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Nurse II-RN Shift Supervisor

Company: Texas Health & Human Services Commission
Location: Denton
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Nurse II-RN Shift Supervisor

The Denton State Supported Living Center (SSLC), part of the Health and Specialty Care System, is seeking a Nurse II to join an interdisciplinary team of professionals to provide clinical care to individuals of the SSLC and shift oversight to nursing professionals. As a State Supported Living Nurse II, you will work at the SSLC campus with a dynamic group of staff and professionals who are dedicated to providing supports and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This is a team environment where staff clinicians collaborate to provide comprehensive care and services. To learn more about the SSLCs, see https://hhs.texas.gov/about-hhs/jobs-hhs/state-supported-living-center-opportunities.

The most important characteristic about State Supported Living Center employees is that we truly value and respect those we serve and believe in the mission that all people can achieve a higher level of wellness and independence. Our vision statement is "Individuals served at State Supported Living Centers will experience the highest quality of life, supported through a comprehensive array of services designed to maximize well-being, dignity, and respect."

The state of Texas offers many benefits to employees, including competitive salaries, career advancement, health and dental insurance, and paid vacation and sick leave.

The RN Shift Supervisor is responsible for coordinating and overseeing nursing activities, and ensuring appropriate nursing staff coverage during the assigned shift. Serves as the point-of-contact for other interdisciplinary staff for coordination of nursing services for the assigned areas, or the SSLC as a whole, specific to SSLC needs. Responds to emergency situations to provide assessment, and ensures safety and care of individuals and staff. Provides treatment to HHS employees injured in course and scope of employment. Performs complex nursing work, including comprehensive physical assessments and care intervention, such as health screenings, treatments and other nursing procedures. Evaluates and documents healthcare needs and/or issues and reports health care needs and/or issues to the appropriate person(s). Provides oversight and coaching of, and delegates work to, nursing staff including direct care RNs and LVNs during the assigned shift. Assists with on-the-job nursing instruction and training of other nurses as instructed and serves as a resource for other nurses. Reports personnel issues to the assigned nurse managers for follow up. Provides input into subordinate nursing staff evaluations, as requested. Models appropriate interaction with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their family members, and with staff members. Develops and presents information for inservice training or staff development, as assigned. Communicates with others, such as direct care staff, physicians, primary care practitioners (PCPs), administration, and other nursing staff to ensure optimal care as part of the interdisciplinary team. Notifies the Nurse Manager, Nurse Operations Officer (NOO) or other designated supervisor, of trends and concerns to ensure that communication is in place to provide consistent, high quality care for all persons served. Maintains a professional, harmonious working relationship with facility employees as well as outside agency employees. Keeps informed of and follows all agency, and facility policies and procedures. Completes other assignments as instructed. Works under general supervision of the Nurse Manager, NOO or other designated supervisor, with moderate 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.

During the shift, is assigned to either a home, group of homes or the SSLC as a whole, depending on SSLC size. Ensures appropriate nursing staff coverage is maintained for the assigned area during the assigned shift by collaborating with person(s) responsible for nursing schedule and other appropriate staff. Makes adjustment to nursing assignments based upon call-ins and the immediate needs of individuals served. Delegates work assignments to nursing staff within the assigned area and reports significant nursing coverage issues to the appropriate administrator.

Serves as the point-of-contact for other interdisciplinary staff for coordination of nursing services for the assigned areas, or the SSLC as a whole, specific to SSLC needs. For the assigned area, receives calls for assistance from staff members such as direct care nurses, the campus coordinator, home supervisor, on-duty supervisor, incident and risk management staff and other department heads. Responds to these calls by assessing nursing services being providing and the need for additional or different services. Coordinates with other nursing staff, medical staff or administrative staff to ensure the needed services are received in the assigned area. Needs might include a specific nursing assessment, treatment, or consultation with medical staff for consideration for transfer offsite to a hospital to receive assessment or treatment.

Performs complex nursing work including comprehensive physical health assessments, health screenings, and treatments campus wide. Performs technical nursing procedures according to facility and state regulations after demonstration for competency, i.e., tracheostomy care, gastrostomy/jejunostomy care, wound care, breathing treatments. Maintains competency in use of all medical equipment as ordered by physician/PCP. Administers medications, immunizations, and treatment and observes patients for unusual symptoms and reactions. Demonstrates knowledge of medications administered in order to identify desired effects or adverse reactions. Evaluates and documents healthcare needs and/or issues and reports health care needs and/or issues to the appropriate person(s).

Communicates health status/needs to other disciplines, and to families as needed.

Provides teaching and training to staff and individuals. Assists with on-the-job nursing instruction and training of other nurses, such as LVNs and Nurse Is during the assigned shift by observing them perform their essential job duties and providing feedback to them in their performance of nursing protocols and treatments. Develops and presents information for inservice training or staff development, as assigned. Serves as a resource for other nurses by answering their questions about nursing protocols and providing information about where to seek additional information for their professional development such as the use of online learning platforms. Models appropriate interaction with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their family members, and with staff members. Provides input to nurse manager and other supervisors to assist in the evaluation of employee performance.

Responds to emergency situations to ensure safety of individuals. Performs CPR, suctioning, and other emergency procedures as directed by physician/PCP/protocol. Administers emergency medications as prescribed. Demonstrates a working knowledge of emergency procedures and emergency equipment. Recognizes and coaches appropriate Safe Use of Restraint (SUR) procedures. Provides treatment to HHS employees injured in course and scope of employment.

Performs related work as assigned. Serves as resource/mentor to other nurses. Cross-trains other registered nurse(s) to back-up as RN Shift Supervisor, as needed. Provides back-up coverage for nursing activities on an as-needed basis. For example, as needed, assists in lab to draw blood samples as per scheduled time periods, etc. Collects specimens for laboratory examination and conducts appropriate screening tests (after competency is documented) as requested by lab personnel.

Actively participates in, and prepares for in advance, essential meetings related to care of persons served in order to manage and coordinate health care to achieve optimal health. Updates necessary items in the automated system(s) and other tracking documents and takes the necessary action to communicate information to other disciplines.

Participates in competency-based training and continuing education activities and meetings to maintain competence in nursing best practice. Demonstrates knowledge of safety and infection control practices to ensure a safe working environment. Complies with state mandated continuing education to maintain licensure as a registered nurse. Follows information security protocols in order to maintain the accuracy and confidentiality of consumer records. Complies with all State/Federal/Local standards; Facility Policy, ICF Standards, and Texas Nurse Practice Act. by following standard precautions to minimize cross contamination.

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, standards, and procedures; of health care laws and regulations; of medical diagnoses and procedures; of accepted medical treatment patterns; of community health and nursing care principles, practices, and procedures; of program regulations and procedures; and of utilization review and control measures.

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.

Knowledge of infectious diseases and infection prevention and control principals and practices in the healthcare setting. Knowledge of standards and Infection Prevention Control standards related to infection control and utilization management.

Skills in the use of computer/software and an electronic health record system.

Skill in the care and treatment of patients.

Exceptional physical assessment skills.

Exceptional organizational skills.

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

Ability to provide patient care; to prepare and maintain records; to organize, coordinate, and evaluate nursing activities and delivery of health services; to interpret policies and procedures; to interpret health care regulations; to recognize patterns of medical necessity treatment; and to plan, assign, and/or supervise the work of others.

Ability to interpret regulations and communicate them effectively both orally and in writing.

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 train all levels of staff and coordinate shift assignments.

Ability to make decisions and recommendations to SSLC leadership including on-call administrators.

Must maintain current CPR certification. Must have strength and flexibility to safely perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

Knowledge of emergency procedures and emergency equipment, i.e., CPR., and ability to assess and care for residents and/or staff members in emergency situations.

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:

Some nursing experience.

At least two (2) years of experience as a practicing registered nurse in a health agency, hospital, or health-care facility is preferred.

Bachelor's Degree is preferred.

Nursing supervisory experience 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.

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

All new hire candidates will be required to receive COVID-19 medical screening (nasal test) as part of the due diligence process

MOS Code:

Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include: 66B, 66C, 66E, 66F, 66G, 66H, 66P, 66R, 66S, 66T, 66W, 290X, 46AX, 46FX, 46NX, 46PX, 46SX, 46YX. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx

HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.

Keywords: Texas Health & Human Services Commission, Denton , Nurse II-RN Shift Supervisor, Other , Denton, Texas

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