Licensed Practical Nurse - John Brooks Recovery Center - Per Diem

Location: Pleasantville, NJ  |  Position Status: Per Diem/Pool  |  Position Shift: Varies


_________________________ROLE DESCRIPTION


TITLE:   Staff Nurse LPN


JOB CODE: 7067





DATE: 01/2024




  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing.
  • Licensed practical nurse in the state of New Jersey.
  • Minimum of one 1 year of experience in detoxification.
  • BLS required.
  • Demonstrate ability to multitask.
  • Possess excellent time management skills.
  • Ability to participate in treatment team meetings as needed and any other duties assigned by supervisor.


Under the direction of the nursing supervisor, the staff nurse LPN is required to perform the job responsibilities and the required knowledge, skills and abilities as set forth in the job descriptions for the clinic nurse and dosing nurse. The coverage nurse will be scheduled in the clinic, the residential unit and dosing per scheduling needs in those areas.

This position supports organizational goals by providing quality customer service, participating in performance improvement efforts and demonstrating a commitment to teamwork and cooperation.

  • EDUCATION: Graduate of an accredited school of nursing.
  • LICENSE/CERTIFICATION: Licensed practical nurse in the state of New Jersey. BLS required
  • EXPERIENCE: Minimum of 1 year of experience in detoxification.
  • All nursing services provided shall be documented in the client's clinical record, including, but not limited to:
    • The nursing portion of the client care plan in accordance with policies and procedures.
    • Clinical notes.
    • Recording of medications administered, including:
      • The name and strength of the medication.
      • The date and time of administration.
      • The dosage administered.
      • Method of administration.
      • Adverse reactions and interventions, if referred.
      • Signature of the nurse who administered the medication or identification of the nurse by an entry code if a computerized clinical record system is used.

  • Completes accurate assessments of clients coming to medical unit, not limited to vital signs, on arrival.
  • Accurately administers client medications/treatments as ordered. Not limited to methadone/Suboxone.
  • Administers appropriate emergency treatment and completes transfer process to acute care as needed.
  • Assists with admission intake process for all outpatient clients. Performs nursing assessments and all required services for newly admitted clients.
  • Responsible for maintaining all emergency bags and removing outdated medications.
  • Maintains confidentiality of all client information in accordance with state and federal regulations.
  • Accurately maintains client records, including updating all medication orders monthly in accordance with face sheet.
  • Responsible for monitoring and writing monthly methadone/Suboxone orders in client charts and scheduling yearly physicals, labs, nursing assessments, medical order updates and TB testing for assigned clients and documenting same in progress notes.
  • Assists physician with client physicals and accurately documents results in clients' records.
  • Ability to make verbal presentations to residential clients, outpatient clients' orientation and staff as related to program or other medical issues as designated.
  • Knowledge of methadone and Suboxone drug indications, dosage and route of administration.
  • Capable of logging into SMART for start-of-day procedure and completes end-of-day procedure. This includes computer for methadone and buprenorphine.
  • Responsible for accurate dispensing and recording of methadone/suboxone for outpatient clients per state and federal regulations.
  • Ability to reconcile methadone/Suboxone in SMART.
  • Accurately dispenses and records methadone/Suboxone per federal regulations, to include counting and recording controlled dangerous substances with two medical/nursing personnel.
  • Ability to perform bottle-to-bottle transfer of methadone.
  • Ability to document incidents regarding methadone/Suboxone per federal regulations.
  • Ability to accurately enter methadone/Suboxone dosages per MD orders and renew expired orders.
  • Accurate assessment of clients prior to dosing, not limited to vital signs, and documents results. Ability to obtain thorough and complete history and physicals on admission, annuals and as needed when dosing or medical issues occur during treatment. Ability to obtain accurate medication lists and have basic knowledge of possible interactions with methadone and buprenorphine.
  • Capable of delivering consistently superior quality service as measured by the clients' medical level.
  • Provides orientation to new clients (infection control/universal precautions, dosage, safe handling).
  • Ability to manage methadone and Suboxone accountability forms and logs.
  • Ability to sign and complete DEA222 forms and DEA 41 waste forms.
  • Ability to maintain a clean work area that is properly stocked to safely administer MAT. This shall include but not be limited to:
    • Maintaining inventory and supplies at each location.
    • Bottle labeling to ensure enough supply for next day.
    • Notifying administration and supervisors of issues and hazards.
  • Ability to participate in treatment teams and mandatory in-services as scheduled by HR and administration and for new products or medications.
  • Provides lab review services to clients, including (but not limited to) educating clients on lab results and communicable disease. Accurately tracks communicable disease data and assists with state reporting. Assists APN with primary care services, HCV/HIV medication receiving and distribution.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required.

  • Must have computer skills required to administer methadone/Suboxone doses and record data.
  • Ability to actively engage in conversation with clients in order to clearly understand their needs.
  • Capable of delivering service in a way that is responsive, respectful, caring and helpful.
  • Ability to adapt to changing environments, policies or administrative procedures.
  • Capable of delivering a consistently superior quality service as measured by the client's medical level.
  • Capable of exhibiting respect for individuals from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to accurately calculate doses of methadone via the IVEK pump.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of health-related issues regarding addiction.


Demonstrates the technical competencies as established on the Assessment and Evaluation Tool.

Potential for exposure to blood borne pathogens, along with infectious diseases (refers to blood-bourne pathogen requirement).  

This position requires repetitive motion, hearing, pushing, reaching, reading, seeing, speaking, standing and walking a majority of the time. Spends time with such equipment as a computer terminal, fax machine, copier and telephone.

Essential functions of this position are listed on the Assessment and Evaluation Tool.

This position reports to department leadership.

The above statement reflects the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the position.
AtlantiCare is an equal opportunity employer that takes affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.
Amanda Pastore
Talent Acquisition Partner
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