Staff Nurse

Charles River Community Health Waltham , MA 02154

Posted 2 weeks ago

Staff Nurse

CLASSIFICATION/STATUS: Non-Exempt, Licensed, Full Time, Permanent

Immediate Supervisor: Nurse Manager

Supervisory Responsibilities:None

WHO YOU ARE:

YOUR ROLE & IMPACT

As part of the dynamic Human Resources team at Charles River Community Health (CRCH), a healthcare practice providing comprehensive and compassionate care to underserved communities, the Staff Nurse provides direct professional nursing care and education to Health Center patients and ensures continuity and quality of care. The Staff Nurse has a solid understanding of patient needs and will work collaboratively with primary care providers and a multidisciplinary team to develop, assess, coordinate, and optimize patient care plans.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assesses patients' medical problems and complaints by phone and in person. Provide information and advice for home treatment when indicated.

  • Arranges for evaluation by a provider when indicated either by scheduling an appointment or telephone follow-up. Refer patients to the emergency room in consultation with a provider when indicated. Refer patient to other Health Center support services when indicated. Arrange transportation as indicated.

  • Educates patients and families by phone and in the Health Center about minor illnesses, medication usage, health maintenance needs, blood sugar monitoring, nebulizer usage and other prescribed health care regimens, operational procedures, and specialist referrals.

  • Participates in the establishment and documentation of standard triage protocols and procedures and patient education information and present materials for review/approval by medical leadership.

  • When necessary, secures appropriate interpreting services to handle communication with patients.

  • Work within various managed care systems to make appropriate triage decisions and to coordinate referral authorizations with the Coordinator of Managed Care.

  • Routinely monitors patient flow during clinical sessions so as to maximize patient access and provider productivity, adjusting add-ons or same day episodes to even patient volume amongst providers and to accommodate patients waiting to be seen. Reports on-going issues to his/her supervisor.

  • Documents all encounters in the medical record.

  • Calls patients or emergency rooms to follow-up on acute illnesses.

  • Reviews lab results daily, ensuring that they are filed appropriately and works with providers on appropriate follow-up.

  • Handles requests for prescription renewals in consultation with a provider.

  • Under the direction of the Director of Nursing and Nurse Manager, assists with the training of Medical Assistants.

  • Performs injections, diagnostic tests and procedures as necessary. Administer PPD planting and follow-up checks including referral to TB clinic.

  • Assists providers and provide nursing intervention during medical emergencies.

  • Completes WIC forms, school and camp forms, and immunization forms.

  • Receives and process lead test results and performs related patient contact and documentation.

  • Maintains emergency cart, controlled substances box, surgical, eye, ear, and suture trays. Reports equipment maintenance needs to the Director of Nursing.

  • Participates in community outreach projects and Center meetings as requested.

  • Participates in Quality Assurance activities as directed.

  • In conjunction with the Director of Nursing, establishes and documents procedures for treatment room stocking and securing clinical supplies and ensures supplies are properly stored to enhance efficiency.

  • Works collaboratively with other Health Center staff in meeting JCAHO and other regulatory and/or funding requirements.

  • Performs other duties as required by Nurse Manager or designee.

YOUR QUALIFICATIONS, COMPETENCIES, TRAITS

  • Bachelor of Nursing preferred, or graduate of LPN school.

  • Massachusetts Nursing license (RN or LPN) required.

  • Three years of experience practicing as a nurse preferred.

  • Experience with telephone assessment and crisis management preferred.

  • Excellent communication and documentation skills required.

  • Certification in CPR required.

  • Willingness to work one evening per week preferred.

  • Basic computer skill preferred or willingness to develop these skills.

  • Bilingual/Bicultural preferred.

  • Experience in diverse culture preferred.

WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO

Charles River Community Healths mission is to improve the health and well-being of the communities of Allston, Brighton, Waltham and surrounding areas by providing quality, compassionate, coordinated care that is patient-centered, family friendly, and community focused.

CRCH is a comprehensive practice providing medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, optical, and vision services to diverse underserved local communities. We serve over 15,000 patients annually, and 80% of those served are well below the poverty line while over 60% speak in a language other than English.

We are committed to providing patients with timely access to the right care, at the right place and at the right time, collaborating with other organizations to connect patients with a comprehensive range of services and provide continuity of care, and creating new community partnerships to meet the changing needs of patients and the community.

We value caring for everyone with dignity, respect, and compassion, reducing cultural, financial and other barriers to care, and eliminating health care disparities for our patients. We also advocate for the needs of our patients, the community, and public health causes.

OUR PROMISE

If you are passionate about providing service excellence in a mission-driven, team-oriented, and progressive organization, you will find your career as Staff Nurse rewarding and impactful! You will also find a partner in your career path goals and trajectory!

OUR BENEFITS & PERKS

Medical & Dental Insurance

Short & Long-term Disability Insurance

Generous Paid Time Off

Flexible Spending Account

Employee Assistance Program

Tickets at Work

Health Reimbursement Arrangement

Travel Reimbursement

Professional Development Opportunities

Solid track record of developing and promoting employees internally!

Charles River Community Health is strongly committed to diversity and a workplace environment that respects, appreciates and values employee differences and similarities. By providing and supporting a work culture that fosters and builds upon diversity and its strengths, CRCH will better serve our local communities and continue to provide quality patient care and services. CRCH is an employment at-will organization and an equal opportunity employer committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, CRCH prohibits retaliation against an applicant or employee because he or she has engaged in protected activity under the statutes prohibiting discrimination in the workplace.

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