LPN - Residential Program - The Arc of Opportunity - Fitchburg, MA

Full Time
Salary: 24.02 (USD) Hourly

Reporting to the Division Director of Nursing, the Residential LPN is responsible for ensuring that direct health care and training is provided to each recipient, and that those services are coordinated with each recipient's primary care physician or medical clinic. The Residential LPN provides medical oversight for the assigned residential programs, and participates as a member of the interdisciplinary team.

Position Schedule:
Monday through Friday, hours are typically 8am - 4pm but may vary, on-call hours some weekends.

Essential Functions:

  • Coordinates medical information for admission and provides a comprehensive nursing assessment for the intake process.
  • Acts as liaison with local hospitals for admissions, course of hospitalization and discharges as well as general improvement of service delivery/coordination in conjunction with DDS area nurse.
  • Utilizes the nursing process to ensure that medical trainings are relevant, based on evidence-based practices by using available resources as well as in compliance with DDS and MAP standards.
  • Facilitates medical trainings to residential program staff.
  • Implements health and medical related recommendations provided by Residential RN including but not limited to: PT/OT evaluations, SLP evaluations, ER visits, HCP visits and attending ISP meetings if medically necessary.
  • Appropriately maintains pertinent documentation.
  • Participates in staff, interdisciplinary team, and in-service meetings to ensure consideration of and provide information about medical and health issues, as well as fostering healthful living and facility conditions.
  • Advises Division Director and staff of any changes in recipient medical condition that needs to be managed/monitored by the day program staff.
  • In collaboration with the Residential Manager/Assistant Residential Manager, provides advocates for and monitors specialized and routine medical care to ensure that consumers receive normative quality care, treatment and respect in the community.
  • Documents each recipient's health status via an annual health/dental assessment quarterly.
  • Ensures compliance with all federal, state and agency policies within assigned residential programs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and commitment to agency mission and fundamental values.
  • Uncomplicated treatments may be performed on occasion when authorized by the Division Director of Nursing. These tasks include but are not limited to (based on DD discretion):
  • Dressing changes - per MD instructions;
  • ACE wraps per MD instructions;
  • Discontinuation of Foley catheter per MD instructions;
  • Injectable medication;
  • Other nursing related duties as assigned.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
  • Ability to kneel, bend and carry items.
  • Ability to sustain periods of walking, standing, sitting.
  • Ability to see, speak and hear.
  • Driving a motor vehicle and/or van, agency and/or personal.


  • Current licensure to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration of Nursing.
  • A valid driver’s license, acceptable driving record and CORI/Fingerprint checks are required at all times during employment at The Arc of Opportunity.
  • Proven ability to assist with the development and implementation of in-service programs.
  • Good working knowledge of and commitment to programs appropriate for recipients who reside in a residential group home setting.
  • Functional and situational reasoning ability to gather and apply factual information, exercise sound judgment, problem solve and apply principles of influence systems such as motivation, team building, accountability, and leadership with the scope of the position.
  • Cross-functional communication skills which convey clear direction, desired results and vision to individuals/families served, government agencies, peers and executive management.

Comprehensive benefits package including vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, health, dental, life, disability, and 401K. Advancement opportunities.

The Arc of Opportunity is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged.

The Arc of Opportunity North Central Massachusetts is a smoke free workplace and campus.

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