Do you want a career where you can truly make a difference? The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is one of the largest human service providers in Lake County. We live our mission each day, promoting the health and well-being of all who live, work, and play in Lake County. If you are passionate about giving back and ready to be a part of an innovative team, we are looking for you!
About the Role:
Responsible for assessing the needs and functions of all eligible Williams Consent Decree class members through the moving on program. Responsible for direct care of clients, including hospitalization follow-up care, crisis intervention, continuity of care through the consultation of medical providers and specialists, provides emergency assessment for hospitalizations, and participates in the development of comprehensive service plans.
Location: 3002 Grand Ave, Waukegan, IL
Hours: 37.5 hours a week (Monday thru Friday)
FLSA STATUS: Hourly
Skills and Experience
- Assesses all new potential clients for admission to the program.
- Coordinates with Specialized Mental Health Rehabilitation Facilities to prepare for clients transitioning into community living.
- Provides professional psychiatric nursing care related to physician’s orders in conformance with recognized nursing techniques and procedures, established standards and administrative policies of the department.
- Recognizes and interprets symptoms of clients’ conditions, reports to appropriate personnel and assists with remedial measures for adverse developments.
- Is responsible for scheduling and arranging medical and specialist appointments, chest x-rays, laboratory work and other medical appointments.
- Coordinates with clients’ medical and specialty providers for continuity of care.
- Responds to inquiries, gives appropriate information and referrals, and documents.
- Maintains clinical charts including documentation of observations, medications treatments; reports on the condition of clients; observes and corrects, if possible, environmental factors dealing with comfort and safety.
- Participates as a team member at staff interviews and provides input regarding the stability of client’s physical condition.
- Participates in all state staffing’s with the University of Chicago College of Nursing.
- Focuses on client empowerment in providing treatment, seeking to assist clients to build on strengths in addressing treatment needs.
- Participates in the development of comprehensive service plans.
- Organizes and participates in treatment-related clinical conferences and staffing’s on assigned clients.
- Administers medications according to physician’s orders as needed.
- Assists in facilitating transportation of clients as needed.
- Provides education and direction to clients, family members and/or significant others.
- Meets all performance measures and standards assigned by the Prime Agency.
- Participates in a team oriented service approach within the program.
- Participates in in-service trainings, and seminars to facilitate professional growth and maintain licensure if required.
- Maintains an awareness of and professional involvement/collaboration with community resources.
- Involved in quality improvement activities on an ongoing basis.
- Takes a personal stake in the success of the program
Education, Qualifications, and Certification:
- Associate’s degree, five years of experience in psychiatric or behavioral health nursing is required, or
- Bachelor’s degree, one year of experience in psychiatric or behavioral health nursing is required, or
- Master’s degree and knowledge of psychiatric disorders and medications.
To remain in this position, an individual must possess:
- Illinois Licensure as a register professional nurse, or
- Illinois Licensure by reciprocity within six months of the initial date of employment.
About the Perks:
Lake County offers a competitive salary and benefit package with performance-based incentive plans. We also offer flexible working hours, and a comprehensive wellness and training program. Visit the Health Department page to get additional information on why you should work for us.
If you would like to learn more about our community impact and to see some of our employees in action, please review this short video.
Any offer of employment is conditioned on the successful completion of a background screening, drug and alcohol testing and may include a pre-employment medical exam.
The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability, veteran status and other protected characteristics.