PURPOSE : The Registered Nurse (RN) will serve as a liaison between Mental Health Providers and Primary Care Providers by providing ongoing nursing assessments and coordination of care with other professionals for adults with severe and persistent mental illness who elect to participate in the project. The RN may also function as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP). Provision of care coordination is primarily based in a clinical setting but may include attending physician appointments with clients or meeting with clients in their homes or at community based sites.
PROGRAM SPECIFIC: This position will work for the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Program. This program provides intensive community based case management, skills training, mental health services, and chemical dependency treatment services to adults with severe mental illness in Clackamas County.
Hours are generally daytime hours Monday through Friday. However, the RN must be available afterhours for crisis work.
CLOSING DATE : Tuesday, February 19, 2013
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES :
- Enrolls all screened individuals.
- Identifies primary care physicians or assists clients in establishing a primary care provider
- Develops specific methods of communication to ensure medical information is shared across medical providers including prescriptions, diagnosis, and lab work.
- Follows up with physicians to ensure communication is achieved within specified timeframes
- Continually coordinates care between the physical and mental health care providers until the client is fully established with a primary care provider.
- Communicates and explains the procedures to prepare clients for examinations and treatments.
- Provides regular metabolic screenings, blood pressure screenings, and body mass index screenings for enrolled participants receiving psychotropic medications.
- Helps monitor general health symptoms, side effects, and differentiates physical illness from exacerbation of psychiatric symptoms
- Assures that required labs are completed on an ongoing basis for all participants.
- Provides illness education to individuals and families.
- Provides referrals to appropriate self-management support groups
- Continually increase level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency.
- Establishes and maintains positive and professional working relationships with co-workers, clients, and other agencies.
- Provides back up and support to co-workers in providing assistance during medical or mental health emergencies.
- Meets standards for documentation and accuracy of work, client care, quality/customer service, attendance/punctuality and teamwork.
- Enters all required data into agency specific electronic health records system and program specific tracking systems, provides regular reports as requested, and continually maintains all data on clients enrolled in the program
- Check e-mail/voice mail daily/throughout the work day and, when working, responds to contacts within 24 to 48 hours.
- Participates in regular individual and team meetings.
- Transports clients in a personal and commutes between sites or in the community.
- Bachelor’s (4-year) degree in area of nursing strongly preferred.
- Registered Nurse license required.
- Two or more years of experience working with clients with severe and persistent mental illness strongly preferred.
- Good computer skills including a functional knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Access. Ability to master proprietary software including electronic health record system.
- Demonstrates effective communication skills and maintains a cooperative working relationship with others in a culturally diverse environment.
- Requires access to car, valid driver’s license, proof of current automobile insurance coverage, and ability to meet LifeWorks NW’s driving requirements.