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Medication Nurse

Medication Nurse

Job Description

The Medication Nurse will be responsible for administering the proper dose of methadone to each patient as prescribed by the Medical Director or Program Physician.  He or she ensures medication accountability.  The Medication Nurse assists in the screening of patients and keeps in close contact with counselors regarding patients’ progress.  The Medication Nurse will perform duties within the scope of their license or certification which are an addendum to this job description.

Summary of Essential Job Functions:

Professional Development

  • Responsible for the achievement of assigned specific annual goals and objectives

Training

  • Participate in all trainings as required by federal, state, local and accrediting agencies.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Administer methadone as prescribed by the Medical Director or Program Physician
  • Perform evaluation and assessment of new and current patients to determine appropriateness for treatment or need for modifications to their treatment
  • Observe and assess patients after the initial dose is administered
  • Follow all physician orders
  • Assess patients’ appropriateness for dosing
  • Collection of urine specimens, filing of contract urines (quantity specified per state/clinic regulations), record urine results in patients’ chart.  Provide a copy of urine results to patients’ primary counselors
  • Responsible for maintenance of all medical supply inventories as needed
  • Receive medication shipments in accordance with DEA and company procedures
  • Responsible for processing new MARS for admits, re-admits, transfers, and courtesy dosing patients
  • Ability to demonstrate blood draw competency.
  • Responsible for coordinating and preparing courtesy and vacation dose medication packages
  • Participate in training new nurses
  • Ensure implementation of quality health standards
  • Maintain accurate patient dosing records as well as daily reconciliation and accountability of medication inventory as dispensed from total stock on hand
  • Report and document all medication discrepancies and incidents promptly to the Nursing Supervisor and Program Director
  • Clear the medication count daily
  • Plan and implement changes necessary for improved functioning of the treatment center
  • Attend and function as an active participant in weekly treatment team meetings, as well as outside seminars and training
  • Maintain active communication (weekly) with other team members in the nursing department as to relevant program/patient changes
  • Maintain and help with a chart monitoring system to track physicals and lab work
  • Confirm, sign and execute on medical orders as directed
  • Assist the Medical Director or Program Physician with physical examinations and other procedures as required or directed
  • Hold a basic understanding of drug/alcohol abuse and addiction and keep updated on current drug abuse and treatment information - specifically current trends in Opioid Maintenance Treatment
  • Able to develop and maintain professional, helpful and effective relationships with patients
  • Able to function as a productive team member, working in conjunction with all other team members in a helpful, positive manner
  • Ability to project a positive and professional image to the community, in representation of the treatment center
  • Participate in and/or helps perform, schedule, or attend monthly treatment center in-service trainings
  • Ensure treatment center meets all accreditation standards related to Medical, Health, and Safety issues; and other areas as assigned
  • Meet BHG attendance standards and be present and ready for work at the beginning of their established work schedule
  • Report any work-related injury or illness, or workplace hazards or security issues immediately to supervisor
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

Regulatory

  • Responsible for complying with all federal, state and local regulatory agency requirements
  • Responsible for complying with all licensing and accrediting agency requirements

Job Requirements

Minimum Requirements

The ideal candidate must be licensed as a LPN/LVN or RN in the state of employment, be CPR certified and must hold and maintain a valid driver’s license.  Experience and understanding of chemical addiction is preferable.  State specific requirements are listed below:

  • Colorado: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)-Must be IV Certified by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies; or Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Kansas: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Kentucky:  Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Louisiana: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Missouri:  Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Oklahoma: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Tennessee: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Texas:  Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) or Registered Nurse (RN)

In addition to meeting the qualifications, the ideal candidate will embody the following characteristics and possess the knowledge, skills and abilities listed below:

  • High integrity
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Sound judgment
  • Efficient
  • Self-starter
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Accurate data entry skills with knowledge of basic computing 
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure handling multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Must be able to react quickly
  • Working knowledge of dosing equipment, centrifuge, monitoring equipment for physical assessment, test strips, breathalyzers and other medical equipment as needed.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge and skill in the use of standard office equipment

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

  • Prolonged standing, some bending, stooping and stretching
  • Alternate sitting and walking and performing job duties in close proximity with team members
  • Variable workload, periodic high stress and activity level
  • Standard medical office conditions and environments
  • Interactions with patients who may be ill, have infectious diseases, have mental health diagnoses and/or are involved in the criminal justice system
  • May require use of protective equipment
  • Exposure to blood borne pathogens

Job Snapshot

Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Health Care, Nurse
Education Not Specified
Experience Not Specified
Manages Others Not Specified
Industry Healthcare - Health Services
Required Travel Not Specified
Job ID MNUR.86
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