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ImpACT Nurse

Caritas of Austin

Austin, TX 78701
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Job Details

Job Title: ImpACT Nurse

Department: Programs

Program: ImpACT

Reports To: ImpACT Clinical Team Lead

FLSA Status / Pay Type: Exempt / Salary



Caritas of Austin Values


We believe in the inherent dignity of all people, and we celebrate every persons uniqueness and contributions to our work.



We are committed to fairness and impartiality in the way we provide services and opportunities for service.



We are resolute in our mission to build well being and end homelessness for the people we serve.



We have high standards for every aspect of our work, continuously raising the bar to provide the best experience and outcomes for everyone we serve.



We are leaders in meeting the most pressing needs of the Austin community, continually learning and improving to affect positive change.


Position Summary

The Registered Nurse is responsible for identifying client alterations in health, assessing the client's responses to actual and potential health problems and prescribed treatments, and providing appropriate nursing interventions to return the client to baseline health with appropriate physician orders. The RN functions within the modified Assertive Community Treatment team model to provide appropriate medical care and support the client in reintegration to stable housing in the community. The RN performs assessments and other activities as recognized by the Board of Nursing and appropriate to their licensure and experience. The RN may work in various community settings including but not limited to offices, client homes, and clinics.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Participate in and conduct parts of the client-centered comprehensive assessment of psychiatric history (e.g., onset, course, and effect of illness, past treatment and responses, and risk behaviors), mental status and diagnosis; physical health and dental health; use of drugs or alcohol; education and employment; social development and functioning; and activities of daily living.

  • Consult with community agencies and families to maintain coordination in the treatment process.

  • Document client progress to maintain a permanent record of client activity according to established methods and procedures.

  • Participate in daily staff organizational meetings and treatment planning review meetings.

  • Take the lead role or participate in providing medication administration and medical services.

  • Participate in treatment and support services.

  • Assist in the provision of ongoing assessment of clients mental illness symptoms and clients response to treatment.  Suggest appropriate changes in treatment plans to ensure that immediate and appropriate interventions are provided in response to changes in clients mental status or behavior which puts clients at risk (e.g., suicidality).

  • Provide ongoing assessment, problem-solving, side-by-side services, skills teaching, support (prompts, assignments, encouragement), and environmental adaptations to assist clients with activities of daily living.

  • Assist and support clients to have and effectively use a personal primary care physician, dentist, and other medical specialists as required.

  • Provide side-by-side support, coaching, and encouragement to help clients socialize.

  • Monitor and document participation, progress, referrals, and services provided to participant.

  • Attend agency, community, and supervisory meetings as needed.

  • Attend in-service trainings and outside conferences/workshops, as requested by the Program Manager.

  • Complete paperwork and data reports as requested by the Program Manager.


  • Complies with all applicable training requirements.

  • Complies with all company safety, personnel and operational policies and procedures.

  • Complies with work schedule to ensure effective operations of Agency programs.

  • Contributes positively as a member of a productive and cooperative team.

  • Performs other duties as necessary to fulfill the Caritas of Austin Mission.



  • Graduation from an accredited College or University Nursing program with a major in Nursing required.

  • Required to be licensed as an RN in the State of Texas.

  • A minimum of two (2) years of experience providing care for individuals with mental illness and substance abuse disorders preferred.


  • Must be proficient with data management and information systems and have basic knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.


  • Must be sensitive to and respect cultural diversity amongst clients, staff and volunteers and able to work with diverse racial, ethnic and economic groups.

  • Flexible work schedule including evenings, nights, weekends and holidays.

  • Ability to set appropriate limits, work under deadlines and multi-task.

  • Ability to organize, prioritize, self-motivate, and deliver results.

  • Excellent communication and listening skills.

  • Possess strong work ethics.

  • Valid Texas drivers license, ability to drive and have reliable transportation.

  • Mission-driven attitude supplemented with integrity and passion.

  • Adherence to the highest ethical standards, personally and professionally.

  • Openness and willingness to receive feedback and suggestions from superiors and others, and to learn new skills to improve job performance.


  • Basic knowledge of the resources in the community available for the clients with serious and persistent mental illness and homelessness.

  • Have basic knowledge of severe and persistent mental illness and substance abuse.

  • Ability to form partnerships in the community and seek out community resources.

  • Strong oral and written communications.

  • Strong organizational, time management, and data management skills.

  • Proven ability to work effectively both individually and as part of a team

  • Ability to multi-task and problem solve under pressure.

  • Ability to provide positive customer service to challenging populations.

Work Hours/Schedule

  • Normal work hours and days assigned based on a work week of up to 40 hours.  Some evening and weekend hours will be required. 

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