Under direction of the Director of Adult Services, the Nurse/Nurse Trainer is responsible for ensuring the delivery of medication and other health related services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities in Residential/Independent Living Programs. Medication management and health maintenance in accordance with DHS rules is mandatory. The outcomes of these services and supports are intended to maintain and improve the individuals’ general health, functioning and self-esteem, and to promote their independence and integration in community life.
Duties & Responsibilities:
1. Provide Medication Administration Training for all staff members who are employed in the Residential (CILA) and Independent Living Programs as required.
2. Be available on an On Call basis for Medication Administration and health consultation for DSPs and other On Call Staff.
3. Provide on-going retraining for staff regarding any and all medications changes.
4. Complete annual Nursing Assessments on all individuals in the Program(s).
5. Complete Self Administration of Medication Assessment(SAMA) on all individuals initially and annually thereafter.
6. Ensure all medication orders are promptly and accurately communicated to the pharmacies, to the sites, and to staff who are administering the medications.
7. Ensure that all prescribed (including over-the-counter)medications are at the sites and are being accurately administered.
8. Complete weekly MAR checks.
9. Maintain accurate documentation of physicians’ orders,including telephone orders.
10. Maintain accurate records of controlled medications.
11. Oversee that all medical, dental and vision examinations are current.
12. Participate in the interdisciplinary process by contributing to the establishment of a healthcare goal for each individual, at the time of their Service Plan.
13. Be pro-active in the recommendation of medication changes,as needed.
14. Recommend Occupational and/or Physical therapies as needed.
15. Refer individuals to specialists, as needed.
16. Communicate regularly with the Service Coordinator/QIDP regarding the individuals on their caseload.
17. Facilitate psychiatric appointments for all individuals in the Program(s).
18. Ensure completion of Tardive Dyskinesia Screenings on all individuals taking psychotropic medications per regulations.
19. Assess medication administration, including observing and reporting effects and side effects of prescribed medication.
20. Review Medication Error Reports, document per DHS standards,and re-train staff accordingly.
21. Ensure prescribed treatments are completed as needed.
22. Order equipment and/or supplies as needed.
Documentation and Record Keeping:
1. Maintain on-going Health Record for health related issues on each individual.
2. Maintain the confidentiality of the individuals’ records.
3. Complete Medication Error Report as required by DHS.
4. Maintain record keeping functions, including time sheets, time-off requests, according to agency policies, procedures, and directions.
1. Participate on the Behavior Management Committee, Health and Safety Committee, and/or Human Rights Committee as appropriate.
2. Attend staff meetings and other meetings as requested.
3. Ensure all training compliance for self and staff.
4. Follow agency’s confidentiality, privacy, and code of ethics policies.
5. Perform related duties as assigned.
Minimum of an Associate degree in Nursing. Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
Certification by the Illinois Department of Human Services as a Nurse-Trainer.
Minimum of two year of clinical nursing experience.
Must maintain current registration (i.e., RN) with the State of Illinois, Department of Professional Regulation.
Knowledge of the healthcare delivery system in terms of spectrum of necessary and available specialists.
Minimum of one year of experience in staff supervision.
Background working with people with developmental disabilities.