This position is primarily responsible for servicing both Residential and Outpatient Substance Use Disorder Programs, coordinating and managing health care services and health education; encouraging health and wellness and disease prevention. The Health Coordinator/Registered Nurse will also be responsible for oversight of Residential participant’s daily medical needs, ensuring medication compliance and proper documentation of self-medication. This position subscribes to a matrix management model and reports to the Medical Director and Clinical Director.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Core duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
– Conducts health assessments and makes appropriate referrals/follow ups.
– Monitors, observes and interprets participants’ symptom(s), assessing needs to provide the best possible care and communicating them to physician(s).
– Perform routine procedures (blood pressure and glucose readings) and document in charts.
– Provide instant medical care in emergencies.
– Schedules all initial and yearly physical exams and PPD testing, and obtains results of the same.
– Makes MD appointments and ensures participants follow through.
– Promotes participants’ independence by establishing care goals; teaching participants to understand condition and self-care skills; answering questions.
– Prepares and implements comprehensive health education curriculum for the participant population, with special emphasis on major chronic health issues (e.g., HIV/AIDS, STD’s, Hepatitis C, Hypertension, Diabetes, Smoking, etc.), and risk reduction factors; emphasizing the need to make good health decisions, incorporating healthy activities, and avoiding harmful behaviors.
– Educates participants on medications, ensuring an understanding of the medications, and ensures refills are ordered as needed.
– Designing of training and care plans programs.
– Self-medication monitoring.
– Checks for participant medication compliance, documents non-compliance and provides counseling re to the same.
– Serves as point of contact and advocate for participants with counseling staff, medical providers, pharmacies, etc.
– Provides initial and ongoing staff training on medication oversight and “what to do” in an emergency.
– Ensures orderliness and cleanliness of medication chart and medication room and that all needed supplies are available.
– Maintains first aid kits, ensuring they are equipped.
– Orders those medical supplies that do not require MD authorization, such as alcohol, band aids, first aid/burn creams.
– Disposes of discontinued medications following regulatory protocols.
– Is an integral part of the treatment team, consulting with clinicians and participating in team meetings and case conferences; resolving participant problems utilizing multidisciplinary team strategies.
– Maintains participant confidentiality at all times.
– Fosters a supportive and compassionate environment for participants and their families.
– Develops and maintains a list of resources.
– Submits accurate and timely documentation.
– Is aware of and adheres to all agency and funding source policies and procedures.
– May be required to work evenings and weekends.
Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination and evaluation of health related services.
Consults with the Medical Director, Clinical Directors, Outpatient and Residential Directors and acts as the departmental intermediary. Supervises Community or Public Health interns.
Education and/or Experience:
– The RN must hold an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university and must have passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.
– Must have at least 1-2 years of experience working in the field of chemical dependency.
– Must successfully complete a criminal background check, obtain clearance from the Office of Children and Family Services and be chemical dependency free.
– Must have basic computer skills.
Employment Type: Part Time
Salary Details: $50 an hour