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LPN Career Opportunity at Concerted Care Group

Nurses have a crucial role in assisting patients in drug addiction recovery programs. They monitor’s the patient’s progress. Additionally, they help them maintain sobriety and adjust to life without drugs.  

Substance abuse LPNs are in demand at both inpatient and outpatient care facilities. They work with patients of all ages, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds. 

Concerted Care Group, LLC is currently looking for an innovative, committed, and highly skilled Dispensing Nurse to grow our integrated health organization. As part of CCG’s commitment to supporting our employee’s success, in addition to our comprehensive benefits package, we also offer private parking, company-provided PPE, private office space, flexible and remote work options at our clean and modern clinics.

Concerted Care Group, LLC offers the most effective treatment of addiction available – including addiction to heroin, morphine, codeine, oxycodone, prescription painkillers, and other opiates. We’ve been around for 5 years and we are just getting started. Our outpatient clinic is conveniently located in the communities that we serve.

We treat the whole person, not just the chemical dependency of addiction.

Responsible for the daily monitoring of patient’s needs and care of all patients reporting to the OTP clinic. This person works with the Nurse Manager, Medical Director and Clinical Supervisor to assure appropriate medical care for patients. This individual is also responsible for the completeness of all medical aspects of the medical record. The Nurse is responsible for dispensing any medications the clinic may utilize in the treatment of patients.

Principle Responsibilities and Tasks of the Dispensing Nurse:

  • Performs all duties within regularly scheduled hours.
  • Greets each patient to confirm identity and proper medication using two patient identifiers.
  • Responsible for medical services to be in compliance with Federal, State, CARF, and COMAR regulations/standards
  • Manages medication Inventory
  • Dispenses medication according to protocol.
  • Processes medical orders
  • Performs physical examinations and medical evaluations on clients as required
  • Recalls conducted in accordance with program protocol
  • Maintains accurate records. Submits and files all documentation within 24 hours of the event
  • Collects specimens and submits/processes appropriately
  • Participates in the review of new, readmissions, and transfer clients.
  • Provides intervention in crisis situations
  • Assists Nurse Manager in daily program operation.
  • Assesses clients for treatment needs and interventions.
  • Interacts with outside agencies for referrals, dosage verification, and other elements of coordination of care. Represents the agency professionally in person as well as over the phone.
  • Delivers medication as needed.
  • Maintains a cooperative and positive attitude and approach to patients, staff and visitors.

Requirements

  • Graduate from an accredited school of nursing
  • Licensed within the state of Maryland as an LPN
  • 1 year experience in medication assisted treatment
  • CPR certified within 3 months of hire
  • Will be required to submit to PPD screening or provide record of screening from previous employer within the past year

The Concerted Care Group is a great place to work. You can achieve your personal and professional goals while helping others overcome their addictions. Plus, have a steady income and be able to work in different locations. 

If you are interested in applying for this career opportunity, please complete the application at our Concerted Care Group website

 

 

What is Behavioral Therapy?

Treatments for people addicted to drugs vary in scope and focus. 

One type of treatment that has several types of therapies is known as “Behavioral Therapy”***. Addicts need incentives to reduce and end their dependence on the drug(s). Behavioral therapies accomplish this on several levels: 

  1. It helps the addict develop life skills that help them handle stressors that once caused them to resort to the addiction. 
  2. Cravings are blunted by redirecting environmental cues that make them desire the drug. 
  3. Drug abstinence is incentivized through newly learned behaviors.  

Behavioral therapy intimately involves the patient in changing their behavior and moving forward, addiction-free and permanently changed. There are several types of behavioral therapy that are used for addicts and, specifically, opioid users:

  1. Contingency Management (CM) is a popular behavioral therapy. It reinforces positive behaviors. Abstinence is the focus. This is used in methadone programs and has been shown to promote abstinence and increase treatment retention. 
  2. Voucher-Based Reinforcement (VBR) is for opioid abusers, mainly heroin, and cocaine users. The patient gets a “voucher” when their urine is tested and it’s drug-free. That voucher can then be used to purchase food, tickets, or other valuable items the patient can use. The vouchers start at a low value and increase in value as the patient successfully passes each urine test. If the patient has a positive urine test, the voucher values are reversed. Vouchers are an effective method of incentivizing opioid and cocaine users to stay clean. 
  3. Prize Incentives (PI) is similar to the vouchers but actually uses cash prizes as an incentive to stay abstinent. During a three-month period, the patient participates in breath tests or urine tests. If they are clean, their name is entered into a bowl for prizes worth $1-$100. Additionally, the patient may also get extra draws for attending counseling sessions or accomplishing goal-related activities.  (This method has been criticized for promoting gambling though studies have shown that it does the opposite.) 
  4. 12-Step Facilitation Therapy: Once again, abstinence is focused on utilizing 12-step self-help groups. From the patient’s daily or weekly attendance, they agree that their addiction is overwhelming and that they have absolutely no control over it. They cannot overcome their craving and dependence on it by themselves. So, they must surrender to a “Higher Power”. The patient then seeks the fellowship of other recovering addicts. The patient’s commitment to regular attendance and participation in the meetings has been shown to keep them abstinent and sustain recovery. 
  5. Family Behavior Therapy (FBT): Bringing a spouse, parent or significant other into the treatment has been shown also to be quite effective in leading the patient into positive behavior reinforcement. Opioid abuse is addressed along with other issues such as depression, unemployment, and abuse. Family Behavioral Therapy combines behavioral contracting with contingency management. The patient and family members apply the strategies and skills to improve their home life. Patients use new behaviors to stop opioid abuse. CMS (Contingency Management System) is used as an incentive when the behaviors are demonstrated. At the session, behavioral goals are reviewed. Rewards are given as goals are met. Patients can choose interventions from a menu. 

This is not a complete list of behavioral therapies. There are other therapies that we will focus on in a future blog. If you or a family member have an opioid addiction, please contact a drug treatment center immediately. 

Concerted Care Group of Central Baltimore, MD, and Brooklyn, MD, has a compassionate Behavioral Health team which includes therapists, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, a nurse practitioner, and a psychiatrist. Services include individual and family therapy for adults and adolescents. Group therapy and psychiatric services are available for adults.

Contact us at (833) CCG-LIVE to make an appointment. 

***Click here for more information on behavioral therapy.