Licensed Psychiatric Technician/Licensed Vocational Nurse
Pacific Clinics - Los Angeles, CA

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Job Title: Licensed Psychiatric Technician /Licensed Vocational Nurse

Classification/Grade: LPT I/Non-exempt/Grade 8

LPT II/Non-exempt/Grade 9

LPT III/Non-exempt/Grade 10

LPT IV/Non-exempt/Grade 11

Site/Program: Various
Reports To: Program Director/Team Leader

Approved Date: August 31, 2011

POSITION SUMMARY:
Under the general direction of the Program Director or Team Leader, Psychiatric Technician (PT) / Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) provides an array of quality services to assist consumers in reaching their optimum level of functioning and improved quality of life. Specific duties include providing medication support to the psychiatrists in the program.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Adhere to Pacific Clinics’ Standard of Care and Best Practices.
  • Consider consumer and family-centered approach to services in all treatment activities.
  • Assess for co-occurring substance abuse disorders, makes appropriate plans of action including education about the effects of using substances, referrals to services, and communicates findings and recommendations to the treatment team.
  • Provide education to consumers and families to assure medication adherence.
  • Discuss and collaborate with other healthcare professionals, including pharmacies regarding medication issues and ensuring continuity of care.
  • Provide medication services as needed in an individual’s home, field, or school, including providing transportation as needed.
  • Complete lab requisitions as ordered by site psychiatrist or nurse practitioner in a timely manner.
  • Provide medication services individually and in groups.
  • Maintain medication room in accordance with Medi-Cal regulations.
  • Review lab results within 24 hours of receipt and immediately communicate any variances to the prescribing staff (Medical Director, Psychiatrist, and Nurse Practitioner).
  • Provide appropriate level of client contact determined by consumer need and / or program requirements.
  • Participate in rotation of on-call services, outside of normal business hours by telephone and/or in the field.
  • Ensure that services provided meet medical necessity.
  • Obtain vital signs as needed or directed by prescriber.
  • Provide case management services as needed.
  • Documents all services pursuant to funding source directives, Pacific Clinics' protocol and HIPAA compliance requirements.
  • Completes all documentation within the timelines established by the Program for service delivery.
  • Works on a multicultural team sensitive to the cultural and linguistic needs of the clients and families served.
  • Completes billing expectations per Agency requirements and provides services consistent with program needs
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings to provide input towards program development and staff training.
  • Interacts with other internal programs, clinical/support staff and external sources such as school or community personnel as applicable.
  • Responsible for reporting to work on time and maintaining reliable attendance in accordance with Agency policy.
  • Models Pacific Clinics’ approach, mission and core values in all communication and correspondence.
  • Communicates effectively in a culturally competent diverse consumer population and promotes favorable interaction with managers, co-workers and others.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS :
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Requirements

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE/ POSITION REQUIREMENTS :
  • Level I: Newly licensed in the State of California as a Psychiatric Technician or Vocational Nurse with up to three (3) years experience in psychiatric screening, medication education, management and administering prescribed medications. Relevant experience may also be considered.
  • Level II: Licensed in the State of California as a Psychiatric Technician or Vocational Nurse with three (3) to five (5) years experience in psychiatric screening, medication education, and management and administering prescribed medications. Relevant experience may also be considered.
Level III: Licensed in the State of California as a Psychiatric Technician or Vocational Nurse with five (5) to ten (10) years experience in psychiatric screening, medication education, and management and administering prescribed medications.

  • Level IV: Licensed in the State of California as a Psychiatric Technician or Vocational Nurse with 10 or more years experience in psychiatric screening, medication education, management and administering prescribed medications. Relevant experience may also be considered.
Obtaining LPS privileges is preferred and at times required, depending on the program needs.

  • Maintain current CPR Certification.
  • Must possess a valid California driver's license and maintain an insurable driving record under the Clinics' liability policy.
  • Must possess good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to relate to a culturally diverse clientele and staff.
  • Bilingual skills in the appropriate language for the Clinics’ clients are highly preferred and in some programs may be required.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
While performing the duties of this job the employee is frequently required to stand or sit. The employee is required to use hands to produce records and/or documentation in manual or electronic format and perform medical procedures pursuant to scope of practice within Pacific Clinics’ guidelines, practices or policies. The employee must possess ability to ensure significant communication with the Clinics’ community members. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 5 pounds and occasionally move or lift up to 10 pounds.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Community outreach and local business travel is also required.

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