Under the direction of the SLC Program Plan Coordinator and SLC Program Manager, the Nurse/Direct Support Specialist (DSS) is responsible for providing nursing services, direct support services, and skill instruction to persons with developmental disabilities, including persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism, or multiple functional and/or medical limitations.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:*
Demonstrates commitment to the mission of the agency with a strong understanding and respect for the goals of agency activities.
Participates as a team member in the evaluation and assessment of the support needs of consumers.
Develops, with the Program Plan Coordinator, a written Person Centered Plan in conjunction with Social Learning Center Team Members, the consumers, their family members where appropriate, and significant others (guardians, representatives, correspondents) in accordance with the needs of the consumers and in compliance with established procedures.
Develops and plans daily activities depending upon the individual needs and desires of consumers.
Provides small group and one-on-one instruction according to established care plans; agency, unit, and program policies and procedures; and generally accepted standards of care.
Assesses changes in the functioning of the consumers and modifies the plan of care, as appropriate, in conjunction with the consumers and all other interested parties and in accordance with established policies and procedures.
Makes accurate and legible entries in the permanent record of the consumers according to established record keeping policies and procedures, including the writing of progress notes, incident reports, and daily recordings, and gives input into the writing of quarterly and annual reports.
Refers consumers to other professionals or services as appropriate to ensure optimal service.
Provides support for one to ten consumers, including but not limited to: orienting the consumers to the Center and the agency; advocating whenever necessary on behalf of the consumers; assuring the appropriateness of Person Centered Plan implementation; and coordinating all aspects of the semi-annual review according to established policies and procedures.
Assists consumers with many levels of their care, including
transfers, personal care, pushing or pulling wheelchairs, dressing and
undressing, mobility training,
Monitors health status, injury assessment, transport (when necessary), blood pressure (when indicated by physician), seizures, and conducts generic nursing assessments for all consumers at the Social Learning Center.
Assists with specific procedures deemed necessary by residence; positioning for drainage, dressings, and other nursing procedures.
Dispenses medications, including oxygen when ordered, and documents according to established protocol.
Maintains accurate documentation regarding medical issues.
Participates in scheduled meetings, including case reviews, supervisory sessions, and staff meetings.
Completes and submits accurate, neat, and legible records, logs, forms, and reports in a timely manner and according to policies and procedures.
Maintains current knowledge of medications and conditions pertinent to consumers.
Demonstrates the ability and willingness to implement positive behavior interventions.
Demonstrates commitment to teaching for independence for consumers and movement towards the least restrictive settings.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Communicates effectively both verbally and in writing, establishes positive public relations and interacts effectively with a diverse array of professionals and consumers.
Maintains appropriate boundaries and displays respect and courtesy to all internal and external customers.
Demonstrates patience, caring, compassion, and sensitivity toward consumers.
Represents the agency and the Social Learning Center to the community in a professional manner by demonstrating a professional attitude, sound judgment, and continuity in interactions with others in the community.
Participates in training to maintain or enhance job skills.
Adheres to agency Exposure Control and Risk and Safety Management Programs.
Ensures confidentiality is maintained at all times and in
Maintains and utilizes knowledge of community resources.
Uses agency or personal vehicle for agency- or program-related business as assigned.
Adheres to organizational standards for performance (see attached).
Performs other related duties as required.
Duties require knowledge of and experience working with persons with acute and severe intellectual and developmental disabilities equivalent to completion of an Associate's degree plus two years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in adult day programming, health care or social service setting required. Must possess a minimum of current State of Maine Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and show a commitment to continue professional education.
Must possess a valid State of Maine driver's license.
Ability to assist with transfer, lifting, positioning, and personal care of consumers.
Ability to see consumers when choking, bolting from the building, or engaging in dangerous activity.
Ability to hear consumers when choking, crying, screaming, and arguing.
Ability to function in a team setting.
Ability to maintain up-to-date documentation.
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; to establish positive public relations; and to interact effectively with a diverse array of professionals and clients.
Good organizational skills.
Willingness to perform personal care.
Participates in the recruitment, selection and/or orientation of new staff members in accordance with agency and unit/program policies and procedures. Supervises assigned Medication Technicians.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Not subject to extremes in temperature, noise, odors, etc.
Required to bend at the waist, pivot, and lift using upper body strength.
Required to pull, push, and lift while in a standing or kneeling position.
Requires pulling, tugging, and twisting at the waist.
Required to travel in agency or personal vehicle.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.
*External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.
This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.