The Jewish Board’s Behavioral Health programs provide compassionate, high quality, evidence-based services to individuals and families in the communities we serve. Our staff uses a culturally sensitive, family and relationship centered approach to help individuals and their families develop skills and resources to improve overall functioning, to instill hope, and to strengthen resiliency. Our programs work closely with community partners to address health disparities in our neighborhoods while also celebrating the strengths and resilience of our communities.
As a member of the ACT team, the P/T RN is responsible for providing a range of treatment to clients with a SPMI, rehabilitation and support services within the scope of the nursing practice for the clients receiving services from ACT. S/he is responsible for conducting initial nursing assessments and ongoing health assessments ; assessing physical health needs; making appropriate referrals to community physicians as needed, and providing management and administration of medication in conjunction with the prescriptions/orders of psychiatrist and PNP. The majority of this role is conducted in the community and is not site specific. The P/T RN will straddle both ACT teams and work 14 hours for each team for a total of 28 hours per week. S/he will report to the F/T RN for job assignments, training and oversight of job responsibilities.
KEY ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Conduct weekly visits thereafter for clients currently residing in homeless shelters and assigned to the ACT program and/or in client’s homes or elsewhere in the community where the client is accessible.
Develop a treatment plan based on clients’ needs.Ensure that any necessary follow-up will occur and any necessary or prescribed care is administered.Coordinate all with the F/T nurse.
Complete nursing assessments and health monitoring assessments according to OMH standards of care.
Will follow/implement all direction from Psychiatrist or PNP and F/T nurse regarding medical treatments and medication orders. Will administer prescribed and/or routine medical treatments, support clients and staff with self-administration of medication procedures and evaluate for potential side effects or adverse reactions.Ensure that all internal policies regarding such administration are adhered to.
Will coordinate and deliver medications to the client’s residence or shelter, be responsible for medication counts, coordinating with the pharmacies (i.e. refills, insurance authorization etc) and administering medication to clients. Coordinate all with the F/T nurse.
Make referrals, schedule appointments and accompany the client when required.
Make visits to hospitalized clients to coordinate care.Provide advocacy for hospitalized clients. Assist with follow up care to promote complete recovery.
Function as a liaison between external medical health care providers, shelters, other community organizations and the ACT team with regards to the client’s medical needs.
Responsible for health education and communicating information regarding good health practices to the clients under RN's care. Train staff in these practices as well so as to provide continuous health support to clients.
Respond to medical emergencies as appropriate. Perform all necessary charting and other documentation as required by internal practice and external regulatory bodies within in a timely manner.
Follow-up and monitor lab results for any indications of change for medication and toxicology; communicate such change(s) to the psychiatrist and PNP.
Act as medical representative at interdisciplinary mental health team meetings.
Provide after-hours emergency coverage via cell phone, as needed to provide coverage.
ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS MAY INCLUDE:
Other assigned duties as assigned
EDUCATIONAL / TRAINING REQUIRED:
RN or BSN in nursing and New York State registration as well as at least 1 year of nursing experience is required.
EXPERIENCE REQUIRED / LANGUAGE PREFERENCE: