Triage LVN, Behavioral Health/FT/Days in Norwalk, CA at Pipeline Health

Date Posted: 10/3/2022

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    Norwalk, CA
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    10/3/2022

Job Description

Each day is a fresh opportunity to impact the lives of our patients, families, co-workers, and communities. We promote excellence, optimism, respect, and professional growth. If you are looking for a rewarding and positive workplace, look no further than in your own community

Summary:

This position will perform a variety of functions for the assigned shift including, but not limited to, serving as a clinical resource to Access Services to determine that admitting criteria are met for inpatient admissions, conduct license nurse consultation with referring facilities, provide evaluations to patients that present to the hospital lobby, facilitate triage and transfer of patients to other facilities.  In addition, the position will be responsible for maintaining bed availability status and performing various nursing functions as specified by the House Supervisor. 

Qualifications:

  • Current, valid CA LVN license
  • Two years of progressive proven clinical experience in an acute psychiatric and/or chemical dependency hospital

Responsibilities: 

  • Effectively screens patients for medical considerations to determine appropriate disposition.
  • Conducts nurse-to-nurse consultation with referring facilities in a timely manner.
  • Performs initial screening and evaluation of lobby walk-ins in a timely manner.
  • Effectively assists the House Supervisor with triage process.
  • Assists nursing units with initial nursing assessments as needed.
  • Obtains initial authorization for managed care admissions originating in the Hospital lobby in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrates awareness of and sensitivity to the rights of patients/SO and uphold those rights as identified within the facility and by the California Department of Mental Health.
  • Develops and maintains working relationships with nursing units, Access Services and other members of the Hospital staff.
  • Effectively collaborates with House Supervisor to determine current and accurate bed status.
  • Assists Access Services staff with phone intake in a effective manner.
  • Notifies all denials due to Medi-Cal considerations to on-call Nursing Administrative staff.
  • Serves on committees, task forces and work groups on a voluntary and appointed basis at the department and hospital level.
  • Attends monthly Access Services department meetings, House Supervisors meetings, and daily communication meetings.
  • Effectively prioritizes communication issues pertaining to all departments and provide collaborative intervention as necessary.
  • As the coordinator of care, the licensed nurse shall be responsible for the observation and direction of patient lifts and mobilization, and shall participate as needed in patient handling in accordance with the nurse’s job description and professional judgment.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

ADA CONSIDERATION: 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. Such accommodations must be requested by the employee/applicant in order to be considered.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Must be able to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical information, and to be easily understood through verbal communication in the English language. Must be able to prepare documentation in a manner that conforms to prescribed style and format, and to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Bilingual skills (Spanish) preferred.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Must be able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to perform these operations using units of weight measurement, volume, and distance. Ability to perform upper level mathematical operations, including algebra and geometry, frequent distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory and factor analysis.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee is regularly required to lift, push and/or pull weights in excess of 10 pounds. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds, with assistance. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.