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UnityPoint Health RN-ACT Program in Fort Dodge, Iowa

UnityPoint Health - Fort Dodge

Berryhill Center - RN for ACT Program

FTE: 1.0 (Full-time, 40 hours per week)

Shift: Rotating Shifts; call shifts included

  • Under the direction of the team psychiatrist or ARNP and in collaboration with other registered nurses on the team develops, revises and maintain psychopharmacologic, medical treatment and medication policies and procedures.

  • Takes a lead role in providing medication administration and nursing care.

  • Administers, evaluates and records psychotropic medications prescribed by team psychiatrist or ARNP.

  • Evaluates and charts psychotropic medications effectiveness, complications and side effects.

  • Arranges for required lab work according to protocol.

  • Provides education to patients and family members on benefits and possible side effects of medications.

  • Under the direction of the team psychiatrist or ARNP, and in collaboration with other registered nurses on the team, manages pharmaceutical and medical supplies.

  • In collaboration with the team psychiatrist or ARNP coordinate, schedule, and administer medical assessments of client physical health, making appropriate referrals to community physicians for further assessment and treatment, and coordinating psychiatric treatment with medical treatment.

  • Provides individual, couple, family and group services in a community setting to teach patients behavioral symptom management as a means of coping with internal and external stressors.

  • Functions as a practicing clinician on the team and provides service coordination (case management) for an assigned group of patients.

  • Coordinates and monitors activities of daily living.

  • Assumes primary responsibility for developing, writing, implementing, evaluation and revising treatment goals and plans in conjunction with client.

  • Provides supportive therapy and symptom management.

  • Ensures immediate changes are made in treatment plans as a patients’ needs change.

  • Educates and supports patients’ families as needed.

  • Advocates for patients’ rights and preferences.

  • Help maintain patients’ entitlements.

  • Participates in patient-centered comprehensive assessment

  • Identifies psychiatric history

  • Mental status and diagnosis

  • Physical and dental health

  • Use of drugs or alcohol

  • Education and employment

  • Social development and functioning

  • Activities of daily living

  • Family structure and relationships\

  • Consults with community agencies and families to maintain coordination in the treatment process.

  • Initiates and maintains relationships, in coordination with other staff, with law enforcement, other human service agencies, and informal community resources, (e.g. landlords, employers, etc.).

  • Performs shift management in coordination with other ACT staff according to established policy and procedures.

  • Provides on-call crisis interventions covering after business hours, overnights and weekends as scheduled.

  • Documents patient progress to maintain a permanent record of activity according to established methods and procedures and in a timely manner.

  • Participates in daily staff organization meetings and treatment planning reviews.

  • Participates in the ongoing assessment of symptoms and response to treatment.

  • Makes appropriate changes in interventions on treatment plans in response to changes in mental status/behavior.

  • Assists in provision of symptom education.

  • Provides individual and group treatment, as part of a team, in the office and community settings. Treatment will be in a stage-based treatment model that is non-confrontational.

  • As a team member provides support, advocacy, coordination, problem solving, direct assistance, training, and supervision to help patients obtain necessities of daily living.

  • Participates in educational activities, performance improvement activities, Center committees, center daily huddles, and other related activities when requested.

  • Maintains compliance with Human Resources policies and procedures including the dress code.

Minimum Requirements

Identify items that are minimally required to perform the essential functions of this position.


Master’s, Bachelor’s or Associates degree in nursing.


Multiple years of experience providing service to individuals with a severe and persistent mental illness required.


Licensed as a registered nurse.

Valid driver’s license when driving any vehicle for work-related reasons.


Ability to delegate wisely, exercise good judgment, maintain good interpersonal relationships, adapt to change, evaluate critically and think creatively. Individual will demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide appropriate care to adolescents, adult and geriatric patients with severe and persistent mental illnesses. Individual will demonstrate effective written and verbal skills allowing communication with physicians, co-workers, other clinic/hospital personnel, as well as the public. Position requires good organizational skills. Position also requires a valid driver’s license.

Must be able to objectively perform initial assessment of patient’s condition and identify needs related to adolescent, adult and geriatric behavioral health. Individual must possess the ability to effect planned change in a positive manner. Ability to work effectively with others, think creatively and communicate effectively is required. Position requires working knowledge of community resources.


Use of usual and customary equipment used to perform essential functions of the position.

Requisition ID: 2021-91707

Street: 802 Kenyon Rd

Name: 7020 UnityPoint Health Trinity Regional Medical Ctr

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Scheduled Hours/Shift: 40 hours per week - on call shifts required

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