Registered Nurse (R.N.) - Mental Health

  • 1338 North Capitol St NW, Washington, DC 20002, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

The McClendon Center, founded in 1980, is a certified community based service provider operating under the District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health.  As a leading not-for-profit organization in Washington, DC, the McClendon Center provides outpatient behavioral rehabilitation to the mentally ill by fostering creativity, promoting friendship, instilling independence, and providing an outlet for emotional growth and greater participation in the community. Accredited by Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the McClendon Center operates two programs: Day Program Services and the Core Services Agency (CSA).

Job Description

The Registered Nurse works collaboratively with physicians, staff, and other healthcare professionals to provide care coordination across the healthcare continuum for all consumers. As an integral member of the team, the Registered Nurse works to ensure that safety, best practices, and high-quality standards of care are maintained across the continuum. The Registered Nurse is responsible for assessing, planning, implementing, evaluating and documenting all aspects of consumer care within a Core Services Agency environment. This includes completing client’s physical health assessments at intake and ongoing, developing treatment plans for clients, and supporting their autonomy and recovery.  

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:

•    Assesses patients’ symptoms during routine appointments and on a walk-in basis.
•    Conducts the nursing assessment section of the intake, and other sections as assigned.
•    Schedules medication checks with the psychiatrist as often as the patient’s needs require.
•    Responds to health-related emergencies and oversees emergency treatment and referrals in case of patient illness.
•    Orders medications from local pharmacies and assists consumers in obtaining medications.
•    Maintains clear, accurate, and up-to-date documentation of all medications dispensed within the specific program(s). 
•    Administer patient-specific stored medication as ordered by the physician.
•    Provides medications to and assists patients in taking meds/injections as prescribed by physician.
•    Assists patients in securing necessary medical supplies and provides instructions as needed.
•    Assists patients in identifying health solutions by answering their questions and concerns, in person and over the phone.
•    Educates patients about psychiatric and somatic symptoms, treatment interventions, and about when and how to report related issues to medical personnel.
•    Coordinates medical and psychiatric concerns with other treating professionals.
•    Documents all services within 24 hours of delivering them.
•    Participates in team meetings and general staff meetings; educates staff members about psychiatric and somatic symptoms, treatment interventions, and related issues.

SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

•    Ability to coordinate with a multi-disciplinary team within an outpatient mental health agency.
•    Knowledge of sound ethical clinical practice and principles related to the care of mental health consumers. 
•    A superior communicator, who shares information readily and concisely, listens as well as gives advice and respects the abilities of others. 
•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
•    Excellent computer skills, to include operating Microsoft Office Suite programs. 
•    Knowledge and ability to navigate an Electronic Medical Record (EMR), including data entry.
•    Ability to relate to adults diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illness, using knowledge of concepts, principles, and theories related to mental health and mental illness.
•    Ability to perform amicably in an environment serving the seriously and persistently mentally ill adult population.
•    Ability to respect and uphold client confidentiality.
•    Ability to exhibit a high level of organizational skills and able to prioritize and multi-task without direct supervision.

Qualifications

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

•    Graduation from an accredited nursing program.
•    Current licensure as a Registered Nurse (R.N.) in the District of Columbia.
•    Must have a current CPR Certification.
•    One year experience in psychiatric nursing preferred with chronic disease management experience.
•    Health promotion and prevention experience preferred but not required.

Additional Information

• Competitive base salary based on experience: $60K - $73K
• Excellent benefits including 100% employer paid Medical, Dental, Vision, Short & Long Term Disability & Life Insurance.
• Employer Contributions Towards 403(b)
• Generous Vacation and Sick Leave
• AFLAC Supplemental Benefits
• EAP (Employee Assistance Program)
• Company Paid Holidays
• Extensive field training
• Opportunity for supervision

Physical Demands: The position requires moderate physical effort on a daily basis such as walking, bending, stooping and standing for periods of time.

McClendon Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, or disability.

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the job and the general nature and level of work performed by job holders within this job. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.