Job Details

Nurse (RN/LVN)

  2020-11-20     Encompass Community Services     Santa Cruz  

About Us:
 Founded in 1973, Encompass Community Services has grown steadily with a mission to provide a broad spectrum of evidence-based and outcome-driven services supporting the behavioral health, early development, and social well-being of over 8,000 children, adults and families across the county each year. The largest nonprofit human services provider in Santa Cruz County, Encompass provides a continuum of accessible, person-centered and trauma informed care and services. We stand for dignity, equity and justice. With our partners, we are transforming our community into one in which every adult, youth, and child is healthy, thriving and able to reach his/her full potential.  

Santa Cruz Residential Recovery (SCRR): Located just outside of Downtown Santa Cruz, CA, in a historic Victorian home, SCRR offers a 30-bed co-ed residential program, serving clients for 30-90 days, based on individual needs. Staffed by a highly skilled and trained team, certified clinicians help clients focusing on issues surrounding recovery from substance use and co-occurring disorders.  Program activities include evidence-based trauma informed and cognitive behavior therapies (CBT), focused individual and group counseling, pro-social life skill building, mindfulness and daily house meetings. 

Job Summary:

We currently have a benefited full-time Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) (40 hours/week) or benefited part-time Registered Nurse (RN) (32 hours/week) opening at our Santa Cruz Residential Recovery (SCRR) SUD residential treatment facility. Pay is dependent on licensure and experience. Reporting to the Senior Manager of Nursing and working in close collaboration with a Nurse Practitioner (NP), as well as other MAT physicians and nurses, the SCRR Nurse provides skilled nursing services to clients struggling with substance use disorders. The SCRR Nurse performs ongoing assessments and monitoring of client’s health from time of admission until time of discharge. The SCRR Nurse works closely with the MAT RN Managers in assessing, starting, stabilizing and monitoring clients in need of MAT for opioid dependence within their scope of practice. The SCRR Nurse collaborates with an interdisciplinary team within the organization and with providers/staff from different healthcare settings within the community. The SCRR Nurse provides sound clinical judgment in decision making, completes client care assessments, understands client care goals as voiced by the client, empowers clients to take an active role in their treatment and recovery, helps clients become independent by meeting care goals, provides education for clients and/or families, and acts as liaison between clients and providers within their scope of practice. 

Primary Responsibilities: 

  1. Completes initial and ongoing assessments for all clients by using screening tools, vital signs, and lab results. 
  2. Collaborates with onsite NP and community providers to obtain and review medication orders in a timely manner for all clients. 
  3. Assesses clients interested in MAT and completes onsite starts through coordination of prescriptions with prescribing provider/pharmacy and reviewing of start materials with the client. 
  4. Provides ongoing interfacing with pharmacy and prescribing providers for refills.
  5. Provides medical case management through linking clients with community resources including but not limited to: establishing primary care and mental health providers, dental services and coordination of specialist referrals.  
  6. Provides ongoing support to clients in all phases of treatment including; education, nursing assessments, routine urine toxicology screens, routine labs as needed, routine vital signs, monitoring. 
  7. Works with the pharmacies in obtaining medication orders, prescriptions, refills and prior authorizations. 
  8. Consults with provider whenever necessary in order to advise client of most appropriate action; develops and reinforces plan of care. 
  9. Assist NP with completion of history and physical examinations for all clients within 72 hours of admission. 
  10. Follows up on treatment plan goals and updates providers on changes in client status or necessary changes to treatment plan. 
  11. Schedules urgent appointments appropriately. 
  12. Follows State and Federal guidelines in providing care to substance dependent clients in collaboration with licensed, prescribing physicians, nursing staff, and pharmacy. 
  13. Collaborates and supports with supervision of SUD residential medical and medication procedures.
  14. Collaborates with staff supporting MAT clients in outpatient settings and supports with a smooth transition at time of discharge. 
  15. Completes appropriate documentation in a timely manner. Meets billing requirements consistently. 
  16. Oversees that all history and physical exam data collection requirements are being met with precision. 
  17. Notifies appropriate supervisory staff of changes in clients’ status; recognizes client care priorities and potential client care crises.
  18. Participates in relevant trainings.
  19. Exhibits non-judgmental, empathetic and supportive approach when communicating.
  20. Collaborates regularly with onsite and community treatment teams. 
  21. Consistently uses clear, concise and effective written and oral communication; complies with departmental policies when sharing/documenting relevant client care data; promotes strict confidentiality and right to privacy. 
  22. Actively participates in policy and protocol development for the program. 
  23. Facilitates weekly psycho-education groups to clients. Assists with MAT support groups. 
  24. Adheres to required infection control and aseptic techniques in the delivery of client care. Supports with staff and client adherence to COVID-19 protocols. 
  25. Administer COVID-19 testing as needed. 
  26. Other responsibilities as assigned by supervisor. 

Required Qualifications: 

  1. Successful completion of an accredited LVN or RN program.
  2. Unencumbered and unrestricted license to practice as a LVN or RN with the state of California.
  3. Current CPR/BLS for Healthcare Providers certification. 
  4. Must have a health examination including a screening for tuberculosis within 90 days prior to employment or within seven days after employment and at least annually thereafter. 
  5. Competent in basic computer skills; demonstrates skill in effective written and verbal communication.
  6. Must be able to pass a criminal record clearance.
  7. Competent in basic computer skills.
  8. Demonstrate skill in effective written and verbal communication.
  9. Ability to recognize the needs and concerns of diverse groups of people.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  1. Prior experience working within a behavioral health setting.  

Wages & Benefits:

Our total compensation package includes a comprehensive medical and dental insurance plan for full time employees, 403(b) retirement plan, paid holiday, sick time, and 17 days of paid vacation, pro-rated for positions less than 40 hours a week.
 We are an equal opportunity employer. At Encompass we value the diversity of individuals, ideas, perspectives, insights and values, and what they bring to the workplace. Applications are welcome from all qualified candidates.

If you require assistance applying on-line, we have computer terminals available at our 380 Encinal Street Suite 200 office in Santa Cruz, Tel: 831-469-1700, and at our 225 Westridge Drive location in Watsonville, Tel: 831-724-3885. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment.

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