The Detox Technician (Tech) acts as an advocate for patients seeking and receiving care in the Center and interprets the needs and concerns of the patients for other staff members. The Detox Tech at SCRC is responsible for providing care to clients in acute care and methadone maintenance (MMP). The Tech works under the supervision of the LPN 1, LPN II, RN 1 and RN II to ensure nursing components of the organization are appropriately coordinated. The Detox Tech works collaboratively with the Medical Assistants. He/she assumes the responsibility of ensuring patient/staff safety through rounding and safety checks. The Detox Tech will advocate for patients seeking and receiving care and provide support to the general team.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Renders and performs patient care utilizing a Patient-Centered approach at all times, educates patients/clients about Patient Centered Medical Home and empanelment, while upholding a therapeutic milieu.
- Responsible for helping patients and their care taker understand how to utilize the resources of the Center.
- Assists and supports the patients and their families during clinical visits to the Center or on admission.
- Communicates the philosophies, procedures and resources of the Center.
- Manages patient records using i2i and Centricity.
- Completes patient charting as required in a timely fashion.
- Records the Chief Complaint and reviews patient risk factors.
- Adheres to the Medication Reconciliation Act.
- Accurately and legibly documents vital signs, including blood pressure, pulse, respiration, temperatures, O2, saturations and finger sticks. Ensures to sign off with a legible signature.
- Responsible for preparing patients and rooms for an exam according to specific procedures.
- Assists Providers and Nurses with specific treatment procedures and supports patients throughout the procedures.
- Performs and/or facilitates patient ADLs and hygiene.
- Performs visual body checks for all new admissions and as clinically warranted with appropriate reporting and documentation.
- Handles patient Belongings on or during admission following policy and procedures at all times.
- Assists nurses with Admissions and Discharge processes.
- Performs searches for contraband, confiscates contraband and reports to Management or designee.
- Performs EKG’s, hearing and vision tests, POCT or any other CLIA waived tests as designated by site, maintains Quality Controls and logs as indicated per policies and procedures.
- Responsible for drawing blood when certified and maintaining current phlebotomy certification.
- Ensures the necessary equipment and information are available for exam.
- Ensures all instruments and supplies are used properly and sanitized/autoclaved.
- Attends mandatory monthly nursing staff supervisory meetings and occasional after hours or weekend trainings as required.
- Performs all other duties as required.
Education: High School Diploma/GED required. Certification as a Nursing Assistant from the State of Connecticut Department of Health is required. Phlebotomy Certification (National Phlebotomy Association or National Healthcare Association) is preferred. CPR certification required.
Experience: Experience in BH/Addictions/Substance Abuse and/or Internal Medicine is preferred.
Knowledge/Abilities: Ability to communicate and work with individuals who have health/social problems. Computer skills are required with the ability to learn Centricity, i2i, EPIC and Outlook. Excellent customer services skills and the ability to accept supervision and assigned responsibilities are necessary. Must be able to demonstrate competency in performing all vital signs. Ability to read and write legibly in English and comprehend basic health information is essential. Bilingual individual desirable.
Physical Demands/Working Conditions
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is responsible for bending, lifting, walking, carrying or pulling objects. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
The job requires frequent contact with water (hand washing and cleaning), exposure working with body fluid and hazardous chemicals. When under these working conditions, OSHA standards and universal precautions must be followed at all times.
CSHHC is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.