Nurse - Registered (Medication Assisted Addiction Treatment)
Provides appropriate medical and support services, including assessment, education, treatment, referral, and follow-up to members enrolled in CODAC’s Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- As part of an interdisciplinary team, participates in evaluation and assessment of members.
- Collaborates with prescribing clinicians and clinical staff to promote member recovery.
- Completes appropriate medical procedures and makes necessary referrals.
- Coordinates medical care with primary physician and other health care providers.
- Observes members’ behavior patterns and medical symptoms related to treatment. Reports assessment to prescribing clinician or clinical staff for follow-up.
- Provides medication delivery as ordered by prescribing clinician or other health care provider.
- Completes necessary charting and record keeping in accordance with agency and funding source requirements.
- Makes home visits when appropriate to provide medical support services and assessment.
- Coordinates and/or provides education specific to identified medical needs.
- Provides nutritional advising and support.
- Attends and participates in appropriate meetings, psychiatric appointments, and clinical staffing.
- Administers injections to members when prescribed.
- Secures medications in compliance with State and Federal regulations.
- Dispenses methadone dosages to members following State, Federal and CODAC policies.
- Makes home or agency visits when appropriate to provide methadone dispensing, medical support services and assessment.
- Provides education to members interested in initiating or maintaining MAT during clinic appointments or in small-group settings, focusing on individuals in detox units or treatment units housed within the jail.
- Provides patients with information regarding various methods of MAT, frequencies of medication and clinic appointments, and engagement with recovery resources.
- Performs screening and assessments for appropriateness of MAT. Utilizing patient’s input, develops plan and discusses appropriateness with MAT prescriber.
- Communicates with appropriate treatment team to ensure that continuity of care and grant reporting requirements are met.
- Collaborates with treatment team, including Linkage Liaisons and Discharge Planners, to ensure patient has appropriate discharge plan upon release.
- Administers or facilitates administration of MAT (buprenorphine, naltrexone, methadone, etc.) as authorized by prescriber.
- Educates patients on use of naloxone for overdose prevention and facilitates patient access to naloxone post-release utilizing a teach back method or other evidence-based practice.
- Performs appropriate lab services (urine screens, blood draws).
- Performs appropriate health screenings, including HIV, Hepatitis, and Tuberculosis, and
coordinates appropriate follow up.
- Tracks clinical data and prepares reports as necessary.
- Documents activities in appropriate files and systems, which may include medical records,
care management systems, etc. aligned with team’s quality improvement efforts.
- Retrieves documents from organizations to support effective transitions.
- Completes all education activities/training as requested.
- Participates in regularly scheduled team meetings.
- Performs other related duties in accordance with agency growth and changes.
Skills / Requirements
- A minimum of an Associate Degree in Nursing
- Three (3) years professional nursing experience.
- One (1) year experience working with persons with mental illness and substance use disorders, preferably in a community-based setting.
- One (1) year experience working with diverse or vulnerable populations
- One (1) year experience working in prehospital services, emergency medicine or urgent care.
- Certified in Basic Life Support.
- Certifications kept current and renewed prior to expiration date.
- Current, unrestricted Arizona Registered Nurse license
- Valid Arizona Driver’s license, proof of current insurance and willingness to use personal vehicle.
- If Float - Driver’s license is an essential requirement for performing duties for this position.
- Clean Motor Vehicle Record - no more than 2 moving violations or a license suspension in past 3 years.
- Bilingual a plus.
- Extensive knowledge of community resources.
- Extensive knowledge of behavioral health challenges which include knowledge of the impacts of mental illness, domestic violence, and the dynamics of addictive behavior.
- Familiarity with various ethnic and cultural groups.
- Intermediate to advanced computer skills using MS Office products, Word, Excel, Access, etc., electronic medical records, importing/exporting data to/from applications.
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing