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RN II – Direct Care

Opportunity Criteria

Employment TypeFull Time
Salary Range $6,579.41 to $7,391.91 / Month
The Direct Care RN performs routine level nursing work providing for the assessment, care and treatment of individuals who reside in a State Supported Living Center (SSLC) setting. Evaluates, treats and documents healthcare needs and/or issues and reports needs and/or issues to the appropriate person(s). Communicates with others, such as direct care staff, physicians/PCP, administration, and other nursing staff to ensure optimal care as part of the interdisciplinary team. Notifies the supervisor and PCP of trends and concerns to ensure that communication is in place to provide consistent, high quality care for all persons served. Completes data entry, required documentation and reports and maintains records.

Assists with services provided by LVNs and Certified Medication Aides (CMA), as needed, and makes recommendations for improvements. Participates in facility quality assurance/quality improvement (QA/QI) initiatives, as required. Provides treatment to HHS employees injured in course and scope of employment. Responds to emergency situations to ensure safety and care of individuals and staff. Works under moderate supervision of the Nurse Manager or Nursing Operations Officer, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.  
Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned. May serve in an on-call status on a rotating schedule as required to meet operational needs of the facility.

Performs routine nursing tasks and procedures in accordance with HHSC, SSLC and state regulations, such as tracheostomy care, gastrostomy/jejunostomy care, wound care, breathing treatments. Collects specimens for laboratory examination and conducts appropriate screening tests when requested by lab personnel.

Administers medications, immunizations, and treatments and observes patients for unusual symptoms and reactions. Makes rounds and/or home visits as needed and works in other locations at the SSLC as needed. Monitors individuals’ weight, diet, feedings, and vital signs. Monitors for signs and symptoms of illness and uses appropriate nursing judgement to provide adequate care for the individual, including initiating acute care plans.

Assists in evaluating nursing intervention outcomes and provides input to other members of the healthcare team including recommendations for improvements. Instructs direct support professionals on how to monitor individuals after a treatment or procedure using instruction sheets such as that used for post-sedation monitoring of signs and symptoms.

Timely and accurately documents and reports pertinent treatments and observations in the individual’s medical record (electronic health record or paper chart) in accordance with SSLC procedures and protocols. Prepares reports as required.

Assists with services provided by LVNs and/or Certified Medication Aides (CMA), as needed, and makes recommendations for improvements, including acclimating them to the individuals, their needs and preferences.

Assists LVNs with implementation of protocols, procedures and programs to improve overall health and safety of staff and individuals. Provides assistance with completing follow up assessments, guidelines, acute care plan (ACP) interventions, injury reports, restraints, and med variances.

Provides support to Nurse Manager’s including reviews and follow up on controlled drug counts, medication counts, emergency checklist logs, refrigerator temp logs, and glucose controls.

Assists the Infection Control nurse by implementing measures that prevent the spread of disease, assists the Quality Assurance Nurse in the implementation of therapeutic nursing programs. Participates in facility Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement initiatives.

Responds to emergency situations to ensure safety of individuals. Follows safety and infection control procedures of the SSLC. Provides educational and safety training to SSLC staff upon request. Provides treatment to HHS employees injured in course and scope of employment.

Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.  
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge of nursing techniques and procedures; of health care laws and regulations; of medical diagnoses and procedures; of accepted medical treatment programs; and of community health and nursing care principles, practices, and procedures.

Knowledge of state and federal laws and Intermediate Care Facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF-IID) rules, regulations, policy and procedures related to State Supported Living Center or ability to quickly gain that knowledge.

Knowledge of nursing care standards, the Settlement Agreement and the Healthcare Guidelines or ability to quickly gain the knowledge.

Skill in the care and treatment of patients.
Skills in the use of computer/software and an electronic health record system.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present ideas clearly and concisely in both written and oral communications.

Ability to provide patient care; to prepare and maintain records; to interpret policies and procedures; to interpret health care regulations; and to recognize patterns of medical necessity treatment.

Ability to demonstrate a working knowledge of emergency procedures and emergency equipment.

Ability to appropriately interact with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, with their family members, and with staff members. Ability to work independently and productively with all levels of staff. Ability to provide support and coaching to LVNs, CMAs and DSPs. Ability to make decisions and recommendations to SSLC leadership including on-call administrators  
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Licensed to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Texas (or a state that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse Licensure Compact).  
Initial Selection Criteria:
Work experience as a practicing registered nurse is required.

At least six (6) months of experience as a practicing registered nurse in a health agency, hospital, or health-care facility is preferred.

Bachelor's Degree is preferred.  
Additional Information:
Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aide, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct and HHS OIG List of Excluded Individuals/ Entities.

Males between the ages of 18 – 25 must be registered with the Selective Service.

All State Supported Living Center Employees are subject to Random Drug Testing.

Flexibility in work hours may be required for this position. The position may be required to work overtime and/or extended hours. Must be willing to work weekends and holidays.

All (applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility.

Facility & Address

Austin State Supported Living Center

  • Austin TX 78703

Contact Information

Sabrina Lopez-Lugo

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