Coordinates medication monitoring for patients of the Withdrawal Management program. This position will have oversight of all medication processes and will dispense medications; collaborate with prescribers in all phases of medication management and follow-up, medication groups, medication problems and side effects. This position will identify potential mental health and/or physical health problems impacting patients.
- Independently or in collaboration with shift coordinator, determine appropriateness of admission for patients based on pre-existing and current medical conditions
- Assists supervisors with medication monitoring training employees
- May assist in the transportation of clients. Individual may be exposed to adverse weather conditions during loading and unloading passengers.
- Interacts with client population in order to provide guidance, safety, stability and direction including de-escalating potentially dangerous situations. The patients in this facility are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol and/or experiencing withdrawal symptoms
- Perform routine medical procedures (vitals, including blood pressure, oxygen levels, temperature, blood alcohol levels, drug testing, pregnancy testing)
- Collaborate with local public health departments in education and harm reduction initiatives from substance use (may include needle exchange, STI testing, and other measures as deemed appropriate)
- Collaborate with the Jefferson Center nursing team and other center teams, as needed
- Identify risk factors including lethality for suicide, homicidal and/or grave disability. As appropriate, complete involuntary mental health holds (27-65) according to Center protocol
- Demonstrates knowledge and skills to develop therapeutic alliance with patients and to work effectively and with cultural competence with patients from diverse backgrounds.
- Order/stock and reconcile the medication cabinets and order OTC and medical supplies for unit
- Provide patients with medication education. Monitor patients for side effects of meds, including AIMS testing or any medical condition that may affect their mental illness.
- Monitor and review patients’ EHR/MAR for medication/medical issues with appropriate follow-up
- Review all Medication Occurrence Reports and give team feedback on preventing future errors
- Coordination of care with local hospitals and/or patient’s prescribers, including documentation of medical medications & dosing, physical diagnoses, monitoring of potential medication interactions with MAT and/or psychiatric medications, and referrals as indicated
- Ensure Medicaid eligibility and submit prior authorizations to patients insurance in a timely fashion; address medication changes with Medical Director or prescribers as needed
- Ensure compliance with the Health Department, OBH, Signal and OSHA regulations
- Attend mandatory in-services, compliance with individualized training plan if required.
- Participate in supervision by coming prepared with an agenda. Report high risk/problem cases, and utilize a problem solving approach as well as feedback. Attend supervision at times and intervals agreed upon with supervisor.
- Exhibit enthusiasm, courtesy, adaptability, flexibility, and spirit of cooperation in the work environment.
- Foster a supportive and compassionate environment to care for patients and their families
- Maintain effective interpersonal relations with patients, peers, subordinates, upper management, visitors and the general public.
- Effectively respond to patient needs and problems, initiates and maintains positive interactions, timely response to phone calls, email and other requests.
- Cooperate with other community agencies, as appropriate, and in agreement with supervisor. Volunteer to work on Center committees and/or task forces.
- Have an understanding of how trauma impacts the lives of the people being served, so that every interaction is consistent with the recovery process and reduces the possibility of retraumatization.
- Participate in the Center’s training/educational programs designed to enhance knowledge about Trauma Informed Care, the impact of trauma and trauma recovery.
- Ensure that delivery practices are guided by the principles of trauma informed care and the principles of addiction treatment.
- Provide back-up and/or after hour on-call services for clinical emergencies as needed.
Note: Employees are held accountable for all duties of this job. This job description is intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.
Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience Required:
- AARN, BSRN, MSRN or LPN required.
- Two or more years of experience and/or training in a behavioral health setting.
- Candidate must have a good understanding of substance use disorders.
- Candidate must have developed awareness of various medical conditions, medication interactions or side effects that may affect the health or psychological functioning of a patient.
- Applicant must have basic computer skills such as e-mail, electronic health record documentation, electronic prescribing and electronic laboratory interface.