Nurse II - Acute Care RN/Days/SIGN ON BONUS! - Acute Care
Company: Texas Health & Human Services Commission
Posted on: August 4, 2022
Nurse II - Acute Care RN/Days/SIGN ON BONUS!Now offering up to
$5,000.00 sign on bonus!! Terms and conditions apply.
Come work in an environment where 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.
The state supported living centers serve people with intellectual
and developmental disabilities who are medically fragile or who
have behavioral problems. The centers provide campus-based direct
services and supports at 13 centers located throughout the state.
Learn About Our State Supported Living Centers
The state of Texas offers many benefits to employees. HHSC is a
qualifying organization for the Federal Public Service Loan
Forgiveness Program, which forgives the remaining balance on
college student Direct Loans after making 120 qualifying monthly
payments. We also offer excellent health benefits, a lifetime
monthly retirement annuityas well as 401(k) and 457 Programs under
the Employees Retirement System of Texas.
If you are looking for a place to work where you can establish a
career that is filled with purpose, this is the job for you!
Free CEUs and updated resources through Lippincott access for all
The Acute Care RN performs complex nursing work providing for the
assessment, care and treatment of individuals who reside in a State
Supported Living Center (SSLC) setting. This position is a member
of the professional team and shares responsibility with other team
members for the development of the individuals' programs.
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. Work involves data entry, documentation,
completing reports and maintaining records. Serves as a nurse
preceptor for other nurses, as needed, and may assign nursing
responsibilities to the unit LVN and RN I, in accordance with the
Nurse Practice Act. 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 general supervision of
the Nurse Manager or Nursing Operations Officer, 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.
Performs complex and technical 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
Provides support to Nurse Manager's providing day to day
supervision including reviews and follow up on controlled drug
counts, medication counts, emergency checklist logs, refrigerator
temp logs, and glucose controls.
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.
Evaluates nursing intervention outcomes and provides input to other
members of the healthcare team. 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
Acts as a preceptor for other nurses, as assigned. Trains/instructs
new nurses to perform nursing functions at the SSLC, including
acclimating them to the individuals, their needs and
Assists LVNs and RN Is 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, advance care plan (ACP) interventions,
injury reports, restraints, and med variances.
Assists the Infection Control nurse by implementing measures that
prevent the spread of disease, assists the Quality Assurance Nurse
in developing and implementing quality assurance programs, and
assists in the implementation of therapeutic nursing programs.
Participates in facility Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement
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
Skill in the care and treatment of patients.
Skills in the use of computer/software and an electronic health
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability
to present ideas clearly and concisely in both written and oral
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
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
Ability to train all levels of staff.
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
Must obtain and maintain current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Initial Selection Criteria:
Experience working as a Registered Nurse (RN) is required. Two
years of RN work experience is preferred.
Work experience in a health agency, hospital, or health-care
facility is preferred.
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with
major course work in nursing is generally preferred
Req ID 513886
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
All State Supported Living Center Employees are subject to Random
Flexibility in work hours may be required for this position. The
position may be required to work overtime and/or extended
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
Personal protective equipment required and provided
Social distancing guidelines in place
Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place
Vaccines available for employees
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
additional information see the Texas State Auditor's Military
Top 10 Tips for Success when Applying to Jobs at HHSC and DSHS
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
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