Registered Nurse -Support and Connection Center

Title:                      Registered Nurse

Location:              Support and Connection Center

The Public Health Support and Connection Center provides 24/7 short stay, engagement, stabilization and treatment services for adults with mental health and/or substance use issues referred directly by NYPD as an alternative to the traditional police responses of arrest, summons, or transport to an emergency room. Their infractions are non-violent, low level offenses including loitering, trespass, public inebriation, and disorderly conduct. Our goal is to help participants begin to identify and modify the behaviors that result in repeated police contact. There will be an OASAS licensed outpatient clinic on site that will provide services to participants who are eligible.  The average length of stay is 5 days.  

Overall Responsibilities:

The Registered Nurse is responsible for health assessments and wellness education for all facility participants.  The Nurse will evaluate participants for admission to the SUD clinic including assessing withdrawal symptomatology and managing medication assisted treatment regimens, in addition, the nurse will manage the on-site medication system, administer decanoate injections when necessary, and coordinate with off-site providers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The essential duties include but are not limited to the following activities:

  • Reports to Director of Nursing Operations in collaboration with Medical Director, Psychiatric Services and Medical Director, Primary Care Services

  • Participates in weekly clinical meetings

  • Provides initial health assessment for each participant. Helps to identify medical problems among participant

·         Provides routine monitoring of participants’ physical condition, triage of medical and psychiatric problems

·         Performs COWS and CIWA assessments for SUD participants

·         Administers medication for participants who are receiving MAT

·         Coordinates response to medical and psychiatric emergencies

·         Facilitates referrals to community-based psychiatric and primary care providers

  • Collaborates with facility psychiatrist and psychiatric nurse practitioner, as well as with on-site and community-based medical and psychiatric services, as necessary

  • Provides outreach to participants when necessary, and in accordance with program policies on visiting guests

  • Provides medication management, administration and teaching when necessary and appropriate

  • Provides ongoing health education and support to participants

  • Organizes education for participants and staff on health topics

  • Maintains documentation in compliance with agency policies and procedures

 

Qualifications:

  • New York State licensed registered nurse

  • Working with homeless population and experience in an ambulatory or hospital-based withdrawal service preferred

  • Addiction medicine experience, and harm-reduction evidence-based care model preferred

  • Must have excellent oral, writing and listening skills. Spanish speaking a plus

  • The ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, and create and coordinate schedules

  • Must have the ability to interface with participants as well as all levels of staff

·         Must have experience with electronic health records and knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel

 

To apply: E-mail resume and cover letter indicating position and salary requirements to:  healthcarecareers@projectrenewal.org