LVN/LPT - Vista


LVN/LPT - Position #167




Vista 258 N. Blackstone Ave. Fresno, CA 93701


Elizabeth Escoto, Program Director


(559) 274-0299


Class 115 ($17.85 - $23.48/hour)


Full-Time, Hourly, Non-Exempt


Until Filled



We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


The Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)/Licensed Psychiatric Technician (LPT) reports to the Program Director and will provide direct nursing support to the clients as well as education to the Treatment Team, to the clients, and to families of clients (as appropriate) in many areas, with special attention given to the role of psychotropic medications.


  1.  Provide high-quality nursing services to clients with Severe Mental Illness (SMI) and dual-diagnosis individuals including:  medication education and support (scheduled, walk-in, individual, groups, crisis intervention, and on-call), consultation with Psychiatrist and physicians regarding clients and medication adjustments, facilitation of blood draw for labs as ordered, assistance with medical treatments/procedures as prescribed.

  2.  Per authority of license, chart appropriate records, review medicine orders regularly, obtain appropriate physician approval, and coordinate with pharmacy as needed.

  3.  Observe client's physical condition and behavior, report significant changes to professional staff, and record clinical notes on clients.

  4.  Responsible for monitoring and observation of clients self-administer medications; administration of prescribed injections; and tracking of prescribed medication and dispensing as appropriate.

  5.  Transport clients to doctors' appointments and laboratories for tests.

  6.  Participate in carrying out individual and group treatment programs for clients as part of the treatment team and encourage client participation in treatment activities which will include visiting clients in their homes, board and care facilities, or in other community placement locations to carry out prescribed treatment plans.

  7.  Provide services to enhance clients' development self-reliance in daily living and independent living skills through individual counseling and group workshops.

  8.  Order supplies and check delivery; stock and maintain inventory.

  9.  Communicate closely, in a systematic fashion, with agencies and significant others involved in the rehabilitation of consumers.

  10.  Employees shall follow the reporting requirements for incidents of Child Abuse, Elder Abuse, Adult Abuse, Dependent Adult Abuse, and Tarasoff warnings per California reporting laws. 

  11.  Prepare and maintain a variety of records, and prepare reports including documenting services to meet all clinical program and state requirements, including Short-Doyle/Medi-Cal requirements.

  12.  Provide the Program Director with timely reports on any unusual occurrences that might impact the overall program operation or the health and safety of clients or employees.

  13.  Complete the minimum 40 hours training annually per Turning Point training requirements.

  14.  Think and act quickly and efficiently in emergencies. 

  15.  Comply with all Turning Point Safety policies and procedures, including but not limited to: workplace safety, reporting work related injuries, infection control and preventing potential safety risks for staff, clients and others.

  16.  Will drive on company business and transport clients as needed.

  17.  Punctual and regular attendance is an essential responsibility of each employee at Turning Point. Employees are expected to report to work as scheduled, on time and prepared to start working. Employees also are expected to remain at work for their entire work schedule. Late arrival, early departure or other absences from scheduled hours are disruptive and must be avoided.

  18.  Perform other duties as assigned.  Please note this job description is not designated to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


  1.  Possession of a valid license as a Licensed Vocational Nurse or Psychiatric Technician as issued by the State of California.

  2.  Any combination of experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities would be:  Supplemental college course work in behavioral or social sciences, and one year of experience performing duties comparable to a Mental Health Worker or related nursing experience.

  3.  Knowledge of basic concepts of mental illness and mental health including the physical, emotional and social needs of emotionally disturbed individuals.

  4.  Knowledge of fundamentals of psychiatric and mental health nursing care.

  5.  Knowledge of basic medical and psychiatric terminology.

  6.  Knowledge of principles and techniques involved in the care and treatment of individuals or groups of mentally ill, emotionally disturbed, or mentally retarded clients.

  7.  Knowledge of contra-indications, side effects and signs of medication complications.

  8.  Ability to apply routine psychiatric/medical nursing care to clients with Severe Mental Illness (SMI) and Dual-Diagnosis individuals

  9.  Recognize symptoms indicative of adverse reactions.

  10.  Communicate effectively in written and spoken English. 

  11.  Ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken Spanish and/or Hmong is preferred.

  12.  Knowledge of record keeping procedures related to client charts.

  13.  Intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

  14.  Ability to operate within Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system. 

  15.  Possess a valid driver's license and have access to a dependable means of transportation that is properly insured and operated in accordance with all laws.  Agency insurer authorization is required. 

  16.  Ability to pass a criminal background check.

  17.  Ability to pass a pre-employment physical, drug screen, general physical, and TB test.  Hepatitis B Immunization Consent-Refusal form must be completed.  Hepatitis B Immunization is available at the request of the employee.

  18.  Must maintain good relationships with consumers, co-workers, government and civic representatives, as well as community members within whom the Agency is transacting business, and relate to them in a professional manner.

  19.  Must be available to work all shifts as needed.


  1.  Communicate effectively in written and spoken Spanish.

  2.  Required ability to communicate effectively with monolingual Spanish speaking clients and families for all clinical purposes. 

  3.  Assist with phone calls for Spanish speaking clients.

  4.  Required to provide language translations for case managers and Physicians on a periodic basis.

  5.  Minimal adequate competency in the Spanish language as evidenced by successful passage of the TPOCC Spanish Competency Test.

  6.  Other translation tasks as required.