Certified Nursing Assistant

Job Overview

The Misdemeanor Incompetent to Stand Trial (MIST) Program serves defendants in Los Angeles that are facing misdemeanor charges but found to be incompetent to stand trial.  The program consists of 40 clients in a private, residential setting and includes an on-site Master’s level clinician, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Psychiatrist, Case Managers, Facility Monitors, Administrative Staff and a House Manager. The program operates on Harm Reduction and Housing First principles. Harm Reduction is a set of policies, programs, and practices that aim primarily to reduce the adverse health, social and economic consequences of the use of legal and illegal psychoactive drugs. The Housing First model is an approach that offers housing as quickly as possible for individuals experiencing homelessness, and then provides the supportive services and connections to the community-based supports people need to keep their housing.

Job Description:

The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) assesses and monitors clients and provides care in accordance with treatment objectives and as instructed by supervisor. Other comparable duties may be assigned as well. The CNA will adhere to all State, Federal and County documentation standards and HIPAA regulations.   

Key Responsibilities

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the nursing care plan.
  • Oversee the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of clients admitted for detoxification.
  • Provide timely updates and status reports to the program staff clients receiving co-occurring mental disorder services.
  • Facilitate referrals to outside medical providers/facilities for medical clearance, TB tests or treatment when indicated.
  • Facilitate filling of client prescriptions, and work with pharmacy to ensure medications are delivered in a timely manner.
  • Audit medication room and destroy medications as needed per policy.
  • Monitor client care and treatment.
  • Adhere to professional standards.
  • Document client treatment progress, incident reports and medical follow up.
  • Maintain a safe environment for clients.
  • Identify report and assist with the management of emergencies.
  • Interact with clients to support their participation in the program.
  • Assist with orientation, admission, transfer, and discharge of clients.
  • Provide clerical support as directed by supervisor.
  • Maintain medication log for compliance with all funder requirements and update monthly.
  • Take and record accurate vital signs.
  • Assess and report client behavioral changes.
  • Provide staff training on medication protocols, as needed, including vital signs, observations, and documentation.
  • Maintain professional boundaries and standards.
  • Treat all clients with respect, care, and concern.
  • Recognize personal biases working within diverse populations. Maintain cultural sensitivity at all times.

Performance Responsibilities (required for all staff): Although each position has its own unique duties and responsibilities, the following responsibilities are applicable to every employee.

  • Demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance.
  • Follow written and verbal directions and complete assigned tasks on schedule.
  • Read, write & communicate in English and understand basic math.
  • Learn from directions, observations, and mistakes, and apply procedures using good judgment.
  • Work independently or as part of a team; ability to interact appropriately with others.
  • Work with supervision, receiving instructions/feedback, coaching/counseling and/or action/discipline.
  • Influence and improve operations which are not under direct control.
  • Use problem-solving methods to continuously improve operations

Education and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Minimum Qualifications

  • CNA license required.
  • High school diploma or equivalency.
  • Experience working with the mentally ill, personality disorders and substance abuse;
  • Knowledge of crisis intervention, mental status evaluation,
  • Ability to work independently within a multidisciplinary team and interact effectively,
  • Ability to respond quickly and use good judgment in unusual and emergency situations,
  • Proficiency with computer use including Microsoft Office products and email,
  • Demonstrate cooperative behavior with colleagues and supervisors;
  • Experience working with dually diagnosed clients,
  • Basic English proficiency, written and oral;
  • Experience working with dual diagnosis populations
  • Good time management
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Bilingual language skill preferred but not required.
  • Good written and verbal skills.
  • Dependable automobile and insurance, registration and valid California Drivers License.
  • Knowledge and respect of all confidentiality issues
Compensation: $36,000.00-$38,000.00
Type: Hourly/ Non-exempt
Benefits: HealthRIGHT 360 offers a comprehensive benefit package
City: Los Angeles
Hours/wk: 40

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