POSITION SUMMARY: Evaluates the needs of assigned consumers for treatment; supervises or renders general nursing care (e.g., administers injections and medications; dresses wounds) on an on-going basis. This position may have supervised / unsupervised contact and or conversational interaction with consumers while working in the residences, day treatments and habilitation facilities.
1. Performs or coordinates pre-admission evaluations and screenings of prospective consumers within prescribed guidelines. Orders, interprets, and evaluates diagnostic tests to identify and assess consumers clinical problems and nursing care needs. Records physical findings; formulates plan and prognosis based on consumer’s condition and needs.
2. Recommends drugs or other forms of treatment (e.g., physical therapy). Submits care plan and goals of individual consumers for periodic review and evaluation by Psychiatrist.
3. Transcribes Psychiatrist’s medication orders; administers prescribed injections and medications daily. Observes consumer, records significant conditions and reactions, and notifies Psychiatrist of consumer’s condition and reaction to drugs, treatments, and significant incidents. Instructs consumers about daily medications (e.g., names of drugs, dosages, interactions, benefits). Reviews medication record of each consumer for potential adverse reactions, allergies, interactions, and contraindications on a monthly basis. Advises Psychiatrist of any medication errors and suggests changes.
4. Provides on-going care and treatment of medical issues following physician’s instructions and/or treatment plan.
5. Records vital statistics and other pertinent data on consumers; maintains records of same.
6. Provides first aid and daily nursing care to consumers, as needed. Takes temperature, blood pressure, pulse, weight, and other vital signs to detect deviations from normal and determine progress of consumers.
7. Liaisons with physician, dietitians, hospitals, pharmacies, and the consumer’s family on all medical situations.
8. Administers Hepatitis Vaccine and PPD test to staff, as scheduled.
9. Reviews special dietary orders.
10. Utilize the ageny vehcile to conduct visits, escort consumers to appointments, transport food or goods for the consumers home or program sponsored activity.
11. Conduct field based community visits. The ACT Program provides 85% of their services in the community.
12. Instructs staff in methods and procedures, including, but not limited to: detecting signs and symptoms of illness; specific health needs of the consumer; first-aid; proper oral hygiene; nutrition infection control; universal precautions; OSHA standards; hospitalization and emergency medical procedures.
13. Attends interdisciplinary team meetings; OMH approved ACT orientation and training; and Infection Control Committee meetings regarding the control of communicable disease and infections; collaborates in the design of, and implements approved, protective and preventive measures.
14. Perform any other service provision tasks assigned by the Team Leader.
Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, registered, and at least one year of experience working with the mentally ill. Valid Driver’s License, in good standing.