Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Licensed Vocational Nurse

    Job Locations US-CA-Escondido
    Req No.
    2018-3218
    Category
    Nurses/Doctors
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Program/Department Description

    North Inland Mental Health Center is a program of Mental Health Systems that provides services to adults with severe and chronic mental illness in Escondido, CA.  Our main purpose to is work with clients to stabilize their symptoms on medication. We take a wraparound approach that includes individual and group therapy, medication management, homeless outreach services, employment services and older adult services.  We work in partnership with other providers in the community to help clients obtain basic needs, substance abuse services, and physical health care.

     

    Mental Health Systems, Inc. (MHS) was established over 30 years ago to provide mental health and substance abuse services. Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities impacted by substance abuse and behavioral health disorders. We continue to ensure that the delivery of these services conforms to the MHS core values. MHS is a Drug-Free workplace therefore all staff must comply with Drug-Free Workplace requirements regarding alcohol and drug use. MHS performs post-offer substance abuse testing on all employees. MHS provides a full range of benefits to regular employees. These benefits include paid vacation, sick time, and holidays, partially paid employee health insurance, flexible spending account, paid employee long-term disability insurance, an MHS funded profit sharing plan, and an individual employee-funded 403(b) plan. Eligibility for employment with MHS requires satisfactory criminal background clearance including conviction records. 

    Position Description

    JOB SUMMARY

     

    The Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) dispenses medications, takes and records patients' vital signs, reports adverse reactions to medication or treatment to medical personnel in charge. LVN assesses ongoing symptomatology and provides crisis intervention as needed. LVN assists Registered Nurses in implementing the Patient Assistance Program.

     

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Assumes an active role in the treatment team, providing appropriate input as needed.
    • Monitors clients in the Patient Assistance program on an Excel spreadsheet and makes sure the paperwork is complete and information is up to date.
    • Completes all charting and documentation in the electronic health records as contractually required and in timely manner as dictated by program requirements.
    • Coordinates medication orders and refills with pharmacies.
    • Responds promptly to client calls regarding medication issues.
    • Provides client education on medications and their side effects.
    • Dispenses and administers prescribed medications by various routes.
    • Collaborates with Psychiatrist and Registered Nurse to monitor client well being and medication compliance along with medication efficacy and side effects.
    • Responds appropriately to medical emergencies.
    • Takes and records vital signs.
    • Initiates appropriate and timely interventions on an ongoing basis; provides crisis intervention as needed.
    • Displays regular and reliable attendance. Reports to and departs from work on time, as scheduled, and accurately reflects all time on time card.
    • Successfully functions as a team member

    Education/Experience Requirements

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • Basic computer skills.
    • Bilingual in Spanish preferred. 
    • Vocation Nursing diploma from an accredited program.
    • Current California license as a vocational nurse. 

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