PT Detox Technician
Must be able to work weekends.
The Clinical Detox Technician works with the Clinical Nurse Manager/ Medical Director and Clinical Director to provide collaboratively planned medical care for adult men and women in an inpatient and outpatient detox setting. This person works to continuously improve the environment of care and to facilitate positive patient change toward recovery and abstinence from addictive drugs and medications. S/he monitors current JCHAO standards by utilizing best practices in ASAM philosophy and holistic care.
Essential Duties, functions & Responsibilities:
· Engage in patient interaction and thought provoking conversation with the patients while maintaining proper boundaries
· Proficiently monitor vital signs and CIWA or COWS on scheduled basis.
· Call in prescribed medications, when appropriate, from various pharmacies
· Appropriately documents all medication administration including routine, PRN, and controlled substances.
· Proficiently completes Tri-Core paperworkand phlebotomy skills.
· Completes urine drug (and pregnancy, when applicable) analysis upon patient admission.
· Gives quick and accurate reports to medical director on as-needed basis.
· Competently contacts medical director to request patient interventions including non-routine PRN medication administration.
· Performs patient discharge including review of discharge instructions, completion of exit interview, signing out of discharge medications, verifys count with second individual and secures controlled medication arrangement of transportation, and returning all personal belongings to patient.
· Perform comprehensive reports at end of scheduled shift, partially through technician progress notes
· Documents medical services/patient care per detox unit protocal via the (Electonic Health Record) EHR.
· Reflects changes of information in appropriate locations including medication updates, case management notes, etcetera.
· Has knowledge of and relays information regarding intensive out patient, sober living and residential treatment facilities to patients.
· Have knowledge of all previously completed drill trainings including, environmental, fire, utility, medical, violent and bomb threats.
· Understand and explain/complete all administrative paperwork with patients, when applicable.
· Understands indications, side effects, doses, routes, and frequency of administration for all medication is in the facility. Appropriately administers medication to patients on a timely basis.
· Assists clinical staff in the observation of patients for signs and symptoms of illness, reactions to treatment, general behavior, and/or general physical condition. Implements appropriate reporting, referral, or the initiation of emergency procedures.
· Monitor detox protocols ensuring meds are dispensed properly and protocols stop when detox subsides or that the protocol remains appropriate for the patient
· Keep Medical Director and/or Clinical Detox Director aware of patient condition and any problems
1. Participates in staff competency training.
2. Participates in clinical staff meetings as required.
3. Maintains knowledge and compliance with HIPAA policy and procedures
4. Other duties as assigned
MINIMUM MANDATORY QUALIFICATIONS
- Current certificate of basic life support by either the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.
- Familiarity with JCAHO guidelines and the JCAHO survey process.
- Ability to lift 30 pounds unassisted.
- Able to lift 75 pounds, if necessary, to assist fallen patient.
- Fundamental knowledge of professional nursing practices and principles within the guidelines of the New Mexico State Board of Nursing
- Ability to apply professional practices and principles in all aspects of patient care; to carry out written and oral instructions; to exercise prudent judgment in the application of client care; to accept and use supervision; to work cooperatively with others; to maintain an objective attitude; to exercise tact and initiative and to communicate effectively both orally and in writing as needed.
- High School Diploma or GED Equivalent
- Medically licensed in Nursing or Emergency Medicine (RN, LPN, Paramedic, EMT-1, EMT-B, MA), or relevant experience in a Detox environment.
Mandatory Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Qualifications:
- Experience in high risk or crisis situation settings.
- Training on HIPAA protocol.
- A minimum of one year of sobriety, if there is a personal history of substance abuse.
- Current CPR/AED certification
- Demonstrated recovery and resiliency values for this population.
- Health Promotion and Maintenance, Patient Services and Building Relationships
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite; Microsoft Word; Microsoft Excel and internet software.
- Basic operation of a workstation (turning on/off, knowledge of basic functions and components).
- Use/storage/maintenance of multiple usernames and passwords.
- Use of Windows Explorer (electronic file-handling).
- A record of satisfactory performance in all prior and current employment as evidenced by positive employment references from previous and current employers.
Familiarity with Addiction Medicine, Social Detox Protocols, RN Assessments compliant with Addiction Medicine Standards, JACHO standards, recommendations, rules and regulations.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative to those an employee encounters while performing the primary functions of this job. Normal office conditions exist, and the noise level in the work environment can vary from low to moderate. Limited overnight stay may be required from time to time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the primary functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to frequently stand, walk, sit, bend, twist, talk, hear and perform repetitive motions. There may be prolonged periods of sitting, keyboarding, reading, as well as driving or riding in transport vehicles. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include reading, distance, computer, and color vision. Talking and hearing are essential to communicate with patients, vendors and staff. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
There are a number of deadlines associated with this position. The employee must be able to handle frequent interruptions and must also multi-task and interact with a wider variety of people on various and, at times, complicated issues.
All employees must uphold all principles of confidentiality and patient care to the fullest extent. This position has access to sensitive information and a breach of these principles will be grounds for immediate termination.
In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at Turning Point Recovery, Inc. will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. Turning Point Recovery, Inc. does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.