Registered Nurse - PACT Team

General Summary of Duties: The Program for Assertive Community Treatment is a multidisciplinary team that operates according to PACT fidelity standards so that that all staff members, regardless of credential, provide cross-disciplinary support in helping clients meet their treatment goals. The Psychiatric Nurse is primarily responsible for assessing physical health needs; making appropriate referrals to community physicians; providing management and administration of medication in conjunction with the psychiatrist; providing a range of treatment, rehabilitation, and support services; and sharing shift management responsibility with other staff. It is an expectation that the PACT Team Psychiatric Nurse will provide most services to clients in their residences or other community settings.

Major Responsibilities/Tasks:
  1. Assist with treatment coordination for an assigned group of clients.
  2. Participate in implementing, evaluating, and revising overall treatment goals and plans in collaboration with the client and the rest of the clients treatment team. Use recovery-oriented language in written and verbal communications.
  3. Use Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Informed Care approaches, and stage-wise treatment strategies to intervene and motivate clients for change.
  4. Participate in the teams structured comprehensive assessment of the clients psychiatric history and current treatment needs in all life domains, as outlined in the PACT fidelity model.
  5. Provide support to client's families and advocate for clients rights and preferences. Consult with families and community agencies such as DSHS, court systems, housing authorities, when needed as part of treatment coordination.
  6. Document client progress to maintain a permanent record of client activity according to established policies and procedures.
  7. Participate in daily team meetings, and individual treatment planning meetings when scheduled.
  8. Under the direction of the team medical provider, and in collaboration with other registered nurses on the team, develop, revise, maintain, and supervise team psychopharmacologic and medical treatment and medication policies and procedures including administering, evaluating, and recording prescribed psychotropic medications; evaluate and chart psychotropic medication effectiveness and side effects, and arrange for required lab work.
  9. Coordinate, schedule, and administer medical assessments of client physical health, making appropriate referrals to community physicians and dentists, and coordinating psychiatric treatment with medical treatment.
  10. Participate in providing information to clients on substance use, such as the effect on mental and physical health and daily functioning. Support client planning to reduce use or abstain from the use of substances, and help teach replacement behaviors. Provide support for client participation in school or vocational activities.
  11. Participate in the teams outreach and crisis intervention services to clients in the community when needed. Routinely identify and evaluate physical risk factors for self and others while in potentially unsafe neighborhoods, homes, while around people with unknown potential for aggression, and while in the proximity of potentially unsafe and/or unclean structures or equipment. Consult with DMHPs and law enforcement officials when appropriate.
  12. Provide psychiatric rehabilitation services. Support clients in building skills for independent living in the community, including, but not limited to, shopping, cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene, budgeting, socialization, and accessing transportation.
  13. Maintain proficiency in current trends in mental health, including health care reform and information technology. Maintain knowledge of PACT standards and Evidence-Based Practices. Maintain a Trauma-Informed Care work environment.
  14. In addition to the above, any other responsibilities appropriate to the position and not specifically listed in the job description.


BENEFITS
  • Comprehensive and generous health, dental and vision benefits
  • Up to 19 days of PTO and 8 paid holidays your first year
  • An incredible team approach that is dynamic and collaborative
  • Loan Forgiveness, training, and extensive education available
  • Advancement opportunities available within the agency
  • Free Employee Assistance Program and parking
  • Full Time and Part Time positions along with professional advancement available

Our recruitment processes are designed to prevent discrimination against our people regardless of gender identity or orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, neurodiversity, disability status, citizenship, or any aspect which makes someone unique.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:
EDUCATION: Associates degree in Nursing.
EXPERIENCE: Entry level (no prior related work experience)
Possess and maintain a valid driver's license with an acceptable motor vehicle report.
LICENSURE: Active and unencumbered Registered Nurse license in Washington State.

Preferred Qualifications:
EDUCATION: Bachelors degree in Nursing.
EXPERIENCE : Two years experience in one of the following environments: Adult, Adolescent or Child Inpatient Mental Health, and/or Addiction Treatment preferred.