State of Massachusetts Licensed Practical Nurse I - Central and Western Region-Various Locations & Shifts in Springfield, Massachusetts

This is an open and continuous posting for full-time and part-time positions on multiple shifts throughout Central and Western Massachusetts.

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) seeks compassionate nursing professionals to apply for ourLICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE I (LPN I)positions. This is an excellent entry level nursing opportunity for potential candidates who are interested in furthering their career and broadening their nursing experience to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The LPN I is the first level in the series and candidates will deliver care to our individuals living in a community residential home setting. Our LPN's are an extremely important part of our team, developing relationships and working with, not only our individuals, but family members, significant others, provider agencies and other appropriate parties in order to improve the overall health/quality of living for those supported by the agency.

/_Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):_/

  • Provide exceptional nursing care and oversight by implementing the individuals' health care plan including charting vital signs, application of medical/surgical dressings, and administering medications as prescribed and directed by the primary/specialty physician

  • Assist with daily maintenance, personal care and other services of support as outlined in the Individual Service Plan (ISP); Maintain individual records and files

  • Initiate referrals for needed medical services including scheduling, hospital safeguarding, advocacy and other follow-up care; Engage in referral for supportive and health-related protections

  • Communicate health issues to staff and update the individuals' families/guardians in matters including hospitalizations, rehabilitation support such as physical/occupational therapy

  • Inform staff of any medical concerns related to activity level that may hinder and individual's progress

  • Order medications and maintain medical supplies, materials and equipment

  • Initiate emergency medical procedures by applying basic first aid techniques and/or CPR and tracheotomy care, and catheterizations;

  • Provide training for direct support staff on use of equipment and treatments

  • Transport individuals to work, medical appointments, recreational activities and other community engagements as needed

/_Position Requirements:_/

  • Must possess a current, active license to practice as an LPN in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts;

/_Agency Requirements:_/

  • Must possess a current and valid Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's License

  • Incumbents must obtain and maintain Health Care Provider Basic Life Support (BLS) certification

/_Preferred Qualifications:_/

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain a respectful, caring, tolerant, ethical, and empowering relationship with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities;

  • Capacity to assist/lift individuals with physical disabilities and/or limited mobility;

  • Knowledge of standard nursing policies, procedures, methods and techniques;

  • Capacity to maintain accurate records and exercise discretion in handling confidential information;

  • Familiarity with safety practices and medical terminology/abbreviations;

  • Aptitude to transcribe, read and comprehend the English language

_/Please Note:/_

Depending on assignment, some LPN positions may be assigned to locations that require 24/7 nursing staff. The Department of Developmental Services requires employees in these positions to be able to perform mandatory overtime when circumstances dictate the need.

This position is designated as an "EMERGENCY" position in the Department of Developmental Services Emergency Plan. This means that whenever the Governor declares that the Commonwealth is in a state of emergency, you will be required to report to work.

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

/_About the Agency:_/

The Department of Developmental Services is dedicated to creating, in partnership with others, innovative and genuine opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate fully and meaningfully in, and contribute to, their communities as valued members.

/_Pre-Hire Process:_/

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

  • Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.

A criminal background check (CORI) will be completed on the recommended

candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. In addition, Chapter 234 of the Acts of 2014, An Act Requiring National Background Checks, requires the Department of Developmental Services to conduct fingerprint-based check of the state and national criminal history databases on the recommended candidate. For more information, please visit:

http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dds/fingerprint-background-checks.html

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Human Resources Customer Service line at 800-627-7730.

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: None. (See Section XIII, Special Requirements.)

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a current and valid license as a practical nurse under the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Medical Services

Organization: *Department of Developmental Services

Title: Licensed Practical Nurse I - Central and Western Region-Various Locations & Shifts

Location: Massachusetts-Springfield - 140 High St

Requisition ID: 190000R8