The Registered Nurse (RN) supports HARC staff in meeting the medical needs of participants in all residential programs. This is done, in part, by delegating routine and/or specific medical responsibilities to the residential staff and monitoring overall compliance with state and agency medical policies and procedures. The RN completes and maintains required documentation and assures adherence to both best practices and compliance requirements . The RN trains support staff in areas that pertain to individual participant’s medical needs and provides supervision to all residential services support staff in the medication administration process in accordance with the DDS Medication Administration policies and procedures.
Essential Job Functions:
Coordinates comprehensive nursing care plans for participants.
Directly manage medical services provided to participants in the residential program.
Conducts training for staff in health related topics at New Employee Orientation, annual trainings and as necessary.
Functions as an endorsed medication administration instructor for HARC and teaches the Medication Certification course. Retrains staffs who have failed the re-certification process and sanctions staff with multiple errors.
Delegates initial and annual nursing procedures to staff and determines if further training or re-delegation is needed. Observes medication certified staff during medication passes.
Provides direct hands-on clinical supports and assessments as necessary within DDS regulations while adhering to Nursing Best Practices and
Standards of Care.
Completes medication audits per DDS regulations.
Updates medical plans and protocols as necessary including fall risk assessments plans for participants as required by DDS annually.
Travels in-between residential programs and community services.
Holds a current, valid Connecticut Registered Nurse license.
Has, at minimum, an Associate’s degree in Nursing and at least one year’s experience working with people with Developmental Disability.
Competence in Microsoft Word and Excel, and ability to format and print documents
Demonstrates the ability to communicate to persons with intellectual disability.
Able to communicate with staff clearly and effectively.
Must have reliable transportation
A variety of lifting and transfer supports for residents may be required to facilitate full independence.
Ability to complete significant amounts of computer screen work and data entry without restriction.