Under the direction of the Nursing Supervisor, the staff nurse 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 staff nurse will be scheduled in the clinic and in dosing per scheduling needs in those areas.
Nursing care needs of clients shall be assessed only by a registered professional nurse.
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
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 the 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.
Responsible for ordering and obtaining medical supplies.
Attends to medical needs for female and male units on a daily basis, accurately documenting treatment. Also performs nursing assessments for newly admitted clients as needed.
Responsible for maintaining all emergency bags and removing outdated medications.
Maintains confidentiality of all client information in accordance with state and federal regulations.
Maintains medication rooms and carts, keeping them neat and orderly at all times.
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; 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 documenting 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 will 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.
Performs other related duties as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
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.
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