State of Massachusetts Registered Nurse I - Western Region-Various Locations and Shifts in Springfield, Massachusetts

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

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) seeks compassionate, enthusiastic and dedicated nursing professionals to apply for ourREGISTERED NURSE I(RN I) positions. The RN I is the first level in the series and candidates will provide nursing care to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities that are living in a community home setting. In consultation with other health care professionals, the RN I will assess outcomes of care provided and use the nursing process to make continuing assessments of individuals' total health care needs.

Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):

  • Provide exceptional nursing care and oversight by assessing health care needs to ensure the prevention of illness and the promotion of health maintenance

  • Administer medications and perform treatments in compliance with policy and procedures

  • Collect health and status data for individuals; Ensure information is documented, communicated, and made readily accessible

  • Identify acute problems and initiate intervention or referrals for needed medical services, confirming that follow-up care is pursed

  • Support nursing leadership and training for staff; serve as an advocate to ensure individuals receive appropriate health care treatment, health education, and other health related services

  • Serve as a first responder for behavioral or medical crisis situations

  • Maintain individual records and files; Performs data entry of medical information

Requirements:

  • Must possess a current, active license to practice as a professional nurse under the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing*:

  • Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's license may be required;

  • / *Recent graduates from an approved school of nursing must have applied for the first available registered nurse examination. /

Preferred Qualifications:

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

  • 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:

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) fills the RN I position on an ongoing basis as staff turnover and new program development occurs. Full-time and part-time positions are usually available on all shifts. Most vacancies require working part of the weekend and days off are usually two days together (Example Sunday and Monday; or Friday and Saturday). Applicants must be flexible in work schedule. All applicants must be able to pass a criminal offender record check (CORI), and pre-employment medical exam. 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.

Depending on assignment, some RN I positions may be assigned to locations that require 24 hours a day 7 days a week nursing staff. The Department of Developmental Services requires employees in this position to be able to perform mandatory overtime when circumstances dictate the need.

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:

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

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 Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

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

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: None.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL LEVELS IN SERIES: Current and valid registration as a professional nurse under the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.**

*Recent graduates from an approved school of nursing must have applied for the first available registered nurse examination. Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's license may be required.

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: Registered Nurse I - Western Region-Various Locations and Shifts

Location: Massachusetts-Springfield - 140 High St

Requisition ID: 160008UC