Lead Nurse

$58,000 - $60,000 yearly
  • NOVA Treatment Community
  • Nov 20, 2019
Full time Licensed Professional Other Behavioral Health Positions

Job Description

The Lead Nurse is responsible for providing medical support services in conjunction with NOVA TC’s Medical Practitioner and consulting psychiatrist.  These include the supervision and monitoring of medications, preparation of nursing histories on residents, scheduling and assisting the completion of admission physical examinations, routine follow up medical care, and providing medical recommendations for the treatment plan.  The Lead Nurse is responsible for the supervision of the other nursing employees.

 Major Responsibilities

  • Complete nursing histories and nursing assessment of new program members’ primarily in youth residential but as needed in adult residential program.
  • Schedule physical examinations and follow up medical care with the Medical Practitioners.
  • Monitor, maintain and supervise medication inventory.
  • Train and oversee Medication Aides.
  • Provide medications directly to program members or delegate function to appropriately trained employees.
  • Monitor general health status of program members.
  • Document pertinent medical information in program member’s file and program logs.
  • Assess medical emergencies and take appropriate measures, including providing first aide and contacting emergency services when necessary.
  • Communicate health concerns and observations to staff members.
  • Participate in case reviews and utilization reviews by providing relevant medical/nursing information.
  • Communicate with Food Services Coordinator regarding special dietary needs when necessary.
  • Provide direct nursing care as needed.
  • Initiate and/or complete nursing assessment on youth returning from elopement. 
  • Develop specialized nursing protocols as needed.
  • Facilitate health/medication teaching opportunities with staff, program members and program member’s families.
  • Maintain and order medical/nursing supplies as needed.
  • Participate in reviews of medication incidents and incident reports.
  • Provide training on bloodborne pathogens and medication management monthly at New Employee Orientation and annually to all employees. 
  • Assign areas of responsibilities for the nursing staff and provide supervision.
  • Assume responsibilities for all residential programs in the absence of the other Nurses. 

Job Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Must be a licensed Registered Nurse in the State of Nebraska.
  • Two years experience in the field of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.
  • One year supervisory experience required. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain complete and accurate records.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of individuals.
  • Knowledge of the physiological and psychological effects of substance abuse.
  • Knowledge of licensing requirements relevant to health standards.
  • Knowledge of state standards on medication administration.
  • Valid driver’s license that meets agency standards and ability to meet transportation needs of agency.

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