|Title:||Registered Nurse (RN)|
TATEMENT OF WORK:
Reports to Center Director and is responsible for monitoring health of participants. Acts as liaison between health professionals. Assumes leadership role in emergencies, does medical follow-up on participants. Provides health education to staff, participants, and their families. Maintains medical supplies. Interprets dietary needs. Writes nursing assessments and reassessments. Participates in care plan conferences. Maintains a record of treatments and medications. Reports safety hazards. Performs any other job-related duties deemed necessary and/or assigned by the Center Director.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Monitors health condition of the participants in the program. This includes, but is not limited to, obtaining and recording vital signs, noting and reporting changes in health status, and administering health services to participants.
- Serves as a liaison between health professional and Center staff. This includes ensuring there is a current health review from participants’ own physicians; maintaining an open flow of communication between the participant’s physician and the Center, ensuring that accurate information is related to physician. Develops a written plan to be followed on each participant in the event of an emergency. Assumes the leadership role in all health emergency situations, calling paramedics when necessary and ensuring that everything possible is being done for the participant.
- Educates the participants, families, and staff in interpreting diagnosis and orders. Maintains adequate amount of medical and nursing supplies.
- Writes nursing assessments at admission and prior to care plan every three to six months. Documents progress notes as needed but no less than every three months.
- Writes dietary/nutrition assessments at admission and reassessments at the time of care plan.
- Actively joins in the interdisciplinary team in care plan conferences; this includes presenting medical information, giving input, writing down suggestions, and following through on nursing goals, outcomes, and approaches as established by the team.
- Maintains a record of all treatments or medications administered at the Center making sure any medication administered at the Center has written instruction from the participant’s own personal physician.
- Always performs in a professional manner as directed by the code of ethics of the nursing profession.
- Maintains a safe environment; observes and reports to Center Director immediately any safety hazards noticed.
- Oversees dietary needs of the participants; supervises snack and meal times to ensure that diets are adhered to and CACFP guidelines are followed.
- May provide bathing services to participants or oversees health care staff performing bathing services.
- As assigned will participate in the Outcome Measurement process, performance improvement initiative, and CARF Accreditation process. Follows and complies with licensing regulations.
- May oversee the Center’s Restorative Feeding Program.
- May oversee the Center’s Restorative Nursing Care Program.
- May assist in the administration of the CACFP Program.
- Other duties as needed.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Must be 21 years of age or older.
- Must have general nursing knowledge as required by the State of Arizona Licensing for a Registered Nurse (RN) and maintain current RN license in the State of Arizona.
- Must be able to cope with a high-stress environment and work with at risk population; will be relied upon to make decisions in life or death emergency situations.
- Must be able to work with challenging behaviors expressed by participants, i.e. verbal and physical aggression, wandering, etc.
- Must have the dexterity necessary to do basic health treatments.
- Must be able to assist with transfer of participants to and from chair or wheelchair.
- Knowledge of/or experience in the gathering of data, evaluation of data, and external dissemination of data as a part of the ongoing performance improvement process.
- Must have, or be able to obtain, a Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card through the Department of Public Safety background check/fingerprint clearance process.
- Must be able to become CPR certified.
- Must be able to obtain a Food Handlers Card; may be requested to obtain a Food Manager Certification.
- Must not have any restrictions for physical work for which reasonable accommodation cannot be made.
WORK EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION:
- Registered Nurse with current Arizona RN license.
- One to two years’ experience in a health care setting.
- One year working with frail elderly or disabled adults.
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