Night Crisis Care Center Registered Nurse (RN)

JEFFERSON BLOUNT ST CLAIR MENTAL HEALTH AUTHORITY

Job Details

401 BEACON PARKWAY WEST – BIRMINGHAM, AL
Full Time
Day

Description

Registered Nurse (RN)

Normal Work Hours/Days: 7:00pm-7:30am (3-12 hour shifts weekly)

Location: Crisis Care Center

Salary Range: $27.76 – $46.35

The Crisis Care Center is designed to provide crisis stabilization to individuals experiencing a behavioral health and/or substance use crisis and reduce pressure on law enforcement and local emergency departments. Once the crisis has been resolved and the individual has been stabilized, they will be linked with a community mental health provider for on-going services. This position is a direct service provider for the Crisis Care Center. The individual hired for this position is responsible for the coordination of medical, nursing and program services for individuals with mental health, substance use, and co-occurring disorders. The individual hired will be responsible for the initial nursing assessment of clients when they present to the Crisis Care Center to assure stabilization. This individual will also interpret medical information and assist or administer medications.

PRIMARY JOB FUNCTIONS:

Complete all admission and discharge paperwork including nursing assessments, physical assessments on individuals with mental health/substance abuse symptoms exhibiting a state of crisis and needs with development of nursing care plans

Obtain medical histories and provide medical screening

Monitor, record and report symptoms and changes in individuals’ conditions by observation using proper nursing care to the Provider and Nurse Manager and document individual progress or lack thereof

Responsible for updating the initial treatment plan with any medical issues, in conjunction with other staff

Transcribe orders if needed

Coordinate and implement discharge plans to outside community agencies and providers

Follow-up on medical concerns by providing direct nursing services to clients

Monitors with or without observation, withdrawal complications, possible medication side effects and emerging symptoms of mental illness

Demonstrate competency for Blood Glucose Monitoring, Alcohol Breathalyzer, Urine Drug Screen, Pregnancy Test, and PPD skin tests

Monitor and document all ordered labs, screenings, and results such as PPD, Blood Glucose, UA, RPR, Blood Chem, and CBC

Perform safe phlebotomy practices when drawing blood labs

Provides health education to groups and/or individuals

Maintains up to date, well documented medical records in compliance with state and program requirements

Participates in case reviews as a member of the multidisciplinary team

Administers medications and conducts audits on medication record documents to ensure accountability and compliance with medical direction

Intervene, stabilize and manage acute crisis situations as needed

Other duties and tasks as assigned

Other duties as assigned

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Registered nurse with a current Alabama Nursing license

Two years experience working with serious mental illness and/or substance use populations preferred

Familiarity with psychotropic and neuroleptic drugs, their uses as well as potential side effects

Valid American Red Cross CPR/First Aid certification

Valid Alabama drivers license

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES:

Knowledge of the seriously mentally ill and substance use population

Knowledge of special needs and behavioral characteristics of the seriously mentally ill and/or substance use adult population

Assessment skills in the areas of physical and mental status

Familiarity with psychotropic and neuroleptic drugs, their uses, and potential side effects

Knowledge and ability to properly administer psychotropic/neuroleptic drugs as ordered by the prescriber

Working knowledge of clinical interviewing techniques and principles

Effective communication skills, written and expressive

Ability and willingness to document activities and maintain records in the electronic health record

Trained in or willing to be trained in crisis intervention, specifically Therapeutic Options

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