The Registered Nurse II (RN II) acts as a healthcare advocate and oversight person for individuals with developmental disabilities living in residential group homes. The RN II also acts as the healthcare consultant to the residential program.
Responsibilities include health care education, medical assessment and support, advocacy and liaison with health care providers, and oversight of medical records and medication administration. The RN II serves as an advocate to individuals to ensure compliance with human rights.
Incumbents in this role provide primary nursing care by assessing the health status of individuals, administering/supervising treatments, recording health care, and evaluating and adjusting care in conjunction with other providers. The RN II identifies and participates in the provision of preventative, diagnostic, therapeutic, and rehabilitative care for individuals under his/her care.
He or she develops and implements health care plans in accordance with Primary Care Provider orders and established policies while integrating the behavioral and health care needs of individuals to maintain optimum health and function. The incumbent functions as a member of the interdisciplinary Individual Service Plan (ISP) Team by providing required assessments, plans, and documentation to ensure integration of health care and rehabilitative needs. He or she evaluates the residential environment and makes recommendations to ensure health and safety are maintained and psychosocial and physical development are promoted. The RN II schedules and/or attends medical appointments to ensure coordination of medical and nursing needs and will act as liaison for hospitalized residents and their family members and/or residential service provider team members.
The RN II provides direct clinical supervision and evaluation of LPN staff and maintains Medication Administration Program (MAP) trainer certification, along with providing training to staff to ensure regulatory compliance. He or she oversees the proper use and maintenance of nursing supplies and equipment to maintain appropriate level of care.
The incumbent will identify and refer clinical and administrative issues, which impact the individuals' health care, to the appropriate supervisor. He or she will participate in the RN/LPN interview process as requested, and will provide health-related training to individuals, staff, and families to enhance the early resolution of health problems, maintain health, and avert complications. The RN II will develop nursing caseload assignments in conjunction with Health Care Coordinator.
He or she will participate in Survey & Certification compliance and will be an active member of various teams, eg. Clinical Team.
The RN II develops relationships with staff, health care providers, and families/guardians and facilitates communication of medical information. Basic familiarity with PC-based systems and software is required.
Additionally, the RN II will utilize the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' information systems "Home and Community Services Information System" (HCSIS). As part of daily assignments, the incumbent may be required to drive between work sites and to perform other related duties as required. This may include participation in professional meetings, workshops, or seminars to keep abreast of changes in professional practice.
About the Agency:
The Department of Developmental Services is dedicated to creating, in partnership with others, innovative and genuine opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate fully and meaningfully in, and contribute to, their communities as valued members.
This position is located in the Hampden County Program- Belchertown, Palmer, and Wilbraham, MA.
Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Days Off: Saturday/Sunday
Flexibility required to meet the daily needs of the homes.
As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:
75% state paid medical insurance premium
Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans
Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs
Low cost basic and optional life insurance
Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan
12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time
Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities
Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options
Incentive-based Wellness Programs
Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities
Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
A criminal background check (CORI) will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. In addition, Chapter 234 of the Acts of 2014, An Act Requiring National Background Checks, requires the Department of Developmental Services to conduct fingerprint-based check of the state and national criminal history databases on the recommended candidate. For more information, please visit:
http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori and https://www.mass.gov/lists/dds-fingerprint-background-checks
Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Employment & Staffing at 800-627-7730.
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must have at least (A) one year of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience as a registered nurse in a recognized hospital, clinic or medical facility, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
I. A Graduate degree with a major in Nursing may be substituted for the required experience .*
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL LEVELS IN SERIES: Current and valid registration as a professional nurse under the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.
Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's license may be required.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
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