POSITION PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES |
Provides a wide range of direct and indirect nursing services to adults/adolescents and children with mental illness, including conducting physical health assessments, mental status examinations, provides education about medication and medication side effects, purpose of medication as well as benefits of medication. Monitors clients placed on medication initially and medication changes. Conducts assessment of strengths, abilities, needs, desires, preferences, referrals and coordination of services. Services are provided primarily in the office. There is a small likelihood that services may need to be provided in the client's home and/or various locations in the community. Nursing services are provided under the supervision of the physician. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
(including, but not limited to):
Gathers information from health assessment and mental status assessment, incorporating information for comprehensive diagnostic assessment and individual service planning involving consumer families/significant others, residential, and employment/vocational staff. RN reviews social and medical backgrounds, evaluates level of functioning and nature and degree of problems.
Develops individual treatment plans for follow up nursing education and evaluation of results of plan to meet goals.
Works with the clients who are in pharmacological service.
Works closely with the physicians and or nurse practitioner(s) regarding the care and treatment of clients receiving psychotropic medication.
Takes verbal orders from physicians and assist with implementation of written orders.
Monitors clients on newly prescribed medication or those undergoing medication changes through scheduled appointments.
Provides education on the purposes, benefits, risks, side effects of psychotropic medication.
Conducts physical/mental health assessments.
Obtains vital signs, blood sugar testing, weights, BMI, waist circumferences and other parameters relevant to medication monitoring and health maintenance.
Provides education on physical/mental wellness in individual and group settings.
Provides education on the effects of alcohol and other drugs on physical/mental health in individual and group setting.
Monitors needed and completed lab work and other relevant medical testing and consults with MD/APN for follow-up recommendation.
Assists with the administration and/or monitoring of prescribed psychotropic medication including injections.
Identifies current and potential physical/mental health care needs and provides needed care and or assists the individual with securing needed care in the community.
Collaborates and coordinates linkages with agencies, treatment providers in the community for continued physical/mental health care.
Assists with the obtaining of psychotropic medication via samples or through central pharmacy or calling prescriptions into local pharmacies.
Facilitates groups, clinics to aid with promotion of physical/mental health.
Responds to routine and emergency requests for medical assistance.
Assists and teaches clients and staff about client safe-care of medical conditions.
Communicates with case manager, counselors, and other members of the treatment team relevant information concerning the care of clients especially those dealing with multiple physical/mental health care problems.
Develops and/or assists with developing ISPs for clients especially those dealing with coexisting medical problems.
Maintains required productivity expectation.
Attends required staff meetings.
Reacts to change and stress productively.
Maintains regular and predictable attendance and punctuality.
Gets along with others and works as a team.
Exhibits the knowledge, skills, abilities, and minimum requirements listed in this Position Description.
Performs related administrative duties such as supervising student interns, and completing special projects.
Other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
In order to perform the essential functions of this job, after an orientation period, the employee must possess the following: a working knowledge of Nord Center Policy and Procedures, including sensitivity and adherence to clients' rights, confidentiality, and health and safety issues. Must exhibit sensitivity to different cultures. CPR and First Aide certification required.
The work is provided primarily in the office, but may, on rare occasions, need to be provided in other locations including, in client homes, out in various community locations and businesses. This
individual may periodically be required to lift and/or carry up to 10 pounds. Must be able to physically interact with client and others in emergency situations to prevent harm to client and others. The individual in this position must be able to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing. Due to the extensive computer work this individual must be able to sit for extended periods of time and operate required equipment.
Candidates must possess one of the following:
Valid Ohio state license as an RN, or LPN. Experience working with severely mentally disabled persons preferred. Computer skills including familiarity with Windows and Word applications required. The necessity for travel in this job requires that the employee possess a valid Ohio driver's license with less than 6 points in a 36 month period, have proof of adequate personal automobile insurance, and use of a personal vehicle. Favorable references and/or evaluations are required.
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