LICENSED VOCATIONAL NURSE (LVN)
Responsible for providing medication, treatment, support and rehabilitation services to all residents.
- Administers medications as authorized and scheduled; monitors residents for concerns relative to medication; discusses side effects with psychiatrist when necessary to determine if changes should be made.
- Submits timely documentation (progress notes, assessments, treatment plans, notes to chart) as outlined in policy and measured via productivity reports (refer to Progress/Case Note Submission Policy).
- Educates and communicates with residents on the potential benefits and side effects of medication.
- Follows up on health care as prescribed by physician/nurse; works with residents to develop their awareness and understanding of their symptoms; makes suggestions to help them work through their fears (e.g., shots) by providing information and support.
- Completes medical assessments; records history and vital signs; determines whether resident is under the care of a physician; and gathers related information.
- Develops and maintains a therapeutic relationship with residents.
- Provides supervision, protection and care to children confined individually or in small groups.
- Assists Health Services Supervisor with administration and maintenance of resident immunizations and inputs appropriate data into the California Immunization Registry when needed.
- Assists in the administration of tuberculosis screening and is responsible for reading and recording results of screening.
- Provides safe, punctual transportation for residents to and from medical/dental appointments; supervises children while on community appointments when needed.
- Maintains/controls assigned medication supplies; monitors and maintains records in accordance with Agency policies, FDA requirements, and contracts; coordinates prescriptions, delivery of medications; destruction of medications, maintains/controls supply of injection supplies for administering medications.
- Ensures complete and accurate documentation of services provided to resident for contract compliance, statistical and financial reporting and other purposes as necessary.
- Participates in providing 24 hour emergency/on-call services and provides crisis intervention services as needed; assesses risk factors that may threaten children' safety and responds appropriately and within guidelines should risk escalate or abuse occur.
- Assists families in the acquisition of independent living skills; i.e. proper administration of medications, seeking out and utilizing medical community resources.
- Responds appropriately to incidents and problems that arise in order to de-escalate them as quickly as possible; uses crisis intervention skills and participates in physical interventions as necessary and in accordance with Agency policies and procedures.
- Incorporates Agency philosophy and mission in all aspects of job description.
- Attends and participates in department staff, supervision, and support meetings, and in-service programs, consultations and Agency meetings as appropriate.
- Receives feedback with commitment to on-going refinement and professional growth.
- Maintains confidentiality regarding children, families and operations of the Agency.
- Exercises good judgment in the performance of duties and responsibilities.
- Assumes Health Services Supervisor's duties in his or her absence.
- Performs related duties as required.
- Completed an accredited nursing program and maintain an active LVN from the State of California.
- Previous employment experience with special needs children preferred.
- Effective communication skills both oral and written.
- Ability to be flexible and work in a changing environment.
- Ability to pass and utilize the Pro-ACT physical restraint system.
- Ability to work as a member of a therapeutic team.
- Computer skills sufficient to meet production demands of the job including Microsoft Office and TIER/WELLIGENT software for program notes.
- Ability to work varied hours including evenings, nights and weekends.
- Must have a valid California Driver License, proof of automobile insurance and meet the Agency's safe driver guidelines.
- Sensitivity to the different cultures represented among the residents, families and staff.
- A basic understanding of age appropriate behavior for children/adolescents.
- Knowledge of emergency procedures of the Agency.
- Ability to model positive behaviors and Agency values.
- Skill in maintaining detailed, accurate and complete records.
Location: Atladena, CA
Acres is an equal opportunity employer and a drug free workplace. Therefore, the Agency does not discriminate, and does
not permit its employees to discriminate against other employees or applicants
because of race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices),
creed, color, sex/gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or
related legally protected medical conditions), sex stereotype, gender
identity/gender expression/transgender (including whether or not you are transitioning
or have transitioned) and sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry,
physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition, genetic
information/characteristics, marital status/registered domestic partner status,
age (40 and over), sexual orientation, military or veteran status, any other
basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or