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Per Diem Nurse

Gilead Community Services, Inc. Middletown Per Diem
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Summary


Responsible for performing psychiatric and medical care to individuals within a residential support program(s) or a community support program. The primary role is to ensure and advocate for the medical, psychiatric well being and stability of individuals through the support of non-medical staff members and to oversee health related medical care and pharmacological issues.




Duties and Responsibilities


  • Receives clinical supervision from Psychiatrist and administrative oversight by the Program Director
  • Functions as a liaison between the Program(s) and the Gilead Psychiatrist, Medical Director and Outpatient Clinic to facilitate communication of ongoing changes in client mental health status and medication compliance as well as identifying medication effectiveness and side effects.
  • Provides clinical knowledge regarding severe and prolonged mental health and substance abuse disorders as well as medical knowledge related to heath and well being.
  • Supports the Program Director as needed in leading an effective program by implementing clinical services, best practice models of care and daily functions as required by contractual and regulatory bodies.
  • Conducts Health Histories, Health Assessments and medical evaluations of emergent medical issues of clients as needed identifying potential issues and trends.  Makes the appropriate community referrals to insure clients have basic health needs met.
  • Insures proper orientation, training and management of the medication self-administration system and of medication supplies and monitors medication errors. Assists the Director(s) in determining appropriate action to correct medication errors.
  • Identifies potential systemic issues that may negatively impact the implementation of the medication self-administration and makes recommendations for change.
  • Supports the processes for all contractual agreements, certifications or licensing regulations including but not limited to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS).
  • Maintains and implements the Recovery philosophies with direct implications to staff, clients, family, and community development.
  • Maintains communication in conjunction with Case Managers with other agencies or persons involved in the care and support of clients particularly in regards to medical and psychiatric issues. 
  • Maintains contact with MD’s (i.e., psychiatrists, PCP’s, specialists, etc.) to coordinate medical and psychiatric care of individuals and works closely with the pharmacies to facilitate proper pharmaceutical care.
  • Participates in program meetings, clinical meetings and ad hoc work groups in an effort to carry out the mission of the program within and outside of the organization.
  • Supports and provides monitoring of positive outcome measures as defined by the license regulations and agency quality assurance processes. Insures program compliance through the timely and accurate reporting of data both internally and externally as needed. 
  • Documents all required encounters. Completes contacts and progress notes within 72 hours of encounter.
  • Consults with the Program Director regarding medical and mental health needs regarding risk management.
  • Works in coordination with the agency Administrative Support Staff for proficient service delivery.
  • Other duties as assigned



Education and Years of Experience

  • Degree:  RN with a BA/BS preferred from an accredited program to practice as a Registered Nurse.  Connecticut licensure for Registered Nurse required and Prefer certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Clinical Specialist in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.
  • Number of Years of Experience: 5

 
Requirements

  • Prior medical and clinical experience in the field of mental health and addictions.
  • Demonstrate competence in and current knowledge of Community Treatment, Psychopharmacology, Crisis Intervention, and supervision of staff.
  •  Must maintain and provide proof of valid driver’s license and automobile insurance in good standing.
  • Ability to provide leadership under stressful or crisis situations.  Ability to problem-solve.  Ability to meet deadlines and establish and prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Ability to travel to various agencies, businesses, and meet with clients in their homes, if needed.
  • Must meet and maintain all required trainings, certifications etc. as needed.
  • Demonstration of ethical behavior and sound judgment that supports the NASW standards of care.
  • Uphold confidentiality by following the HIPAA regulations.

 

Recommended skills

Mental Health
Clinical Supervision
Crisis Intervention
Substance Abuse
Progress Note
Psychiatry
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