Licensed Practical Nurse

CHANGEPOINT INTEGRATED HEALTH

  JOB DESCRIPTION

TITLE: LPN MEDICATION NURSE

STATUS: NON-EXEMPT

SPECIAL POPULATIONS:

SMI  Substance Abuse  DD

LINES OF AUTHORITY:  This position is supervised by the Director of Nursing or his/her designee.  This position does not supervise any positions.

POSITION SUMMARY: Uses accepted nursing practices to provide for the care and treatment of inpatient Behavioral Health customers.  Provides crisis intervention medication for treatment.  Is responsible for ordering of medications, and monitoring of medications and supplies.

PRINCIPLE DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

1.  Adhere to personnel policies and comply with agency requirements for ethical

  and professional behavior.

2.  Implement all physicians orders.

3.  Administer medications, monitor and record effects or side effects.

4.  Administer, with assistance, restraints and seclusion of customers.

5.  Record/report any unusual incidents.

6.  Assist in unplanned changes in nursing schedule to insure personnel

  coverage.

7.  Monitor and order medication supplies.

8.  Assists with Patient Education.

9.  Provide direct nursing care to customers.

10.  Must participate in quality management and quality improvement activities.

11.  This position requires positive and active support of the company, the

  customer and the co-worker.

 12.  Perform other duties as assigned by the Program Director or his/her

  designee. 

PRIMARY CONTACTS:

Constant interaction with ChangePoint Integrated Health personnel and customers. 

Frequent interaction with referral sources, and family members.

Occasional contact with outside provider service agencies.

POSITION REQUISITES:

Qualifications And Experience

Required:

Graduate of an accredited nursing program.

Current Arizona license for LPN.

Current Arizona Driver's License.

CPR Certification.

Comply with a Drug Free workplace.

Job Restriction Clearance.

Knowledge and ability to define the needs of the customer served.

Knowledge of Waived Laboratory Equipment.

 

 For Those Working With SMI:

    1.  Knowledge of symptoms related to qualifying diagnosis.

2.  Ability to identify and communicate signs of regression and

  deterioration.

3.  Knowledge of interventions to foster self care and ADL skill

  development.

For Those Working With Substance Abuse:

1.  Able to identify signs and symptoms of Substance Abuse and Chemical

Dependency.

2.  Knowledge of range of treatment for dependence including relapse,  prevention, strategies and self help groups.

3.  Able to provide a diagnostic impression per DSM IV criteria for

  Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency. 

4.  Knowledge of history of substance dependence and of the

  biopsyschosocial influences and effects of dependencies.

For Those Working with DD:

1.  Knowledge of symptoms related to qualifying diagnosis.

2.  Ability to identify and communicate signs of regression and deterioration.

3.  Knowledge of Article 9 (customer rights) of State requirements.

4.  Knowledge of Customer Intervention Techniques relative to self care

  and ADL skills development. 

Preferred:

One year Behavioral Health nursing experience.

One year nursing supervision experience.

Skills/Abilities

Required:

Fluent in English both verbally and in writing. 

Literate.

Able to prioritize work load. 

Able to work in crisis oriented work environment and to effectively employ  analytical and problem solving skills.

Ability to see and report any medical or physical emergencies to on-call nursing and medical personnel.

Ability to prioritize, handle multiple priorities on the unit.

Ability to monitor and use Universal Precautions for Infection Control.

Ability to supervise and perform Seclusion/Restraint procedures.

Ability to supervise and provide ADL care/duties on the unit for mental  health, SMI, and detoxification customers.

Ability to complete required reports and/or paper work.

Preferred:

Ability to assist clinical personnel with diagnostic observations regarding 

  psychiatric and substance disorders.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Physical Requirements

Able to sit and stand for extended periods of time, less frequently,

walking, lifting and reaching.

Able to hear ordinary conversation and phone communications.

Visual capacity necessary to fulfill documentation, responsibilities of job.

  Ability to occasionally assist in behavior management techniques, to

  physically restrain, seclude and apply mechanical restraints to aggressive

  customers.

Able to hear auscultatory sounds and body percussions through a stethoscope.

Negative TB skin test.

Emotional Capabilities

Able to work with customers who are emotionally distressed, in crisis.

Able to work with customers who have been abused or perpetrated abuse.

Able to work with customers who abuse substances.

Equipment Operation

  Able to operate general office equipment.

Able to operate Company vehicles.

Ability to use medical/nursing assessment equipment, such as blood pressure,

stethoscope, etc.

Environmental Conditions

  Air conditioned and/or heated unit setting.

Occasional incidents of physical aggression from customer towards personnel,  peers and property.

Accommodations(s)

  Will accommodate as appropriate and reasonable.

CONFIDENTIALITY LEVEL:

I understand that State and Federal Laws strictly prohibit unauthorized access, use, modification, disclosure, or destruction of confidential, sensitive or protected health information.  Penalties for violation may include ChangePoint disciplinary action, including termination of employment, and/or criminal or civil action.