Registered Nurse, Opioid Treatment
Responsible for providing medical services directly to patients and for maintaining the appropriate records and medical files as per State and Federal regulations.
- Administer/dispense methadone in accordance with New Jersey State and Federal regulations.
- Ensure that adequate recording of the administration/dispensing transaction has occurred.
- Ensure that the treatment plan of the physician or medical director is being followed.
- Giving and interpreting of the Mantoux test.
- Assess patient response to treatment and medication dosage/interactions and determine appropriateness for dosing.
- Participate in case conferences, offering professional observations.
- Must document quarterly Nursing Progress Notes on all patients.
- Related duties as required. An LPN shall consult with the Nursing Supervisor of the RN or MD on duty when any concern or question arises.
- Under supervision of Director of Nursing Services, orders medical supplies, maintain a proper inventory and record of use as per regulations.
- Maintains all medical records including but not limited to individual charts, daily medication charts, dosage records, progress notes, Doctor’s orders, etc., as required.
- Makes appointments for patients to see physician; obtains lab work-ups and checks with patients to see that appointments are kept.
- Educates patients about methadone/buprenorphine and their side effects. Counsels patients re: personal hygiene, abnormal lab results, HIV/AIDS testing, and all medical matters including changes in treatment.
- Discusses with physician and staff important changes in treatment or noted patterns of behavior affecting treatment.
- Provides referral for specialized care at local health centers (e.g., Planned Parenthood, prenatal clinic, HIV/AIDS testing sites, etc.) and follows-up on patient’s attendance and treatment.
- Assists in organizing transfers of patients to and from the program; verifies methadone dosage verbally with nurses of other programs.
- Other related responsibilities include but are not limited to assisting in training staff in medical matters and patient care; attendance at professional meetings as required; assists Doctor during physical examinations; keeps dispensing room clean and orderly; maintains medical equipment.
- To possess the knowledge and understanding of how to recognize and manage an opiate overdose.
- To understand the clinical benefits and limitations of urine screens, toxicology, and other testing procedures.
- Knowledge of CPR and Basic Life Support.
- To be culturally competent.
- Must be knowledgeable of agency policies and procedures.
- Other related duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
- Must be either a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse licensed in the State of New Jersey.
- Must maintain continuing education credits as required by the N.J. Board of Licensure and organizational needs.
- One (1) year experience or knowledge in the field of drug abuse recommended.
- Must meet minimum Competency Standards as set forth in the Competencies for Nurses.
Customer Service: Demonstrates concern for meeting internal and external customers’ needs in a manger that provides satisfaction for the customer within the resources that can be made available.
Impact and Influence: Works effectively with and through others including those whom there is no formal authority over.
Project Management: Coordinates the diverse components of the project by balancing scope, time, cost, and quality.
Communication: Communicates well both verbally and in writing, creates accurate and punctual reports, delivers presentations, shares information and ideas with others, has good listening skills.
May work in a variety of environments including professional offices, clinics, hospitals, or out-patient facilities. They spend much of their time on their feet, actively working with patients.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to handle objects, tools or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and the ability to adjust focus.
Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-the-area and overnight travel may be expected