The purpose of this position is to assist and support supported individuals of ACTT in the development of skills, behaviors, responsibilities, and supports needed to live, learn, work, and be integrated into the community with the greatest possible degree of self-determination and independence. This person will provide nursing services including administration and monitoring of medication, nursing assessments, and interventions. Under the direction of the team psychiatrist, the nurse will develop, revise, and maintain medication protocols, policies, and procedures. The nurse will record and administer psychotropic medications prescribed by the team psychiatrist. The nurse will evaluate and chart psychotropic medication effectiveness, complications, and side effects.
This position acts as a Registered Nurse to the ACT multidisciplinary team and is responsible for
Essential Job Functions:
- Manages the medication system in conjunction with the psychiatrist, administers and documents medication treatment.
- Screens and monitors the individual for medical problems and side effects.
- Engages in health promotion, prevention, and education activities.
- With the individual’s agreement, develops strategies to maximize taking medications as prescribed. (e.g., reviewing home environment to find cues to remind beneficiary to take medications; work with an individual and psychiatric care provider to scale back the number of times medications are taking each day).
- Communicating and coordinating services with other medical providers.
- Educating the team in monitoring psychiatric symptoms and medication side-effects.
- Functions as a practicing clinician on ACT Team
- Provides structured face-to-face scheduled therapeutic interventions to provide support and guidance in all areas of functional domains: psychosocial rehabilitative interventions, case coordination, adaptive, communication, personal care, domestic, psychosocial, problem solving, etc. in preventing, overcoming, or managing the recipient's level of functioning and enhancing his/her ability to remain in the community.
- Makes every effort to meet critical standards contained in the most current edition of the National Program Standards for ACT Teams as established by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Mental Health Services
- Maintains documentation as required, including medication administration record (MAR)
- Assists in preparing documentation for utilization review
- Assists in training new employees
- Completes required training within prescribed timeframes
- Successfully participates in the DMH approved ACTT training
- Must have general knowledge regarding principles of Assertive Community Treatment and the laws, regulations, and policies that govern Assertive Community Treatment.
- Must possess and obtain a thorough knowledge of adult psychopathology, psychiatric nursing practices, medications, and community resources.
- Working knowledge of crisis intervention principles and techniques.
- Ability to assess crisis situations for safety and security.
- Ability to provide goal-oriented crisis intervention stabilization.
- Knowledge of psychiatric rehabilitation concepts
- Ability to perform mental health assessments and assist clients with the development and implementation of stabilization plans.
- Knowledge of available community agencies and resources that support individuals with stabilization.
- Ability to establish and maintain empowering, trust relationships with clients, while maintaining appropriate boundaries.
- Ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team, and as well as members of community agencies.
- Registered Nurse (RN) licensure is required.
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) preferred.
- A minimum of two years of mental health experience is preferred.
- Strong social, communication and written skills. Must have the ability to develop rapport and be perceived by clients and staff as approachable. Ability to multi-task; while maintaining accuracy and organization.
- Have a working knowledge of basic to intermediate electronic health records systems is preferred.
Job Type: Full-time