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Registered Nurse – Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT #2)

Frontier Behavioral Health

This is a Full-time position in Spokane, WA posted January 10, 2022.

Frontier Behavioral Health’s presence in Spokane is more than 100 years strong, allowing our non-profit organization to understand the varied needs of our clients and the larger community.

Our programs are designed to provide evidence-based treatment to adults, youth and seniors who are dealing with a wide range of behavioral health issues.

As a Trauma-Informed Care Organization, we firmly believe in recovery and that our clients can lead fulfilling and meaningful lives, and we consider it an honor and a privilege to assist then in their journey.

If you want to have a positive impact in the lives of others come join us!

Join us to support our Community on our Assertive Community Treatment Program as part a NEW Team, PACT #2, at our Evergreen Club Facility as a Registered Nurse.

PACT is an intensive and highly integrated approach for community mental health service delivery.

The multidisciplinary team shares a caseload of individuals who experience symptoms of the most serious forms of mental illness, predominantly but not exclusively the schizophrenia spectrum disorders.

Many individuals also experience substance abuse, victimization and trauma, psychiatric hospitalizations, arrests and incarceration, homelessness, and additional significant challenges.

The symptoms and complications of mental illnesses lead to serious functioning difficulties in several areas of life, often including work, social relationships, residential independence, money management, and physical health and wellness.

In this position, you will provide direct nursing services to adults who have a serious and persistent mental illness and are substance dependent.

Provide case management, individual and group therapy, initial and ongoing assessments; employment and housing assistance, family support and education, substance abuse services and other services and supports critical to an individual’s ability to live successfully in the community.

Member of a multi-disciplinary team consisting of a Program Assistant, Chemical Dependency Professional, Mental Health Professional, Peer Support, Transportation Specialist and Psychiatrist.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES includes but are not limited to the following:
Provide symptom and medication assessment, evaluation, education, and management to consumers with persistent mental illness.

This includes consultation with and communication between Psychiatrist, MHCP, hospital, community providers, consumer, and consumer’s family/guardian for management of care.
Provide nursing duties related to assigned team assignment.
Process and sign medication orders.
Administer medications to consumers as directed by FBH Psychiatrist.
Ensure consumer access to medications through timely refills, by obtaining sample medications per order and by appropriate use of FBH discretionary funds or patient assistance programs for medications.
Ensure that pertinent medication related information is conveyed to hospital staff in the event of consumer hospitalization.
Assist in development and delivery of staff and/or consumer education in the form of group classes or trainings.
Develop individual treatment plans based on the consumers’ strength, needs, hopes and desires.

Plans are modified as needed through an ongoing assessment and goal setting process.
Provide pro-active assistance to consumers to participate in and continue treatment, live independently, and recover from their disability.
75% of direct services must be provided within community settings such a person’s own home and neighborhood, local restaurants, parks and nearby stores.
Coordinate care management of consumer’s substance and mental health needs including monitoring of individual plans of care and achievement of plan of care goals.
Work with Access To CARE (ATC) team members to collaboratively provide treatment, rehabilitation, and support services required by each consumer in order to live in the community.
Provide on-site and back-up coverage as part of the ACT team to ensure consumers have access to team members 24/7.
Participate in daily organization, multidisciplinary staff meetings to discuss consumer care with the consumer.
Assist consumers to participate in community employment.
Work with consumer and their family members/significant others to become collaborative partners in the treatment process.
Include consumer’s natural support systems in treatment, educating them and including them as part of the ACT services.
Provide health education, access, and coordination of health care services.
Help consumers become less socially isolated and more integrated into the community by encouraging participation in community activities and membership in organization of their choice.
Complete clinical paperwork (progress notes, reports and clinical reviews) in a timely, accurate and legible manner within the format defined by the agency.
Meet minimum direct service percent time as defined by management.
Coordinate with external evaluator as appropriate.
Participate in peer review, supervision, in-house educational and administrative meetings as indicated.
Maintain and enhance customer service to ensure that both external and internal customers of FBH have a positive experience of FBH.
Comply with all state WAC requirements and FBH policies and procedures.
Perform FBH charting requirements, correspondence, SALs and other paperwork in a complete and timely manner.

RN licensed in the State of Washington.
Two years experience in the direct treatment of the mentally ill.
Experience working in a psychiatric setting preferred.
Demonstrated expertise or training in assessment, evaluation and psychiatric treatment modalities.
Working knowledge of psychotropic medications, their uses and side effects.

Experience working with co-occurring disorder population preferred.

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