care, and medication algorithms if required by funding source.
- Utilizes logical problem-solving techniques both independently and in collaboration with workers in dealing with client needs.
EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE:
- Possession of a nursing degree from an accredited college or university, and current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of California. At least three years’ experience treating psychiatric and dually diagnosed populations.
- Experience working with the justice-involved population in a mental health/SUD setting or in a detention facility preferred.
Clearance on Background/DOJ Live scan result per contract requirements.
Negative reading from pre-employment TB and Drug Tests.
Valid California driver’s license and current auto insurance per contract requirements.
Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of California.