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LPN - Part time

Department: 086 - Forensic Community Services Team
Location: Tavares, FL

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: This member of the Forensic Community Services Team (FCST) works within a multidisciplinary ACT team; this position is responsible for conducting psychiatric assessments; assessing physical health needs; making appropriate referrals to community physicians; providing management and administration of medication in conjunction with the psychiatrist; providing of a range of treatment, rehabilitation, and support services; and sharing shift-management responsibility with other team members.

Perform shift management in coordination with other FCST shift managers according to established policies and procedures. Participate in daily staff organizational meetings and treatment planning review meetings.   Provides on-call crisis intervention covering nighttime hours and serve as a backup to evening and weekend staff. Document the individualís progress to maintain a permanent record of activity according to established methods and procedures.

Works with staff psychiatrist to coordinate pharmacological management. Nursing assessments and interventions. Documentation of services provided through an electronic medical record program. Successful functioning in a team-based program. Must have a valid driverís license and a clean driving record in order to drive a company vehicle.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  

  1. Provide case management for an assigned group of individuals including coordinating and monitoring the activities of the individual treatment team; assume primary responsibility for developing, writing, implementing, evaluating and revising overall treatment goals and plans in conjunction with the individual treatment team, providing the individual supportive therapy and symptom management, ensuring immediate changes are made in the treatment plans as participantís needs change, educating and supporting participantís families, and advocating for their rights and preferences.
  2. Conduct comprehensive assessment of psychiatric history (e.g., onset, course and effect of illness, past treatment and responses, and risk behaviors), mental status, and diagnosis; physical health and dental health; use of drugs or alcohol; education and employment; social development and functioning; activities of daily living (e.g., self-care, living situation, nutrition, money management); and family structure and relationships.
  3. Consult with community agencies and families to maintain coordination in the treatment process.
  4. Take the lead role or participate in providing medication administration and medical services. Under the direction of the team psychiatrist and in collaboration with program manager, develop, revise, maintain, and supervise team psychopharmacologic and medical treatment and medication policies and procedures including transcribing, administering, evaluating, and recording psychotropic medications prescribed by the team psychiatrist; evaluate and chart psychotropic medication effectiveness, complications, and side effects; and arrange for required lab work according to protocol. Under the direction of the psychiatrist and in collaboration with the program manager, organize and manage the system of getting medication to clients and integrating medication administration tightly into individual treatment plans. Under the direction of the team psychiatrist and in collaboration with the program manager, manage pharmaceuticals and medical supplies. In collaboration with the team psychiatrist, coordinate, schedule, and administer medical assessments of client physical health, making appropriate referrals to community physicians for further assessment and treatment, and coordinate psychiatric treatment with medical treatment. Participate in treatment, rehabilitation, and support services.

 

KNOWLEDGE AND JOB SKILLS: Must have a clear understanding of the characteristics and problems of adults with mental illnesses or co-occurring disorders and be knowledgeable about the CCP-FCST Ė and Forensic ACT model. Must be trauma-informed in approach to care. Has an understanding of co-occurring substance abuse problems and is able to provide services that address both mental illness and substance abuse for justice involved individuals. Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills. Displays excellent telephone and customer service skills.

 

CORE COMPETENCES:

1)         Age Specific: Assessment, Interpretation, Intervention, Knowledge, Developmental Stages, Enhances Family Involvement

2)         Basic Job Readiness: Courtesy, Flexibility, Reliability, Responsiveness

3)         Personal Effectiveness: Communication, Interpersonal Skills, Self-Management, Thinking Skills

4)         Organizational/Management: Compliance, CQI Commitment, Linking/Networking, Management of Information, Organizational Participation, and Safety

5)         Performance Specific: Assessment, Crisis Management, Customer Focus, Empowerment/ Advocacy, Medication Issues, Psychosocial Interventions, Treatment/Recovery Service Planning.

 

JUDGMENT: Good, sound judgment is integral to the security, confidential and satisfactory job performance.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

 

Education: Completion of an accredited nursing program for Licensed Practical Nurses or Registered Nurses. 

 

Experience: Minimum of 1 year experience with justice involved individuals with mental illness or co-occurring disorders or related field.

 

Personal Qualities: A pleasant and friendly manner is vital to satisfactory job performance. Must display patience and understanding of persons with disabilities and in challenging customer service situations. Must be alert and vigilant at all times. Dependability and adaptability essential for this position. Must show initiative and be able to work autonomously. 

 

Special Factors: Maintains a professional atmosphere. Provides excellent customer service. Maintains good working relationship with center, as well as, facility staff and external agencies.  

 

Staff Development: Completes all administrative and competency requirements in accordance with Individual Training Plan.

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