Medication Dispensing Nurse

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DescriptionUniversity of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus
School of Medicine – Dept of Psych - ARTS
Health Care Technician III - Medication Dispensing Nurse 
Position #00729261 – Requisition #19596

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.cu.edu/cu-careers *

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The School of Medicine - ARTS has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Medication Dispensing Nurse – Health Care Tech III position.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility serving 4,500 students, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. CU Anschutz offers more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and colleges, and receives over $500 million in research awards each year. We are the single largest health professions education provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually. Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers and a reputation for academic excellence, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus drives innovation from the classroom to the laboratory to the delivery of unparalleled patient care. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here. 

Job Summary:

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver—one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (“the University”) is seeking a full-time, University Staff (non-classified) Medication Dispensing Nurse (Health Care Technician III) for an open position within the Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) Adult Outpatient Program, with clinic locations in Denver, Aurora and Arvada. The ARTS Adult Outpatient Program is within the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. ARTS Adult Outpatient clinics provide Medication Assisted Treatment, drug and alcohol assessment, psychosocial and pharmacological treatment for adults. Programs in various clinic locations include traditional outpatient, intensive outpatient and may contain specialty services for clients referred by the criminal justice system, county departments of human services, and services for pregnant women, individuals who are HIV positive or gender responsive services. The University is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff, and strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. The University and ARTS are dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The position will be assigned a home clinic and will need to, from time to time, assist in dispensing activities among three ARTS Opioid Treatment Programs, currently located in Aurora, Arvada, and Denver. This position will report to the Manager of Nursing Operations and will be co-supervised by the Clinic Coordinator. The Medication Dispensing Nurse is responsible to perform work related to dispensing medications, drawing blood from patients, keeping clear records, storing controlled substances and other duties as assigned. This position will be required to work 40 hours per week as follows: 5:00am – 1:30pm Monday through Friday, and 5:00am to 10:00am on Saturday. This position may provide dispensing activities on Saturdays.

Examples of Work Performed: 

  • Administer medication such as: Methadone, Suboxone, naltrexone, antabuse and extended-release injectable naltrexone to patients.
  • Safely transport narcotic medication in a manner consistent with DEA, State, and Federal, rules and regulations, while abiding by ARTS policies and procedures to include but not limited to using a lock box. Delivery locations will include as correctional facilities, rehabilitation centers, inpatient treatment facilities, or any location deemed appropriate by ARTS.
  • Assess patients’ needs for physical exams, and report observations to physicians and/or counselors. 
  • Monitor each patient’s vital signs and health condition.
  • Blood Drawing for labs and/or obtaining test results. 
  • Administer TB tests.
  • Assess adverse reaction to medications, and issues relating to drug overdose, HIV, and/or HCV.
  • Handle infectious materials, human blood or other body fluids according to applicable policy and procedures.
Documentation

  • Maintain current and accurate records and documentation as required by policy. 
  • Maintain accurate inventory records of medications according to all regulatory agency standards.
  • Produce and maintain other records as directed by the supervisor.
  • Compose medication reports and provide them to medical staff and counselors.
Training and Certification/License

  • Possess and maintain valid LPN licensure and IV certification in State of Colorado
  • Attend weekly team meetings and case conferences. 
  • Attend approved training sessions and professional development opportunities to upgrade skills, obtain and/or maintain required certifications and/or licenses. 
Performs Other Duties as Assigned

  • May include, but not limited to: delivering medications to jails and halfway houses, collecting drug tests, recording test results accurately, managing patient profiles in agency’s health record system and/or medication management software, answering phones, etc.
Salary and Benefits:

The hiring salary for this position is $41,184 - $45,302 and is commensurate with skills and experience.  This position is eligible for overtime compensation.
 
The University offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at: https://www.cu.edu/employee-services.
 
Diversity and Equity:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected] 

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees. 



QualificationsMinimum Qualifications:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN) license with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA)
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Two (2) years of either nursing, nursing assistance, dispensing medication, or related experience 
Substitution: Course work from an accredited college or university that is appropriate to the assignment may substitute on a year‐for‐year basis for the required two years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Prior work experience with medication assisted treatment 
  • Prior work experience with patients in substance use disorder treatment
  • Possess and maintain a valid IV certification
Competencies:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Excellent written communication skills, which includes the ability to check for typographical, grammatical and spelling errors.
  • Ability to effectively manage difficult behaviors 
  • Ability to engage patients in treatment for substance use disorder treatment
  • Ability to comply with established rules, policies and procedures and meet deadlines 
  • Ability to be open-minded and nonjudgmental 
  • Ability to develop healthy relationships with clients 
  • Ability to establish boundaries with clients 
  • Ability to exercise discretion (e.g. patient confidentiality)
Conditions of Employment: 

At time of hire, the successful candidate:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado Driver's License or able to obtain one within 30 days of hire.
  • Must agree to, and successfully pass, a fingerprint and criminal background check. (Note: Required background checks include a review with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, and the Central Registry of Child Protection – Trails).  
  • Subject to pre-employment, post-accident, post-incident or reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing per UCD Addiction Research and Treatment Services Department Policies.
  • Must possess a valid registration in good standing with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA)


Job Category: Health Care
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Nov 19, 2020
Unposting Date: Ongoing

 

 

 

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