CommWell Health

LPN - Behavioral Health, Newton Grove, NC

US-NC-Newton Grove
1 month ago(11/17/2017 9:25 AM)
# of Openings
Behavioral Health



SUMMARY: The Behavioral Health Nurse is a Licensed Practical Nurse who provides direct, supportive, and crisis care to behavioral health patients and some administrative tasks. The Behavioral Health Nurse will work under the direction of psychiatric providers, Psychiatric NP and the BH Clinical Director, and works closely with the residential program managers and staff.






  1. Adheres to all applicable organization policies and procedures, laws, regulatory guidelines, scope of practice, and standards of care.
  2. Receive, clarify, and fulfill orders from an MD, DO, PA, or NP within health center policy, procedures, and legal limitations.
  3. Carries out proper procedure for basic life support, fire, disaster, and infection control.
  4. Actively participates in cost containment by conserving supplies and equipment and initiating patient charges.
  5. Participates in developing, implementing, and evaluating patient care plans to maintain patients at the highest achievable level of health.
  6. Uses tact, patience, understanding, and cultural sensitivity when dealing with patients, families, and colleagues.
  7. Communicates sufficiently, effectively, and efficiently with patients, families, and providers verbally and in writing.
  8. Documents an accurate and relevant record of patient's care.
  9. Recognizes life-threatening situations and responds appropriately.
  10. Accepts constructive criticism and implements suggestions and/or goals for improving performance.
  11. Is aware at all times of condition of assigned patients on site, and keeps appropriate personnel informed.
  12. Provides patient education to individuals, families, and groups verbally and in writing.
  13. Records vital signs, weight, and other orders as requested from psychiatric providers for patients scheduled to see psychiatric providers.
  14. Completes, updates, and audits Medication Administration Record (MAR) forms for all patients enrolled in behavioral health residential programs.
  15. Coordinates scheduling for psychiatrist and behavioral health specialist.
  16. Assist in referrals within and outside the organization.
  17. Follows up with patients who miss their appointments by phone and in writing.
  18. Attends and participates in required meetings.
  19. Maintain logs on medical equipment.
  20. Assists with packaging of lab specimens for outside reference labs.
  21. Assist in screening walk-in patients as needed.
  22. Attends and participates in in-service trainings and continuing education programs to keep current with trends in nursing care and standard of care.
  23. Maintains required licensures and certifications without sanction or other disciplinary action from the NC Nursing Board.
  24. Assist with or coordinate the Patient Assistant Program as needed.
  25. Follows the established lines of authority and communication.
  26. Participates in monitoring and evaluating the quality of nursing care provided.
  27. Other duties as assigned.



REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



          • Current LPN license.
          • Three Years minimum of experience working with mental illness and/or substance abuse.
          • Experience in public health and/or out-patient service.A
          • Ability to explain prescription instructions to patients and caregivers verbally and in writing.
          • Ability to effectively communicate patient needs and concerns to treating provider.
          • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance  instructions, and procedure manuals.
          • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. 
          • Ability to communicate effectively before groups or organizations.           



          Licensed to practice as a Practical Nurse in the State of North Carolina.

          Annual completion of Basic Life Support and CPR.

          Must pass North Carolina Intervention Core Plus within 2 months of employment and continually maintain annual certification     




         Competency required in the areas of communication, verbal and written skills, age specific skills, and current  

         nursing protocols. Knwledge of the 6 rights to medication administration.                         

         Knowing how to access information regarding and explain the use, contraindications, and side effects of medications.

         Demonstrated competency in obtaining vital signs, triaging patients according to acuity, collecting specimens, and assess for 

         withdrawal symptoms. Ability to use interview techniques that assist the patient in describing his/her symptoms and assist in

         discerning the situation, using a systems approach.



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