The mission of the J-CAP organization is to help people learn to help themselves. J-CAP's Therapeutic Community (TC)* is designed to reach and direct people toward recovery through dynamic personal growth and social interaction. All participants in our TC are welcomed into a supportive residential environment with respect and shown responsible concern regardless of their gender, race, political ideas, religious beliefs, or medical, physical or mental disabilities. We are mindful of the past yet focused on the future.
In all our programs, we aim to reclaim disordered lives by improving our attitudes, outlooks and behaviors. J-CAP encourages responsibility at the individual, family and community levels. We strive to safeguard public health and safety and to promote a drug and violence-free society as a caring community. We value our human and civil rights to education, health, dignity, privacy, confidentiality, and a desire to achieve real freedom from exploitation and harm. At the heart of the TC mission is action to maximize opportunities for mental, physical, spiritual, emotional and cultural development.
The LPN oversees Medication Administration, monitors client health, and collaborates with program staff around client treatment.
KEY ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
- Facilitate the monitoring of client's self-administration of medication
- Appropriately document all medication taken by residents
- Monitor clients for any adverse reactions to medications and take appropriate actions, and report as necessary
- Accept and document deliveries of medication
- Perform daily medication reconciliations to verify counts of all clients' medication
- Comply with all medication policies and procedures
- Secure, monitor, and distribute controlled medications, in compliance with all agency, city, state, and DEA regulations
- Coordinate with other nurses and staff to coordinate patient care and medication
- Document and share all non-compliance with medication regiments
- Appropriately discard medication as required, do so and documenting in accordance with all policies and regulations
- Protect client confidentiality except in cases to coordinate care with staff
- Conduct groups with residents the promote medication education and medication compliance
- Coordinate processes to improve/evaluate medication administration. Makes recommendations.
- Assist with referring clients to appropriate health care providers/specialists.
- Coordinates with the client's primary care physicians to inform decisions regarding management and treatment of problems identified and provides care as prescribed by a physician.
- Assist with the management of client prescriptions with medical providers and various pharmacies, with focus on Evers Pharmacy.
- Provide oversight and monitoring to promote organized and efficient medication tracking, refills and disposal of medication, as needed.
- Oversee compliance with rules for documentation of medication administration
- Identify when a person's response to a medication or change in condition requires medical review and possible intervention. Notify medical providers of this observation
- Consult with Medical Director/Provider if a self-directed individual appears to no longer be capable of taking or understanding their medication
- Collaborate and coordinate with 819 provider staff and provide reports as requested
- Participate in client clinical review meetings and coordination of care meetings as requested
- Monitor and document clients' vital signs and additional vitals as needed to ensure client safety i.e., sugar levels, blood oxygen levels, etc.
- Promptly investigate medication errors based on severity index/potential severity in order to improve staff performance and patient care. Work with Medical Director to identify and when required, to report errors to proper authorities.
- Participate in meetings with staff and vendors that work to improve policies and practices
- Serve as a resource person by consulting with agency staff
- Performs other tasks as assigned by Supervisor/s.
- Registered Nurse from an accredited Nursing school with appropriate educational degrees.
- A minimum of one (1) year of experience as an LPN.
- Must possess an active and unrestricted license as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in New York State.
- Must possess current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.
- Must possess current NYS approved Infection Control certification (4.0 hours, valid for 4 years).
- Knowledge of substance/alcohol dependence/use population.
- Must have specific training in chemical use, abuse and dependence specific to the services provided.
Obtain within six months of hire:
- Supporting Recovery with Medications Addiction Treatment (MAT)
- CASAC Canon of Ethics (6 hours)
- Confidentiality related to 42CFR (3 hours)
- Mandated Reporter (2hours)
- All procedures and functions shall be conducted in accordance with NYS OASAS Local Services Bulletin No. 2012-04: Medication Administration Policies for Administration of Medications in OASAS Intensive Residential Programs issued December 14, 2012 and newer as updated by OASAS.
- Ability to utilize and operation electronic record systems
*Acacia Network is an equal opportunity employer*