Registered Nurse (RN)
Reports to: Nursing Supervisor
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
ABOUT VERTAVA HEALTH: Vertava Health is a leading national behavioral healthcare system for mental health and substance use disorders, providing a full continuum of services based on the individuals' varying needs at different times in their health and recovery journey. We apply evidence-based treatment modalities at every level of care and embed digital health tools to enhance and amplify clinical outcomes. With a growing list of Joint Commission accredited inpatient and outpatient locations across the country, a virtual care platform and a national network of healthcare providers, Vertava Health pioneers care that empowers people so that they can live out their best future.
In order to make this possible, we need an exceptional Registered Nurse who can meet the requirements below. Think you have what it takes to help us change lives all over the country?
As a Registered Nurse at Vertava Health, you will provide compassionate, evidenced-based care to adult patients with substance use disorders. You will develop and utilize expert assessment skills, therapeutic relationship building, specialty medication knowledge, and current best practices to help patients safely navigate withdrawal and build a strong foundation for long-term recovery from addiction. You will be part of a supportive, team-based approach that models collaborative, solution-based problem solving, and authentic communication.
Priority responsibilities include:
Perform comprehensive nursing assessments on new admissions
Use CIWA and COWS tools to gauge withdrawal symptoms
Assess acute and chronic co-occurring physical and mental health issues
Monitor the efficacy of medication and non-pharmacological interventions
Safely administer medications per orders and protocols
Follow best practices to ensure the 6-Rights of medication administration
Utilize knowledge and judgement to check orders, hold meds, and determine PRN needs
Enter verbal and telephone orders accurately into eMAR.
Work with pharmacies to clarify orders and facilitate fulfillment
Monitor and document response to medications
Practice vigilance in all interaction with medication to prevent diversion
Provide direct nursing care to address a variety of health issues in accordance with established nursing practice and specific orders.
Respond immediately to medical emergencies (Code Blue) and assume leadership until a medical provider or EMS takes over.
Meticulously document assessments and observations, medication administration, interventions and response, and progress towards goals.
Maintain legal logs of stock medication, controlled substances, reportable incidents, etc.
Accurately capture reports from outside facilities, such as nurse-to-nurse reports from hospital discharge.
Collaboration and Communication
Oversee LPNs and Medical Health Technicians according to scope of practice
Work with multidisciplinary team on all phases of treatment planning
Partner closely with MDs, PAs, NPs, and pharmacists
Communicate with other departments and units to ensure continuity of care
Serve as a liaison to patient families as appropriate
Seek guidance from leadership and receive regular supervision
Management (office and team)
Oversee safe operation of nursing station(s) and equipment
Maintain inventory of medical equipment and supplies, stock meds, and patient-specific medication.
Monitor schedule to ensure staffing plan will meet established ratios and anticipated needs.
Direct and oversee med techs and LPNs as needed for safety, efficiency, and equitability
Education (learning and teaching)
Learn about the disease model of addiction and evidence-based treatments
Remain current with all required trainings, certifications, and licensing
Learn and follow company-established policies and procedures, and maintain adherence to established nursing skills and practice according to licensure
Provide patient education related to addiction and treatment including disease process, withdrawal, medications, and non-pharmacological interventions
Explore options to facilitate health education groups for patients
Provide appropriate education on specific relevant topics to staff, patients, families, community members, etc.
Other duties as assigned
Associate’s or bachelor’s degree in nursing
Current licensure in state of employment
Experience or interest in addictions nursing and/or behavioral health helpful
Flexibility and aptitude for problem-solving
Excellent collaborative and interpersonal skills
Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
Ability to use hands and fingers, talk or hear
Ability to sit, stand, walk and reach continually. Ability to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch frequently
Ability to frequently lift and carry up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift and carry up to 50 pounds
Close vision required to see computer monitor, read documents, and operate copy and fax machine
Work environment is indoors and climate controlled. Occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions
Vertava Health is an EEO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled