Registered Nurse (Substance Abuse) – $5,000 Sign on Bonus

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Published November 21, 2022
Location Boston, Massachusetts
Category Nurse - Substance Abuse  
Job Type Full Time  


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Extremely competitive salary range!

$5,000 Sign on Bonus


Graduate of an accredited nursing program- Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing preferred

Massachusetts licensure as a registered nurse

Maintain R.N. staff competencies on an annual basis

Basic Life Support (BLS) certification

1 - 3 years clinical experience

The SCC nurse provides skilled nursing services to patients struggling with substance use disorders, mental health issues, and homelessness. This role collaborates with team members, BMC clinic staff, and outside referral sites; works with providers from addiction and community health settings in assisting patients and supporting their referral needs. Ideal candidate possesses experience both in addiction and psychiatric based settings.

Position: Stabilization Care Center RN       

Department: Stabilization Care Center

Schedule: Full Time, 36 Hours, Nights

Type: Non-Union


  • Initial assessment and intake obtaining social, medical, mental health, substance use and medication history.
  • Manages milieu and calming/reassuring patients who are anxious, distressed, agitated.
  • Perform initial nursing assessment, monitor patients in the SCC, administer medication and IV fluids
  • Provide wound care and dressing changes, assist with abscess incision and drainage, start IVs.
  • Review intake assessment with nursing team and provider and establish appropriate plan of care for patient
  • Revise patient plan of care with the addiction treatment team as needed to address patient needs and issues
  • Collaboration, communication, and meetings with addiction treatment team as needed and required
  • Assesses patients for safety and seeks assistance as needed
  • Works with the clinical teams to provide supportive care for patients experiencing withdrawal
  • Utilizes clinic space and resources to support patient needs
  • Participates in groups, team/clinic meetings and individual meetings
  • Ongoing management of patients receiving medications for addiction
  • Education and assessment of patients looking to access opioid treatment programs
  • Assessment of signs and symptoms of opioid withdrawal using the COWS (Clinical Opioid Withdrawal Scale)
  • Assessment of signs and symptoms of alcohol withdrawal using CIWA (Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment)
  • Assessment and monitoring of patients in the initiation, stabilization, and maintenance phases of treatment
  • Ongoing education and support of patients in all phases of treatment including nursing visits scheduled, urine toxicology screens, routine labs and as needed, medication teaching, monitoring, pill counts, observed dosing, and medication refills.
  • Follow State and Federal guidelines in treating opioid use patients collaborating with providers and pharmacy
  • Complete appropriate documentation with excellent record keeping
  • Assesses the patient in a systematic and ongoing manner for both overt and covert signs and symptoms
  • Collects pertinent data using appropriate assessment techniques
  • Prioritizes data according to the patient’s immediate conditions and needs
  • Involves the patient, significant others, and appropriate health care providers in the collection of data when appropriate
  • Consistently uses clear concise and effective communication written/oral and comply with departmental policies when sharing/documenting relevant patient care data.
  • Provides follow up care in person and via telephone when needed
  • Works with the pharmacy, treatment teams in obtaining medication orders, prescriptions, and communication as needed
  • Perform other duties as specified by the providers, and nursing leadership
  • Must adhere to all of BMC’s RESPECT behavioral standards.

(The above statements in this job description are intended to depict the general nature and level of work assigned to the employee(s) in this job.  The above is not intended to represent an exhaustive list of accountable duties and responsibilities required).



  • Graduate of an accredited nursing program.  Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing preferred.



  • Massachusetts licensure as a registered nurse.
  • Maintain R.N. staff competencies on an annual basis.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certification

Additional certifications a plus:

  • Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (CARN) preferred


  • 1 - 3 years clinical experience required.
  • IV insertion and phlebotomy skills preferred
  • Experience with patients with substance use disorder and/or health behavior change counseling required


  • Computer skills required, preferably with Word, Excel and Access.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Experience working in psychiatric or mental health setting preferred.
  • Strong patient communication and patient education skills.
  • Ability to be highly organized, detail-oriented, and timely.
  • Ability to work productively across academic clinical departments.
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