Under supervision of the Nurse Manager (RN) and with the collaboration of the program director, the (LPN) be the dispensary nurse responsible for the safe and efficient dispensing of doses of methadone to clients, consistent with the clinic procedures. The LPN will coordinate the implementation of medication dispensing in the Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) for clients which can include various assisted treatment medications such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone, and naloxone in the OTP dispensing unit. He/she will be required to collaborate with members of the behavioral health, medical team and other leadership in the development, management, and operations of the OTP and will operate under the organization’s philosophy, standards of practice and policy.
- Adheres and dispenses appropriate methadone dosages, in accordance with clinic procedures and guidelines according to DEA, OASAS, SAMSHA, and DOH regulations.
- Details inventory maintenance and reporting with computations according to each tour.
- Maintains accurate documentation of daily methadone dispensing log.
- Maintains daily reports for accountability of daily dispensing activities such as calibration, spillage, compliance, and swapping of inventory.
- Performs nursing assessment during each medication dispensed for each client to identify alertness and orientation.
- Adheres and maintains security of dispensing area and inventory; report any diversion to immediate nursing supervisor.
- Utilizes computer skills to dispense methadone via computer system.
- Completes nursing assessments and evaluations during intake, client visit, annual evaluation and/or crisis basis.
- Reviews client’s medical history and medication during initial evaluation and the 90-day reassessment.
- Ensures that the findings of the nursing assessment, the comprehensive care plan, and recommendations for nursing follow-up are documented dated, and signed in the client’s record.
- Communicates to client’s primary counselor and medical director when new medical or nursing needs are apparent.
- Current and unrestricted licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse in NYS.
- Must possess a High School Diploma or GED.
- Must be a graduate of an accredited nursing school.
- Experience working in an addiction setting required.
- Must possess NARCAN certification.
- Must possess current BLS/CPR certification.
- Must possess current Infection Control certification (approved by NYSDOH, 4.0 Hours, valid for 4 years).
- Excellent computer skills, familiar with electronic OTP dispensing systems.
- Ability to use business acumen to exercise good judgment and decision-making.
- Ability to deal with sensitive issues with diplomacy and discretion.
*Acacia Network is an equal opportunity employer*