PSYCHIATRIC NURSE (PACT)

Location
Arlington, Virginia
Posted
May 05, 2017
Closes
Jun 23, 2017
Function
Nurse
Hours
Full Time
Job Title: PSYCHIATRIC NURSE (PACT) Closing Date/Time: Thu. 06/22/17 11:59 PM Eastern Time Salary: $60,964.80 - $95,284.80 Annually
Job Type: Full-Time Location: 2120 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22204, Virginia       Are you an experienced Psychiatric Nurse with the passion and desire to be part of a cohesive team which provides community based services to the Arlington Community? The Department of Human Services is recruiting for a unique professional nurse position to join the Program for Assertive and Community Treatment (PACT) team. This nurse position will take part in providing crisis intervention, substance abuse treatment, intensive case management, and individual and group treatment services to adults who are severely-mentally ill. The employee will work under the direction of the team psychiatrist and program manager to provide services both out in the community and in a clinic setting.

Duties include:
  • Oversee medication administration and medical services provided to clients;
  • Provide case management services including the development of treatment goals, education, and rehabilitation plans;
  • Coordinate, schedule, and administer medical assessments of client physical health;
  • Conduct comprehensive assessment of mental health to include history, functioning, and service needs;
  • Coordinate psychiatric treatment with medical treatment;
  • Making appropriate referrals to community physicians for further assessment and treatment;
  • Perform ongoing assessment of activities of daily living (ADLs) and provide problem solving, skill training and supervision to assist clients with ADLs;
  • Provide side-by-side support and coaching to help socialization; and
  • Organize and lead individual and group social and recreational activities and opportunities to practice social skills.

 Selection Criteria: Minimum:   A combination of education and experience that demonstrates 1) knowledge of nursing standards, theories, principles, practices, and standards, as well as knowledge of mental health/substance abuse illness and/or developmental disabilities and the impact they can have on physical health; and 2) the ability to perform technical nursing procedures, administer treatments and medications, develops solutions to clinical operational problems; communicates sensitive information both orally and in writing, and assess risk and make decisions regarding the criticality of care issues.
 Typically this combination of experience and education is obtained through possession of a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from an accredited college or university, plus experience in a psychiatric setting, serving clients with mental health, substance abuse or developmental disabilities.
Certification and licensing requirement: Must be licensed or eligible for licensure as a Registered Nurse in Virginia or by endorsement from another state to practice professional nursing.

Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:
  • PACT or similar experience providing community based services;
  • Master's degree in Nursing;
  • Case management experience with the severely mentally ill population;
  • Experience working on a multi-disciplinary team; and/or
  • Experience with clients with dual diagnosis.

 Special Requirements:
Each section of the application must be completed. A resume may be attached, however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions.

Applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide, a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

A pre-employment criminal records check will be conducted. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.
 Additional Information: Work Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., including some evenings, rotating weekends, and holidays.