The Brenham State Supported Living Center(SSLC), part of the Health and Specialty Care System, is seeking a Registered Nurse IV to join an interdisciplinary team of professionals to provide clinical care to individuals of the SSLC. As a State Supported Living Registered Nurse IV, you will work at the SSLC campus with a dynamic group of staff and professionals who are dedicated to providing supports and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
This is a team environment where staff clinicians collaborate to provide comprehensive care and services. To learn more about the SSLCs, see https://hhs.texas.gov/about-hhs/jobs-hhs/state-supported-living-center-opportunities.
The most important characteristic about State Supported Living Center employees is that we truly value and respect those we serve and believe in the mission that all people can achieve a higher level of wellness and independence. Our vision statement is "Individuals served at State Supported Living Centers will experience the highest quality of life, supported through a comprehensive array of services designed to maximize well-being, dignity, and respect."
The state of Texas offers many benefits to employees, including competitive salaries, career advancement, health and dental insurance, and paid vacation and sick leave.
GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION:
The Nurse Educator performs advanced professional nursing work within the scope of practice attributed to the skills of a registered nurse. The Nurse Educator works under limited supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
The Nurse Educator works under the direction and supervision of the Chief Nurse Executive (CNE) and is responsible for the coordination and implementation of the Nursing Education Program at the State Supported Living Centers. He/she is responsible for evaluation and testing of competency skills and knowledge of all new and incumbent nursing staff. He or she is responsible for assisting the CNE in writing and revising the Nursing Guidelines.
This position will be responsible for orientation of all newly hired nurses and will assist in the orientation of student nurses. Promotes and initiates professional, legal, and ethical nursing practice at the state supported living center. This position is the primary person responsible for coordinating and developing systems to ensure nursing education/competency is provided for all nurses.
The decision-making authority of the position involves varied decisions based on broad principles and guidelines. Provide treatment to HHS employees injured in course and scope of employment.
Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.
Orients new nursing staff to facility protocols and procedures.
Keeps abreast of current nursing philosophy, techniques and regulations.
Evaluates competency of new and tenured nursing staff in nursing skills/knowledge so that optimal health care is delivered to individuals served.
Interprets regulations and communicate them effectively orally, in writing and assists in writing and revising Nursing Procedure Manual.
Complies with State/Federal/Local Standards.
Ability to track, maintain, and update data related to Nursing Education.
Coordinates the orientation of nursing students as applicable.
Works independently and productively with all levels of staff and departments.
Provides/coordinates training/education to all levels of staff regarding health maintenance/prevention issues.
Serves on designated committees as assigned.
Provide treatment to HHS employees injured in course and scope of employment.
Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Must have nursing experience. Must demonstrate considerable knowledge of nursing techniques and procedures of: health care laws and regulations; medical diagnoses and procedures; accepted medical treatment patterns; community health and nursing care principles, practices, and procedures; program regulations and procedures; and utilization review and control measures.
Ability to provide individual care; to prepare and maintain records; to explain public health law; to organize, coordinate, and evaluate nursing activities and delivery of public health services; to interpret policies and procedures; to interpret health care regulations; to recognize patterns of medical necessity treatment; and to plan, assign, and/or supervise the work of others.
He/she must be able to appropriately interact with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and staff members. Must have knowledge of nursing care standards.
Ability to interpret regulations and communicate them effectively both orally and in writing. Knowledge of state and federal laws and Intermediate Care Facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF-IID) rules, regulations, policy and procedures related to State Supported Living Center.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Knowledge and application in computer/software.
Ability to work independently and productively with all levels of staff. Ability to train all levels of staff. Ability to make decisions and recommendations to campus leaders.
Must maintain current CPR certification. Must have strength and flexibility to safely perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Must be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of emergency procedures and emergency equipment
Licensed to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Texas or a state that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse Licensure Compact Initial Selection Criteria:
Licensed to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Texas (or a state that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse Licensure Compact).
Three (3) years of experience as a practicing registered nurse in a recognized health agency, hospital, or health-care facility preferred.
Bachelor's Degree preferred, experience may be substituted for education.
Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aide, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct and HHS OIG List of Excluded Individuals/ Entities. Males between the ages of 18 25 must be registered with the Selective Service.
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility. All State Supported Living Center employees are subject to Random drug testing. Flexibility in work hours may be required for this position.
The position may be required to work overtime and/or extended hours. MOS Code:
Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include: 68C, 66N/P/W, 290X, 46FX, 46NX, 46SX. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx
HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.
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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.
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