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.
The Department of Developmental Services is seeking an enthusiastic, compassionate and dedicated Registered Nurse to fill the Registered Nurse IV (RN IV) position in the Holyoke/Chicopee Area Office. The RN IV functions as a Health Care Coordinator for the Area Office and promotes health and safety by providing professional nursing consultation, education, training, resource identification and advocacy to individuals, families, vendors and DDS provider staff in the ten (10) cities and towns served in the Holyoke/Chicopee area.
The Registered Nurse IV participates in clinical assessments; risk reviews and tracking; nursing home evaluations and diversion planning; death reports and mortality reviews; medication reviews in accordance with Medication Administration Program (MAP); consultation on aging, Alzheimer's and end of life issues; and other reviews and activities for individuals with high medical needs.
The RN IV works closely with the Area Office staff to plan and resolve issues involving individuals at high-risk due to complex medical needs.
The RN IV acts as a liaison to other medical and clinical professionals and develops relationships with area hospitals and medical providers. The RN IV provides consultation and assistance to provider based nursing staff and facilitates communication and coordination with medical and psychiatric providers who may accompany individuals on visits to these professionals. The RN IV acts as a liaison during acute hospitalizations gathering and providing information through hospital visits, staff discussion and discharge planning meetings and home visits, particularly with the legal department and management team on end of life.
The Registered Nurse IV will function as a member of the Area Risk Management Team; assess-medical, nursing, psychiatric issues and work with the Area Office Team to coordinate clinical services for individuals, write reports, and recommendations as needed; as well as perform other related duties as requested and assigned by the Area Director or designee. The RN IV will also provide individual-specific training and healthcare case review.
Travel will be required to hospitals, nursing homes, group homes, etc., as the need arises.
Monday through Friday 8:30am-5:00pm
Days Off: Saturday and Sunday
Flexibility required to meet the needs of the Area Office.
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:
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 Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Human Resources Customer Service line 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) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience as a registered nurse in a recognized hospital, clinic or medical facility and (B) of which at least one year must have been in a supervisory, administrative or managerial capacity or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
I. A Graduate degree with a major in Nursing may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.
No substitutions will be allowed for the required (B) experience.
Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL LEVELS IN SERIES:Current and valid registration as a professional nurse under the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.*
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
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