ACT Nurse

Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 02-12-2018
General Statement of Responsibilities:  

The ACT Nurse 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 a range of treatment, rehabilitation, and support services; and sharing shift-management responsibility with other staff.  The ACT Nurse provides nursing services and support functions for the ACT consumers to ensure the quality of care to FPS consumers and services are provided in compliance with DMH and other payers’ regulations.   The ACT Nurse performs liaison functions, and serves as an ambassador.
Position Duties:
  1. Provide service coordination (case management) for assigned group of clients including coordinating and monitoring the activities of the individual treatment team(ITT); assume primary responsibility for developing, writing, implementing, evaluation and revising overall treatment goals and plans in collaboration with the client and the ITT, providing individual supportive therapy and symptom management, ensuring immediate changes are made in the treatment plans as clients’ needs change, educating and supporting clients’ families, and advocating for clients’ rights and preferences.
  2. Participate in and conduct parts of the client-centered 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.
  3. Consult with community agencies and families to maintain coordination in the treatment process.
  4. Perform shift management coordination with other ACT team leader according to established policies and procedures.
  5. Provide on-call crisis intervention covering nighttime hours and serve as a backup to evening and weekend staff.
  6. Document client progress to maintain a permanent record of client activity according to established methods and procedures.
  7. Participate in daily staff organizational meetings and treatment planning review meetings
  8. Take the lead role or participate in providing medication administration and medical services.
  9. Under the direction of the team psychiatrist and in collaboration with other registered 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.
  10. Under the direction of the team psychiatrist and in collaboration with other registered nurses on the team, organize and manage the system of getting medication to clients and integrating medication administration tightly into clients’ individual treatment plans.
  11. Under the direction of the team psychiatrist and in collaboration with other registered nurses on the team, manage pharmaceuticals and medical supplies.  
  12. 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.  
  13. Participate in treatment, rehabilitation (e.g. skill building, socialization, ADL’s, housing), and support services.
  14. Coordinate consumer care to ensure quality care is consistently provided to consumers, using best practices.  
  15. Produce reports and submit reports as requested, and by the established due date.  
  16. Effectively network with other community agency personnel.  
  17. Provide individual supportive therapy (e.g. problem solving, role-playing, modeling and support), social skill development, and assertiveness training to increase client social and interpersonal activities in community settings.                        
Required Qualifications:
Occupational Requirement:   A Master’s, bachelor’s, or associates degree in nursing, must be licensed as a registered nurse and should have at least one year of work experience in an inpatient or outpatient psychiatric setting.  Must have a strong commitment to the right and ability of each person with a severe and persistent mental illness to live in normal community residences; work in market jobs; and have access to helpful, adequate, competent, and continuous supports and services.  Professional Licensure is required.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
  • The principles and practices of effective nursing
  • The principles and practices of effective case management
  • Strength–based and family systems approaches to treatment
  • Crisis intervention and management
  •  Needs assessment techniques and strategies 
  • Problem-solving and conflict resolution
  • Symptoms and effects of physical, emotional, sexual abuse and neglect
  • Substance Abuse, its indicators, effects, and treatment
  • Parenting skills and behavior management techniques
  • Community resources and services
  • Cultural diversity and value systems
  • Contemporary social and economic conditions and related issues
  • Child welfare laws, regulations and guidelines and Adult protective service regulations and guidelines
  • Mental health, housing, health and related service systems
Skills & Abilities:
  • Communicating effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Planning, organizing, and directing consumer care
  • Developing, implementing, and evaluating program and client goals and objectives
  • Conducting individual, family, and community needs assessments; developing, implementing, and evaluating related services
  • Analyzing situations and information; using sound judgments to make decisions and determine appropriate course(s) of action
  • Establishing and maintaining professional relationships with client/families, staff, and community agents
  • Interviewing and collecting pertinent data; drawing realistic clinical conclusions
  • Individual, family, and group counseling techniques
  • Planning, coordinating, and implementing treatment services to identified clientele - cognizant of cultural, ethnic and environmental differences
  • Developing and implementing appropriate parenting and life skills behavior management strategies
  • Observing, identifying, and screening for medical and psychological problems; responding in appropriate professional manner
  • Crisis intervention with family members, including implementation of plan of safety; mandated reporting
Griffin Staffing Network, LLC
1145 Main Street Suite 508
Springfield, MA 01103
Phone (413) 788-0751
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