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Registered Nurse, Assisted Outpatient Treatment

Responsibilities:

Clinical responsibilities

  • Completes the assessment process accurately and timely for consumers including medical checklist, physical health, nutritional screening, consumer and family education screening, medication list, height, weight, and vital signs.
  • Responds to consumers requests for medication refills.
  • Reviews charts for treatment compliance.
  • Completes prior authorization forms in a timely manner.
  • Provides individual, family and group education regarding consumers psychiatric and medical illnesses.
  • Administers medications observing the five rights of medication administration.
  • Provides medication education for the consumer and family including how the medication is used and potential side effects.
  • Monitors consumers for potential side effects of medications and reports findings to a physician.
  • Provides care and services in the community.
  • Transports needed medical equipment/supplies to conduct job.
  • Performs venipuncture for laboratory requests, drug screens, TB skin tests, monitors lab results and reports all abnormal findings to the physician.
  • Monitors consumers for potential side effects of medications and reports findings to the physician/CRNP.
  • Communicates effectively with the physician/CRNP regarding the consumers physical and mental condition
  • Follows up on missed injections and documents in consumers records appropriately.
  • Completes admission procedures for consumers and updates accordingly to AltaPointe s Policy and Procedures. This process includes at a minimum the medical checklist, AIMS, vital signs, medication list, and MARS is applicable.
  • Interacts with consumers and evaluates needs to ensure that proper information is reported during staffing with the treatment team.
  • May conduct infection control training for staff and consumers when indicated.
  • May provide HIV education.
  • When necessary provides nursing coverage to other adult outpatient programs within AltaPointe.
  • Interfaces with the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Actively and cooperatively participates in development of the interdisciplinary treatment plan.
  • Independently provides mental and medical emergency care as needed (CPR, PMAB, emergency medications) according to AltaPointe Policy and Procedures with little/no support.
  • Demonstrates the ability to recognize the elements of a crisis state and knows how to deescalate or resolve the situation
  • Demonstrates the ability to recognize the elements of a crisis state and knows how to deescalate or resolve the situation.
  • Assists AOT consumers with medical appointments including attendance at those appointments as needed.
  • Provides services to maintain placement in the least restrictive environment.
  • Advocates on behalf of the consumer to secure community resources.
  • Makes a minimum of one weekly in home contact with consumers.
  • Teaches basic living skills relative to medical issues.
  • Adheres to professional code of ethics.
  • Effectively demonstrates the application of adult specific competencies.
  • Qualifications

    Current RN license to practice in the State of Alabama; valid driver license; reliable transportation; knowledge in adult psychiatric care and/or substance abuse/addictions, outlined below, to be attained within six (6) months of employment:

    • Knowledge of psychiatric disorders in the adult population
    • Knowledge of general and psychiatric nursing care
    • Basic knowledge of medical terminology especially those terms associated with adult psychiatry care
    • Familiarity of psychopharmacology and the use of psychotropic medications with the adult population
    • Knowledge of cultural diversity
    • Knowledge of behavior management, crisis intervention and interventions common to acute psychotic consumers, as well as, to non-violent crisis intervention practice
    • Knowledge of AOT team standards
    • Basic knowledge of available community resources
    • Knowledge of educational methods appropriate to adults with severe and persistent psychiatric disorders
    • Knowledge of educational methods appropriate to adults with psychiatric disorders
    • Knowledge of psychiatric rehabilitation principles
    • Understanding of behavioral, psychological, physical health and social effects of psychoactive drugs, including alcohol and tobacco on the consumer and their significant others
    • Basic teaching and training skills


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