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Registered Nurse (BSN)
Job#: 214275
Positions: 2
Posted: 03/28/2014
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Washington, D.C.
Department: DC Therapy
Category: Clinical
Salary: Salary
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Job Description

Bachelor's level Registered Nurse sought to provide technical assistance and training to community providers to improve the health care services and quality of life for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the D.C. Metro area for the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Service System.

The primary role is to facilitate the independence of and improve the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in the provider home environment by assisting these individuals in achieving optimal health outcomes.  Upon referral, the DDA/DDS nurse will identify problem areas that affect health and wellness by carrying out, when appropriate, an oral history review, performing physical assessments and reviewing medical and case notes.  The nurse will then work to address areas of concern by making health care and case recommendations to service coordination, the individual, and their primary care providers, and following up where appropriate.  This role of the DDA/DDS nurse includes teaching, in order to educate the persons served and/or their caregivers about health promotion and disease management and prevention.  This role also includes advocacy in order to help connect these individuals with medical and community support services, and to help them achieve the highest health outcomes possible.

Responsibilities:

Serve as a resource to individuals with IDD in the provider home setting that are identified as needing assistance regarding primary, secondary, and tertiary health care needs.

Assessing current health care needs, identifying unmet health care needs of individuals with IDD, and providing recommendations for intervention and following up where appropriate.

Collaborate with DDS service coordination to improve health care quality and outcomes for individuals with IDD in the provider home setting.

Educate individuals with IDD and their supporting families in the provider home setting on techniques to improve health care outcomes.

Assist in the development of health communication strategies that assist the individual, service agency, service coordination and primary care provider.

Collaborate with the DDA/DDS officials and other affiliated agencies to develop and enact policies and procedures that improve health care quality where appropriate.

Identify and cultivate relationships with healthcare providers that serve individuals with intellectual disabilities.  This includes coordinating care of individuals with IDD as appropriate and education of providers and institutions about the unique needs of individuals with IDD.

Skills/Requirements

Holds a Bachelor's degree in nursing from college or university, preferably accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Holds a current license in the District of Columbia to practice as a registered nurse.

Possess knowledge of the particular health care needs of individuals with IDD and how medical and nursing interventions can promote optimal health outcomes.

Able to analyze data from multiple sources and develop conclusions, and propose recommendations and solutions.

Possess excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

Able to establish and maintain positive working relationships with coworkers and other stakeholders within the district's health and developmental disability networks.

Able to provide teaching to culturally and linguistically diverse audiences on health related matters.

Able to work independently.

Basic computer skills.

Strong orientation to customer service.

Must be able to manage ambiguity and work in fast paced environment.

Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities.

Bilingual / multilingual a definite plus.

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