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Licensed Practical Nurse (L.P.N.)

Company: Bridgewell
Location: Dracut
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Bridgewell strengthens communities by providing an unmatched range of social and human services that empower people with disabilities and other life challenges to live safe, self-directed and productive lives. Bridgewell delivers support through community housing, day programs, outpatient treatment, recovery services, education and employment training. We're committed to helping people in need, from those with autism to people with substance use disorders, become engaged members of their communities. Bridgewell is also the industry leader in developing innovative offerings in response to unmet or emerging needs.

The Position: We're looking for a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)! You will provide health services and direct care to individuals with disabilities living in a residential program. In addition, you will act as both an advocate and a liaison with community health care providers, monitoring medical records, and medication administration.

Shift: Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 9am-9pm (24 hours)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities Include:

  • Provide direct specialized nursing and other day to day care to individuals.
  • Document health care services in accordance with appropriate state regulations, nursing standards, and Massachusetts LPN license requirements. Abide by all agency policies and procedures.
  • Function under the supervision of the program director, registered nurse and Director of Health Care.
  • Act as a liaison as needed to other community agencies and treatment providers regarding regular medical needs and care. Help other DSP staff identify appropriate community health resources.
  • Provide in-service education to individuals and/or staff on health issues.
  • Administer medications to assigned individuals following the Department of Public Health Medication Administration Program (MAP) policies and procedures
  • Provide quality assurance reviews of medication systems and MAP compliance.
  • Work collaboratively with the Program Director and registered nurse evidenced by meeting weekly and as needed for medical updates.
  • Work collaboratively with the nursing/healthcare staff of Bridgewell by participation in monthly nursing staff meetings and agency-wide healthcare planning.
  • Collaborate with the Program Director and Registered Nurse to assess, organize, update, and maintain health care and medication needs. This should include, but is not limited to:
  • Individual client assessment
  • Review of routine and other physical exams
  • Review of physician ordered treatments
  • Assurance of treatment follow-up and coordination of medical and psychiatric care
  • Maintenance of medical charts.

  • Other duties as assigned

Direct Support Responsibilities Include:

  • Provide support and assist individuals with all activities of daily living which may include assistance with grooming, bathing, oral hygiene, feeding, incontinent care, toileting, colostomy care, prosthetic appliances, transferring, ambulation, range of motion, communicating, or other needs in keeping with the individuals' care requirements.
  • Provide care to individuals such as checking vital signs, checking their weight, applying creams/ointments, etc.
  • Maintain the comfort, privacy, and dignity of each individual in the delivery of services to them.
  • Observe residents for changes in condition or behavior and promptly report these changes to the Program Director.
  • Provide services to individuals according to DDS, CARF and all applicable regulatory standards.
  • Provide support and assist individuals with all medical, clinical and financial needs by identifying needs and securing appropriate services as needed.
  • Transport individuals as needed to and from medical, recreational and other activities outside the home.
  • Assist with housekeeping and cleaning duties as need to maintain a safe and clean living environment.
  • Maintain progress notes according to DDS and all applicable regulatory standards.
  • Write annual assessments on individual goals as outlined in the Individual Service Plan (ISP) and participate in the ISP meeting and other relevant meetings for the individuals.
  • Assist the individuals with accessing resources and recreational opportunities in the community.
  • Maintain core-training certifications including CPR/FA, OSHA, CPI, MAP, and PABC if applicable.

Required Education & Experience:

  • Graduation from an accredited and approved licensed practical nurse program.
  • Must have current Massachusetts Nursing license.
  • Two years general nursing experience and/or service to individuals with developmental disabilities in community health setting preferred.
  • Experience working with adults with DD and behaviors is a plus.
  • Must have a Driver's license for at least one year with a good driving record history.
  • Must be able to drive a 12 passenger van. We will provide training.

Required Skills/Knowledge:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to foster positive relationships.
  • Must have basic to intermediate computer level competency.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to climb stairs.

  • Ability to drive a vehicle.
  • Must have a normal range of eyesight with or without corrective lenses.
  • Must have a normal range of hearing with or without corrective equipment.
  • Ability to lift or pull up to 40 pounds.

Bridgewell Offers:

  • Many benefits starting at 24 or more regularly scheduled hours
  • Excellent health benefits-medical, dental, vision. We believe our benefits package is one of the most competitive (available to all employees regularly scheduled for 30 or more hours)
  • Generous paid time off includes your birthday (that's right, we even give you your birthday off!)
  • Collaborative work environment that values new insight and personal contributions
  • With over one hundred programs in the North Shore, Lowell and Merrimack Valley we provide excellent opportunities for training and professional development

Why Should You Apply: If top benefits alone don't sway you, then our compassionate and collaborative work environment should! Bridgewell is committed to training and developing staff and provides the opportunities for you to have a positive impact in the work you do.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Requires acceptable CORI results according to Bridgewell policy.

Bridgewell is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Keywords: Bridgewell, Lowell , Licensed Practical Nurse (L.P.N.), Other , Dracut, Massachusetts

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