Provide skilled BILINGUAL (Spanish and English) nursing services to opioid dependent patients and their significant support systems including: ongoing assessment, intakes, evaluations, triage, teaching, inductions, and stabilizations. Assist in the primary care of patients within the opioid treatment program, and facilitate support and services provided at other settings. Collaborate with team members at various BHCHP clinic settings, outside referral sites, and with providers from addiction settings throughout Massachusetts. This position will be half time at Casa Esperanza and half time at one of our other BHCHP sites. This position will report directly to the OBOT Supervisor with a dotted line to the specific site directors.
Perform initial assessment and intake obtaining social, medical, mental health, substance abuse and medication history.
Collaborate, communicate, and meet with opioid treatment team as needed and required
Provide education and assessment to patients looking to access opioid treatment programs
Assess and monitor patients in the induction, stabilization, and maintenance phases of treatment
Provide ongoing management, education, and support of patients in all phases of treatment including: nursing visits scheduled and random, urine toxicology screens, routine labs and as needed, medication teaching, monitoring, pill counts, observed dosing, and medication refills.
Follow State and Federal guidelines in providing care to opioid dependent patients in collaboration with licensed, prescribing physicians and pharmacy
Complete appropriate documentation with record keeping
Assist in the ongoing primary care of patients referred to the opioid treatment program
Consistently use clear, concise, and effective written and oral communication; and comply with departmental policies when sharing/documenting relevant patient care data.
Works with the pharmacy and the OBOT team in obtaining medication orders, prescriptions, refills, and communication as needed
Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted or changed to meet program needs, at the discretion of the supervisor.
This is a full time, benefits eligible position, Monday–Friday 8:30am-5:00pm;Hours May Vary
Must be bilingual in Spanish and English
Licensed to practice professional nursing as a registered nurse in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts required
Experience with the homeless population preferred
Certified in related specialty areas preferred
Leadership experience with the ability to work autonomously
Minimum of five (5) years of nursing experience preferred
Addiction experience required
Experience in HIV/AIDS related medical/social issues.
Knowledge of community, and health resources, particularly addiction related resources and supports
Effective verbal, written, and interpersonal skills with ability to interact with providers and team members from various settings
Sensitivity to ethnic, cultural, gender; beliefs, and behaviors
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, with excellent communication skills, critical thinking, and problem solving abilities
Physical and Mental Requirements
Must be bilingual in Spanish and English
Ability to travel to multiple sites
Demonstrated interest in working with an underserved population
Internal Number: OBOTRN1
About Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
Since 1985, our mission has remained the same: to provide or assure access to the highest quality health care for all homeless men, women and children in the greater Boston area. We believe it has been and continues to be medicine that matters:
•Vulnerable patients are kept alive and get help managing chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension and cancer.
•Dedicated clinical and non-clinical staff share their passion for a vibrant mission and support each other in bringing the mission alive.
•Generous donors find a fulfilling way to respond to the feelings of helplessness that come with concern for those on the street.
•Shelter partners benefit from BHCHP's medical expertise while focusing on their core mission, avoiding wasteful duplication of services.
•Boston's many hospitals can depend on BHCHP as an alternative to the emergency room as well as a safe discharge location for medically vulnerable patients.
BHCHP's targeted, compassionate management of limited resources yields everyday successes that are a living tribute to the ideals of a just society.