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State of Massachusetts MAIN PIPELINE - Licensed Practical Nurse - LPN 1 - Wrentham - PIPELINE in Wrentham, Massachusetts

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) seeks compassionate nursing professionals for our LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE I (LPN I) positions. This is an excellent entry level nursing opportunity for a potential candidate who is interested in furthering their career and broadening their nursing experience to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The in-house LPN I will participate in the delivery of health care services to individuals as a unit assigned clinical nurse, and will participate in direct and indirect nursing care, health maintenance and collaborative planning in order to meet the health care needs of all residents. The LPN I is the first level in the series and candidates will deliver care to individuals living in a facility setting. Our LPN's are an extremely important part of our team, developing relationships and working not only with our individuals, family members, significant others, and other appropriate parties in order to improve the overall health/quality of living for those assisted by the agency. _Duties and Responsibilities:_ (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive): * * Provide exceptional nursing care and oversight including the evaluation of episodic health needs through assessment, continuous observation, evaluation of interventions and changes within the health care plan if desired outcomes are not achieved. * Administer medications and treatments in accordance with medical provider orders and established policies and procedures. * Safeguard the security of controlled substances as per policies and procedures in order to prevent drug tampering or diversion. * Monitor condition of equipment functionality and ensure availability of supplies and medications. * Perform all clinical tasks in adherence to acceptable standards of nursing practice to ensure that all delivery of care provided is safe and effective. * Assist in the planning, coordinating and implementation of care for acutely ill or injured individuals; Function as a first responder in an emergency or crisis situations. * Articulate health care needs to the residents as a member of the interdisciplinary team including participation in team meetings, attending the annual ISP meeting, developing risk management protocols and completing assigned documentation. * Collect, communicate and record data regarding health and functional status of the resident by interview, examination and review of record; identify actual or potential health care needs. * Determine decisions made within the assigned area; appropriately seek supervisory assistance or guidance when needed including administrative issues and evolving clinical presentations. * Communicate health care needs and concerns to staff, families, and guardians regarding changing health care needs. * Facilitate and develop training to staff through informal teaching and case management review in order to ensure that residents are provided with safe/effective overall health care. * Serve as an advocate promoting autonomy, treating all with respect, dignity and support. *_Position Requirements:_ * Candidate must possess a current, and active Massachusetts License Practical Nursing (LPN) license to practice as an LPN in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. _Agency Requirements:_ * Must possess current and valid Class D Motor Vehicle Operator’s License. * Incumbents must obtain and maintain Health Care Provider Basic Life Support (BLS) certification. _Preferred Qualifications:_ * Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain a respectful, caring, tolerant, ethical, and empowering relationship with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. * Capacity to assist/lift individuals with physical disabilities and/or limited mobility. * Knowledge of standard nursing policies, procedures, methods and techniques. * Capacity to maintain accurate records and exercise discretion in handling confidential information. * Familiarity with safety practices and medical terminology/abbreviations. * Aptitude to transcribe, read and comprehend the English language. _Special Requirements:_ * This position is in a program that operates 24-hours/7 days a week. The Department of Developmental Services requires employees in this position to be able to perform mandatory overtime when circumstances dictate the need. * This position is designated as an "EMERGENCY" position in the Department of Developmental Services Emergency Plan. This means that whenever the Governor declares that the Commonwealth is in a state of emergency, you will be required to report to work. _Please Note: The work location for this position is in the Wrentham, MA._ _About the DDS Agency:_ * The Department of Developmental Services is dedicated to creating, in partnership with others, innovative and genuine opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate fully and meaningfully in, and contribute to, their communities as valued members. _Total Compensation:_ As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including: * 75% state paid medical insurance premium * Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans * Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs * Low cost basic and optional life insurance * Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan * 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time * Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities * Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options * Incentive-based Wellness Programs * Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities * Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program _Pre-Hire Process:_ Recommended candidates must successfully complete pre-employment screening which includes: * Selected Candidate MUST BE ABLE TO PASS A PRE-EMPLOYMENT MEDICAL EXAMINATION. * Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC) Abuse Registry Search: * Criminal background check (CORI) by regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services: * National Background Checks, Chapter 234 of the Acts of 2014, conduct fingerprint-based check: * Education, licensure, and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines. * Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate (s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website. If a candidate/employee is having difficulty logging into MassCareers and/or creating their profile, they will need to contact the Employment Service Center (ESC) at (617) 979-8500 for assistance. If you have any questions concerning the position please call Human Resources Field Office at 508-866-8803. ALL EMPLOYEES ARE PAID ON A BI-WEEKLY BASIS AND MUST HAVE DIRECT DEPOSIT. MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: None. (See Section XIII, Special Requirements.) SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a current and valid license as a practical nurse under the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE: At least four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in counseling, guidance, teaching, or therapeutic services for individuals with developmental disabilities, of which at least two years must have been in a supervisory capacity. SUBSTITUTIONS: - A Bachelor's degree with a major in social work, rehabilitation, psychology, sociology, human services or education of people with physical and/or learning disabilities may be substituted for two years of the required nonsupervisory experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience. - A Master's or higher degree in social work, rehabilitation, psychology, sociology, human services or education of people with physical and/or learning disabilities may be substituted for an additional year of the required nonsupervisory experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience. - One year of education equals 30 semester hours. Education toward a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed. - No substitution will be permitted for the required supervisory experience. Executive Order #595: As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Job: Medical Services* *Organization: Department of Developmental Services *Title: *MAIN PIPELINE - Licensed Practical Nurse - LPN 1 - Wrentham - PIPELINE Location: Massachusetts-Wrentham-Emerald Street Requisition ID: 210007VO