Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY: Under supervision of the Lead Registered Nurse, performs duties in support of therapeutic services and provides comprehensive direct support services which are structured to meet the needs of an adult population composed of SMI, dual-diagnosed and/or referred persons. Provides nursing services to members including engagement, assessment, treatment planning, medication administration, education and supportive psychotherapy; performs related duties as required.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this classification.

 

  • Serves as nurse to assigned members. Performs all duties required of nurses in this treatment system.
  • Documents all activities in the clinical record including member’s responses to medication administered and according to policy using approved forms.
  • Coordinates physical and behavioral health care needs for members.
  • Prepares and administers oral, intramuscular, and subcutaneous medications; performs TB testing and venipunctures.
  • Participates in on-call rotation as directed.
  • Practices according to evidence-based practices and DBHS Performance Improvement Protocols and Technical Assistance Documents as posted on DBHS web site.
  • Practices according to the recovery model and Arnold v. Sarn principles; knows and practices engagement skills including motivational interviewing; and assists members to define and achieve their own recovery goals.
  • Identifies potential barriers to quality care and opportunities for improvement and reports them to Lead Nurse.
  • Provides member care and administers medications and treatments as per prescriber order or protocol. Responsible for the storage, proper cleaning techniques, and use of reusable medical equipment.
  • Communicates regularly with assigned supervisors, prescribers, and team members.
  • Coordinates member care with the PCP or Integrated Care Provider and RBHA Care Management Department and coordinates transition of member care for PCP services into or out of the clinic setting.
  • Screens for physical health issues and ensures clinical interventions recommended by the RBHA care manager/care coordinator are incorporated into the members care.
  • Participates in UM and QI activities as required.

Skills / Requirements

EDUCATION/LICENSE/CERTIFICATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Completion of the applicable Licensed Practical Nurse course of study and degree.
  • Current licensure issued by the State of Arizona Board of Nursing as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
  • Minimum of one year relevant experience; in a behavioral health setting preferred
  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Minimum typing speed of 25 wpm

 

Important Notes

Lifewell Behavioral Wellness is a non-profit behavioral healthcare agency providing treatment, services and support for low-income clients diagnosed with serious mental illness (SMI), general mental health issues and substance abuse disorders. Lifewell offers residential, outpatient, community living and psychosocial rehabilitation programs which are client centered and adapted to address a broad range of needs.

Lifewell programs provide safe and supportive environments that foster recovery, healthy living and personal growth for clients as they build on existing strengths, focus on addressing deficiencies, and learn new social and vocational skills.