San Mateo County Health's Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Division (BHRS), has an exciting opportunity for an experienced psychiatric nurse to work in behavioral health as a member of an interdisciplinary team, in a community-based system of care for clients with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders. This current 0.80 FTE vacancy is in Total Wellness, an integrated behavioral health and primary care program.
Behavioral Health and Recovery Services needs a dynamic Community Mental Health Nurse to act as the primary health liaison in an integrated behavioral health and primary care program, Total Wellness. Total Wellness aims to reduce disparities in access to health care for people with mental illness and alcohol and drug addictions, as well as improve their physical health outcomes through chronic disease prevention, early intervention, health care coordination, and disease management strategies. The Community Mental Health Nurse will work with a multidisciplinary team of medical and behavioral health professionals, community workers and others to improve health outcomes of BHRS consumers. General supervision of the Community Mental Health Nurse will be provided by the Total Wellness Supervising Mental Health Clinician.
The ideal candidate will possess:
A Master's degree in Psychiatric Nursing
Skills in engaging, establishing and maintaining productive working relationships with families and consumers
Knowledge of current psychiatric nursing practices, including psycho-pharmacology and the medical issues associated with serious mental illness
Knowledge of the behavioral health needs of adults with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders
Knowledge of the principles of psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery
Experience in providing individual and group skill-based psychoeducation
Experience working in an outpatient community mental health setting
Experience working within a multi-disciplinary team as a direct service provider
Bilingual Spanish skills preferred
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
The primary liaison between the Primary Care Providers and the BHRS clinic and contract staff who are providing services for the enrolled client
Communicate formally and informally about client needs and progress
Participate as indicated in staff meetings and case conferences about enrolled clients
Provide appropriate documentation in client's BHRS medical record for purposes of communication and claiming
Wherever possible and appropriate, establish relationships with enrolled clients as lead health coach/clinician
Perform initial baseline assessments and progress report interviews for enrolled clients
Take lead role in encounter data collection, analysis and reporting out
Design and implement client education programs, including medication education, weight management, smoking cessation, nutrition, sleep management and diabetes care
Support other staff in implementing client education programs listed above
Help establish and monitor client's wellness plans through assessment, development, activation and evaluation
Work with clients on an individual or group basis on integrating health and wellness plans into their lifestyles
Work with clients to adhere to appointment schedules, screening protocols and treatment regimens
Be available to screen or triage ongoing client requests for services by primary care providers
Provide consultation and direction to Peer Wellness Coaches
Other duties may include: Provide psychiatric assessment, clinical care management services, medication therapy and individual, group and family counseling; perform initial intake assessments; develop appropriate treatment plans; establish and utilize knowledge of community resources; participate in individual client and program conferences, staff development and professional growth activities; provide crisis intervention services; conduct home visits; provide psychoeducation to clients and families; and provide recovery based services.
Licensure/Certification: California license as a Registered Nurse.
Education: Bachelor's degree in Nursing.
Experience: One year of nursing experience in an outpatient community mental health setting.
Final Date for Filing: Open Until Filled
To learn more about the position and to apply online, please visit our website at http://jobs.smcgov.org. Applications are only accepted online. EOE
Internal Number: SR48758
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