Behavioral Health Nurse Clinician/case Manager - Intensive Community Treatment

Alexandria, Virginia
$65,493.17 - $109,155.49 Annually
Mar 06, 2021
Mar 20, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

The Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) is designed to deliver comprehensive and effective services to individuals who are diagnosed with severe mental illness (SMI) and whose needs have not been well met by more traditional service delivery approaches. The PACT Behavioral Health Nurse (BHN) clinician/case manager delivers community-based treatment as a member of an interdisciplinary team providing rehabilitation, clinical and medical case management, crisis intervention and stabilization, support services, as well as supportive counseling to persons with serious and persistent mental illness. Under the supervision of a PACT supervisor, the PACT BHN delivers comprehensive medical nursing and mental health assessments as well as direct clinical treatment to persons with severe psychopathology, compromised physical health, and poor follow through with treatment recommendations. This position is one of three Behavioral Health Nurses in the team who provide therapeutic medical and rehabilitative interventions on both emergency and ongoing basis, as well as consultation about medical issues to non-medical team members. The person in this position documents all services provided in a timely manner and ensures a tightly coordinated rehabilitation service plan by collaborating with the individual, natural supports, other team members, primary care providers, and other stakeholders in the individual's recovery.

Recovery-oriented services are provided by all PACT team members via individual, side-by-side, family, and group modalities in mostly non-traditional community/outreach venues (e.g., unsheltered settings, homeless shelters, jails, hospitals, homes, job sites, etc). Services are provided in partnership with individuals and their natural supports, in a variety of community settings with a strong emphasis on person centered planning, strength based approach to recovery, empowerment, self determination, and independence. Knowledge of CSB, County and community resources, and ability to outreach and engage both in office and community-based services is necessary.

PACT is based in the Mount Vernon Area of Fairfax County at the Gartlan Center. Program hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a .m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays. This position may include on-call coverage and typically works one weekend every 4-5 weeks and one weekly p.m. shift (12:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ). The team coordinates holiday coverage on a rotating basis.

Note: Salary offer will not exceed the midpoint of the salary range.

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Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)
  • Provides nursing services to clients, including administering injections, collecting vital signs, administering tests and interfacing with other nursing staff;
  • Provides nursing support to psychopharmacological services, crisis intervention, and case consultation for clients with substance use disorders or serious mental illness;
  • Administers, schedules and coordinates medication clinics/medical services, including delivery of medication, monitoring medication room, and inventorying medications;
  • Complies with state pharmacy guidelines in ordering, storage, and disposal of medications;
  • Monitors client responses to psychobiological and nursing interventions, medications and other treatments;
  • Performs quality assurance review;
  • Performs physical/mental health assessments, including laboratory testing of new clients at intake and to clients on an ongoing basis as case manager;
  • Monitors and assesses clients to identify contributing or co-occurring mental health issues;
  • Monitors and assesses clients for risk of harm to self and/or others;
  • Provides nursing assistance and information to clients through the telephone "nurse of the day" service;
  • Manages medical needs and urgent care needs of clients;
  • Monitors and assesses medical status of clients in the process of detoxification;
  • Develops a therapeutic relationship with clients, provides supportive counseling, psycho-education, and health teaching for both individuals and groups;
  • Serves as case manager for clients for whom medication compliance is essential for remaining out of the hospital;
  • Participates on inter-/intra-agency case management teams, providing nursing consultation and effective integration between clinical and psychopharmacology services;
  • Documents assessments, treatment plans and quarterly reports on clinical status of clients;
  • Plans, develops and leads group and individual psycho-education, health education and wellness programs;
  • Researches available community, private and government resources and support.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • Knowledge of nursing standards, theories, principles, practices, methods, processes, and procedures;
  • Knowledge of federal and state pharmacy and medication clinic regulations and guidelines;
  • Knowledge of documentation, nursing diagnosis, and quality assurance;
  • Knowledge of human growth and development, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology (e.g., side effects, contraindications), preventive medicine, epidemiology, and nutrition;
  • Knowledge of psychiatric, psychological, and/or sociological terminology and concepts;
  • Knowledge of substance use disorders and addiction signs and symptoms, assessment techniques, treatment interventions and approaches;
  • Knowledge of available community resources for referral or the ability to rapidly acquire such knowledge;
  • Ability to perform technical and complex nursing procedures (e.g., injections, venipuncture, blood pressure screening, STD check, tube feeding, nebulizations), administer treatments and medications, and use medical equipment in delivering services to clients;
  • Ability to perform emergency treatment(s), with limited supervision, for life threatening conditions;
  • Ability to manage a caseload;
  • Ability to perform mental and physical health assessments and apply treatment approaches/modalities;
  • Ability to assess and monitor the effects of medications;
  • Ability to assess level of risk for harm to self or others;
  • Ability to develop and implement treatment plans/programs for individuals and groups;
  • Ability to work as case manager in a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, public and private organizations, community groups, and the general public;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare reports.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
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Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in nursin g ; plus two years of post-licensure experience as a nurse, in the specialty area of psychiatric mental health nursing, substance use disorders, intellectual disability, or relevant clinical specialty; or Graduation from an accredited college with an associate's degree in nursin g ; plus four years of post-licensure experience as a nurse in the specialty area of psychiatric mental health nursing, substance use disorders, intellectual disability, or relevant clinical specialty.

  • Possession of a current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the Commonwealth of Virginia or a multistate licensure privilege to practice as a Registered Nurse in Virginia.
  • Valid Driver's License
  • MANDT (Required within 3 months)
  • CPR/First Aid (Required within 3 months)
Some positions within this classification will require additional certifications and licenses, as defined by the position description and posted in job announcements.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry check, a driving record check, and sanction screening to the satisfaction of the employer. A TB screening upon hire and annually thereafter.

This position is emergency/essential services personnel. (Required to report for duty during inclement weather and/or other emergencies).

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish)
  • Experience working with homeless SMI population
  • Community outreach/engagement experience
Ability to drive a car and conduct out of office visits in homes, hospitals, jails, shelters, or outdoors; communicate with clients and coworkers; observe and report on client appearance and behavior; sit, walk, stand and bend; make clinical interventions in unconventional treatment settings; operate keyboard driven computer equipment, tablet device, mobile smart phone device; enter/retrieve data on electronic health record; administer injectable medications; and accurately perform tactile and auditory pulse, blood pressure and respiratory assessments. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel Interview and may include a practical exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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