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Camino Nuevo

LPN Methadone Dispensing Nurse  Albany, NY  : 11/1/2022
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Job Category:

Camino Nuevo

Position Type:

Full Time


Under the supervision of the Nurse Supervisor / Manager (RN) and with the collaboration of the program director, the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is responsible for the safe and efficient dispensing of methadone medication doses to clients, consistent with the clinical 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, naltrexone, and naloxone, and other medications 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. The hourly rate for this role is $24.00/hr - $39.00/hr.


  • Adheres to 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 teach 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 to and maintains the security of dispensing area and inventory; reports any diversion to the immediate nursing supervisor.
  • Utilizes computer skills to dispense methadone via a computer system.
  • Completes nursing assessments and evaluations during intake, client visits, annual evaluation, and/or crisis basis.
  • Assist and collaborate with medical providers, and staff, as needed in OTP.
  • Reviews the client's medical history and medication during the 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 the client's primary counselor and medical director when new medical or nursing needs are apparent.
  • Performs technical skills such as vital signs, phlebotomy, and various lab collection procedures according to CLIA guidelines for intake, annual examinations, and as necessary for client evaluations and assessments.
  • Conducts and documents tuberculin implanting and reading within the appropriate time frame, during admission, and at the annual examination.
  • Ensures the provision and coordination of staff teaching regarding prevention, transmission, risk reduction, and risk elimination strategies for HIV/AIDS.
  • Provides educational health-related materials at admission, as needed, at the request of a client, or as medically/clinically indicated.
  • Implements nursing care effectively and with courtesy according to clinic policy and procedures.
  • Follows accepted standards of nursing practice in providing direct care, performing procedures, and using the equipment.
  • Maintains infection control standards per policy and in collaboration with Medical Director.
  • Coordinates all necessary client services with interdisciplinary team members in the comprehensive care planning process.
  • Maintains accurate documentation of all nursing activities.
  • Assist in our OASAS programs in events of nursing shortages.


  • Must possess a High School Diploma or GED
  • 3 years of practical experience in a healthcare facility
  • 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)
  • Must have specific training in chemical use, abuse, and dependence specific to the services provided
  • Must obtain a Mandated reporter (2 hours) prior to the date
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  • 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)
  • Knowledge of substance/alcohol dependence/use population
  • Excellent computer skills, familiar with electronic OTP dispensing systems
  • Ability to use business acumen to exercise good judgment and decision-making
  • Must be able to multi-task with strong organizational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability 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


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