Nurse Navigator, CARE Program - Kelso, WA

Why Work For Us?

Columbia Wellness is proud to be a company of real people committed to quality. We are focused on building a better future in mental health and behavioral healthcare. We have established a strong referral base in the community, and we are invested in our clinical growth. We offer generous training opportunities, free supervision, and a large spectrum of programs in which you can work. Columbia Wellness is located in-between two major cities, Seattle and Portland. By working with us you get the best of both small town and big city life. You're close to the beach, the mountains, the quiet and the city life. If you're looking for a place to call home and build a career, join our team at Columbia Wellness.

If you want to make a difference that matters, then we want to hear from you. Together we can do more.

Some of What You'll Do:

The Nurse Navigator is responsible for the coordination of screening, diagnostic, treatment and support services in collaboration with partners and providers. They serve as an educator, care coordinator, consultant, patient advocate, counselor, and collaborator for pediatric patients ages 0-8 and their family members. The Navigator plays an essential role in developing and implementing changes across multiple providers including primary health and behavioral health providers, to support development of a holistic and coordinated approach ensuring a smooth flow of patient information and care. Navigators will: assess patients for psychosocial distress and provide references to a social worker or counselor if more intensive support is needed: answer questions and serve as liaison to the physical for questions and concerns; address tangible barriers to care such as finances, housing, transportation, childcare, prescription costs, and refer patients as appropriate to services provided by social workers, behavioral health, or related agencies; ensure any health information provided is accessible and translated into the patient's own language or arrange for certified medical interpretation, either in person or by phone/video conference; function as member of an interdisciplinary team to assess, secure, and coordinate appropriate services through the continuum of care; empower patients and families to assume responsibility for their own care as possible, within the constraints of age, illness, or socio-economic factors, and support the timely scheduling of appointments, diagnostic testing, and procedures as needed.

Summary of the Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct evidence-based, and developmentally appropriate screening and to conduct or arrange for detailed assessments as indicated.
  • Create and implement integrated care plans, ensuring access to an array of linked services and exchange of information across consumers, family members, and providers.
  • Provide a range of brief, focused prevention, treatment, and associated services plus referrals for longer-term treatment as needed.
  • Provide services that are culturally relevant to the consumer.
  • Functional effectively within the organizational and financial structures of the local systems of healthcare.
  • Assess and continually improve the services delivered at an individual provider and as an interprofessional team.
  • Use information technology to support and improve integrated healthcare.
  • Participates in individual supervision from Clinical Supervisor.
  • Effective use of technology and software including but not limited to: computers, phones, email, EMR, etc.
  • Ability to work with difficult cases and vulnerable populations.
  • Be helpful, respectful, approachable and team-oriented.
  • Effective time management including but not limited to: planning ahead where possible and be punctual in person and work performed.
  • Build strong working relationships and a positive work environment.
  • Be receptive to feedback, willing to learn, and embrace continuous improvement.
  • Complete all documentation, reporting, and other paperwork per agency standards.
  • Attend all appropriate staff, organizational, and external meetings (as assigned).
  • Work efficiently both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to be flexible and manage urgent and crisis situations effectively.
  • Ability to motivate staff and develop a working team around individual cases.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

What We Require:

  • WA licensure
  • At least 2 years' experience working with high-needs populations and/or pediatric patients.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Associates or higher in Nursing

Salary: Starting at $28.52/hr. 

This position is a part of a union (OPEIU Local 11)

  • We offer all permanent full-time employees: Medical, Dental and Vision paid in full for employees and children beginning the 1st of the month following 30 days of full-time employment. Spousal/Significant other coverage at a nominal cost to employee of just $46.95 per month.
  • Long term disability and life insurance paid for by the employer
  • 5% of gross pay put into a retirement plan by the employer. Immediately vested, no match requirement.
  • 11 paid holidays per year.
  • 26 days of paid time off per year.
  • Revenue share opportunities

Columbia Wellness is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Columbia Wellness is a private nonprofit organization that has been serving the community for over 70 years!