Metrocare Services

Registered Nurse

US-TX-Dallas
2 weeks ago
ID
2017-2866
# of Openings
1
Category
Medical
Type
Regular Full-Time

Overview

Working for Metrocare isn’t just a job. It’s a career where your skills and passion for delivering quality care make a positive difference to the individuals that we serve.

 

Metrocare is the largest provider of mental health services in Dallas County, serving more than 52,000 adults and children annually. For more than fifty (50) years, Metrocare has provided an array of services available to people with mental and developmental disabilities. In addition to behavioral health services, Metrocare provides primary care centers for adults and children, accessible pharmacies, housing and supportive social services. Through the Altshuler Center for Education & Research and our software initiative, XenatiX, we are advancing mental health beyond Dallas County.

 

The Registered Nurse is a professional caregiver who assumes responsibility and accountability for a group of consumers for a designated time frame and provides care to those consumers via the therapeutic use of self, the nursing process, the therapeutic environment, treatment and modalities and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Responsibilities

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (Other duties may be assigned.)

  • Conduct nursing assessments, particularly psychiatric assessments and assessment of consumer’s medication management.
  • Provide physician extender services, including triage, AIMS, coordination of lab results, and obtaining authorizations for ordered medications.
  • Administer medications per physician order.
  • Perform Venipuncture and EKG’s per physician order
  • Obtain Vital Signs as ordered or as indicated by nursing assessment.
  • Perform AIMS, BPRS, and other assessment scales.
  • Provide patient teaching to individuals and to groups regarding mental health, medication, and other health-oriented or supportive topics.
  • Visits consumer in home or community when appropriate.
  • Provide phone support and crisis intervention as indicated.
  • Advocate for needed medical, dental, and prevention services when appropriate.
  • Coordinate consumer care with PCP, pharmacy, and/or other healthcare providers as needed.
  • Assess consumer’s ability to self-administer medications.
  • Fill medication minders for consumers unable to safely self-administer and document rationale for such need.
  • Identify all consumers clearly before the administration of any medication.
  • Document nursing care accurately, appropriately, timely and legibly
  • Document all appropriate changes from baseline assessments.
  • Place verbal/telephone orders on doctor's order sheet within 2 hours
  • Transcribe and follow doctors orders with established unit policies and standards.
  • Bill for services honestly and accurately.
  • Participate in Quality Improvement activities, i.e., reviewing documentation, consumer care and departmental and Center policies.
  • Maintain a safe and clean consumer care work area.
  • Use work time productively. Monitor productivity reports on a weekly or daily basis
  • Participate in the orientation of new staff members when requested.
  • Precept nursing students assigned to your unit per guidelines.
  • Promote positive relations between the specific units and other departments, consumers, physicians and community agencies.
  • Maintain confidentiality concerning consumer/Center information.
  • Communicate effectively with consumer/family to elicit essential information with accuracy and timeliness. 

COMPETENCIES:

The competencies listed here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Analytical skills, professional acumen, business ethics, thorough understanding of continuous improvement processes, problem solving, respect for confidentiality, excellent communication and presentation skills.

Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Associate or Bachelor’s in nursing with 18 months experience in psych/mental health or mental retardation preferred.

 

REASONING ABILITY:

  • Administer medication competently and safely.
  • Able to apply appropriate theory that is scientifically sound as a basis for decisions regarding nursing practice.
  • Able to identify consumer's needs and problems supported by assessments.
  • Intervenes as guided by the plan of care to implement nursing actions that promote, maintain or restore physical and mental health, prevent illness and effect rehabilitation.
  • Performs Venipuncture skills using accepted technique including universal precautions.
  • Perform nursing assessments effectively, appropriately and timely.
  • Demonstrates ability to manage consumers on medication commonly used by this Center.
  • Demonstrates ability to carry out medical orders as directed after clearly considering implications of appropriateness for the consumer, relationship to current therapy under way and integration with nursing standards.
  • Carries out teaching protocols utilizing available resources and evaluates consumer's response to education.
  • Adhere to guidelines of the BNE rule regarding delegation.
  • Perform approved CPR and PMAB when required.
  • Use equipment according to nursing policies and procedures.
  • Able to successfully use an automated clinical record keeping system.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and adhere to Center's safety regulations, disaster plan, infection control policies, fire safety regulations and hazardous materials.
  • Articulate and demonstrate professional image daily to consumers, other professionals and the public as evidenced by level of practice. 

COMPUTER SKILLS:

  • Intermediate level on MS Excel, Email and word processing programs
  • Ability to utilize Internet for resources. 

CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, TRAINING, REGISTRATIONS:

  • Texas RN licensure
  • CPR and First Aid
  • SAMA
  • TB test and TAC web-based training

Metrocare couldn’t have a great employee-first culture without great benefits. That’s why we offer a competitive salary, exceptional training and an outstanding benefits package:

  • Medical/Dental/Vision
  • Paid Leave
  • Paid Holidays
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement Plan, including employer matching
  • Health Savings Account, including employer matching
  • Professional Development Allowance
  • Bilingual Stipend – up to 6% of the base salary
  • Many other benefits

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

 

Tobacco Free Facilities - Metrocare is committed to promoting the health, well-being and safety of Metrocare team members, guests, and individuals and families we serves while on the facility campuses. Therefore, Metrocare facilities and grounds are tobacco-free.

 

No calls from staffing agencies or independent recruiters

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