• TCV Community Services
  • $69,820.00 -96,690.00/year*
  • Homestead, PA
  • Healthcare - Nursing
  • Full-Time
  • 1078 Forest Ave

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The In Home Psychiatric RN provides nursing and supportive counseling to persons with chronic mental illnesses where they live to ensure their ability to maintain their recovery and well-being. The goal of the service to teach consumer how to self administer needed medications to avoid relapse, hospitalization and/or needing higher level of care. Nurse works with psychiatrists, therapists, service coordinators, primary care physicians, peer specialists and other staff in coordinating treatment planning and medication management and wellness.

Description of Essential Responsibilities and Duties:

Direct Service:

  • Represents and adheres to recovery principles in all aspects of job performance.
  • Completes in home/community initial nursing assessments
  • Provides psycho-education supportive therapy services.
  • Provide medication management and monitoring to assist each consumer to be independent taking his or her medications.
  • Administers any injectable medications per MD order, education and assessment on side effects of prescribed medication.
  • Checking vital signs regularly
  • Re-assess psychiatric stability (mental status) and/or apparent decompensation and provide necessary supportive counseling and/or seek therapist or SC intervention.
  • Works closely with treating psychiatrist and other members of the team to provide necessary care, including individual/group interventions.
  • Reviews psychiatrists and other prescribers orders and ensures all prescriptions are filled on time and takes steps to problem solve, etc. in all prescription related concerns.
  • Completes and maintains daily notes and other clinical paperwork according to agency, insurance and licensing standards.
  • Serves as primary nurse to ensure consumer benefits for prescribed medications by preparing paperwork for indigent programs of pharmaceutical companies pre-authorization, etc.
  • Serves as a resource person for the treatment team with respect to physical health and mental health interactions.
  • Actively participates in all team meetings for clinical supervision and treatment planning.
  • Provide 24-hour crisis services as scheduled to manage both face-to-face and telephone requests for crisis intervention.
  • Coordinates with the primary care physician and monitors physical health medications.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by appropriate authority.

Accuracy Required in Work:

Accuracy in written/verbal/computer work is essential in ensuring quality of care, maintaining continuity and coordination of care as well as meeting federal, county and state regulations for the operation of the program.

Consequence of Error:

Failure to use best nursing practices when dealing with consumers can result in less effective treatment for the consumers. Failure to complete adequate and timely documentation can affect licensing of the program and result in loss of funding.

Variety and Purpose of Position Contacts:

Effectively communicate well with all assigned consumers, their family/significant others, team members, staff from hospitals, other agencies, pharmacies and administrative personnel.

Physical Effort:

Physical effort will require clear speech, hearing, walking, writing, reading, typing, manual dexterity to open and close doors and drawers, carrying charts and group materials and reading and writing comprehension. Ability to climb stairs and drive motor vehicle required.

Work Environment Conditions:

May be exposed to communicable diseases. Primary work performed in the community in consumer s homes or other facilities. Will need to visit/travel to other sites.

Machines, Tools, Instruments, Equipment and Materials Used:

Computer and proprietary software, phone, calculator and copier. Must drive personal and/or agency vehicle.

Safety for Others:

This individual is required to use good judgment as decisions may affect the safety of clients or staff and defuse a potentially serious situation. All unsafe conditions must be reported to a supervisor or member of the safety committee.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of dynamics of mental illnesses and related problems, recovery principles, and of standard psychiatric medications and possible side effects. Basic nursing skills, including intramuscular injections and vital signs monitoring. Current CPR certificate. Ability to work with a considerable degree of initiative and independent judgment in accordance with established regulations, policies, and procedures. Must be able to prioritize multiple consumer needs and to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Required Minimum Training:

Graduation from an approved nursing program. Current PA license as RN with three years nursing experience in a behavioral health setting.

Must have all federal, state and police clearances and clear drivers history.

Description of Essential Responsibilities and Duties:

Direct Service:

  1. Provides mobile (in home) assessment, medication management and education and a variety of supportive therapy services including but not limited to:
    • Comprehensive nursing and mental status evaluation
    • administration of injectable medication
    • checking vital signs
    • use and filling of pill boxes
  2. Completes all required direct service documentation per agency policies and standards; including but not limited to, Progress notes, Individualized Service Plans and reviews.
  3. Reviews all psychiatrists/physicians orders and prescriptions following current nursing practice of care standards.
  4. Works closely with psychiatrist and other members of the treatment team to provide necessary care, including individual/group interventions.
  5. Builds rapport and trust with consumers through active listening, the use of empathy while maintaining professional boundaries.
  6. Coordinates with the primary care physician and other physician specialists in order to monitor overall health status of consumers.
  7. Refers consumers to other programs and to outside resources (including applications for indigent programs of pharmaceutical companies) as appropriate for each person.
  8. Nursing coverage in other areas of TCV when needed to ensure quality of TCV services.

Serves as resource person for treatment team with respect to both physical and mental health interactions

EEO. Drug Free.


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* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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