Location: North Central Corr. (Medical) (Marion, Ohio)
Reports administratively to the health care administrator and clinically to the chief medical officer and psychiatrist. Responsible for providing nursing care and assistance for ill and/or injured persons utilizing established policies, procedures and treatment regimens under the direction of a licensed physician or mid-level provider in compliance with MTC Medical and Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) directives.
1. Obtain patient history; assess physical and psychosocial needs; develop nursing plan of care and participate in care with multidisciplinary team members; revise plan of care as necessary.
2. Read, understand and implement psychiatrists orders.
3. Call physician for medication and treatment orders and other emergencies.
4. Provide crisis management for disturbed patients.
5. Assist with mental health provider scheduling.
6. Assist psychiatrist in examinations and treatment of patients.
7. Administrator medication and accurately and completely document treatment as required by applicable policies and procedures.
8. Provide individual education to SMI inmates regarding benefits and side effects of medication, especially psychotropic medications.
9. Assess patient condition on an ongoing basis. Monitor for depressive state, thoughts of self-mutilation, delusions, hallucinations, sensorial and intellectual function, general appearance, mood/affect and medication side effects and document in medical record or other forms as appropriate.
10. Demonstrate ability to provide care for patients who are confused, disoriented, delirious, demented, withdrawn, paranoid, suspicious, suicidal, etc.
11. Demonstrate an understanding of the following psychiatric disorders in planning nursing care for patients; organic, schizophrenic, personality, depressive, bipolar, anxiety, obsessive/compulsive, disruptive behavior, eating, developmental, adjustment, psychoactive substance use, somatoform, dissociative, factitious and post-traumatic stress.
12. Maintain clean work area; use or direct the use of appropriate sanitation methods.
13. Practice basic cost containment and utilization management for patient care and facility operations.
14. Maintain absolute security and confidentiality of all medical records; observe applicable HIPAA rules.
15. Review medical files to determine all provided services are documented.
16. Closely monitor all potential catastrophic illnesses.
17. Comply with all applicable pharmacy laws, especially those covering controlled substances.
18. Assess, identify and document high risk symptoms/behaviors in patient, such as suicidal risk, homicidal risk, verbal and physical acting out, and other violent behavior.
19. Provide health counseling and health education on individual or group basis as required.
20. Inspect medical unit for items that could be used as contraband by inmates; securely store or safely dispose of supplies and equipment. Control medication, syringes, or other medical supplies.
21. Perform work on an on-call basis, as required.
22. Provide health education on individual or group basis, as required.
23. Prepare and maintain narrative, statistical, summary and operational records, reports and logs.
24. Assist corporate counsel with responses to inmate lawsuits.
25. Attend scheduled staff meetings; promote communications and flow of relevant information in the medical unit.
26. Facilitate, where applicable, NCCHC/ACA accreditation of the medical program by providing the required level of efficiency and approved, appropriate medical services.
27. Prepare and disseminate safety and accident reports as required by policies and procedures; take appropriate action in cases of serious and unusual incidents and emergencies.
28. Properly document medical care.
29. Initiate and complete investigations and inquries with accuracy, as directed, gather information and evidence, interview and obtain the statements; exercise independent judgment by determining when probable cause exists to recommend disciplinary action.
30. Perform rescue functions at accidents, emergencies and disasters to include administering basic emergency medical aid, physically removing people away from dangerous situations, and securing and evacuating people from confined areas.
31. Interpret an extensive variety of medical and technical instructions in the form of handwritten text, correspondence, policies, regulations, procedures, reports, directions for forms completion and other documents.
32. Read, analyze, comprehend and interpret medical and technical procedures, governmental regulations, legal and non-legal documents, including the processing of such documents as medical instructions, commitment orders, summons and other legal writs.
33. Promote the development of positive social skills through modeling appropriate behaviors and intervening when inappropriate behaviors are observed.
It is expected that the incumbent shall perform other duties as assigned within his/her capabilities as determined by management.
Education and Experience Requirements:
Degree in nursing and current valid nursing license for the state of Ohio. Must possess current CPR certification and work within Ohio State Broad of Nursing Scope of Practice. Valid driver’s license in the state of Ohio with an acceptable driving record required, unless waived by management.
Post Hire Qualifications and Training Requirements:
Must successfully complete annual in-service training requirements.
Equal Opportunity Employer