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Opiate Treatment Coordinator - RN in Thornton, PA at The Geo Group

Date Posted: 3/14/2019

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    Thornton, PA
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Job Description

Facility: GEORGE W. HILL

Compensation Base: 

Compensation Bonus (if applicable): 


Equal Opportunity Employer.


This position initiates and provides comprehensive nursing care in a correctional setting while observing and maintaining the requirements of operational security. Conducts assessments of detainees/inmates status and dispense medications in a Vivitrol program located within a correctional setting. Participates in the presentation of educational materials and provides specific information on Vivitrol medication to detainee/inmates participating in the program. Coordinates detainees/inmates care with a mental health clinician, program counselors, and a physician.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs a complete physical assessment and medical history as required on each detainee/inmate entering the correctional system. Medical problems are referred to the physician for extended evaluation.
  • Dispense medication in narcotic treatment setting.
  • Assists physician with sick call by screening patients and minor surgical procedures. Treats detainees/inmates with problems within professional capabilities and refers other medical problems to the appropriate physician.
  • Ensures the implementation of physician's orders. Ensures that prescribed medications are administered as ordered using the formulary. Applies knowledge of drugs and therapeutics in dispensing medication.
  • Makes observation rounds on patients, and records in progress notes. Evaluates symptoms, reactions, and progress of patients on periodic basis, charts, and reports problems to management. Dispense medication in narcotic treatment setting.
  • Assesses medical complaints and health emergencies according to Vivitrol policy and procedure guidelines.
  • Participates in the development of staff training and presents information on medical issues including, but not limited to: Vivitrol, signs and symptoms of chemical dependency, emotional disturbances, universal precautions/standard precautions, disease transmission, and the medication policy.
  • Maintains security while dispensing medications and is continually cognizant of the potential hazard of drug hoarding and trafficking among detainees/inmates. Maintains non-involvement in the security aspects of care.
  • Destroys and properly disposes of all needles/syringes.
  • Prepares regularly scheduled reports and special reports as necessary.
  • Maintains compliance with industry and company policies for accreditation.
  • Documents all detainee/inmate contacts. Maintains confidentiality of medical records.
  • Attends staff meetings and required training sessions.
  • Is familiar with OSHA requirements.
  • Continues professional training, stays current in professional developments, and maintains license.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Job Requirements

Minimum Requirements

  • Associate’s or Bachelor's degree from a NLN (National League of Nurses) approved program; graduate of an accredited school of nursing required. Must have a current, unrestricted license to practice as Registered Nurse in the state the facility is located. Maintains a current copy of license on file at the facility at all times.
  • Two (2) years of direct work experience preferred.
  • Must possess competence in the performance of the following services: crisis intervention, medical emergencies, physical assessment, medical nursing care, and psychiatric nursing care.
  • Must have the ability to work without direct, immediate supervision in performing nursing diagnosis, and be able provide appropriate follow through treatment.
  • Ability to work with computers and the necessary software typically used by the department.