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Registered Nurse

Company: Health Alliance of Hudson Valley
Location: Suffern
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Job Details:

The Registered Nurse (Chemical Dependency) provides professional nursing care in the Chemical Dependency Department. They provide direct nursing care by assessing patients' needs, performing physical examinations, and taking health history and demographic information. In addition, the Registered Nurse plans, develops, implements, administers, evaluates and updates specialized plans of treatment and preventive care regimens in accordance with medical orders and nursing standards, and also annotates medical records in accordance with established procedures, implements infection control protocols, and ensures compliance with regulatory requirements.


  • Provides direct nursing care to adult substance abuse patients by assessing their physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual status.
  • Shares substance abuse/psychiatric expertise with nursing staff of medical surgical and other patient care units.
  • Administers appropriate medications to patients experiencing addiction.
  • Assesses key indicators of both chemical dependence and psychiatric illness to intervene appropriately when patients present-either or both key indicators.
  • Develops a plan of care consistent with the patient's condition and annotates medical records in accordance with established procedures and regulatory requirements and provides information to clinical and support staff to facilitate continued proper nursing care.
  • Includes the patients and family in the process of care planning.
  • Performs comprehensive patient assessments, noting any improvement or deterioration in the patient's condition and implements and evaluates nursing care accordingly.
  • Assesses patients and administers treatments, medications, and general care according to nursing plan of care, best practices, established protocols and medical orders to treat actual or potential disorders and to optimize the physical and mental well-being of the patients.
  • Operates specialized medical equipment.
  • Evaluates and documents patients' responses to care regimen and adds to; changes or resolves interventions on the nursing plan of care and/ or collaborates with physician regarding the need to revise the treatment plan.
  • Coordinates care with other departments (i.e.: dietary, social services rehab services, etc.), serving as a liaison to ensure services are provided in a timely manner.
  • Provides education to the patient and family about medication, medical treatments; disease specific information, follow up care.
  • Participates in discharge planning in collaboration with other health care providers and community resources to ensure full utilization of support services, which address patient needs.
  • Participates in Quality Assurance activities to ensure provision of optimum care and follow-up for patients.
  • Ensures continuity of nursing care by communicating a comprehensive handoff during transition to another nurse (at change of shift, change in assignment, transfer of patient, etc.).
  • Participates with other professional team members in a multi-disciplinary approach to nursing care.
  • Advocates the patient bill of rights and advocates on behalf of patients and families to ensure continuity and understanding of care given.
  • Accepts accountability for education requirements pertaining to policies, procedures and general patient care information, etc.
  • Participates in continuing education programs and in-service education in order to provide the most appropriate nursing care.
  • Completes continuing education programs on time.
  • Complies with hospital policies and procedures.
  • Actively participates in the performance improvement process including data collection, analysis, plan for change and implementation of changes.
  • Precepts and mentors newer staff to assure appropriate orientation to assigned units.
  • Attend all mandatory in-services and required staff meetings.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Current New York State RN licensure required. Minimum of one year medical-surgical nursing and one year of chemical dependency or psychiatric nursing preferred. Demonstrates knowledge of addiction medicine, and an understanding of medication assistance treatment.


BSN preferred; completion of BSN is expected within 5 years of hire. RN Degree from an accredited school of nursing.


If applicable, the individual performing this job may reasonably anticipate coming into contact with human blood and other potentially infectious materials. Individuals in this position are required to exercise universal precautions, use personal protective equipment and devices, and learn the policies concerning infection control.

About Us:

Good Samaritan Hospital

Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, NY, is a 286-bed hospital providing emergency, medical, surgical, obstetrical/gynecological and acute-care services to residents of Rockland and southern Orange counties in New York; and northern Bergen County, NJ. The hospital is home to a recognized cardiovascular program, comprehensive cancer-treatment services, the area's leading Wound and Hyperbaric Institute and outstanding maternal/child services that includes a Children's Diagnostic Center. Good Samaritan Hospital also provides social, psychiatric and substance-abuse services and its certified home-care agency supports residents of the Hudson Valley and beyond.

Due to a recent upgrade in our online applicant tracking system, anyone who has previously applied for a position with Good Samaritan Hospital will be required to reapply.

With this recent upgrade to our system, all previous applications are no longer accessible by the WMCHealth Recruitment Team. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we appreciate your understanding during our efforts to upgrade our systems to be able to provide a better candidate experience.

Keywords: Health Alliance of Hudson Valley, Paterson , Registered Nurse, Other , Suffern, New Jersey

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