Dispensary Nurse

  • Job Reference: 00001830-1
  • Date Posted: 3 November 2021
  • Company: We Care Daily Clinics
  • Location: Auburn, Washington
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Healthcare & Medical
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Position Description: Dispensary Nurse

The Dispensary Nurse is primarily responsible for the safe and effective overall dispensary operations within but not limited to dosing and inventory. The Dispensary Nurse's practice is consistent with regulations and clinic policy and procedures. The Dispensary Nurse reports directly to the Dispensary Manager, Medical Director, or designee. The Dispensary Manager, Medical Director or designee may assign the Dispensary Nurse other tasks and duties within the scope of practice, as necessary.

The Dispensary Nurse should adhere to and value the philosophical priorities of harm reduction, understanding that Medication for Opioid Use Disorders (MOUD) is an evidence-based method of addressing opioid use disorders and that every patient deserves to be treated with respect, compassion, and dignity.

Responsibilities:

  • Follows all clinic policies and procedures.
  • Ensures security of medications, patient records, and any other documentation required by the DOH, HCA, SAMHSA, DEA, and other licensing agencies.
  • Ensures that the clinic protects the rights and confidentiality of all patients to provide each patient with the required medical and clinical care.
  • Dispenses appropriate medication doses and accounts for all medications used during a dispensary shift.
  • Accurately records patient details in the electronic medical records system.
  • Organizes and monitors the activities of the dispensary as requested by the Dispensary Manager.
  • Organizes supplies and maintains an adequate stock, reports timely for reordering.
  • Attends all meetings as requested or required and provide such data as needed by the team for inclusion of medical treatment plan.
  • Monitors charts for dose discrepancies and reports accordingly.
  • Maintains a strong policy knowledge of all applicable federal, state, and local rules, laws and regulations and maintains compliance.
  • Knowledge and compliance with HIPAA and CFR 42 Part 2 policies and procedures.
  • Participates in Federal and State substance abuse training and continuing education as needed to safely and effectively perform the position.
  • Interacts with all staff in a positive and motivational fashion supporting the company's mission.
  • Reviews toxicology testing as indicated and reports timely for patient planning.
  • Receives scheduled II and III medication into dispensary's inventory safely in accordance to DEA requirements.
  • Provides staff development to new nursing staff and medical assistants and as needed.
  • Plans daily, weekly or monthly staff scheduling as directed by the Dispensary Manager, Medical Director or designee.
  • Nursing tasks and responsibility as job dictates and as assigned by Dispensary Manager, Medical Director, or designee within standards of practice.

Position Requirements:

Education: Nurses must be graduates of an accredited school of nursing and have a current Washington State Nurses License. The nurse must be an RN or LPN with a state license with good standing. Coursework in the behavioral sciences is desired.

Experience:

Work experience in an OTP dispensary and solid knowledge of dosing and inventory is required for the Dispensary Nurse position. Behavioral sciences field and/or substance use disorder treatment is desired.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this job:   Most of the time during the shift, the work is a hybrid of sitting at the dispensing counter in front of the computer and standing/walking for other tasks. Will spend some time filing, printing, organizing supplies or standing to perform evaluations.  Should have the ability to lift and carry up to 25 lbs. as may be responsible for moving office supplies or carrying heavy files or boxes. Dispensary nurse responsibilities apply to care provided in both traditional OTP settings and within mobile medication units.

Additional:

  • The nature of this position may be fast-paced or high-stress situations as triggered by patients.
  • 3+ years patient care experience in a clinical setting is preferred
  • Opioid Treatment Program experience will be given hiring preference
  • Computer literate, with basic knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, and electronic medical records systems, as well as a high level of initiative in keeping current with technological change
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, clients, and outside contacts from a wide variety of ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds; good diplomatic skills, including strong conflict-resolution skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Conducts all business activities in a professional and ethical manner
  • No history of alcohol or other drug misuse for 3 years prior to employment and does not display evidence of alcohol or other drugs while employed
  • Must be able to pass required background checks and drug tests
  • Complies with and up-to-date with all other testing, screening and credentialing as required
  • The position may require travel between proximate clinics under some circumstances. The exact schedule and time spent at each location may vary, depending on site needs.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. The requirements listed above are representative of the minimum knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of the job according to specific company requirements. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, disability, or marital status.