Residential Nurse - The Arc of Opportunity - Fitchburg, MA

Position Summary: Reporting to the Division Director of Nursing, the Residential RN is responsible for health care coordination and consultation for residential program participants. The Residential RN provides oversight of the compliance with recommendations of health care providers within the assigned residential programs, and participates as a member of the interdisciplinary team.

Essential Functions:

Responsible for health monitoring, case management, staff training, and consultative support in assigned residences.

Reviews medical documentation for residential program referrals and provides feedback to the interdisciplinary review team.

Create and maintain health-specific protocols, to be renewed annually, in conjunction with health care providers, as necessary.

Provides comprehensive initial and annual health assessments, informed by medical records and observations.

Completes annual Health Care Record updates and Health and Dental Assessments in compliance with DDS ISP requirements.

Communicates with DDS and guardians, as needed, for complex health issues.

Completes and directs communication with health care providers, as appropriate.

Monitors health information in EMR and provides notification of missing documentation to Residential Managers and Division Directors.

Provides consultation, case management, and site visits as required.

Participates in routine and specialty health appointments, as applicable, to assist in the coordination of health needs.

Acts as the primary liaison with hospitals and health care facilities for admissions, course of hospitalization/treatment, and discharges in conjunction with DDS area nurse and informs the interdisciplinary team.

Monitors compliance with health care provider recommendations for the management of health needs of residential program participants.

Assesses health training needs of residential program staff and ensures that health trainings are relevant and evidence-based.

Facilitates routine and supplemental staff training on the general and individual-specific health maintenance of residential program participants.

Provides MAP Competency training, as applicable.

Participates in staff meetings and interdisciplinary review team to offer insight and assistance in managing the health needs of residential program participants.

Demonstrate knowledge and commitment to agency mission and fundamental values.

Complies with all federal, state and agency policies within assigned residential programs.

Acts as consultant to Residential LPNs and program staff around complex medical issues and the management of home care in the residential homes.

Enhances and promotes The Arc of Opportunity brand, strategic initiatives and organization’s mission.

Develops and executes short/long term goals which enhance and support organizational strategic plan and priority initiatives.

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 Registered 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 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.

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