PRN - Registered Nurse - Crisis Stabilization Services


*** 20% Add-on Pay ***

Job Details:
Position Title: Registered Nurse - Crisis Stabilization Services
Employment Status: PRN (on call/as needed)
Location: Greeley, CO
Position #: 668
Salary Range: $30.10/hr. - $45.14/hr. Crisis Program Differential Add-on Pay

The base compensation represents the entry point of the salary range. Salary placements will vary and may be above the starting wage based on factors including but not limited to location, experience, education, and licensure. Salary placements generally occur between the starting wage and the midpoint of the salary range.

Our Vision - Where Hope Begins and Change is Possible

Program:
Crisis Stabilization Services understand the needs of consumers who have both mental health and/or substance use challenges. Services include individual counseling, medication monitoring, case management, group counseling, withdrawal management, and discharge and aftercare planning.

Position Summary:
With a Customer First and Compassionate approach, RNs will:

  • Provide a full range of practical nursing care to clients with a variety of behavioral health problems including personal nursing care, diagnostic support duties, and treatment procedures.
  • Perform routine evaluations of clients; obtain current symptoms and complaints, observe the client's condition and behavior, and respond to treatments and/or medications.
  • Provide effective education to clients, family members, and/or other involved parties in relation to common disease processes, medication (purpose, dosages, side effects, etc.), and/or prescribed treatment regimes.
  • Handle, prepare, administer, and record medications and treatments in accordance with policy; maintain a medication administration system.
  • Serve as liaison for pharmacy, order medications, maintain medication supplies, and keep accurate medication counts; meet with pharmaceutical representatives; assist with information and instructions regarding medication programs offered by medication manufacturers.
  • Audit medications, MARS, and chart documentation according to state regulations; manage the destruction of medications according to state regulations.
  • Identify common changes in condition (i.e., mental/emotional, physical, etc.) which have relevance to the client's health status and report these in a timely manner and initiate appropriate action.
  • Screen and evaluate lab reports and inform/refer abnormalities to prescribers; communicate possible medication problems, side effects, and potential drug interactions.
  • Record all significant observations and actions taken, using established oral, written, and computer communications according to documentation guidelines. Use an electronic health record system to document services provided and medication distribution; confirm coding of services rendered is ethically appropriate and results in successful billing.
  • Demonstrate fiscal responsibility by supporting agency collection policies and procedures; assure client understanding of service charges and fee changes.
  • Work proactively with payor sources to ensure payment of services; align services with payor authorizations and/or request authorization prior to provision of service.
  • Assume responsibility to follow infection control/management, including milieu management, staff and client education, and consultation to residential facilities; may perform health tests for TB and administer Hepatitis B injections for employees, including reading test results.
  • May perform as a triage nurse for phone calls, refills, and appointments; may provide intakes, inpatient admissions, and Medicaid authorizations.
  • Provide involuntary commitment (CRS 27-65) services as allowed by statute including assisting in restraining clients and administering emergency medication with a doctor's order.
  • Consult with and problems solve with supervisors, aides, program managers, psychiatrists, and therapists regarding client care.
  • May participate in the training of new staff.
  • User various resources and knowledge of policies and procedures regarding the reporting of injury and illness to assure prompt compliance to reporting requirements. Report general health issues in a facility, medication issues, errors, and inconsistencies to the Program Director.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education/Credentials:

  • Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) from an accredited professional nursing program REQUIRED
  • Active Colorado license to practice as a Registered Nurse REQUIRED
  • Certification in Psychiatric - Mental Health Nursing preferred
  • Bilingual Spanish skills desired
  • Valid Colorado driver's licensure and driving record that meets with agency insurability requirements as set forth for someone that must transport clients REQUIRED.

Experience:

  • 2 years of nursing experience in the Behavioral Health field/program of application preferred
  • Experience in coordinating behavioral health intervention plans and services with other agencies desired.

Additional Eligibility requirements, as required by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE):

  • Annual Flu Vaccine
  • COVID-19 Vaccine (Exemptions available upon hire according to company policy)
  • Annual TB testing

Knowledge of:

  • Mild to severe mental health and/or substance use disorders/disabilities and the recovery process.
  • Professional and ethical guidelines as outlined by the State of Colorado.
  • Basic and routine computer keyboarding, programs, and software programs.
  • Basic, routine, and advanced records maintenance and filing practices.
  • Basic, routine, and advanced office management practices and operating procedures.
  • Workplace policies and professionalism.
  • Organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures.
  • Effective de-escalation techniques.

Skills/Abilities to:

  • Identify and support appropriate diagnostic assessment using the current diagnostic system.
  • Provide treatment and case management in routine and crisis situations.
  • Visually assess responses to mental illness or reaction to medications such as hand tremors, tongue rolling, the color of skin, eyes following hallucinations, size of pupils for substance abuse, etc.
  • Apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.
  • Provide a full range of practical nursing care to clients with a variety of behavioral health and/or physical issues.
  • Communicate effectively and positively, both orally and in writing with a wide range of individuals and constituencies, including when under emotionally charged and stressful situations.
  • Work with diverse populations and be culturally sensitive.