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Director of Medical Respite (Oakland, CA)

Overview

LifeLong Medical Care has an exciting opportunity for a Director of Medical Respite-Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician Assistant to join our multi-disciplinary team providing both administrative and clinical support to our Medical Respite Program located in Oakland, CA. The ideal candidate must commit to providing high-quality primary care for complex patients and an interest in working in a collaborative team model of care. Under the general supervision of the Chief of Integrated Services, the (DMR-RN) will lead the Medical Respite multidisciplinary team in providing homeless adults with a safe environment, health care, and supportive services to recuperate from illness. Responsibilities include oversight of program policies and procedures, operations, clinical model, staff supervision, budgeting, documentation and reporting, and collaboration with stakeholders and funders.

As a Federally Qualified Health Center in Northern California with over 43 years of dedicated service to the community, LifeLong serves over 60,000 patients in socio-economically underserved regions of the East Bay Area.  We provide medical, dental, behavioral health, and school-based services at 16 primary care sites across Oakland, Berkeley, and West Contra Costa County.  From opening a residential respite program for homeless persons discharged from hospital to offering free COVID testing to the community, we are innovative and respond to the social and medical needs of our times.  We offer an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity and with which our patients can identify.  To this end, we seek candidates who reflect the diversity of the East Bay communities we serve.
 
Benefits:
We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits: medical, dental, vision, Flexible Spending Accounts, dependent and domestic partner coverage, 403(b) retirement savings plan, and loan repayment programs. LifeLong is a qualified site for federal and state loan repayment programs (HPSA score is 19). Acceptance rates may vary year to year based on funding levels and the number of applicants.
 
We’re passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. Companies that are diverse in age, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity, and perspective are proven to be better companies. More importantly, creating an environment where everyone, from any background, can do their best work is the right thing to do.

LifeLong Medical Care is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Responsibilities

  • Manages the delivery of nursing care services for Medical Respite patients, including developing and implementing nursing policies and procedures.
  • Works directly with referring agency staff to identify appropriate patients for referral and facilitate the referral process, including confirming eligibility, reviewing medical records, confirmation of MediCal eligibility, medication and supplies needed, and assessing behavioral health issues.
  • Visits hospital inpatient unit regularly to engage with discharge staff and meet/assess potential respite participants.
  • Coordinates transition of patients into the respite program and, upon arrival and collaboration with respite case management staff, conducts comprehensive medical intake and assessment on all new residents.
  • Assures all residents are assessed by nursing staff daily through either bedside rounds or office visits.
  • Collaborates with the multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive case management, resource referrals, comprehensive health care, support with benefits and housing, and discharge planning.
  • Uses clinician-approved standing orders to order labs and preventive screenings and to refill routine medications.
  • Participates in huddles, case conferences, and weekly staff meetings.
  • Consults on clinically and psycho-socially complex care with the medical director, licensed behavioral health staff, lead case manager, and program director.
  • Collaborates with primary care providers and managed care plans to establish patients in health homes and promote care continuity upon discharge.
  • Communicates directly with specialists and other external agencies involved in inpatient health care.
  • Provides in-service training to increase staff knowledge of health care issues impacting the target population and promote effective communication and care.
  • Collaborates with administrative team in efforts to develop systems that facilitate a safe, efficient, and comprehensive care environment for residents and staff
  • Supervises other staff RNs or LVNs.
  • Documents all services provided and participates in tracking and reporting activities to support effective management of the program.
  • Maintain resident confidentiality and exhibit professional conduct at all times.
  • Performs related functions as required.

Qualifications

  • Ability to effectively coordinate care with medical assistants and other support staff encourages and nurtures development and growth to build a strong and productive team.
  • Commitment to the provision of primary care services for the underserved with demonstrated ability and sensitivity in working with various people from low-income populations, with diverse educational, lifestyle, ethnic, and cultural origins.
  • Strong organizational, administrative, and problem-solving skills, and ability to be flexible and adaptive to change.
  • Ability to effectively present information to others, including other employees, community partners, and vendors.
  • Ability to seek direction/approval on essential matters, yet work independently with little onsite supervision, using professional judgment and diplomacy.
  • Work in a team-oriented environment with several professionals with different work styles and support needs.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written skills.
  • Conduct oneself in internal and external settings in a way that reflects positively on LifeLong Medical Care as an organization of professional, confident, and sensitive staff.

 

Job Requirements:

 

  • Current and valid California Registered Nurse license, Nurse Practitioner license, including furnishing license, or Physician Assistant’s certification.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing
  • Electronic health records, EPIC preferred
  • 2 years of nursing experience with a minimum of one-year experience in community health as an RN
  • Current CPR certification
  • Proficient in Microsoft office suite
  • Knowledge of nursing and medical practices, procedures, regulations, and patient care guidelines
  • Knowledge of theory, methods, and techniques required for rendering patient care
  • Competent in pharmacology
  • Ability to work effectively on a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written skills.
  • Demonstrated ability and sensitivity to provide services to persons who are disabled, homeless, living with HIV (AIDS), and/or have mental health or substance use challenges
  • Commitment to the provision of primary care services for the underserved with the ability to work with people from low-income populations, with diverse educational, lifestyle, ethnic, and cultural origins.
  • Strong organizational, administrative, and problem-solving skills, and ability to be flexible and adaptive.
  • Ability to seek direction/approval on essential matters, yet work independently with little onsite supervision, using professional judgment and diplomacy.

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