Licensed Practical Nurse

Location
Alexandria, VA
Salary
$47,460.14 - $78,011.18 Annually
Posted
Apr 23, 2022
Closes
May 19, 2022
Ref
2022-00264
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Licensed Practical Nurse

The City of Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter square miles in the city have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Licensed Practical Nurse position.

An Overview

The Licensed Practical Nurse administers methadone/buprenorphine to clinic clients under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN). Performs inventory of methadone/buprenorphine and buprenorphine and maintains inventory count and other related medical/administrative documentation.

What You Should Bring

The ideal candidate should have good knowledge of current accepted practices of the nursing profession as well as clinic policies and procedures. Good knowledge of approved medical terminology and abbreviations with a demonstrated ability to accurately and methodically utilize these tools. Good knowledge of the function, use, maintenance and safety precautions of all equipment used in the performance of your duties. An ability to clinically evaluate patients/clients before medicating. An ability to monitor clients on a variety of medications. An ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing. An ability to produce comprehensive and accurate charts and to maintain legible and complete entries for all medical records and controlled substance inventories. An ability to establish and maintain a good rapport with staff, clinic employees, administration, physicians, visitors and clients.

The Opportunity
  • Opens the safe, removes methadone/buprenorphine to be dispensed for the day and records information in inventory records.
  • Administers methadone/buprenorphine and buprenorphine as prescribed by the Medical Supervisor and according to all established procedures.
  • Administers psychiatric medications as ordered for clients with co-occurring disorders.
  • Educates consumer regarding potential side effects of psychiatric medications and observes for side effects.
  • Prior to administering any medication, observes and assesses clinic clients and determine appropriateness for receiving medication as ordered.
  • Discusses with the Nursing Practitioner Supervisor and Medical Supervisor any presenting problems that might require a reduction of a patient’s dosage and/or holding medication.
  • Refer clients to outside agencies and/or providers as indicates.
  • Maintains timely and precise records of all medication dispensed.
  • Records relevant observations and occurrences in Credible.
  • Performs a daily- weekly and monthly inventory of methadone/ and shall maintain continued counts.
  • Attends monthly meetings of medical/nursing staff.
  • Participates in staffing with all clinic personnel as scheduled.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


About the Department

The Center for Adult Services (CAS) provides programs and services in Aging; Adult Protective Services; Clinical & Emergency Services; and Community & Residential Support Services for seniors and for persons with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders. CAS provides compassionate and effective person-centered services based on best practices. Our teams support self-determination, safety and recovery for Alexandria residents affected by abuse, neglect, mental illness, intellectual disabilities and substance abuse disorders.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

Two-Year College Degree; licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

Preferred Qualifications

Comprehensive medicating skills to both meet general requirements of this position. The ability to maintain concise and detailed records. Strong base of knowledge in substance abuse and methadone treatment issues. Fluent and Bilingual in both English and Spanish.

Notes

This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks including but not limited to: FBI/Federal Records Check; VA State Child Abuse/Neglect Registry; Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Database; education/certifications; drug screening; and driver’s license.

Schedule: 6:30AM - 3:00PM, 5 days per week, includes some weekends.

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