Registered Nurse-FT (701)
Location: Charlotte

Position Description
Job Summary:
Responsible for providing nursing services and first aid care to employees and individuals we support, ensuring a safe and educational environment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Other duties may be assigned as necessary.

Provide nursing services and first aid to employees or individuals we support who become ill or injured; assess situation and implement emergency protocol as outlined in policies and procedures.

Evaluate and determine the ability of individuals we support to participate in activities with regard to their individual medical condition.

Educate and support individuals we support with medical concerns or situations and their families.

Educate, supervise and evaluate employees in medical procedures.

Perform various routing nursing functions including ensuring that all changes in medical status are updated; contact Physician as necessary, particularly if problems develop.

Provide input into Health and Safety Policies and Procedures for LIFESPAN; Write, implement and evaluate health care plans for specific needs of the individuals we support.

Participate in Person Centered Planning (PCP) Meetings concerning medically complex individuals. Attend quarterly team review meetings for the individuals we support.

Conduct home visits; participate in doctor visits and hospitalizations as necessary.

Prepare, process and maintain a variety of documentation (e.g. accident reports, utilization reports, medical records, immunization records, professional contact letters, medication disposal records, medication authorizations and administrations, special procedure authorizations, seizure logs, weight management activities, disease management activities and procedures, etc.).

Attend various committee meetings (e.g. Health and Safety Committee, Transition Team, Human Rights Committee); attends continuing education classes as required.

Teach various medical classes at programs and for all new hires in Preservice (e.g. gastrostomy feeding, medication administration, oxygen administration, suctioning, tracheostomy care, Bloodborne Pathogens, seizure first aid, chest percussion, first aid* and CPR*). *Both of these require a certification.

Interact and communicate with a variety of individuals and groups (e.g. students, teachers, supervisor, parents, physicians, sales representatives, PCP committees, human rights committees, community partners and nursing agencies).

Operate and maintain an assortment of equipment, machinery and tools used in the performance of daily activities (e.g. suction machine, computer, otoscope, ophthalmoscope, blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, syringes, thermometers)

Maintain the confidentiality of staff and individuals.

Abide by, enforce and participate in the implementation and ongoing oversight of all LIFESPAN safety standards and regulations.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
This job has no direct supervisory responsibilities; however, this position must supervise LPN’s a certain number of hours per week as required by state regulations.

To perform the job successfully, you must demonstrate the following competencies:

Use of Technology - Demonstrates required skills; Adapts to new technologies; Troubleshoots technological problems; Uses technology to increase productivity; Keeps technical skills up to date.

Communications – Clearly expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; Clearly expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; Exhibits good listening and comprehension; Edits work for spelling and grammar.

Relationship Building - Builds rapport up, down, and across the organization; Establishes collaborative relationships to achieve objectives; Develops network of professional contacts; Displays empathy and tolerates diverse viewpoints.

Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional customer situations in a professional manner; Responds promptly to customer needs and requests for assistance; Incorporates customer feedback to improve service.

Teamwork - Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.

Job Knowledge/Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes tasks correctly and on time; Supports LIFESPAN’s goals, values, and mission; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills.

Organizing Ability - Simultaneously handles several assignments; Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Sets and meets goals and objectives.

Quality - Maintains accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to promote quality, while increasing productivity at the same time; Monitors own work to ensure quality.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience
Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing with license in good standing as a Registered Nurse in NC and one to two years of pediatric nursing experience, or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Language Skills
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization. Must possess strong facilitation skills and be able to speak before an audience with poise and confidence.

Mathematical Skills
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent.

Reasoning Ability
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Physical Requirements
Physical demands are in excess of sedentary work; work requires walking, standing, reaching, fingering, stooping, etc. Must be able to lift and/or carry weights up to one hundred and fifty pounds with assistance. Will lift no more than forty pounds independently.

Other Qualifications
Instructor’s Certification for CPR/First Aid.

Additional and/or Program Specific Responsibilities:
A valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and approved automobile insurance are required for this position.

RN will cover both Residential and Day Programs.

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