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Job Code:2018-COLUMBUS-019
Location:Columbus Campus
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Job Responsibilities:

Purpose: To provide professional nursing experience and to make sure that the physical and mental health needs of the clients are met.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide nursing assessments and interventions to observe, monitor and care for the physical, nutritional, behavioral health and related psychosocial issues, problems or crises manifested in the course of the client’s treatment.
  • Assess and monitor the client’s response to medication(s) to determine the need to continue medication and/or to determine the need to refer the youth for a medication review.
  • Assess and monitor a client’s medical and other health issues that are either directly related to the mental health or substance related disorder or to the treatment of the condition (e.g. diabetes, cardiac and/or blood pressure issues, substance withdrawal symptoms, weight gain and fluid retention, seizures, etc.)
  • Venipuncture, drug screens, etc. required to monitor and assess mental health, substance disorders or directly related conditions and monitor side effects of psychotropic medications.
  • Development of individualized treatment plan goals and review and evaluate clients’ progress in relation to the measureable goals.
  • Ensure all practices and services adhere to all current contracts, state and federal policies set forth by oversight bodies.
  • Consult with and educate the client’s family/caregiver/therapist about medical, nutritional and other health issues related to the individual’s mental health or substance related issues.
  • Educates the client and family/responsible caregiver(s) on medications and potential medication side effects.
  • Consult with the client and family/caregiver(s) about the various aspects of informed consent (when prescribing occurs/APRN).
  • Attend clinical meetings with Lighthouse for Families.
  • Meet weekly billable requirement.
  • Attend clinical staffing with the consulting psychiatrist. Provide health-related information on clients being updated.Assist psychiatrist with recording orders and writing prescriptions.Ensure that orders are carried out correctly and in a timely fashion.Make notation in charts concerning new orders and clients seen by psychiatrist.
  • Provide health reports for case reviews and when a client is discharged or transferred to another facility.
  • Consult with Medical Director and/or pediatrician regarding conditions outside scope of practice and refer clients to other health care providers, as indicated.
  • Identify health related educational needs of clients and provide informal and/or structured instruction on health related issues.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Relationship Building:Develop and maintain effective therapeutic relationships.
  • Professionalism:Promote a professional, positive work environment.
  • Completes assignments in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Is willing to take on additional responsibility in a positive manner.
  • Upholds the mission and values of The Methodist Home.
  • Complete training necessary to perform position consistent with program and agency staff development plans
  • Demonstrates and understands the sanctuary commitments.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to democracy and therefore actively participating in team decisions.
  • Employee practices social responsibility by insuring that they are at their work area when scheduled and remain for duration of required hours in order to perform responsibilities.
  • Openly communicates to establish and maintain effective working relationship with people at all levels.
  • Utilizes appropriate Sanctuary tools when interacting with colleagues and residents.
  • Adheres to the seven commitments of Sanctuary when carrying out work responsibilities.
  • Employee recognizes the need for self care and therefore has developed a self care plan.

Job Qualifications:

Education and/or Work Experience Requirements:

  • Must be a graduate of an accredited nursing program.Baccalaureate degree in nursing preferred.
  • Must have current Georgia license to practice as a registered professional nurse.
  • At least two years nursing experience, including experience in psychiatric or mental/behavioral health setting preferred.
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services.This includes client’s needs assessment and meeting quality standards for services.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, competence, leadership ability, and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency in use of computer.
  • High level of energy required for working with people.
  • Necessary stamina and temperament to work with clients ages 4-65 years of age who are experiencing crisis and/or emotional and/or behavior disorders.
  • Ability to interface and build relationships with clients and a variety of service providers and collaterals.
  • Posses the skill of active listening – giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, and ask appropriate questions.
  • Ability to meet and handle the public with tact and poise.
  • Maintain high level of confidentiality.
  • Must be able to multi task in a fast paced work environment.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to use collaborative documentation.
  • Ability to consider relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate decision.
  • Ability to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Ability to appropriately handle confidential information.
  • Ability to understand and consistently implement policies and procedures of the Agency.
  • Ability to interact and work cooperatively and effectively with other personnel and residents. 
  • Ability to show sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural difference in the service population
  • Ability to uphold the mission and values of The Methodist Home

Other Job Information (if applicable):

Essential Physical Requirements: 

  • Responsibilities include a high tolerance for stress.Being able to accept constructive criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Duties require the ability to manipulate small equipment and containers (i.e. syringes, vials, and medication packages) to administer medication.
  • Duties require the visual ability to draw up the correct quantity of medication into a syringe.
  • Necessary stamina and temperament to work with clients ages 4 to 65 years of age who are experiencing crisis and/or emotional and/or behavior disorders.
  • Ability to hear and understand speech at normal levels.
  • Ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Duties may include bending, stooping or kneeling for short durations of time.
  • Duties may occasionally include overhead work, reaching, pulling and pushing items.
  • Ability to operate office equipment including copiers, peripheral devices, etc.
  • Responsibilities include repetitive hand movements such as typing.
  • Responsibilities could include some travel.
  • Responsibilities include some evening and weekends.