The Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA) is a community-based not-for-profit committed to recovery-focused mental health services through advocacy, community education and direct services. We are recognized as the leader in Westchester in providing person-centered services that involve collaborating with each individual to achieve his or her goals.
MHA facilitates recovery by providing services that reflect our deeply held values that include the recognition of individual rights of self-determination, choice, shared decision-making and collaborative work. Our highly trained staff utilize evidence-based practices throughout our comprehensive array of trauma-informed and recovery-oriented services.
Through our robust services, as well as our advocacy programs and community events, MHA is able to meet the needs of thousands of men, women, children and families each year, helping them live independent lives in the community.
Join Our Team! We have an exciting new opportunity for a Registered Nurse in our Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) based in Tarrytown, NY.
*Immediate Hire! Sign-on bonus up to $8,000.
SUMMARY of DUTIES
The ACT team provides non-traditional community based mental health treatment to promote the recovery and community integration of 68 adults with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders to reduce use of ERs and inpatient hospital stays. The Registered Nurse 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 and providing a range of treatment, rehabilitation, and support services. The Nurse will support recovery by providing services that reflect our deeply held values that include the recognition of individual rights of self-determination, choice, shared decision-making and collaboration. When possible, the Nurse will utilize evidence-based practices; always embracing a trauma-informed and person-centered approach.
SPECIFIC DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Primary responsibility for the development of initial individualized health assessments on all program participants and ongoing follow up assessments (every 6 months thereafter). Utilize said assessments to develop, implement, and evaluate the health regimen for 68 recipients.
2. During the assessment, obtains information: a) to establish the degree of medical risk, secure primary medical care and interventions required to promote positive health outcomes, and b) to lead team in primary care issues.
3. Participate in determining resources and policies essential to the delivery of nursing care services.
4. Assess medical care needs and other services to support each participants wellness.
5. Collaborate with participants chart captains to recommend health objectives for recipients’ service plans.
6. Facilitate consumer education on prevention, health, wellness, diet, HIV/AIDS education, smoking cessation and recovery.
7. Provide education to ACT staff on physical health issues and medical care protocols.
8. Act as advocate and liaison for recipients in securing medical care, care coordination and other community supports that promote integrated physical and mental health wellness.
9. Review and audit medication management procedures and teach all ACT staff how to follow and adhere to the procedures.
10. Consult with community agencies and families to maintain coordination in the treatment process.
11. Provide after-hours emergency coverage on a rotating basis with clinical staff via a paging system.
12. Document client progress to maintain a permanent record of client activity according to established methods and procedures.
13. Participate in daily morning team meetings and treatment planning review meetings.
14. Take the lead role or participate in providing medication administration and medical services.
15. Under the direction of the team psychiatrist, 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 psychiatrist; evaluate and chart psychotropic medication effectiveness, complications, and side effects; and arrange for required lab work according to protocol.
16. Under the direction of the team psychiatrist organize and manage the system of getting medication to clients and integrating medication administration tightly into clients’ individual treatment plans.
17. Under the direction of the team psychiatrist manage pharmaceuticals and medical supplies.
18. Follow the established clinic policies, agency policies and maintain appropriate professional standards.
19. Provide 80 percent of treatment contacts in the community.
20. Use individual client data to inform clinical decision-making and identify areas for quality improvement; use data to track client progress over time.
21. Share client data with clients to help facilitate shared-decision making and keep client informed of his/her progress
22. Participate in implementing and maintaining overall nursing standards.
23. Other related duties.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS
1. Experience understanding family systems based on diversity of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
2. Experience understanding various evidence-based models and theories pertaining to psycho-education, motivational interviewing, serious mental illness and recovery.
3. Extensive knowledge of Assertive Community Treatment, family community support services such as NAMI, and community resources.
4. Use of Motivational interviewing, recovery and trauma-informed approaches when delivering services.
5. Highly organized and self-motivated.
6. Familiarity with and ability to use an Electronic Health Record system.
1. The Registered Nurse must have a nursing degree from an accredited college/university, be licensed in New York State in good standing and be in continuous good standing.
2. The Registered Nurse must have and maintain current CPR/BLS certification.
3. Must possess strong organizational and writing skills.
4. Must also be flexible, respectful, creative and person-centered.
5. The Registered Nurse position requires a thorough understanding of the process and possibility of robust recovery for people diagnosed with mental health conditions.
6. Basic computer knowledge is required.
7. Must be reliable and able to work independently as well as an intricate team member and understand the importance of maintaining confidentiality.
8. The Registered Nurse must have a valid Driver’s License and a driving record that is satisfactory to our insurance carrier.
9. The Registered Nurse must maintain current New York State Defensive Driving certification.
10. The Registered Nurse must be cleared NYS Justice Center through fingerprinting for a Criminal History Records search.
11. The Registered Nurse must be cleared by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs Staff Exclusion List (SEL) and the New York State Medicaid Exclusion List.
12. The Registered Nurse must be cleared by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) for instances of child abuse and/or neglect.
13. The Registered Nurse must be legally eligible to work in the United States.
MHA of Westchester is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to cultural competency, diversity, and inclusion and values the ways in which we are different. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other characteristic protected by the applicable law.
To apply, please send your cover letter and résumé by e-mail to email@example.com with “RN-ACT” as the subject line of the e-mail. Thank you.