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GAST Registered Nurse, BSN

   Closing Date: Oct. 31, 2014

Employer:Senior Resources of Guilford
Job Location: Greensboro - Guilford County
Employment Type:Full Time
Salary Range:Contract


To provide training education and consultation to the staff of Adult Care Homes and Family Care Homes in Guilford County as well as the informal caregivers of individuals age 60 and older with mental illness who are residing in their private homes in order to provide “person-centered” training that enhances the skills and techniques of those providing care and that prevents the escalation of behaviors that could result in psychiatric hospitalization.


1.Work in coordination with other GAST members to select, create and develop appropriate training materials and curriculum that will enhance the skills and techniques of ACH/FCH staff and informal caregivers of older adults with mental illness.

2.Train ACH/FCH staff on psychiatric medication issues and on how to collaborate and advocate on behalf of the resident with the psychiatrist, physician and/or pharmacist. Assist ACH/FCH staff in understanding the importance of assessing behaviors in relationship to medical conditions in order to prevent escalation and avoid psychiatric hospitalization.

3.Provide educational on-site trainings for ACH/FCH staff on topics such as recognizing symptoms of mental illness, assessment of behaviors, behavioral interventions, communication and medication issues.

4.Provide resident specific on-site consultation and support to ACH/FCH staff through discussion,
modeling and training; provide face to face and/or telephone support during normal working hours to ACH/FCH staff to address the implementation of crisis plans and to instruct ACH/FCH staff or caregivers to notify the appropriate crisis response services when necessary.

5. Assist hospital discharge planning teams by providing resource information on rehabilitative services and appropriate residential setting options for older adults with mental illness transitioning back into the community.

6. Provide GAST services and support in situations where an individual in an ACH/FCH is at imminent risk for psychiatric hospitalization and where there are indications that GAST services may prevent hospitalization. (GAST members are not first responders in crisis situations).

7. Provide training and consultation to caregivers of adults age 60 and older with mental illness or a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease who are residing in private homes that are at imminent risk of psychiatric hospitalization or returning home after hospitalization.

8. Overall responsibility for the creation of marketing materials for GAST through collaboration with other GAST members and the Senior Resources of Guilford’s Management Team. Assist with marketing GAST by providing community presentations, making telephone calls, face-to-face contact in addition to contributing to the GAST e-newsletter, Face Book, web presence etc. as assigned by Team Leader based on the skills, qualifications and experience of GAST members.

9. Establish positive working relationships with the Department of Social Services Adult Home Specialist, the Area Agency on Aging Ombudsman and other community contacts in order to work collaboratively with ACH/FCH and build in roads with facilities that had previously not accepted GAST services.

10. Attend trainings as required. Fulfill continuing education requirements as necessary to maintain licensure and credentials.

11. Attend meetings as required and complete other duties as assigned.


Demonstrated training skills, previous experience working with older adults, caregivers, individuals with mental illness/geriatric mental illness, familiarity with community resources, experience working with social service agencies, Adult Care Homes and Family Care Homes and computer skills

Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from an accredited college or university; minimum of one year of experience in a mental health setting or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Valid North Carolina License as a Registered Nurse. Valid NC Driving license.

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