Job: Lead Nurse Position
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Under the direction of the Medical Office Manager and the Medical Director and within the scope of practical nursing, the Lead nurse provides nursing care, medical treatment, and helps facilitate the provision of behavioral health services for clients at an outpatient behavioral health clinic for children. The Lead nurse performs administrative tasks such as updating client records, obtaining medical histories, maintaining interface with the Lab. The Lead nurse also participates in crisis response in accordance with the Pantano Crisis Protocol.
* Receive and process requests for medication refills utilizing nursing log: locate chart, request information from other sites if applicable, determine if medication information is correct and fill out medication refill progress note, after approval by BHMP, notification of pharmacy/ family that prescription is ready for pickup.
* Triage phone calls to the Behavioral Health Medical Practitioners (BHMP), i.e.: Medication side effects, crisis calls and any other patient concerns. Contact BHMP as needed and follow and document orders.
* Aid with the maintenance of medical records on all clients, including generating and following up on incident Reports regarding injury, medication adverse events or other incidents pertaining to medication.
* Obtain consent for new medication from legal guardian if physician is unable to obtain signature at time of appointment.
* In coordination with the Medical Office Manager, organize forms in the Medical Department, update and copy forms as needed by BHMPs.
* Assist physician with Prior Authorization Process.
* Obtain Vital Signs for appointments at Physician discretion.
* Perform chart audits to keep up to date on status of psychiatric evaluations, labs, AIMS testing, or other tests ordered and pass information to the Medical Assistant/Medical Office Assistant to make BHMP aware of need.
* Obtain laboratory results for tests taken and route appropriately to the psychiatrist or pediatrician as determined by any abnormalities noted using knowledge of adolescent lab values.
* Accurately document in notes when a new medication is started, when patient education is complete, noting any side effects or adverse reaction and any changes in medications.
* Properly inventory & check in all samples, dispose of expired samples, and record such activity.
* Meet with patients and families as per antidepressant protocol.
* Perform other duties as assigned that are consistent with general duties of the position.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES AS RELATED TO LEAD NURSE DUTIES:
* In conjunction with Medical Team Clinical Supervisor and Lead Medical/Clinical Liaison, the Lead Nurse is part of crisis tree and crisis protocol.
* In conjunction with Medical Team Clinical Supervisor and Lead Medical/Clinical Liaison, the Lead Nurse assists with coordination of hospital admissions.
* Lead Nurse is responsible for obtaining at a minimum weekly clinical supervision from Medical Director and signing off on clinical supervision logs for LPN staff.
* In conjunction with Assistant Director of HR & Training and Medical Office Manager assists with determining ongoing training needs for nursing and medical assistant staff.
* May provide medical orientation to new staff and offer guidance and support as well as assist in interview process of new nursing and medical assistant staff.
Skills / Requirements
Education* & Experience:
* Is licensed as a practical nurse according to ARS Title 32, Chapter 15, with at least two years of full time behavioral health work experience, (children‚s network preferred).
* Must obtain and maintain certifications in CPR, first aid, therapeutic crisis intervention (TCI).
*Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the U.S. Department of Education websites at http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html
* Ability to interact effectively in a team setting with other behavioral health professionals, and with other service providers.
* Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
* Knowledge of various ethnic and cultural groups.
* Must be at least 21 years of age and able to obtain a Class I Fingerprint Card.
Registered Nurse preferred
Bilingual (Spanish-English) pay differential offered