Job Description – Registered Nurse: Detox Center

Supervised by: Administrative Program Director      Supervises: Any CNA on duty Hours: 20 to 40 per week


Basic Purpose: Responsible for the delivery and quality of nursing services provided at Wellspring’s New Horizons Detox Program in coordination with the nursing and clinical counseling staff.


  • Minimum registered Nurse (RN) with current State of Maine licensure
  • Knowledge of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders (COD)
  • Ability to work independently under medical protocol
  • Knowledge of medical services provision, with a preference in emergency department experience.
  • Ability and experience in supervising, training, motivating, and evaluating CNA staff.
  • Maturity and professionalism, with a sincere desire to work with recovering individuals.
  • Basic computer skills in word processing, e-mail, and Internet use.
  • Access to transportation.

General Description:  

Wellspring provides trauma-informed care based upon principles of the Sanctuary Model. We provide a continuum of integrated trauma-informed treatment services for adults who are suffering from substance use disorders with co-occurring mental health problems. Our agency provides detox services, outpatient, intensive outpatient, and gender-specific residential treatment services, including residential treatment for pregnant women/new mothers. All Wellspring programs are located within the greater Bangor area.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Admissions – Oversee intake and admission to the program when on duty to ensure that admitted clients are appropriate candidates for treatment and to ensure adherence to state licensing, Medicaid regulations, and agency policy.
  • Client – Provide leadership in the care and withdrawal stabilization of clients to the program, a clinical-managed residential detoxification program meeting program standards of ASAM Level 3.2 criteria.
  • Collaboration- Effectively works with other nursing staff, CNAs, and clinical counseling team to provide excellent client care.
  • Works with Medical provider during weekly rounds and consults by phone when needed
  • Professionalism – Demonstrate high professional and ethical standards, and have a therapeutic approach of being empathetic, respectful, and motivational.
  • Maintain client confidentiality and high ethical and professional standards.



Attendance and Dependability: Reports to work promptly at assigned hours and is seldom absent from work; submits accurate time sheets to the supervisor.  Employee can be depended upon to complete work in a timely, accurate, and thorough manner and is conscientious, about assignments.

Communication and Contact: The employee communicates effectively both verbally and in writing with clients, colleagues, and other individuals inside and outside the company while maintaining confidentiality of all client related information.

Relationships with Others:  Conveys a welcoming, empathetic, hopeful attitude towards people with co-occurring conditions and supports a philosophy of dual recovery.  Engages and welcomes people in ways that convey respect for diversity in a culturally appropriate way.  Demonstrates high professional/ethical standards and works well with others as part of the treatment team.  Has a therapeutic approach of being empathetic, respectful, and motivational, while encouraging clients to take responsibility for their lives.

Participates in the Sanctuary Model and incorporates Sanctuary values, principles, and tools in building a trauma informed treatment program.


This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee.


(This position is classified as non-exempt from the pay provisions of the Fair Labor and Standards Act.)