The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year.
In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver—one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.
LPN Medication Dispensing Nurse
The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (“the University”) is seeking a full-time, University Staff (non-classified) Medication Dispensing Nurse (Health Care Technician III) for an open position within the Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) Adult Outpatient Program, with clinic locations in Denver, Aurora and Arvada. The ARTS Adult Outpatient Program is within the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. ARTS Adult Outpatient clinics provide Medication Assisted Treatment, drug and alcohol assessment, psychosocial and pharmacological treatment for adults.
Programs in various clinic locations include traditional outpatient, intensive outpatient and may contain specialty services for clients referred by the criminal justice system, county departments of human services, and services for pregnant women, individuals who are HIV positive or gender responsive services. The University is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff, and strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. The University and ARTS are dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.
Examples of Work Performed:
The position will be assigned a home clinic and will need to, from time to time, assist in dispensing activities among three ARTS Opioid Treatment Programs, currently located in Aurora, Arvada, and Denver. This position will report to the Manager of Nursing Operations and will be co-supervised by the Clinic Coordinator. The Medication Dispensing Nurse is responsible to perform work related to dispensing medications, drawing blood from patients, keeping clear records, storing controlled substances and other duties as assigned. This position will be required to work 40 hours per week. Hours will be as follows: 5:00am – 1:30pm Monday through Friday, and 5:00am to 10:00am on Saturday. This position may provide dispensing activities on Saturdays
- Administer medication such as: Methadone, Suboxone, naltrexone, antabuse and extended-release injectable naltrexone to patients.
- Safely transport narcotic medication in a manner consistent with DEA, State, and Federal, rules and regulations, while abiding by ARTS policies and procedures to include but not limited to using a lock box. Delivery locations will include as correctional facilities, rehabilitation centers, inpatient treatment facilities, or any location deemed appropriate by ARTS.
- Assess patients’ needs for physical exams, and report observations to physicians and/or counselors.
- Monitor each patient’s vital signs and health condition.
- Blood Drawing for labs and/or obtaining test results.
- Administer TB tests.
- Assess adverse reaction to medications, and issues relating to drug overdose, HIV, and/or HCV.
- Handle infectious materials, human blood or other body fluids according to applicable policy and procedures.
- Maintain current and accurate records and documentation as required by policy.
- Maintain accurate inventory records of medications according to all regulatory agency standards.
- Produce and maintain other records as directed by the supervisor.
- Compose medication reports and provide them to medical staff and counselors.
Training and Certification/License
- Possess and maintain valid LPN licensure and IV certification in State of Colorado
- Attend weekly team meetings and case conferences.
- Attend approved training sessions and professional development opportunities to upgrade skills, obtain and/or maintain required certifications and/or licenses.
Performs Other Duties as Assigned
- May include, but not limited to: delivering medications to jails and halfway houses, collecting drug tests, recording test results accurately, managing patient profiles in agency’s health record system and/or medication management software, answering phones, etc.