Under supervision of the Nurse Manager (RN) and with the collaboration of the program director, the LPN will coordinate the implementations of medication dispensing in the Opioid Treatment Program for clients which can include various assisted treatment medications such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone, and naloxone in the OTP dispensing unit. The LPN will practice such skills as vital sign assessment, Tuberculin implanting, and phlebotomy in the program clinic setting. He/she will be required to collaborate with members of the behavioral health and medical team and other leaders in the development, management, and operations of the OTP and will operate under the department philosophy, standards of practice, and policy.
The Dispensary Nurse is responsible for the safe and efficient dispensing of doses of methadone to clients, consistent with the clinic procedures. The nature of this position is fast-paced in high stress situations and conditions.
KEY ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS MAY INCLUDE BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
- Adhere and dispense appropriate methadone dosages, in accordance with clinic procedures and guidelines according to DEA, OASAS, SAMSHA, and DOH regulations.
- Detail inventory maintenance and reporting with computations according to each tour
- Maintain daily reports for accountability of daily dispensing activities such as calibration, spillage, compliance, and swapping of inventory.
- Prepare and assess clients at the time of intake, and then on an on-going basis if new medical or nursing needs are apparent, communicates to the client’s on-site attending medical provider.
- Perform nursing assessment during each medication dispensed for each client to identify alertness and orientation.
- Computer skills essential as methadone medication is dispensed via computer system
- Perform technical skills such as vital signs, phlebotomy, and various lab collection procedures according to CLIA guidelines, during nursing assessments and evaluations for intakes, client visits, and annual evaluations.
- Implement nursing care effectively and with courtesy according to clinic policy and procedures
- Assists physicians and other employees as needed
- Documents pertinent information regarding resident conditions as per policy/procedure
- Maintains accurate documentation of all nursing activities
- Adhere and maintain security of dispensing area and inventory and report any diversion to immediate nursing supervisor.
- Maintain appropriate medication dispensing variations according to DEA standards
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- High School Diploma or GED in an equivalent related field required.
- New York State Licensed Practical Nurse required.
- Ability to use business acumen to exercise good judgment and decision-making.
- Ability to deal with sensitive issues with diplomacy and discretion.
- Must be able to multi task with strong organizational skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and able to communicate both verbally and in written form.
- Commitment to cultural diversity and sensitivity.
- Ability to maintain a professional demeanor under pressure, and operate with a keen sense of urgency and commitment to quality.
- Ability to work in a fast paced high volume environment
*Acacia Network is an equal opportunity employer*