Registered Nurse Recuperative Care
Adult Services | Los Angeles, CA | Full Time
Helping Our Most Vulnerable Change Their Life Stories
Volunteers of America is a non-profit human services organization committed to serving people in need, strengthening families, and building communities. VOALA provides a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans’ services, homeless shelters, low-income housing program as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at www.voala.org.
RECUPERATIVE CARE PROGRAM
Recuperative Care Beds for Medically Fragile Individuals Who Are Homeless. This is a 30-bed recuperative care program at the Avalon Plaza facility in South LA. This program will provide interim housing that includes medical monitoring services for individuals who are homeless who are too ill or frail to recover from physical illness or injury on the streets, but are not ill enough to require hospital or skilled nursing level care. The program will be open and staffed with direct care monitors 24/7/365, and will provide participants with safe, clean shelter, 3 nutritious meals/day, and case management and supportive services to help participants identify and secure appropriate permanent housing. Additionally, the recuperative care program will include skilled nursing staff who will monitor participant status, review the treatment plan provided by their medical provider and encourage the participant to follow the treatment plan, and monitor for situations that would require connecting the participant to the on-site health clinic or their medical provider for additional care.
JOB SUMMARY AND PURPOSE
Under the direct supervision of the Program Manager, the Registered Nurse (RN) provides professional nursing services for this residential Recuperative program. As a patient advocate, the RN will also provide limited physical examinations, medication support, and work with the primary healthcare providers for the clients. Schedules medical and mental health appointment for clients as appropriate. Conducts group education for clients related to relevant medical conditions, and in-service training for program staff.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Provides nursing services including: monitoring of medications, monitoring vitals, direct communication with medical providers on-site for referrals to other providers and community health resources, health instruction to patients, and instruction and relevant training for program staff including monitoring of self-administration of prescribed medication.
- Designs and provides a comprehensive health services plan for each client that includes a broad range of medical services including assisting clients and disabled veterans with physical and emotional needs, and referral to appropriate service providers; schedules medical and mental health appointments.
- Documents patient's current medication list, including: name of prescriber, names of medication, dosages, frequency, duration and start date
- Participates in weekly case review with Program Staff to ensure best quality care for clients, and continuous improvement of services.
- Acts as liaison between Program Staff and Medical Providers, in order to coordinate best care of clients
- Maintain electronic health records and hard copy documentation of all services provided
- Provides group education on medical conditions for clients and in-service training for program staff
- Other Tasks that may be required by the Program Manager
- Must be able to pass a fingerprint clearance, background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment and education verifications
- Current and valid California license Registered Nurse
- Valid Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification
- Two years of work experience as an RN
- Knowledge of medical and mental health issues facing the homeless
- Understanding of regulatory requirements for prescribed medications
- Possess a thorough understanding of the importance of confidentiality and non-disclosure according to the general standards set forth by HIPAA
- Microsoft operating system navigation: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
- Familiar with Electronic Health Records
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Ability to instruct in a group setting and on an individual basis.
- Ability to perform under circumstances of possible emotional stress and conflict, including dealing with un-cooperative clients.
- Ability to effectively communicate with patient population and staff will demonstrating a high degree of diplomacy and tact
- Ability to administer tuberculosis (TB) skin test and providing results
- Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, including meeting qualitative and quantitative productivity standards.
- Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards.
- Excellent communication skills at level necessary for taking patients' medical histories, understanding provider and supervisor instructions, and for accurately documenting patients' medical information
- Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, Nurse Science, or Public Health Administration (or closely related field)
- Experience with Veteran population
- Culturally sensitive and demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with mental health, substance use disorder, and veterans
- Experience working with the homeless population
- Bilingual (English/Spanish – written and oral)
VOALA BENEFITS SUMMARY:
- Choice of 3 medical insurance plans
- Choice of 2 dental insurance plans (one plan for employee only; has no premium)
- Vision insurance plan
- Voluntary Supplemental Coverage
- Accidental Injury Coverage
- Hospital Care Coverage
- Critical Illness Coverage
- Pet Insurance
- Paid vacation time
- Paid sick time
- 10 company paid holidays
- Company funded 401a retirement pension plan
- Optional employee contribution to 403b retirement savings plan
- Life and AD&D insurance
- Programs to maintain your health and well-being
- Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) – (No cost to employee and 100% confidential)
- Company funded Short-term Disability Insurance (STDI) Insurance
- Company funded Long-term Disability Insurance (LTD)
Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law
This employer participates in E-Verify as required by the federal government and will provide the federal government with your Form 1-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.
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