Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department - Tacoma, WA

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Your practical nursing skills and positive energy will make a difference in the quality of life for our patients. Join our professional Treatment Services clinical team as a Licensed Practical Nurse I.

Get home early! The full-time work schedule for this position is Tuesday - Friday from 4:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m, and Saturday from 4:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Some of what you'll do:
  • Dispense oral methadone in compliance with state and federal regulations and prescribed orders given, written, and made a part of the patient’s record by a licensed physician or practitioner.
  • Log-in Methadone supplies, reconcile all Methadone dispensed, and keep accurate records of all Methadone transactions.

  • Maintain a clean an orderly dispensary.
  • Assist the RN or LPN II with chart preparation and patient compliance, to include filing medical paperwork in patient charts and obtaining patient charts for next-day medical appointments.
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What you bring to the table:
  • Knowledge of basic nursing principles and practices.
  • Clear communication skills to assist patients in treatment compliance.
  • Skill in following complex oral and written directions to comply with treatment orders.
  • Experience quickly assessing clients.
  • Ability to interpret and apply health laws and regulations.
  • Ability to maintain accurate and timely records and reports of services provided.

Who should apply:

Individuals who have completed an approved course of study in practical nursing. Prior experience in a methadone clinic or mental health setting preferred.

Required Licensure:
  • Possession of a current State of Washington Practical Nurse license that is in good standing.

Working Conditions & Physical Requirements:
  • Work is performed almost exclusively indoors in an office environment.
  • The potential for interacting with dissatisfied or angry customers exists, requiring skills in conflict resolution.
  • Work is stressful due to the nature of the job, i.e., patient population and the fast pace.
  • Exposure to hazardous materials, chemicals, or waste, which if not handled and disposed of appropriately, could cause significant repercussions to the safety and health of the incumbent and the public.
  • May work with bodily fluids where exposure to disease and illness requires proper safety precautions.
  • Participate in the Department's Emergency Response efforts when activated, based on your skills, abilities and the physical demands of the response role.

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