Registered Nurse- Crisis Program

The Registered Nurse is responsible for nursing oversight and medication delegation at ASSIST, a licensed six-bed Therapeutic Community Residence which serves community members experiencing a psychiatric crisis.  In addition to providing medication training to staff members, the nurse performs intake assessments, collaborates with the interdisciplinary team to screen referrals, reconciles medication orders from internal and external providers, monitors documentation for accuracy and compliance, and helps to coordinate the medical needs of clients in the programs.  The nurse will also provide oversight, education, and support to staff members of Act 1 and Bridge, which are 2 programs that support community members with stabilization and detoxification in a non-medical setting.  The successful candidate will be able to integrate knowledge, skills, and clinical experience to meet the needs of a diverse group of staff and clients.  The nurse must enjoy teaching others and advocating for clients to ensure their health and safety.  The nurse is flexible, open-minded, compassionate, and has excellent attention to detail and organizational skills.  The nurse needs to be self-motivated, able to work independently and collaboratively as part of several interdisciplinary teams. 


  • Completes nursing assessments, contributes to interdisciplinary care planning, and evaluates progress to ensure effective outcomes
  • Reconciles medications, obtains orders, and oversees medical documentation to ensure adherence to internal policies and procedures as well as state regulations
  • Provides medication and health care education to clinicians and staff
  • Delegates medication administration to staff
  • Provides support to psychiatry providers, including medication refill requests and prior authorizations
  • Collaborates with health care providers, case managers, and direct support staff to ensure client's care needs are met
  • Contributes to the development of protocols, procedures, client education, and training
  • Participates in peer review, quality assurance, and other committees as related to promoting client's health and wellbeing.
  • May provide some direct care, including injections and/or phlebotomy, however the nurse is not the primary caregiver in any program


  • Associate's in Nursing
  • State of Vermont License: Registered Nurse
  • 1-2 years of nursing experience
  • Experience with psychiatric nursing, substance abuse, and detoxification preferred
  • Capable in the use of applicable computer software including electronic medical records and basic Microsoft products.


  • Full time (37.5 hours)
  • Exempt
  • Union position

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Perks& Benefits:

  • Comprehensive BCBS Medical with agency-paid premium support for individuals, couples, and families 
  • Delta dental 
  • Generous time off starting at 36 days of combined time off per year for full-time employees (and increasing with years of service); pro-rated for positions 16 hours or more
  • Agency paid 401K retirement and additional incentive match program
  • Life insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Childcare stipend
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee referral program with financial incentive
  • Discounted online undergraduate/graduate courses through Champlain College truED
  • Award-winning workplace wellness program HC4ME including physical fitness groups for staff, financial wellness incentives, and ongoing workplace wellness advocacy and education
  • Voluntary benefits from local/international businesses: discounted gym memberships, mobile phone service, ski/snowboard passes, auto/home insurance, and more!

Howard Center is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The agency's culture and service delivery is strengthened by the diversity of its workforce.  Minorities, people of color and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  EOE/TTY. Visit "About Us" to review Howard Center's EOE policy.