Under the supervision of the PACT Team Leader/Coordinator and the guidance of the PACT Nurse Manager, provides nursing services to participants in the agency’s PACT. Services include delivery and administration of medications prescribed by the team psychiatrist and monitoring of the effects of these medications and the health status of recipients. The Nurse works as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, providing care to persons with serious and persistent mental illness, and duties are performed both in an office and in community and home settings. The Nurse coordinates with other team nurses to maintain the PACT medication room. The nurse assists in providing on-call coverage after hours as needed.Job CategoryMental Health ServicesJob Duties and Responsibilities
• Coordinates medical aspects of care, including monitoring and administration of medications in a manner that meets the unique needs of clients;
• Provides education to program participants regarding their medical and mental health condition and treatment;
• Develops and engages individuals in health promotion activities, such as health and wellness clinics, smoking cessation efforts, weight management and other education programs for disease prevention;
• Assess participants for range of health care needs and facilitate linkage and on-going connection to relevant urgent, primary and specialty health services;
• In collaboration with the other nurses on the team and under the direction of the Nurse Manager, organizes and manages the system of distribution of medication to persons served, prioritizing the needs of the individuals and safety concerns;
• Provides routine examinations, such as measuring blood pressure, pulse, temperature, weight and blood glucose levels;
• Dispenses medication and administers injections;
• Collaborates with other nurses to monitor and maintain the PACT pharmacy;
• Provides case management for an assigned group of persons served, including development and updating of treatment plan, coordinating and monitoring treatment services and supportive counseling;
• Consults with other team members regarding the medical implications of mental health conditions and treatment strategies;
• Participates in team meetings, case reviews and supervision;
• Completes documentation in accordance with licensure, agency and third-party payer requirements;
• Collaborates with other team members to provide 24-hour on-call crisis coverage to participants.
Advanced knowledge of the principles, standards and practices related to psychiatric nursing; thorough knowledge of the theories and practices related to the care and treatment of adults with serious and persistent mental illness and individuals with co-occurring MH/SA disorders, including behavior management, independent living skills training, supportive counseling, family education, crisis intervention, discharge planning and service coordination; knowledge of nursing practices, pharmacology and the physiological and psychological effects of alcohol and drug use and withdrawal; Knowledge of the Board of Pharmacy and Board of Nursing regulations related to prescription drug storage, administration and documentation; knowledge of community resources, including service providers and entitlement eligibility criteria; effective oral, written and interpersonal communication skills; skill in interviewing, observing recording and reporting on participants’ functioning; ability to maintain documentation and use the agency’s electronic health record; ability to work independently.
Licensure in Virginia as a Registered Nurse and at least one year of experience working with persons with serious mental illness and/or substance abuse.
Valid VA Driver’s License.
Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing preferred.Physical Demands
Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees, persons served and the public through the use of the telephone and personal contact as normally defined by the ability to see, read, talk, hear, handle or feel objects and controls. Work is performed in an office environment as well as in community and home settings. The incumbent may be exposed to hostile and abusive clients. Physical capability to use and operate various items of office related equipment effectively, such as, but not limited to, a personal computer, calculator, copier, and fax machine. Some walking, moving, carrying, climbing, bending, kneeling, crawling, reaching, and handling, sitting, standing, pushing, and pulling.Shift Type/Hours Worked
Work Schedule can include some after hours and weekend rotations.