We are currently seeking either 1 full-time or 2 part-time LPN's for the 3rd shift (10p-6a).
Providing nursing care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities is extremely rewarding in that our resident population has an unwavering confidence and respect the nursing staff. It is very different from providing "nursing home care" even though we have a residential facility. Our staff pick up on subtle changes quickly because they come to know each individual well and care deeply for her well-being. There are challenges posed at times because many of the residents are limited in their ability to communicate their needs and/or do not want to admit that they do not feel well.
It just could be the toughest job you will ever love!
Our resident population and their families appreciate the security of always having a nurse on campus when there is any healthcare need; but the special bonds that develop encompass much more than physical care.
Providing nursing care to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities requires that candidates possess the educational and licensing credentials, but they must also have an attentiveness to things that go unspoken... to be able to determine when there is a change that could indicate a need to more closely monitor a resident's physical well-being.
This position requires the "heart of a mother" ~ that is to say, someone who learns when to gently encourage the person to grow and establish expectations requiring the resident to take some responsibility for choices and accept the consequences for those choices, to determine when it is better to hold a hand and support someone through a challenging situation. It requires being able to help residents understand medical changes as their bodies age but their cognitive abilities have not progressed. This position entails being able to effectively communicate with residents, their families, other professional staff and unlicensed staff to provide quality care and services 24 hours a day.
I would venture to say that it is rare to find a nurse who has worked here and not gone away with a heavy heart because the residents are more than people to whom we give pills and monitor medical conditions.... they are people who deserve the best possible care we can give them and they need to have others who bring the same type of gentleness and compassion to them as they have shared so freely with others!
They do not live where we work - we work in their home!
To find out more about St. Mary's check out our web site at: www.SMOPChicago.org
Nursing license in the state of Illinois is required (LPN or RN).
Nursing staff must have current CPR certification.