Category – Professional

Type – Salaried

Basic Function:  To provide medical and health procedures under the direction of the Medical Services Supervisor.

Specific Responsibilities

1.         Assists with intake process by securing information related to health and medical histories diagnosis and treatment, and preparing medical/social history.

2.         Assists with adult medical evaluation, program planning, employee in-service education, and supplying support for Agency staff in management of specific health concerns.

3.         Reports to or consults with the physician as needed about medical, physical, social, emotional, and other problems pertaining to nursing care/developmental needs of the person.

4.         Conducts home visits as appropriate to monitor health needs and to assist families or Agency residential staff.

5.         Makes appropriate documentation of services or progress reports on the persons’ records and maintains an approved system for dispensing medication to individuals served, including proper attention to documentation and safety procedures.

6.         Maintains health forms and statistical information as requested.

7.         Provides support for day program and residential program staff in management of specific health concerns.

8.         Provides instructions and counseling to individuals served, including correct use of medications and expected primary and secondary effects of medications dispensed. 

9.         Participates in program development for individuals served and reviews as requested. 

10.        Communicates with prescribing physician on behalf of the interdisciplinary team. 

11.        Develops and maintains on-going support regarding medical issues to families of individuals served as appropriate. 

12.        Reviews and makes recommendations on medical objectives and programs. 

13.        Meets with Medical Services Supervisor and LPN, or designee(s) as needed to exchange comments and discuss matters of mutual concern.  

14.        Provides a copy of his/her current Illinois Registered Nursing License.

15.        Abides by the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act.

16.        Is able to be certified as a DHS Nurse-Trainer.

17.        Trains staff in Medication Administration and other trainings such as OSHA, CPR, AED First Aid, Direct Support Persons (DSP) Training, etc. as assigned.

18.        Performs the legally designated professional duties requisite to delegating medication administration by non-licensed direct support staff.

19.        Participates in the Nursing on-call rotation.

20.        Fulfills the responsibilities of the Medical Services Supervisor in his/her absence when designated by the Medical Services Supervisor or designee.

21.        Completes all annual training requirements.

22.        May be required to assist during emergency situations.

23.        Performs all other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education/Experience

Verifiable documentation of education.  Registered Nurse Certification.  Possess two (2) years of clinical experience within the last five (5) years, at least one (1) of which shall preferably have been in developmental disabilities.  Successful completion of the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) testing ability to read.  Must meet the requirements of Direct Support Person (DSP) training.  Ability to meet the physical requirements required of the position.  Must have a valid Illinois drivers’ license and insurable driving record.

Language and Skills

This is a professional position which requires good verbal and written communication skills.  Ability to prioritize responsibilities.  Ability to interact and communicate with individuals served by our Agency, employees, parents/guardians, State/Federal staff members, and other supervisory/management personnel. 

Physical Demands

Able to meet the physical requirements required of the position including the ability to lift and assist with transfers.  Successful completion of Essential Functioning Test verifying ability to lift at least seventy-five (75) pounds. May have flexible varied schedule with nights and/or weekends required.