The position promotes good health, treats minor medical problems, responds to medical emergencies, administers medications, and ensures that the medical needs of clients are addressed. The position assists in the assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation of nursing care under the direction of the appropriate medical staff member.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Under the supervision of and in collaboration with appropriate medical staff member (i.e. physician or registered nurse) and assists with the medical treatment of clients by ensuring the components of the nursing process are effectively applied.
- Supervises, assists with hiring, and evaluates staff performance, develops measurable objectives for necessary improvements and implements appropriate corrective action to staff adhering to human resources policies and utilizing Human Resources when necessary.
- Selects, schedules, assigns, and evaluates staff members as well as adjusts hours and shifts as needed.
- Makes appropriate referrals to the contracted physician(s) and other medical agencies or practitioners
- Administers physician prescribed and non-prescribed medications and requisitions.
- Controls and maintains adequate inventory of drugs and medical supplies.
- Responds to all medical emergencies and works "on-call" shifts to provide emergency assistance as needed.
- Maintains all medical documentation, medical history, and files on each client as well as abides by HIPAA compliance rules and regulations.
- Develops and maintains policies and procedures in accordance with all applicable state, federal, local, licensing standards, and regulatory agencies.
- Assists in the development and implementation of nursing related performance improvement activities.
- Provides staff member training to include CPR, first aid, universal precautions, medication side effects, and other appropriate topics.
- Participates in health training of clients and participates in clinical activities as needed.
- Coordinates with community service agencies, as required, to ensure routine and emergency medical care for clients and staff members.
- Monitors medically related contract services for compliance with provisions and coordinates with external agencies or contract vendors to ensure appropriate medical care.
- Promotes good health habits, hygiene, and nutrition with all clients.
- Communicates all pertinent client related medical information to program/facility staff members per HIPPA related rules and regulations.
- Maintains compliance with company exposure plan to include OSHA, and bloodborne pathogens.
- Supports the Abraxas philosophy and mission and promotes the Seven Key Principles of care.
- Demonstrates appropriate use of Safe Crisis Management techniques and skills.
- The following educational requirements are acceptable for this classification including:
- Registered Nurse licensed to practice in the appropriate State by the board in which the program/facility resides and minimum two years related experience in the juvenile field.
- At least twenty-one (21) years of age.
- Criminal clearances (Act 33 and 34, specific State & child clearances and, if necessary, FBI).
- Non-communicable diseases physical exam.
- Valid driver's license from employee’s state of residence.
- Valid registered vehicle insurance.