A Registered Nurse currently licensed in their assigned state(s) to practice. This nursing practice is directed toward assisting persons supported to achieve their highest possible level of health and independence. The nurse must practice in cooperation and collaboration with other members of the interdisciplinary team to coordinate individual services. The Nurse endorses the promotion of wellness, normalization, and advocacy in providing services to individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities. The nursing role focuses primarily on interventions that maximize the psychosocial, physical, affective, cognitive and developmental strengths of the persons, families, staff, significant others, and those who deliver services. The Registered Nurse provides nursing leadership and serves as an advocate to ensure individuals receive appropriate healthcare treatment, health education, and other health related services which honor the rights of the persons supported.
* Establishes a therapeutic relationship with the person and maintains that relationship within boundaries. * Collaborates as part of the interdisciplinary team in developing, implementing, and evaluating the plan. * Collects health and functional status data for persons with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities systematically and continuously. The data are documented, communicated, and made readily accessible. * Identifies health care needs for the person based on the data collected through the nursing process. * Develops a plan with goals and interventions specific to the needs of the person. * Implements the plan to promote, maintain, or restore wellness, prevent illness, and/or provide appropriate end-of-life care. * Evaluates response of the person to the interventions and supports provided and revises the plan accordingly. * Participates in the quality assurance process in order to analyze and assure continuous improvement in the quality of health care supports. * Supports individuals to achieve their best possible health and to manage their own health care. * Responsible for educating the individuals under his/her care, family members, members of the individual’s support team and the public, including health care providers. This education is to include information about the individual’s care and needs, as well as about the health care needs of an individual with intellectual and/or developmental disability in general. * Responsible for instructing unlicensed personnel in health related subjects and courses as required by the program licensure where individuals are supported. * Assumes responsibility for continued competence, professional development and accountability. Obtains sufficient CEUs for continued active RN licensure in the state(s) of practice. * Provides nursing care according to the physician’s orders, in compliance with recognized nursing standards and State and Federal Regulations. * Participates in quality assurance data collection and reporting as indicated by program requirements. * All other duties as assigned. Supervisory Responsibilities (if applicable): * No direct reports. Provides supervision and direction of health provided by LPNs and/or unlicensed personnel.
State Licensing Requirements (if applicable): * Active and current RN registration in good standing for the state(s) assigned to practice. Minimum Job Qualifications:Education and/or Experience: Must be a graduate of an approved Registered Nursing educational program, Bachelor's Degree preferred. Background in home health, community nursing, geriatrics, behavioral health, psychiatric nursing, and/or in the field of intellectual and/or developmental disabilities valuable.Certificates, Licenses or Registrations:Must have a valid driver's license and a clear driving record; must have cleared and approved criminal record check; must hold First Aid/CPR certification and/or instructor, or ability to obtain.Physical Demands:Must have ability to travel among assigned sites;. Able to assist with a two-person lift of an adult; Able to do frequent bending and lifting; push and pull 50 pounds. Frequent walking, bending, and stooping. Ability to perform CPR.Other Competencies (skills, abilities, behaviors):Must posses a commitment to the belief that all people have the right to dignity, respect, opportunity and full community inclusion. Willing to function as an advocate for individuals for whom care is provided. Must have strong communication and organizational skills. Basic knowledge and understanding of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Must have a philosophy that is consonant with the Mission, Vision, and Core Values of the Organization. Has a commitment to the team approach. Ability to work effectively with others, can demonstrate mature guidance, leadership, and flexibility . Eagerness to increase knowledge of nursing and of the care and treatment of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Knowledge and experience with electronic medical records and other computer operations. Good working knowledge and application of general nursing skills. If not currently certified, willingness and ability to complete Bethesda Lutheran Communities CPR course. Ability to provide essential training courses for Bethesda staff as mandated and directed by each state/region (such as Medication Administration.) Respect for the individuals supported and commitment to assist them in achieving their best possible health. Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively as needed.
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