Nurse/LPN - Housing Outreach *Lake City Way*

GENERAL SUMMARY

The Housing Outreach Program goal assists individuals in public housing with Seattle Housing Authority and King County Housing Authority to maintain housing.  The Housing Authority team member will identify individuals who or are at risk; the Housing Outreach team will respond by providing outreach and engagement.

The nurse on the housing outreach team will provide brief nursing assessments and nursing referrals for individuals.  The nurse will work in collaboration with the housing outreach clinician, peer and SUD professional to coordinate primary care and psychiatric care for individuals in housing that might need additional assistance.  The nurse will make recommendations on the need for higher levels of care for medically compromised individuals and will coordinate medical needs with community agencies.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop trusting, professional, caring relationships with clients, community, providers, and natural supports.
  • Obtain information to identify and prioritize client's health conditions and establish goals that are client specific and identified as part of their self-management goals.
  • Work with the client and supports to provide client centered care which includes client identification of specific health care goals.
  • Develop a care-plan with the client, providing all information to the PCP and set an appropriate timeline for achieving identified goals.
  • Communicate with pharmacies to obtain prescribed medications.
  • Schedule and participate in ongoing consumer medication reviews.
  • Prepare and incorporate necessary reports, summaries and progress notes into client charts as part of clinical record.
  • Participate in ongoing program development and assessment as needed for program stability, including weekly meetings.
  • Perform liaison duties with other agencies and secures resources on behalf of clients.
  • Participate in team meetings, consultations, case presentations and in-service training.
  • Make necessary arrangements with counselors/case managers for hospitalization of clients when indicated.
  • Advocate for culturally relevant services from other service providers.
  • Advocate for clients with community agencies and professionals, including health care providers and the criminal justice system.
  • Develop knowledge base in physical disability, chronic illness and rehabilitation.
  • In certain clinical programs, nurse may be required to transport clients or deliver medications using own vehicle or agency vehicle.
  • Complete all documentation as required.
  • Comply with all applicable federal, state and county laws and regulations and Sound policies and procedures.
  • Perform all job duties in accordance with OSHA and agency-designated safety regulations.
  • Understand, apply, synthesize and demonstrate recovery concepts in behavioral health
  • Other duties as assigned.

KEY WORK RELATIONSHIPS

Establishes and maintains positive, ethical, and professional working relationships with all team members, clients, vendors, and other professionals.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Graduation from an accredited school of nursing. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of psychotropic medications. 
  • Motivated to develop expertise in serving persons with mental illness. 
  • Previous experience working with mentally ill individuals preferred.

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS

  • Knowledge of nurse practice laws. 
  • Ability to make independent medical decisions; to initiate emergency medical treatment; to communicate clearly and concisely (orally and in writing) issues related to the department, and to organize one's supervisory and consultant support when needed. 
  • Capacity to appreciate and work well with severely disturbed individuals from a wide range of ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds.
  • Good diagnostic skills and capacity to work with students and volunteers.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES & REGISTRATIONS

  • A valid Washington State license as Registered Nurse
  • Washington State driver's license and insurable driving record.
  • Must pass a criminal background check. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

While performing the duties of this job, the team member is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The team member frequently is required to stand and sit.  The team member is occasionally required to walk. The team member must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds or more with assistance.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to assist individuals with disabilities to perform essential position functions.

LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMER 

The above position description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work performed; it is not intended as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and required skills for the position. Team members will be required to follow any other position-related instructions and to perform other duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State laws. Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities necessary to perform each duty proficiently. Continued employment remains on an "at-will" basis.

Send letter of interest, resume and salary history to: Recruitment@Sound.Health

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