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Registered Nurse

at Montana Historical Society

Posted: 4/6/2019
Job Reference #: 19140717
Keywords: nursing

Job Description

Division and Bureau:  Addictive Mental Disorders/Montana Chemical Dependency Center

Job Overview:  This position provides nursing care to ensure patients of the Montana Chemical Dependency Center are safe and healthy.  Responsibilities include observing and assessing patients' health conditions; reviewing chemical dependency history and analyzing need for detoxification including breathalyzer and other drug screenings; assigning work to Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) and Treatment Technicians (TT); and providing guidance and training as necessary.


Major Duties or Responsibilities:

A.     Patient Care/Education                                                                                                         

·         Monitors, records, and reports symptoms or changes in patients' health.

·         Orders, interprets, and evaluates diagnostic tests to identify and assess patients' condition.

·         Monitors all aspects of patient care, including diet and physical activity.

·         Consults with healthcare providers to assess, implement, or evaluate patient care plans.

·         Conducts patient education through presentations, individual counseling, and educates family members about medical needs.

·         Oversees patients' detoxification from various drugs of addiction.


B.   Interdisciplinary Teams/Charge Nurse                                                                              

·         Participates in the Utilization Review Committee to assist with patients pre-screening process for in-patient treatment.

·         Participates as a member of the Interdisciplinary Team to develop and plan scope of treatment for the patients.

·         Assigns and reviews work of Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and Treatment Technician (TT) and provides support and training as necessary.

·         Participates with interview panels and assists with orientating new staff.

·         Coordinates coverage to ensure staffing needs are met.

·         Provides immediate intervention with inadequate staff performance and refers information as necessary to direct supervisor.





C.  New Patient Admissions                                                                                                        

·         Completes nursing assessment including thorough documentation related to patients' current and past medical conditions.

·         Reviews chemical dependency history and analyzes need for detoxification including breathalyzer and other drug screenings.

·         Administers vaccines including tuberculosis (TB) screening.

·         Determines appropriate referral for mental health therapy.


D.  Medication and Treatment                                                                                                  

·         Verifies current prescribed medications and implements physician orders.

·         Oversees and administers topical, injections, and oral medications as prescribed.

·         Orders medication supplies with contracted pharmacy staff.

·         Provides patient education and advises on the importance of following a prescribed medication regime.

·         Ensures the safety of medication disbursements and storage.

Physical and Environmental Demands:

Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds, reach forward, below and lift hands above shoulders, and use of dominant hand; go up and down flights of stairs during emergencies.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Behaviors):

Required for the first day of work:

·         Knowledge of nursing and medication.

·         Knowledge of patients' rights regarding medical treatment.

·         Ability to identify problems, develop and implement solutions.

·         Establish and maintain effective working relationships.

·         Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

·         Ability to maintain patient confidentiality and comply with protected health information.


Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):

·         Current Montana State Licensed RN.

·         One year of acute care experience preferred.

·         Other combinations of directly related experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

·         Must have or willing to obtain CPR/1st AIDE/AED certification prior to employment.


If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection.