Registered Nurse

Connections Community Support Programs, Inc.
Smyrna, DE
Oct 13, 2017
Oct 20, 2017
Full Time
Day Shift RN BROAD FUNCTION: This is a professional nursing position which requires thorough knowledge of commonly used psychotropic and health maintenance medications, an understanding of the special medical needs of adults with severe and persistent mental illness, substance abuse conditions or cognitive disabilities who may have co-occurring substance use disorders, physical disabilities, debilitating medical conditions, developmental disabilities, or infectious diseases. Must have the ability to function independently and as part of a team in carrying out the treatment plans and physicians' orders in community settings. PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Participates in treatment planning and case conferences with other staff of the community support program and with other agencies. Completes all assigned tasks from the daily schedule which may include the following: maintaining a therapeutic alliance with clients; referring and linking clients to all needed services provided outside the agency and following up to see that said services are delivered; coordinating the provision of emergency services and hospital liaison services when a client is in crisis; coordinating overall independent living assistance services and working with community agencies to develop needed resources including housing, employment options, and income assistance. providing support and consultation with client's family; providing in-home services including ADL training, medication training, social support, and home management assistance. providing supportive counseling to clients. Documents and keeps other staff, clinical coordinators, and Team Leader/Program Director informed of all changes in the consumer's mental or social status. Provides nursing care and gives guidance to consumers and staff in the management of consumers' physical and mental health needs. For a designated caseload of individuals, completes and records vital signs at least monthly, metabolic screening at least once every 90 days, injections and other treatment as ordered, and alerts the prescriber of any changes or issues. Manages the storage and administration of medications and treatments, ensuring compliance with applicable licensing regulations and statutes, including the Delaware Nurse Practice Act and Delaware Board of Pharmacy Regulations pertaining to Pharmaceutical Service in Health Care Facilities. Manages the implementation of the infectious disease control program, including prevention, screening and surveillance, treatment and hazardous waste management. Maintains the primary relationship with the pharmaceutical contractor and assures compliance with all laws and regulations related to the storage, administration and disposal of medications. Maintains the primary liaison with the consulting dietitian (if applicable) and ensures that therapeutic diet orders are carried out. Maintains the primary liaison with the consulting providers of primary medical and ancillary services such as podiatrists, physical therapists and occupational therapists and ensures that orders are carried out. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Registered Nurse with Delaware license with a minimum of two years' experience is required, preferably in a behavioral health setting. KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY REQUIREMENTS: Knowledge of nursing practice and other regulations pertaining to the administration and storage of medications. Ability to make independent judgments in emergencies. Knowledge of providing direct care to persons with mental illness and substance use disorders. Valid Drivers License required

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