Services for the Underserved

  • Registered Nurse, Developmental Disabilities

    Job Location US-NY-New York
    Developmental Disabilities
    Regular Full-Time
  • Position Overview

    Company Overview: As a leading provider of residential and support services to individuals with special needs, Services for the UnderServed provides the resources you need to build on your experience amidst our culture of team support. Ongoing training and attention to your development help to ensure your success. Your achievements and leadership are rewarded by advancement opportunities. Our commitment to continuous quality improvement impacts the lives of our clients and communities while contributing to the development of our employees.


    Position Summary:

    The Registered Nurse ensures the health and physical well-being of the consumers.


    JOB FUNCTIONS:                   

    • Participates as appropriate in the development, review and update of an Individual Program Plan as part of the Interdisciplinary Team process.
    • Participates in pre-admission screening and evaluation of ICF-referred Consumers
    • Develops an initial nursing assessment within 24 hours of placement at a facility
    • Develops a Nursing Service Plan based on a Nursing Assessment, Physical Exam Report, Evaluation of Consumers Ability to Self Medicate and ITT input, within 30 days of placement, and annually thereafter
    • Reviews and updates Nursing Service Plans semi-annually and as needed based on needs derived from completed nursing evaluations and quarterly nursing physical assessments
    • Ensures that nursing care, as prescribed by the physician or as identified by individual needs, is carried out
    • Participates in the development of discharge plans
    • Makes referrals to appropriate community resources based on the completed medical portion of the consumer’s Community Service Plan
    • Assesses consumer’s health condition as needed, and determines the need for referral to physician or emergency room based on observation and/or staff provided information
    • Ensures control of communicable diseases and infections, through:
      1. Identification and assessment
      2. Reporting to medical authorities
    • Implementation of appropriate protective and preventive measures
    • Supervises medication administration periodically, ensuring adherence with OMRDD regulations and agency policy
    • Report all injuries to management immediately to ensure appropriate incident reporting procedures are followed
    • Completes quarterly Quality Improvement Reports and ensure resolution to any outstanding issues
    • Reviews and follow up on Quality Improvement Reports completed by the Medical Assistant
    • Completes semi-annual and annual nursing ITT report
    • Participates in annual and semi-annual interdisciplinary team meeting along with any special meetings within or outside the residence
    • Participates in the monthly review and reordering of consumers’ medication together with the primary psychiatrist and facility psychologist
    • Ensures proper storage of all medication and medical supplies, and the proper disposal of the same (in accordance with OMRDD regulations and/or agency policy).
    • Reviews and monitors, for the purpose of health maintenance bowel movement records, vital signs, seizure activity and records, menstrual records, and tardive dyskenesia records on an ongoing basis. Reports irregularities or abnormalities to the consumer’s primary physician as needed
    • Ensures ongoing health care services are provided as needed and medical appointments are scheduled in a timely manner
    • Supervises, assists and trains a qualified program specialist to become a Nursing Assistant.
    • Supervises, assists and trains Licensed Practical Nurses to include a review and signing of all written reports for accuracy prior to being presented to ITT.
    • Ensures the proper maintenance and storage of medical records in accordance with OMRDD regulations and agency policy
    • Ensure all interactions support core values and mission of the agency
    • Carries out all policies of the agency issued by management in accordance with OMRDD and/or other funding agency guidelines
    • Additional responsibilities as deemed appropriate by the Coordinator of Medical Services, Deputy Director, DD Services or designee
    • Be available 24 hours per day by beeper and respond when contacted


    Universal Skills Required:


    • Interprets relevant information to resolve problems. Effectively balances considerations and alternatives to make sound decisions.


    • Handles unexpected situations by responding effectively to challenges, deadlines and emergencies. Copes adequately with stress on the job.


    • Provides timely, accurate and clear documentation according to established policies and procedures.


    • Applies time management skills to work effectively within given deadlines. Carries out orders and directives.  Organizes own time and prioritizes workload effectively.  Uses resources wisely.


    • Willingness to initiate new ideas. Consistently looks for better ways of doing things.


    • Demonstrates effective verbal, written and listening skills.


    • Works well as part of a team.


    • Can be relied upon to be available as needed; includes attendance and punctuality.


    • Responds to consumer needs promptly, accurately and with courtesy and respect. Models appropriate behavior.  Represents the organization in a positive and appropriate manner to outside resources.


    • Supports the missions and values of SUS and draws attention to behavior that undermines group effectiveness or is inconsistent with core values.


    • Maintains confidentiality of consumers and staff. Restrictions information to know who need to know.


    • Maintains positive enthusiasm toward job accountabilities and objectives. Persists with extra effort and overcomes obstacles to get the job done.


    Benefits Overview: We offer attractive compensation with comprehensive benefits including: Medical/Dental/Prescription/Vision/Life Insurance;403(b); Credit Union; FSAs; Short-and-Long-Term Disability; Transportation Plan; Generous Paid Vacations and Holidays



    • Registered Nurse licensed to practice in New York State
    • Specialized training in MR/DD and/or one year experience in community health care services
    • AMAP trainer
    • CPR and First Aid Trained

    Keywords: Direct service professional, counselor, residential counselor, direct care counselor, habilitation specialist, human services, social services, social worker, case manager, health services, developmental disabilities, mental health behavioral health, OPWDD, OMRDD




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