The Richmond Behavioral Health Authority has a full-time position available for a Registered Nurse (RN) to perform difficult skilled human support and administrative work administering daily medications, providing daily medical assessments, ordering medications, managing medication administration records, transcribing doctor’s orders, drawing blood, documenting activities, attending clinical staffing and training meetings, and related work as apparent or assigned.
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- Admits clients to the program in the absence of the clinical staff; obtains physician orders; orders medications; collaborates with pharmacy; transcribes orders.
- Administers medications both intramuscularly and orally.
- Completes nursing assessments and medically related assessments ordered by the prescriber.
- Facilitates psycho-educational groups for clients.
- Supervises staff on assigned shift; oversees monitors and manages unit operations in the absence of the Unit/Nursing Supervisor in collaboration with on call medical and clinical staff.
- Draws blood and performs urine drug screens; labels specimens via computer printout; administers and interprets TB tests; processes gel top blood tubes via centrifuge; assists, monitors and tracks lab results.
- Maintains thorough documentation of daily activities including nursing and treatment services.
- Attends and participates on treatment team; attends staff meetings as required.
- Coordinates schedules and ensures appropriate level of nursing services to clients to include monitoring, administration and documentation of injections, veni punctures and other nursing services; collaborates with treatment providers.
- Schedules lab tests, injections and electrocardiograms; reschedules appointments missed by clients with case manager.
- Responds to medical emergency situations and calls emergency medical services for consumers and staff when warranted.
- Coordinates medical and psychiatric needs of clients with medical staff.
- Enters data into computer database for new clients; updates client data when needed; researches client information/insurance status.
- Refers clients to resources in the community for housing, dental clinics, NA and AA groups, food pantry, health clinics, primary care physicians, library for research or computer use, etc.
- Maintains ongoing and current competencies requirements for licensure.
- Attends trainings, meetings and seminars are required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Thorough knowledge of the principles, standards, practices and techniques of professional nursing with knowledge related to the management of medical detoxification and the management of the individual with mental illnesses in crisis; thorough knowledge of the dangers inherent in and the precautions to be taken in the use of all medications; thorough knowledge of the treatment, diagnostic, immunization and related medical services for psychiatrically, medically ill patients; thorough knowledge of the rules, regulations, procedures and policies pertaining to nursing services of the facility; ability to accurately maintain patient medical records and prepare reports; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, supervisors, directors, medical personnel, community partners, vendors, associates and the general public.
Education and Experience
- Associate's degree or higher with coursework in nursing and at least one year of experience working with individuals with serious mental illnesses, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Current license as a Registered Nurse issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- CPR certification.
- Valid driver's license in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- Computer proficiency
Richmond Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) is licensed by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and is the statutorily established public entity responsible for providing mental health, intellectual disabilities, substance use disorders and prevention services to the citizens of the City of Richmond. Integrated services are available for adults, children and families through a central intake unit. Services are provided directly by staff of the Authority and through contracts with private providers in the community. Mission: RBHA enhances the quality of life for the people of Richmond by promoting and providing quality behavioral health and developmental services that are available, accessible, and cost-effective.