Boston, MA, USA
Bay Cove Human Services partners with people to overcome challenges and realize personal potential.
In collaboration with the psychiatric care provider and other PACT nurses, the PACT Nurse – Per Diem assists in the management PACT’s medication system, provides direct service to Persons Served, and provides health-related cross-training to other PACT Team staff. The PACT Nurse - Per Diem contributes to Bay Cove’s mission by collaborating with Persons Served to promote wellness and health practices that will afford individuals the well-being to pursue their goals. This is a non-exempt position.
Supervisory Responsibilities: None.
Essential Functions of Position:
- Manage the medication system, administer, and document medication treatment including filling prescription orders, sorting and preparing medication delivery packets, managing IM injection schedules and administering IM medications, and ensuring that the Medication Administration Record (MAR) and all other documentation related to medications is accurate and up-to-date.
- Screen and monitor Persons Served for medical problems/side effects including conducting regular screening for medical conditions and side effects of medications (e.g., screening for metabolic syndrome for Persons Served taking atypical antipsychotics, and/or completing the abnormal involuntary movement scale (AIMS) assessment) and consistently monitoring existing medical conditions (e.g., blood glucose levels in diabetic Persons Served).
- Communicate and coordinate services with the other medical providers by regularly contacting inpatient and outpatient medical and psychiatric care providers who are treating Persons Served either when a Person Served is hospitalized or when they have an outpatient medical appointment
- Prepare, distribute, collect, review, and upload health communication forms to relay and receive information from outpatient health providers and receive, review, and upload discharge summaries from inpatient providers.
- Engage in health promotion, prevention and education activities, such as assessing for risky behaviors (e.g., unsafe sex) and carrying out interventions intended to influence behavior change, assessing and intervening on health/medical risk factors or conditions (e.g., providing education and monitoring of diets specific to diabetic needs or to prevent and address obesity, hypertension and high cholesterol), tracking all age-related and family history health screens(e.g., a colonoscopy at age 50, prostate exam for men at age 50 or earlier if African-American or a family history; a mammogram for women at age 40), engaging in strategies to reduce tobacco use, assessing wellness/health management skills, and collaboratively working with the team on developing a wellness management plan or strategy.
- Educate other PACT team members either formally (e.g., cross-training) or informally (in the daily team meeting) to help them monitor psychiatric symptoms and medication side effects and train staff on safe medication delivery practices.
- Assist Persons Served to develop strategies to maximize the taking of medications as prescribed (e.g., behavioral tailoring, development of individual cues and reminders) when the Persons Served is in agreement.
- Accompany Persons Served to medical care appointments when specialized medical input will likely be imparted that requires a more sophisticated medical interpretation.
Requirements for the position:
- Massachusetts Licensed Registered Nurse
- Associate, Bachelor, or Master’s degree in nursing required
- At least one year experience working with individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental health issues required
- Strong commitment to the right and ability of each person with a severe and persistent mental illness to live in normal community residences; work in market jobs; and have access to helpful, adequate, competent, and continuous supports and services.
- Excellent written and oral communications skills.
- High degree of personal organization, attention to detail, and time management skills.
- Proficiency in word processing and other computer functions using Windows, Word, and Google Email and Apps.
- Ability to climb stairs, carry up to 40 pounds, and assist people with mobility impairments as needed.
- Use of personal cellular telephone for work communication.
- A valid driver’s license and use of a personal vehicle.
- A COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement of the position. One COVID-19 shot is acceptable, contingent on the individual receiving the second shot within the allotted time frame.
- Utilizes a flexible and responsible work style that meets evolving needs of the agency.
- Works with integrity and respects the dignity and value of all individuals.
- Exhibits mission through job knowledge, pride in work role, and advocacy.
- Promotes diversity and inclusion of all individuals.
- Works in a collaborative, compassionate manner with stakeholder and partners.