Registered Nurse- On Call- #1286

LifeWorks NW is a private, non-profit organization providing prevention, mental health, substance use treatment, and related social services to youths, adults, and older adults in over fifteen locations throughout Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. LifeWorks NW promotes a healthy community by providing quality and culturally responsive mental health and addiction services across the lifespan.

Our core values-Recovery and Relationships, Resilience, and Results-inform the work we do. The four pillars of the strategic vision include Compassionate, Impactful Care, Holistic Health, Passionate Team, and Thriving Organization. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are critical to successfully achieving the mission. We know that "life works" when people get the help they need and are dedicated to changing lives

The PRN (On Call) Registered Nurse (RN), #1286 will serve as a liaison between Certified Community Behavioral Health (CCBHC) site and internal and external Primary Care Providers by providing ongoing nursing assessments and coordination of care with other professionals for clients of the CCBHC. The RN may also function as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP). The RN assures that health metrics are gathered and reviewed for clients of the CCBHC. They will work with the various teams to assure that client's health needs are addressed so as to reduce emergency room usage, hospitalizations, and improve overall client health and wellbeing.

As a behavioral health organization, LifeWorks NW employees are required to have had their COVID 19 vaccination (or have an approved medical/religious exemption) per State of Oregon rules. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required upon hire. 

Location: Portland Area- This position will be utilized at multiple locations as needed for nursing coverage within the Medical Services Program. 

Pay/Benefits: $38.56 to $42.41 per hour. 

Essential Responsibilities: (Must be able to be performed with or without reasonable accommodation.)

  • Identifies primary care physicians or assists clients in establishing a primary care provider
  • Develops specific methods of communication to ensure medical information is shared across medical providers including prescriptions, diagnosis, and lab work
  • Follows up with physicians to ensure communication is achieved within specified timeframes
  • Continually coordinates care between the physical and mental health care providers until the client is fully established with a primary care provider
  • Communicates and explains the procedures to prepare clients for examinations and treatments
  • Provides regular RN assessments including metabolic screenings, blood pressure screenings, and body mass index screenings for enrolled participants receiving psychotropic medications.
  • Provides long-acting psychotropic medications (LAIs) via IM injection to clients on an ongoing basis - this includes coordination with clients to schedule appointments, LMPs to request refills/updated orders, and with staff who arrange additional resources to facilitate clients receiving LAIs.
  • Provides medication reconciliation for clients receiving oral medications and helps to prepare oral medications for clients who present with higher risk factors.
  • Helps monitor general health symptoms, side effects, and differentiates physical illness from exacerbation of psychiatric symptoms - including participation in RN triage of medication concerns across the agency via phone and email system.
  • Checks e-mail/voice mail daily/throughout the work day and, when working, responds to non-urgent contacts within 24 business hours. Urgent contacts before noon require same day response. Urgent contacts after noon require next day before noon response on an ongoing basis for all participants.
  • Provides illness education to individuals and families.
  • Provides referrals to appropriate self-management support groups
  • Continually increase level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency.
  • Establishes and maintains positive and professional working relationships with co-workers, clients, and other agencies
  • Provides back up and support to co-workers in providing assistance during medical or mental health emergencies
  • Provides coverage at other agency sites as needed and determined by RN supervisor.
  • Enters all required data into agency specific electronic health records system and program specific tracking systems, provides regular reports as requested, and continually maintains all data on clients enrolled in the program
  • Is available to clients during regular business hours
  • Is available in the clinic to clients and staff during regular business hours unless Avatar schedule reflects appointments in the community.
  • Participates in regular weekly rotation of No-Show Needing Prescription Clinic for clients across the agency via telehealth or in-person appointment to screen clients who have no-showed for their LMP appointments and require prescriptions before they can be rescheduled with their LMP.
  • Participates in regular individual and team meetings with supervisor and outside agencies or organizations. Attends informational and clinical meetings which may include all staff and team meetings, consultation with other staff and required trainings.

Work Activities

  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic form.
  • Assisting Clients - Responsible for rendering assistance to clean up duties involving the bodily fluids spill kit.
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Outside Agencies - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and outside agencies by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of arms and legs and moving the whole body, such as standing, sitting, lifting up to and occasionally 25 - 50 lbs, walking, reaching and twisting.

Qualifications: (Equivalent education and/or experience may be substituted for qualifications. Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the employee will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each task proficiently.)

  • Registered Nurse license.
  • Two or more years of experience working with clients with severe and persistent mental illness strongly preferred.
  • Good computer skills including a functional knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Access. Ability to master proprietary software including electronic health record system.
  • Demonstrates effective communication skills and maintains a cooperative working relationship with others in a culturally diverse environment.
  • Requires access to car, valid driver's license, proof of current automobile insurance coverage, and verification of safe driving record from DMV.
  • Ability to perform essential functions of job without creating a direct threat to the safety of self or others.


Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words.

Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions.


Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Vision - The ability to see details at close and far range (within a few feet of the observer).

Equal Opportunity Employer

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