We are seeking a compassionate and dedicated Nurse to join our team in supporting a day program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As a Nurse, you will play a vital role in providing healthcare services and ensuring the well-being of program participants. Your primary responsibility will be to administer medications and oversee the overall medical needs of individuals in the program, including training and supporting other direct care staff to provide care as appropriate. This position requires excellent clinical skills, empathy, and the ability to work collaboratively with a direct care team. This is a new position for our organization so we are looking for a leader who can help us shape our healthcare services.
Safely and accurately administer prescribed medications to program participants according to established protocols and individual care plans.
Maintain detailed medication records, including documentation of administered medications, dosages, and any observed side effects or reactions.
Monitor medication supplies, ensure proper storage, and coordinate with families for medication refills as needed.
Educate program participants, their families, and staff members about medications, including potential side effects and interactions.
Oversee and coordinate QMAP certified staff to administer medications under your direction.
Health Assessments and Monitoring:
Collaborate with program staff to develop and implement individualized care plans based on participants' specific needs and preferences.
Respond promptly to medical emergencies, providing immediate care and coordinating with emergency services when necessary.
Regularly review and update participants' medical protocols, ensuring accurate and up-to-date information.
Care Coordination and Collaboration:
Work closely with the program's direct care staff to ensure integrated and holistic care for program participants.
Provide direct care to participants, as needed, for their healthcare needs, medication administration, personal care needs (including activities of daily living), and emergency procedures
Provide guidance and support to direct care staff regarding participants' healthcare needs, medication administration, personal care needs (including activities of daily living), and emergency procedures.
Collaborate with participant resource coordinators to discuss participant progress, review care plans, and contribute to the development of individualized goals.
Collaborate with external healthcare providers and agencies to coordinate specialized medical services, referrals, and follow-up care as required.
Health Education and Advocacy:
Educate program participants and their families about general health and wellness topics, promoting self-care and independence whenever possible.
Advocate for the unique healthcare needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ensuring their rights, dignity, and access to appropriate medical care.
Provide training and support to program staff on healthcare-related topics, including infection control, medication administration, and emergency response.
Oversee/provide CPR/First Aid training to direct care staff to keep staff up-to-date on certifications
- Licensed Practical Nurse in the state of Colorado (LPN)
- Proven experience in a healthcare setting, preferably working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Excellent knowledge of medication administration practices and protocols.
- Strong assessment, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with individuals with disabilities, their families, and a multidisciplinary team.
- Empathy, patience, and a genuine commitment to improving the lives of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Current CPR and first aid certification.
- Familiarity with relevant legal and ethical guidelines related to healthcare and individuals with disabilities.
Note: This job description is intended to outline the general responsibilities and qualifications of the position. It is not an exhaustive list and other duties may be assigned based on the needs of the day program.
Part time role (20 hours/week) with hours of M-F, 9am-1pm