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The Independence Center
Job Location: Waukegan, IL

Employment Opportunity

The Independence Center has provided psychosocial rehabilitation, group and individual therapy, case management, vocational, and crisis services to adults with chronic mental health needs in Lake County for over 30 years. Employees of the Center are champions in supporting our individuals as they progress toward achieving and maintaining healthier lifestyles and managing the cyclical nature of their diagnosis.

As a small, private agency, we provide a work environment that encourages autonomy, fresh ideas, creativity, teamwork, and growth through continual development and training opportunities. Our staff strive to positively impact the lives of the community we serve through a unique and whole person-centered approach to treatment. We offer competitive salary and benefits, including health (medical, dental, vision) insurance (starting at $5 per month employee responsibility), retirement savings plan, life, disability insurance, and paid time off. For individuals working on licensing requirements, we also have LCSW and LCPC supervision hours available. Our staff enjoys a flexible, friendly, and casual-dress workplace. If you want to work with a purpose and make a difference in someone's life, a career at the Center could be the rewarding professional experience you have been seeking.

We currently are interviewing qualified candidates for the following openings


This position is responsible for rendering professional nursing care to individuals with behavioral healthcare needs. Performs total patient care assigned. Works with clinical and case management staff to coordinate care and assist with treatment plannings. Administers prescribed medications. The position is responsible for the maintenance of patient's medical records on nursing observations. May assist physician during treatment and examination of the patient.

Specific Responsibilities:

Conducts intake assessments through interviews with patients and relatives to gather case history.

Plans and provides nursing care for individuals who visit the Living room Wellness Center.

Makes nursing diagnosis of the medical status of patients and recommends treatment options.

Consults with medical and other behavioral healthcare staff in designing appropriate treatment plans for Guests.

Administers and notes reactions to psychotropic drugs and other medications.

Arranges further medical attention when necessary.

Assists the Guest in understanding the nature of the disease of addiction and the need for treatment.

Assists in maintaining a safe and secure environment for staff and patients

Tests for vital signs of pain and ensures treatment of pain.

Documents all patient information on medical charts and follows physician's written orders.

Maintains patient confidentiality.

Maintains accurate records and documentation of patient treatments, immunizations, and laboratory

results according to standard medical recordkeeping.

Provides courteous, high-quality service to Guests and public members by responding to

requests for service or making appropriate referrals promptly.

Bachelor's Degree in Nursing or the equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred

Up to date and active nursing license in Illinois

Two years of experience in behavioral healthcare, addiction services or five years of supervisory experience is preferred.

Knowledge of health care, detoxification process, addiction, co-occurring disorders and DSM criteria and terminology.

Ability to read and interpret written information; write clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar.

Ability to speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification

responds well to questions; demonstrates group presentation skills; and participates in meetings.

Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook; thorough knowledge of facility proprietary systems.


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