Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Licensed Vocational Nurse

    Job Locations US-CA-OCEANSIDE
    Req No.
    2018-3536
    Category
    Nurses/Doctors
    Type
    Regular Part-Time
  • About our Program and Organization

    North Coastal Mental Health Center serves adults living with severe and persistent mental illness by providing a wide range of services to assist in their recovery and enhance their well-being. We offer high quality, gender responsive and culturally sensitive services designed to increase the functioning of our clients and improve their quality of life. Our goal is to promote each client’s integration into his or her community.

     

    Mental Health Systems is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to delivering innovative mental health, substance abuse, supportive housing, veteran, and recovery services. MHS provides over 75 broad-ranging programs that offer safety-net services and employs over 800 dedicated individuals across 6 California counties; Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Kings, San Bernardino, and San Diego.   Since 1978, Mental Health System’s client-centered, strengths-based solutions have been designed to offer comprehensive, culturally competent programs that embody our core values of Excellence, Hope, Action, Innovation, Integrity, and Dignity. MHS has a commitment toward reducing stigma and improving access to care using the principle of “whatever it takes”. MHS offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, company sponsored retirement plan, employee assistance program, generous holidays, vacation, and sick for eligible employees.

    Job Summary and Responsibilities

    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.

     

    • 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.

    Qualifications

    • Vocation Nursing diploma from an accredited program.
    • Current California license as a vocational nurse.
    • Experience working with psychiatric and dually diagnosed populations preferred.

     

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