Registered Nurse-Full -time
Company: East Alabama Mental Health Center
Posted on: August 1, 2022
Summary: Provides and coordinates medical services provided to
consumers. Monitors the medical condition of consumers and ensures
that the necessary medical care is provided to these consumers.
Responsible for securing appropriate care if unable to provide care
indicated. Responsible for the supervision and safety of
**This position is located in Opelika, Alabama.
Medical Services: Responsible for monitoring the medical condition
of consumers on a regular basis and for obtaining appropriate
medical care when indicated. Performs nursing assessments and makes
recommendations regarding consumer physical and emotional health,
relating to diet, hygiene, behavior, etc. Consults, on a regular
basis, with physicians and psychiatrists regarding medical issues.
Ensures blood pressure and pulse checks are taken and documented
regularly. Ensures height and weight checks are documented on a
weekly/monthly basis as indicated by the program. Monitors seizure
records. Monitors medical records to ensure that regular doctor and
dental visits are scheduled. Provides emergency medical care as
needed and ensures that emergency supply kits are properly stocked.
Collects laboratory specimens and assists direct care staff in the
collection of routine stool specimens, sputum, etc. When behavioral
abnormalities or side effects are observed, consults with program
director or clinical staff as appropriate. Consults with family
members and other Center staff regarding medical concerns and
medical follow-up. Ensures infection control policies and
procedures are followed. Ensures doctor orders are followed.
Provides educational groups for consumers and family members.
Provides individual patient education services.Medication:
Administers medications as prescribed and/or assigns this
responsibility appropriately. Ensures written orders are obtained
on all medication administered. May take physician orders over the
phone. Ensures that phone orders are reviewed and signed by the
physician in accordance with the Center's Policy & Procedures.
Documents all prescription and non-prescription medications
received. Monitors individual consumer medications to ensure a
locked status and appropriate content. Inventories consumer
medications as assigned. Ensures that new medication forms are
completed when new medications are received. Responsible for
checking medication logs to determine the need for medication
re-evaluation and/or refills. Responsibility for Medication
Administration Records monthly and functional assessments for all
consumers. Receives and prepares MARs for new residential consumers
and consumers on temporary visits from a State Hospital. May teach
consumers to be independent medicators.
Consumer Care and Indirect Services: Participates in treatment team
and consultation meetings. Participates in decision making
regarding placement and services needed to keep consumers in the
community. May be responsible for ensuring that each consumer's
physical needs are met, including clothing, personal hygiene, and
grooming needs. Ensures that consumer rights are observed and
protected. May be responsible for assisting direct care staff with
the supervision of consumers during program activities. May lead
didactic groups and classes relating to physical and emotional
health, including, but not limited to, nutrition, sex education,
personal hygiene. Identifies safety hazards and initiates
corrective action. May perform routine household tasks and/or
chores, including meal preparation. Models appropriate social
skills. May schedule consumer appointments. May lift consumers
and/or provide other physical intervention as indicated.
Transportation: Transports consumers as needed. May transport
consumers in Center and/or personal vehicle. Must have reliable
transportation and be willing to transport consumers. Responsible
for maintaining personal liability insurance coverage. Follows all
traffic laws. Immediately reports any Center vehicle malfunction to
supervisory or maintenance staff. Maintains safe driving record and
attends defensive driving course as assigned. Completes written
vehicle records as assigned. Wears seat belt and ensures that
passengers wear their seatbelts. Transports children under the age
of 12 in the rear seat of the vehicle (including one's personal
vehicle). Utilizes cellular phones for emergencies only; no use of
cellular phones during transporting. Ensures the security of Center
credit cards. Immediately notifies Human Resources of all accidents
or motor vehicle violations (whether on the job or off). Transports
medications to be destroyed to Center's pharmacist.
Staff Meetings: Attends regularly scheduled staff meetings. Reports
observations of consumer physical and mental health status,
including medical problems. Reports observations of behavior
problems. Implements recommendations made during
staffings.Documentation: Documents incidents and/or unusual
problems immediately. Writes progress notes as assigned. Collects
and documents behavioral data as assigned. Completes routine Center
forms. Documents medication administration and medication
monitoring. Logs in new medications and documents medications to be
Inservice Training: Completes inservice training as required by
Center policy and/or otherwise assigned by supervisory staff.
Policies and Procedures: Reads Center policies and procedures on a
regular basis. Follows policies and procedures. Maintains consumer
and staff confidentiality. Adheres to ethical standards as outlined
by policy or profession. Assists new employees in following
established policies and procedures. Observes infection control
procedures.Other Duties: Performs other duties and tasks as
assigned. May be responsible for basic clerical tasks, including
data entry. Reports safety hazards immediately and initiates
corrective action as appropriate. Reports to work as scheduled and
in a timely manner and attends meetings and staffings as assigned.
Serves on Center teams, committees, councils, and/or workgroups as
assigned. May be required to work a variable schedule, including
evening, night and weekend hours. Works cooperatively with
co-workers and supervisors. Is a "team" player and maintains a
positive team attitude. Maintains an appropriate appearance. Meets
or exceeds productivity requirements as assigned. Maintains
behavior consistent with ethical and professional guidelines. Is
motivated and enthusiastic, offers appropriate suggestions and
initiates ideas to improve Center services. May be required to be
certified in case management.Minimum Qualifications: Registered
Nurse. Psychiatric nursing experience preferred. Knowledge of
psychotropic medications preferred. Valid driver's license and safe
driving record. Must meet conditional employment requirements.
Keywords: East Alabama Mental Health Center, Columbus , Registered Nurse-Full -time, Healthcare , Opelika, Georgia
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