This position will be an important member of our Addiction Medicine team. This team serves a variety of different clients but the focus is on those with opioid use disorders. As part of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), Suboxone is often prescribed and this position provides nursing support and monitoring of these clients. Some of the roles for this position include: being part of a multidisciplinary team, counseling, care coordination, health education groups, coordination of medical and primary care needs, doing nursing and withdrawal assessments, checking urine drug screens, using the Prescription Monitoring Program, working with pharmacy, injections including Vivitrol. Position will report to and be supervised by Nursing Supervisor. Filling the position on a job-share basis will be considered.
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NOTE: This position includes a signing bonus of $2,000 for new hires.
Provides nursing services to clients, including administering injections, collecting vital signs, administering tests and interfacing with other nursing staff;
Provides nursing support to psychopharmacological services, crisis intervention, and case consultation for clients with substance use disorders or serious mental illness;
Administers, schedules and coordinates medication clinics/medical services, including delivery of medication, monitoring medication room, and inventorying medications;
Complies with state pharmacy guidelines in ordering, storage, and disposal of medications;
Monitors client responses to psycho biological and nursing interventions, medications and other treatments;
Performs quality assurance review;
Performs physical/mental health assessments, including laboratory testing of new clients at intake and to clients on an ongoing basis as case manager;
Monitors and assesses clients to identify contributing or co-occurring mental health issues;
Monitors and assesses clients for risk of harm to self and/or others;
Provides nursing assistance and information to clients through the telephone "nurse of the day" service;
Manages medical needs and urgent care needs of clients;
Monitors and assesses medical status of clients in the process of detoxification;
Develops a therapeutic relationship with clients, provides supportive counseling, psycho-education, and health teaching for both individuals and groups;
Serves as case manager for clients for whom medication compliance is essential for remaining out of the hospital;
Participates on inter-/intra-agency case management teams, providing nursing consultation and effective integration between clinical and psychopharmacology services;
Documents assessments, treatment plans and quarterly reports on clinical status of clients;
Plans, develops and leads group and individual psycho-education, health education and wellness programs;
Researches available community, private and government resources and support.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of nursing standards, theories, principles, practices, methods, processes, and procedures;
Knowledge of federal and state pharmacy and medication clinic regulations and guidelines;
Knowledge of documentation, nursing diagnosis, and quality assurance;
Knowledge of human growth and development, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology (e.g., side effects, contraindications), preventive medicine, epidemiology, and nutrition;
Knowledge of psychiatric, psychological, and/or sociological terminology and concepts;
Knowledge of substance use disorders and addiction signs and symptoms, assessment techniques, treatment interventions and approaches;
Knowledge of available community resources for referral or the ability to rapidly acquire such knowledge;
Ability to perform technical and complex nursing procedures (e.g., injections, venipuncture, blood pressure screening, STD check, tube feeding, nebulizations), administer treatments and medications, and use medical equipment in delivering services to clients;
Ability to perform emergency treatment(s), with limited supervision, for life threatening conditions;
Ability to manage a caseload;
Ability to perform mental and physical health assessments and apply treatment approaches/modalities;
Ability to assess and monitor the effects of medications;
Ability to assess level of risk for harm to self or others;
Ability to develop and implement treatment plans/programs for individuals and groups;
Ability to work as case manager in a multi-disciplinary team;
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, public and private organizations, community groups, and the general public;
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
Ability to maintain records and prepare reports.
Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in nursing; plus two years of post-licensure experience as a nurse, in the specialty area of psychiatric mental health nursing, substance use disorders, intellectual disability, or relevant clinical specialty; or graduation from an accredited college with an associate degree in nursing; plus four years of post-licensure experience as a nurse in the specialty area of psychiatric mental health nursing, substance use disorders, intellectual disability, or relevant clinical specialty.
Bilingual in any language. Experience working in the field of psychiatric mental health nursing, substance use disorders. Able to work evening shift at least two times per week.
CERTIFICATES AND LICENSURES REQUIRED:
Possession of a current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the Commonwealth of Virginia or a multistate licensure privilege to practice as a Registered Nurse in Virginia. Valid driver's license.
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, driving record check, a Child Protective Services Registry, and a check with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to the satisfaction of the employer. Annual TB test.
Ability to provide nursing care/assistance including assisting large adults; sit, walk, stand, bend and write as needed; use key-board to enter data in electronic health record and review data on computer monitor; observe client behavior/appearance and converse with coworkers; All duties perform with or without reasonable accommodations.
Panel interview, may include written medication exercise.
It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.
Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 711. EEO/AA/TTY.