The Community Based Nurse is responsible for providing health care supports, training and technical assistance for persons diagnosed with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD). The Community Based Nurse will work with agency nurses, health care coordinators, supports coordinators and the community health care systems. The Community Based Nurse works within the interdisciplinary team to ensure optimum quality care. PCHC will pay for Professional Liability Insurance and also attendance to the National Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association (DDNA) conference.
Duties and Responsibilities
Clinical consultant for individuals with complex health conditions.
Act as a resource regarding medical/dental treatment, care and follow up.
Complete Nursing Reviews (Community Health Review, Clinical Review)
Obtain certification in developmental disabilities nursing (within two years of employment) and maintain developmental disabilities nursing certification (CDDN) once obtained.
Work in partnership with agency nurses to assist individuals and their teams through health care issues.
Establish alliances with other nurses and health care coordinators who are working in the community with individuals who have been diagnosed with I/DD.
Remain active in updating skills and use best practice in working with people with mental retardation.
Participate in meetings, committees, attend training seminars as required.
Participate in Nurse Network and other health related meetings.
Complete Health Risk Profiles.
Work in conjunction with other PCHC nurses and all other PCHC staff members.
Perform other duties as determined necessary by the Director of PCHC and Director of Nursing Services.
Provide training in physical and behavioral health care issues for individuals diagnosed with I/DD, staff members who support them, family members, supports coordinators, and any other supportive personnel.
Identify staff training needs as they relate to health and safety.
Provide training on physical and behavioral health care issues utilizing existing training resources and developing training modules, as necessary.
Provide training for individuals diagnosed with I/DD in topics related to health promotion and disease prevention.
Be a resource to individuals diagnosed with I/DD, agencies, counties, and the state/regional office of mental retardation for issues involving health care.
Provide technical assistance around PCHC initiatives such as Behavioral Health Team Review of Psychotropic Medication form, Health Information Recording System (HIRS), Health Promotion Activity Plans (HPAPs), Dysphagia project, etc.
Ability to work independently; Excellent communication skills, both written and oral as well as organizational skills; Ability to provide training in health related matters; Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers and other disciplines outside PCHC; Nursing skills required for RN level licensee