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Licensed Practical Nurse

at Lifestream

Posted: 11/11/2019
Job Reference #: 1158927
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Licensed Practical Nurse

Department:050 - FACT (Florida Assertive Community Treatment) Team
Location:Leesburg, FL

JOB SUMMARY: This member of the Florida Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) multidisciplinary team is responsible for conducting psychiatric assessments; assessing physical health needs; making appropriate referrals to community physicians; providing management and administration of medication in conjunction with the psychiatrist; providing of a range of treatment, rehabilitation, and support services; and sharing shift-management responsibility with other staff.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS and RESPONSIBILITIESThe list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification with or without an accommodation. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position. 

  •  Nursing assessments and interventions
  •  Documentation of services provided through an electronic medical record program
  •  Successful functioning in a team-based program
  • The ability to comply with the regulations requiring a workplace of dignity and respect and equal employment opportunity compliance. 
  • The ability to work collaboratively with others and to accept constructive criticism from supervisors and managers. 
  • Willingness to abide by the company’s published rules and regulations 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide case management for an assigned group of individuals including coordinating and monitoring the activities of the individual treatment team; assume primary responsibility for developing, writing, implementing, evaluating and revising overall treatment goals and plans in conjunction with the individual treatment team, providing the individual supportive therapy and symptom management, ensuring immediate changes are made in the treatment plans as participant’s needs change, educating and supporting participant’s families, and advocating for their rights and preferences.
  • Conduct comprehensive assessment of psychiatric history (e.g., onset, course and effect of illness, past treatment and responses, and risk behaviors), mental status, and diagnosis; physical health and dental health; use of drugs or alcohol; education and employment; social development and functioning; activities of daily living (e.g., self-care, living situation, nutrition, money management); and family structure and relationships.
  • Consult with community agencies and families to maintain coordination in the treatment process.
  • Perform shift management in coordination with other FACT shift managers according to established policies and procedures.       Participate in daily staff organizational meetings and treatment planning review meetings.
  • Provides on-call crisis intervention covering nighttime hours and serve as a backup to evening and weekend staff.
  • Document the individual’s progress to maintain a permanent record of activity according to established methods and procedures.
  • Take the lead role or participate in providing medication administration and medical services.
  • Under the direction of the team psychiatrist and in collaboration with other nurses on the team, develop, revise, maintain, and supervise team psychopharmacologic and medical treatment and medication policies and procedures including transcribing, administering, evaluating, and recording psychotropic medications prescribed by the team psychiatrist; evaluate and chart psychotropic medication effectiveness, complications, and side effects; and arrange for required lab work according to protocol
  • Under the direction of the psychiatrist and in collaboration with other nurses on the team, organize and manage the system of getting medication to clients and integrating medication administration tightly into individual treatment plans
  • Under the direction of the team psychiatrist and in collaboration with other nurses on the team, manage pharmaceuticals and medical supplies
  • In collaboration with the team psychiatrist, coordinate, schedule, and administer medical assessments of client physical health, making appropriate referrals to community physicians for further assessment and treatment, and coordinate psychiatric treatment with medical treatment
  • Participate in treatment, rehabilitation, and support services.

COMPETENCIES: Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Motivation (KSAM) required for an employee to be successful.

  • Serving Our Consumers: Effectively meeting consumer needs, building productive consumer relationships, and taking responsibility for consumer satisfaction and loyalty. 
    • Consumer Focus: Building strong consumer relationships and delivering consumer-centric solutions.
    • Values Differences: Recognizing the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization.
      • Age Specific: Assessment, Interpretation, Intervention, Knowledge, Developmental Stages, Enhances Family Involvement
      • Basic Job Readiness: Courtesy, Flexibility, Reliability, Responsiveness
      • Personal Effectiveness: Communication, Interpersonal Skills, Self-Management, Thinking Skills
      • Organizational/Management: Compliance, CQI Commitment, Linking/Networking, Management of Information, Organizational Participation, and Safety
      • Performance Specific: Assessment, Crisis Management, Customer Focus, Empowerment/ Advocacy, Medication Issues, Psychosocial Interventions, Treatment/Recovery Service Planning.
  • Effective Communication: Clearly conveying information and ideas to individuals and groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.  
    • Communicates Effectively: Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
    • Manages Conflict: Handling conflict situations effectively, with a minimum of noise.
  • Continuous Improvement: The ongoing process of achieving positive changes in service and processes in order to improve efficiency and quality.      
    • Resourcefulness: Securing and deploying resources effectively and efficiently.
    • Cultivates Innovation: Creating new and better ways for the organization to be successful.
  • Expertise: Demonstrating proficiency of an employee's skill or knowledge within their field of practice. 
    • Drives Results: Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.

KNOWLEDGE AND JOB SKILLS: Must have a clear understanding of the characteristics and problems of adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses and be knowledgeable about the FACT model. Must be trauma-informed in approach to care. Has an understanding of co-occurring substance abuse problems and is able to provide services that address both mental illness and substance abuse. Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills. Displays excellent telephone and customer service skills.

PERSONAL QUALITIES: A pleasant and friendly manner is vital to satisfactory job performance. Must display patience and understanding of persons with disabilities and in challenging customer service situations. Must be alert and vigilant at all times. Dependability and adaptability essential for this position. Must show initiative and be able to work autonomously. Must have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record in order to drive a company vehicle.

SPECIAL FACTORS: Must be able to meet deadlines. Must be able to document accurately and remain current with all documentation. It is important for a person in this position to enjoy working with difficult clients and act as a role model whenever possible. Attends clinical supervision with clinical supervisor on a monthly basis. Able and willing, to work flexible hours. Must have reliable transportation and be willing to drive as a part of their basic job duties.

JUDGMENT/DECISION MAKING: Utilizes established corporate policies and procedures in making decisions. Uses sound judgment in meeting the responsibilities and performing the duties of the position.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

  •  Education: Completion of an accredited nursing program for Licensed Practical Nurses or Registered Nurses.
  •  Experience: Minimum of 1 year experience with the severe and persistent mental illness population or related field.

TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT: Completes all requirements according to Individual Training Plan within the first six months of hire and annually. Other training and/or professional development may be assigned due to evolution of programs.

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