University of Massachusetts Medical School

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist

    Minimum Salary US-MA-Worcester
    Job Location 9 months ago(4/10/2018 8:45 AM)
    Requisition Number
    2018-30604
    # of Openings
    1
    Posted Date
    Rotation
    Shift
    Exempt
  • Overview

    GENERAL SUMMARY OF POSITION: 

    Reporting to the Chief of Medicine or Medical Staff Physician, the Clinical Nurse Specialist utilizes the medical model to meet a variety of health care needs. The Clinical Nurse Specialist works with a variety of professionals in a mental health inpatient environment and provides basic medical services supervised by a licensed physician.

    Responsibilities

    MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Provide direct patient care including psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and follow- up care of adult patients on assigned units under the supervision of the collaborating psychiatrist.
    • Develop and lead patient psycho-educational groups. Provide education and consultation to unit nursing staff regarding current evidence-based practices in psychiatric nursing, person-centered care and recovery
    • Prescribe appropriate psychiatric/medical medications
    • Provide on-going medication monitoring for efficacy and side effects from psychiatric medications performing AIMS testing as required by facility protocol
    • Assess patient's capacity for making informed treatment decisions
    • Provide education and consultation to nursing staff regarding evidence-based practices that enhance patient-center care and the recovery process.
    • Work collaborative with community care clinicians to assess patients' needs, provide continuity of care as patients prepare for transition and discharge into the community, and develop appropriate discharge aftercare plans.
    • Participate fully in all site-based performance improvement activities in accordance with job responsibilities
    • Perform or schedule laboratory and diagnostic procedures to determine health status as assigned by the physician
    • Obtain histories and perform physical examinations to determine normal and abnormal adult health status
    • Communicate findings in a comprehensive and organized fashion verbally and in writing
    • Identify patient health problems and prescribes treatment based on diagnosis
    • Make appropriate, timely referrals and initiates treatments based on policies and procedures, and physician direction
    • Document health problems and plan of care
    • Implement medical care in a knowledgeable, safe and cost-effective manner, utilizing therapeutic regimens approved by the physician and in accordance with established regulations, policies, and procedures
    • Evaluates and documents patient progress and response to medical interventions
    • Make referrals as necessary to the physician or other health team members
    • Work within the framework of a current written Collaborative Agreement with an assigned supervising physician
    • Serve as a resource to other professionals or non-professional personnel providing instructions
    • Perform other duties as required.

    Qualifications

    REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

    • MSN or Nurse Practitioner Certificate
    • Hold a current Nurse Practitioner license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    • Must have or be able to obtain Federal  DEA Registration
    • Must have or be able to obtain Mass. Controlled Substance Certificate

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