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Nurse - Avanzando

Substance Use & Recovery

Ludlow, MA
ID: 580-379

Nurse - RN or LPN - Cornerstone Recovery

We are searching for a Registered nurse to work within our Cornerstone Recovery Program! The RN will establish open communication, support, and accountability among workers and consumers. They will be accountable to the Program Director, who is responsible for providing supervision and training.   

The Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse will be part of a multidisciplinary treatment team that will be available to support the medical and pharmacological needs of the residents in the program and deliver services under the agency clinic license and in keeping with their supervisory requirements. The RN/LPN is one who actively promotes the agency's philosophy and maintains a high level of commitment to the program and to the health and wellbeing of the residents. 

Essential Job Functions

 Service Excellence - necessary to meet overall agency goals and provide service excellence to program consumers.

 Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct medical screenings on all new residents to the program within the time parameters of the program’s intake process and procedures.
  • Deliver medication management (individual/group) as required by program or resident including assistance with prescription refills, medication changes, prior authorizations, pharmacy issues, and medication reconciliation prior to a pending hospital discharge.
  • Support medication adherence by residents and monitor for symptoms and side effects.
  • Develop strong and supportive relationships with residents and reinforce progress in each individual’s recovery process.
  • Collect health vital signs (i.e., temperature, pulse, blood pressure), documentation, and report.
  • Provide IM injections.
  • Maintain updated progress notes of clinical and medical interventions.
  • Maintain residents’ records as per program/clinic licensing standards and conduct medication audits to ensure compliance with regulations.
  • Provide education to residents on topics regarding health, wellness, medication, symptoms, and side effects.
  • Provide staff training and education regarding health, medications, and medical protocols including the use of naloxone in the event of an overdose.
  • Collaborate with doctors’ offices in providing basic medical treatment, triaging, and identifying when a higher level of medical intervention is necessary.
  • Collaborate with other care providers to coordinate medical, medication, MAT, and psychiatric needs.
  • Conduct regular inventory of medical supplies and submit acquisition orders to the Program Director in a timely manner.
  • Maintain clinic area in a sanitary, organized, orderly, safe manner.
  • Participate as a member of a multi-disciplinary team and attend one team meeting per month in which program operations and quality assurance are principal on the agenda.
  • Participate in all training required by the agency and additional training that may enhance the health, wellbeing, and safety of the residents in the program.
  • Apprise Program Director of any issues or concerns regarding the operations of the clinic in a timely manner.


  • Adhere to all policies and practices of professional behavior as defined in the Employee Handbook.
  • Perform all aspects of the position with integrity and the highest ethical standards.
  • Exhibit professional behavior with regards to arriving on time for work and meetings.
  • Exhibit professionalism in all written and verbal communication.
  • Model respect, integrity, appreciation.
  • Care, safety, and security of all staff & clients is the highest priority.


  • Uphold the agency’s organizational mission statement and commitments.
  • Support team and organizational decisions as it relates to direct care of residents.
  • Treat all employees and consumers of the agency with the highest level of respect and dignity.
  • Exhibit an open, direct interpersonal style of communication.

Required Skills

Minimum Qualifications

  • Certified as a registered nurse or nurse practitioner by the Board of Medicine, Nursing Division.
  • Certification as a registered nurse in the state of Massachusetts.
  • 1-year minimum experience in a residential or hospital setting preferred.
  • Experience working with individuals with mental health or substance abuse diagnoses preferred.
  • Experience in the management, administration, and monitoring of psychotropic medications preferred.
  • Ability to provide education and training as needed to staff and residents regarding standard medical protocols including the use of naloxone in the event of an overdose.
  • Valid driver’s license, auto insurance, ability to meet agency’s driving requirements, and ability to assume travel assignments related to work.

Benefits Include:

  • Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance

The Gandara Mental Health Center provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Gándara Center provides residential, mental health, substance abuse and preventive services for children, adults and families across the Pioneer Valley and eastern parts of Massachusetts. Founded in the Hispanic community, we value cultural diversity and strive to provide culturally competent, innovative services to a diverse community.

This position is located at 14 Chestnut Pl, Ludlow, MA. View the Google Map in full screen.

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