Job Description

Jackson County Mental Health is seeking a Mental Health Nurse to join our Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team. Our ACT Team provides comprehensive and intensive outpatient treatment for adults diagnosed with serious mental illness. The multidisciplinary ACT Team includes a psychiatrist, social workers/therapists, drug and alcohol specialists, certified peers – and maybe you! If you don’t live here already, please take a look here at some of what the Rogue Valley has to offer www.jacksoncountyor.gov/worklifebalance.

Jackson County strives to recruit, hire and retain the best employees!

Pre-Employment Requirements and/or Preferences

  • Preferred experience: work with adults serious mental illness and substance use disorders; work with unhoused, LBGTIQ+ and BIPOC community members.
  • Spanish speaking preferred (bilingual differential available)
  • Pass a criminal background check prior to hire.
  • Submit an acceptable DMV certified court print prior to hire. click on the following link to review Jackson County’s requirements for an acceptable driving record.
  • Pass a pre-employment drug screen, which includes screening for Marijuana. Click on the link to review Jackson County’s Drug-Free Workplace Policy.
  • This position is represented by union group SEIU

Job Duties and Requirements

I.    Position Summary

Provides comprehensive evaluations, medication counseling and a full range of nursing and mental health treatment services to a high-risk client population. Performs a full range of complex technical and analytical duties with only occasional instruction or assistance and work is normally reviewed only upon completion.

II.   Examples of Essential Position Duties (The following duties represent some of the principal job duties; however, they are not all-inclusive. Other duties may be required or assigned.)

  • Develops diagnostic evaluations and treatment plans for clients, which may include the delivery of medical and health services such as administering prescribed medications and maintaining medical supplies; reviews treatment plans to ensure the delivery of care is appropriate for treatment interventions; provides nurse follow-up services.
  • Evaluates clients and assess their physical and mental symptoms for possible drug interactions. Is able to make independent decisions regarding mental health treatment. Counsels clients on medications, drug interactions and possible side effects.
  • Consults with psychiatrists and physicians. Prepares reports for doctors.
  • Provides complex and/or specialized individual and group counseling and therapy, education, skills training, outreach and support to clients and families as necessary.
  • Provides consultation, education, information to agencies in the community which routinely come in contact with individuals in crisis; maintains liaison with key community agencies that serve people with mental developmental disabilities, as assigned.
  • Prepares and maintains required records, progress notes and files; prepares reports as needed.
  • When assigned to the duties of pre-commitment services, assesses whether an individual is a danger to himself or herself or others; performs discharge assessment, planning and coordination.
  • Adheres to regulatory requirements, collective bargaining agreements, County and departmental policies and procedures, required trainings, as well as safe work practices.
  • Develops and maintains effective internal and external working relationships at all levels.
  • Has regular and reliable attendance. Overtime may be required. Works irregular shifts and respond to after-hours emergency calls as required.

III.  Minimum Requirements (Performance of the essential duties of this position includes the following requirements, physical demands and/or working conditions)

Education and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree in nursing or related field AND five years progressively responsible experience in the delivery of health care in a mental health and/or social services setting; OR
  • Any combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job.

License, Certificate or Other

Requires possession of a valid driver’s license and an acceptable driving record. Must be currently licensed by the state of Oregon as a registered nurse. May require certification as a Mental Health Investigator if assigned to pre-commitment duties.

IV.  Other Requirements

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Requires a medical knowledge of the techniques and procedures used in evaluating, modifying and motivating human behavior; case management methods; drug interactions; medications and their side effects; rules, laws, regulations and ethics of medical and mental health services and treatment; community services and resources; supervision and management techniques. Ability to assess status of individuals and families for medical services and needs; write concise and accurate progress notes and reports; perform nursing and medical procedures; coordinate treatment plans; work with a diverse client population; provide technical direction to lower level staff or volunteers; maintain confidentiality; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; build and lead strong, cohesive work groups and teams.

Physical Demands (Performance of the essential duties of this position includes the following physical demands)

Requires the ability to coordinate hands and feet in performing simple movements, such as bending, reaching and grasping; to exert a small amount of physical effort in sedentary to light work involving moving from one area of the office to another. Requires sufficient hand-eye coordination to perform skilled movements, such as giving injections, taking blood samples, adjusting microscopes, etc., as well as semi-skilled repetitive movements, such as typing, filing and data entry and use of other office equipment or supplies. Tasks require occasional exposure to strong odors, strong chemicals, and communicable illnesses. Sensory requirements include color, sound, odor, texture and visual perception and discrimination as well as oral communications ability. Requires driving.

Working Conditions (Performance of the essential duties of this position includes the following working conditions)

Work is generally performed in an office environment but may include other locations, including patient’s homes. May include exposure to disruptive people.

V.   Additional Information

This classification description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of duties, knowledge, skills, abilities, or requirements, as any one position in this classification may be assigned some or all of these duties, in addition to other duties not explicitly listed here. The various duties, responsibilities and/or assignments of this position may be unevenly balanced and change from time to time based upon matters such as, but not limited to, variations in the shift, work demands, seasons, service levels and management’s decisions on how to best allocate department resources. Any shift, emphasis or rebalancing of these assigned duties, responsibilities and/or assignments does not constitute a change in the job classification. The County shall schedule employees and determine FTE consistent with its determination as to efficiency of operations, financial advantages to the County, and/or effective service to the public.

Equal Opportunity Employer

JACKSON COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Jackson County does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability. Women, minorities and the disabled are encouraged to apply. Upon request, special accommodations and/or assistance will be gladly provided for any applicant with sensory or non-sensory impairments.  Because of the Immigration Reform Act of 1986, persons hired by the County must be able to present acceptable documents verifying identity and authorization to work in the United States.  For a copy of Jackson County’s Equal Employment Opportunity Plan, visit our web site at www.jacksoncountyor.gov or call 541-774-6036.

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