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Registered Nurse – Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) Community Support Program (CSP) Outpatient Clinic
Location:River Block Building - WR
FT/PT:Full-time 38.75hrs/week - WRS Eligible
Deadline to apply:11/11/2018
Hiring Range:$50,814.40 to $58.073.60/annually
  
Job Responsibilities:
GENERAL FUNCTION
Responsible for development and implementation of preventative care, recovery and support services to Wood County residents diagnosed with mental health and/or substance abuse issues.  Services utilize evidence-based guidelines and tailored to the unique needs of the individual in such a way as to support growth and development, independent functioning and personal choice while ensuring that basic living needs are being adequately addressed.  Registered Nurses (RNs) will provide medication monitoring, supportive follow along services, consultation and assist individuals in accessing needed programs to assist them in the process of recovery and stabilization in their community.

SUPERVISES
No supervisory responsibility.

RESPONSIBILITIES

A. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

1. Triages patient calls for the Psychiatrist and/or Nurse Practioner, in effect performing as a gate keeper.  Assesses need, and takes appropriate medical action.
2. Provides telephone exchanges with or about patients related to assessment and management services, including prescription provision and laboratory orders.
3. Provides nursing services and education regarding potential side effects of prescribed medication to consumers.  Services include injections; medication setup; blood pressure readings, weight monitoring, and overall health assessment as part of a psychiatric examination; phoning in a medication refill or new prescription as ordered by the prescriber to the consumer’s pharmacy; ordering and monitoring of lab work related to prescriber ordered medications.  Education includes explaining need for medication, how it works, and potential side effects.  Also provides linkage to medical community for clients and staff when necessary.
4. Provides emergency screen/assessment of individuals who walk into the clinic looking for or in need of services.  May include brief intervention to calm an individual, assessment of immediate need to see the Psychiatrist or clinicians.
5. Responds to medical emergencies in the building.
6. Assists with provision of telehealth as scheduled for coordination and trouble-shooting in keeping with requirements for State Certification under DHS 75, 34, 35, and 61.91.
7. Work collaboratively with clients, their families, guardians and recovery teams in assessment and in developing integrated service plans.  Provide linkage for collaboration between clients, contracted service providers, physicians and other community professionals.  Use strategies including strength-based assessment to establish hope, facilitate empowerment, and promote stabilization in the community to achieve optimal independence and recovery.  
8. Maintain documentation as mandated by Wisconsin Medical Assistance Guidelines, Wisconsin Nurse Practice Act, and the department’s Nursing Standard of Care policies.
9. Assist non-nursing case managers, as requested, for medical needs of their clients.  Conduct physical health assessments as required for medical triage and facilitate access to medical care as appropriate.  Promote access to annual physical/dental/eye preventative care appointments.  Provide linkage and timely communication to the medical community which may include transportation and participation in clinic visits to facilitate coordination of care.
10. Organize, direct and assist in psycho-social rehabilitation activities, including daily living skills training, community living skills training, recreational and educational groups for consumers utilizing community settings and resources.
11. Organize health promotion/disease prevention activities for clients, researching opportunities and promoting client participation.  Assist clients to set personal goals, documenting individual and program outcomes.
12. Introduce clients to community and individual opportunities that foster interest in life-long healthy lifestyles.  Activities will be individual or group oriented, and promote:
? Daily physical exercise
? Healthy nutritional choices 
? Participation in community wellness programs or support groups
? Participation in risk reduction programs 
? Compliance with medical recommendations for chronic disease management.
13. Know and practice the safety policies of the County. Perform all job tasks in a safe and prescribed manner.

B. OTHER DUTIES

1. Participate in continuing education via conferences, web-based and in-service training to maintain current nursing best practice standards.  
2. Provide consultation and education about mental health issues to service agencies, business and community organizations to improve understanding of the mental health delivery system, promote personal mental well-being, and reduce stigma of individuals with mental illness and/or substance abuse issues. 
3. Perform other duties as assigned.
 
Job Qualifications:
EXPERIENCE, TRAINING, QUALIFICATIONS
Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing or associated health field from an accredited college and two years of experience or an equivalent amount of nursing education and experience (an Associate Degree in Nursing (two year degree) and four years’ experience) and State of Wisconsin licensure as a Registered Nurse is required.  Must have an understanding of techniques and skills useful in assisting individuals with a chronic mental illness.  Position requires the ability to work effectively with a variety of other professionals and manage time effectively.  Basic everyday living skills, the ability to understand and follow directions (department manuals, etc.), and reading and writing reports is necessary.  Ability to communicate orally and in writing with individuals and groups.  This position may require travel to and from off-campus sites.  Possession of a valid driver’s license, as well as a licensed and insured automobile is required; or other means of reliable transportation immediately available to individual.  Experience working with the chronically mentally ill in the community is desirable.  

Basic office equipment used:  computer, printers, telephone, copy machine, fax machine and calculators.