Harm Reduction RN, Per Diem

Date Posted: 
Tue, 08/22/2017
Hours: 
Per Diem, Monday-Friday, 8AM-4:30PM
Job summary: 

Boston Health Care for the Homeless is seeking per diem nurses to work in our harm reduction roles at the Engagement Center, a new drop-in day center for homeless individuals of Boston, and SPOT (Supportive Place for Observation and Treatment), which is our sedation monitoring program. The ideal candidate for this role is a compassionate and self-motivated individual who embraces the mission of BHCHP and is committed to delivering high quality nursing care in a low-threshold community environment.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 

While working at the Engagement Center the RN will provide in-the-moment, low-threshold medical access to patients who may otherwise not present to shelter clinics. In instances of sedation, the Harm Reduction RN will ensure that sedated patients are triaged and safely monitored in a supportive and compassionate environment. Services provided will include: clinical assessments, RN case management, medical monitoring, intervention in the case of overdose and immediate linkages to addiction treatment and primary care. While working in SPOT the RN will ensure that sedated patients are triaged and monitored safely in a supportive and compassionate environment in which the intent is to reduce harm from drug use. The services provided will be medical monitoring, intervention in the case of overdose and immediate linkages to addiction treatment and primary care. The goals of this approach are to address an existing problem for BHCHP patients, to decrease overdose deaths and to more effectively connect patients to addiction treatment.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Direct Nursing Care:
• Direct nursing care to ensure that all needs of the patients are met, conforming to established policies and procedures, as well as Department of Public Health regulations
• Serves as the first responder in the case of a medical emergency at the Engagement Center
• At the Engagement Center: nursing visits, medication management, care coordination
• Non-judgmental clinical support for patients who are overly sedated in an effort to prevent overdose.
• Accurate assessment of sedation and documentation, involving the rapid response team as clinically indicated
• Supportive engagement of patients with substance uses disorder in a manner consistent with Harm Reduction Principles and provides risk reduction counseling and connection to treatment programs.
• Responsible for updating and maintaining accurate treatment records, flow sheets and other documentation
• Responsible for ensuring that the medical aspects of the engagement center is fully equipped and operational daily

Communication:
• Maintains a direct line of communication with SPOT staff, engagement center BPHC staff, and shelter staff
• Maintains a professional approach
• Maintains the standards of accurate and complete recording and reporting ensuring that the clinical record for each patient is current and accurate

Team Based Collaboration:
• Functions as part of a team that includes the RN Site Director of SPOT, BPHC engagement site staff, Rapid Response Team, and Southampton Shelter staff and clinic staff.
• Based on the needs of the Program, may be required to be available for other shifts as needed
• Open to job sharing

Qualifications and Requirements: 

• Strong assessment skills
• Interest in public health, primary and preventive nursing/medicine
• Interest in working with disadvantaged groups
• Self-directed, motivated and flexible with the ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Bilingual candidates encouraged to apply
• Pharmacological understanding of medications or drugs that cause sedation
• Knowledge of opioid overdose management and brief interventions
• Clear Understanding of the “Outpatient Evaluation of the Sedated Patient and Monitoring of Selected Patients Whose Sedation is Due to Intoxication” policy
• Commonwealth of Massachusetts RN license
• Minimum of 2 years nursing experience preferred
• Strong assessment skills
• Understanding of substance abuse and behavioral health issues
• Interest and experience with underserved population preferable
• Experience in understanding the effects and management of sedating medications and polysubstance use

How to Apply: 

How to apply: Send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] (strongly preferred). Please state Harm Reduction RN, PD in the subject line. Include your cover letter in the body of the email. If you are unable to email, please fax documents to (857) 654-1095 or mail them to BHCHP - HR, 780 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118

An Equal Opportunity Employer.