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LPN Residential, AM (Mt. Vernon) SIGN ON BONUS AVAILABLE

AltaPointe Health Systems

This is a Contract position in Boulder, CO posted September 14, 2021.

Overview: AltaPointes Adult Residential Services are designed for consumers with serious and persistent mental illness who require social rehabilitation and community support.

Combining medical, nursing and clinical services, our staff provides care and treatment for more than 200 adults in need of intensive service provision.

The Adult Residential Services Program consists of group homes, which are supervised 24 hours/day when consumers are on the premises.

Expected outcomes are the same for each adult group home: to prevent re-hospitalization and to maximize and maintain successful community placement.

Residential care focuses on the rehabilitation and return to the community of seriously mentally ill consumers.

Responsibilities: Nurses in the residential setting are responsible for administering medications, reviewing MARs to ensure medication management, deescalating or resolving crisis situations, and compliance with the Nurse Delegation Program.Knowledge of psychiatric disorders in the adult populationKnowledge of general and psychiatric nursing careBasic knowledge of medical terminology associated with adult psychiatric careFamiliarity of psychopharmacology and the use of psychotropic medications with the adult populationKnowledge of behavior management, crisis intervention and, interventions common to acute psychotic consumers as well as to non-violent crisis intervention practicesKnowledge of educational methods appropriate to adults with severe and persistent psychiatric disorders Knowledge of cultural diversitySuccessful completion of Medication Assistance Supervision (MAS)Knowledge of DMH/NDP program standardsKnowledge of utilizing electronic health recordPrimary Job Functions: Clinical Responsibilities:Administers medications, observing the Seven Rights of medication administration and monitors consumers for potential side effects of medications and report findings to the physician.Provides medication education for the consumer and family, including uses and potential side effects.Reviews MAR daily to ensure appropriate medication management which includes timely refills and any necessary arrangements with medical staff for new prescriptions.Identifies psychiatric and medical needs of consumers and communicates effectively with the physicians to include taking off any orders and completing consults.Observes consumers behavior in groups and activities, interacts with consumers and evaluate needs to ensure that proper information is reported from shift to shiftInterfaces with the multi-disciplinary team and actively and cooperatively participates in development of the interdisciplinary treatment planMonitors laboratory results and reports all abnormal findings to the physicianDemonstrates the ability to recognize the elements of a crisis state and knows how to deescalate or resolve the situation, including providing emergency care as needed (CPR, MindSet, PRN medications)Conducts infection control training for consumersOngoing compliance with the Nurse Delegation Program, including recertification requirements, including taking MAS callsAssists consumers with personal care issues (bathing, toileting, and other personal hygiene issues)Performs monthly MARs verifications and 24 hour chart checks.Conducts individual and group PHP trainings, activities, and educationSupervision and Consultation:Seeks clinical supervision and consultation needsAccepts and employs suggestions for improvementActively works to enhance clinical skillsAttends regularly scheduled staff meetingsClinical Record Keeping:Documents in a timely fashion per AltaPointe policyDocuments in a clear, concise manner all nursing services provided to the consumer and general observationsDocumentation shows that forms, logs, and other applicable written information are completed accurately and updated when appropriatePhysical Requirements of the Job: There is frequent standing while getting files, paperwork, and handing out medication.Sitting is frequent by nature and up to 5-10 minutes; however, extended sitting could be up to 1.5 to 3 hours for documentation.Walking various distances on grounds can be frequent and up to 300 feet to dispense medication.Squatting and/or lunging frequently to stock supplies and retrieve needed material from file cabinets and book shelves.Strong grasp is needed to handle large carts while retrieving consumer files from the Zeigler Outpatient building and lighter grasp is needed for stocking supplies which requires a force exertion of up to 10 pounds.Fine manipulation for writing, handling paperwork, and dispensing medications to consumers.Pushing and/or pulling force up to 1-5 pounds force, horizontally, to open file cabinets and place binders on book shelves.Lifting various ranges from the floor to overhead with weights up to 1-5 pounds frequently.Must lift 40-50lbs floor to waist occasionally to frequent.Any other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications: Must be a current LPN in the state of Alabama.