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AmeriCare Services offers several categories of nursing opportunities. They include:

 

Registered Nurse

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a current license to practice as a registered nurse issued  by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing; or possession of a non-renewable temporary practice permit issued by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing

Role Description

Resource performs as a charge nurse, staff nurse or an assessment coordinator providing nursing care and treatment services in a Commonwealth facility for individuals with a mental or physical injury or illness, dysfunctional behavior and/or a developmental disability.  As charge nurse, the resource directs and coordinates the delivery of nursing care and treatment for individuals in patient or resident care and treatment area(s), ward(s), unit(s) or living area(s), usually on the evening or night shift. Charge nurses make assessments and decisions in regard to staff utilization and supplies and equipment needs. Charge nurse supervises paraprofessional and/or non-professional nursing direct care personnel assigned to their patient or resident care and treatment area(s), ward(s), unit(s) or living area(s); and ensures that the coordination of services, coverage of services, and maintenance of records is accomplished.  The assessment coordinator develops, implements, and evaluates individualized nursing care and treatment plans for residents; directs, evaluates and coordinates the delivery of nursing care and treatment with members of the nursing staff and interdisciplinary teams; meets with family and residents to assess residents' condition and completes documentation as required by federal and state regulations.  The staff nurse is responsible for providing professional nursing care and treatment services in a patient or resident care area; or may be responsible for a nursing specialty care area, such as, infection control or quality assurance/improvement/risk management activities.  Work assignments are received in the form of oral or written instructions and resources exercise independent judgment in the application of professional nursing practices.  Work is reviewed and evaluated by a Registered Nurse Supervisor, physician or dentist through observation, review of reports and conferences for quality and adherence to established standards in the application of professional nursing practices.  Work may be administratively reviewed by another professional supervisor.

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Licensed Practical Nurse

Minimum Qualifications

Requires current Pennsylvania License for Practical Nurse or is eligible to sit for the Practical Nurse Licensure Examination.

Role Description

This is practical nursing work in the care and treatment of individuals with a mental or physical injury or illness and/or developmental disability or the care of individuals having difficulty meeting their daily living activities at a Commonwealth facility. A resource implements nursing care plans by performing a variety of practical nursing and individual/patient/resident/inmate care duties including preparing, administering, and recording medications and treatments prescribed by the physician and observing and reporting changes in the physical and emotional behavior of individuals/patients/residents/inmates with a mental or physical injury or illness and/or developmental disability or individuals having difficulty meeting their daily living activities. Work also includes taking and recording vital signs, collecting specimens and preparing and maintaining progress notes and other administrative reports as required. Work also involves participation in carrying out the total treatment program to include habilitation and rehabilitation programs as established by the interdisciplinary treatment team and include daily living and leisure time activities. Work may also involve charge responsibility for a living or patient care area, including responsibility for maintenance of prescribed treatment and therapeutic regimens; overseeing unlicensed personnel; and requesting professional evaluation, treatment or emergency care, as needed. Work is performed in accordance with established laws, rules, and regulations, and appropriate practical nursing standards and nursing procedures. Supervision may be received from a Licensed Practical Nurse Supervisor however, by law, nursing duties which require licensure are performed under the direction of a Registered Nurse or a Physician who reviews the work in progress, through reports and by ward or living area inspections and observations.

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Certified Nursing Assistant

Minimum Qualifications

Six months of experience as an Aide Trainee; or one year of paid experience in the care and treatment of geriatric or physically ill patients/residents; and graduation from high school or equivalent. Resources assigned to these positions in a Long Term Care Unit must be registered and certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Health as having met the competency requirements for performing nurse aide work.

Role Description

This is non-professional nursing work in the care of patients/residents and their quarters in a hospital, infirmary, and long term care unit, or a domiciliary care unit. A resource performs non-professional nursing services in the direct and daily care and rehabilitation of ambulatory and non-ambulatory patients/residents and the maintenance of their quarters. Nurse aide duties are of limited scope and are performed in accordance with established rules and regulations and under specific instructions from registered nurses and/or physicians. Resources participate in on the job, in service and formal training in nursing care procedures to update and maintain non-professional nursing care expertise. The work includes assisting and encouraging patients/residents to participate in prescribed rehabilitative and recreational activities as individuals and as members of a group. Work is performed under the close supervision of a licensed professional supervisor who reviews work through reports, ward inspections, and observation, but resources are expected to perform the more routine duties independently.

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Certified Registered Nurse Practioner

Minimum Qualifications

Current certification as a Registered Nurse Practitioner by the State Board of Nursing in any Adult Care specialty area, or Emergency Care, Family Care, Gerontology, or Primary Care.

Role Description

This resource is responsible for a broad range of health care services including medical assessment and prescription of therapeutic measures, promotion and maintenance of health, prevention of illness and disability, care during phases of illness, guidance and counseling of individuals and families, and referral to other health care providers and community resources. Work is performed under the direction of a licensed physician and is received in the form of oral and written instructions, standing orders and protocols. Supervision of medically-related activities is received from a licensed physician who reviews work through conferences, record audits, and reports for effectiveness, compliance with standards, and adherence to the Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners Regulations and advanced nursing practices. General supervision is received from a facility administrator.

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Executive Nurse Consultant

Minimum Qualifications

Advanced degree in Nursing or Health Services Administration from an accredited school, or equivalent experience to be determined by the requestor. Current/valid license to practice as Registered Nurse issued by Pennsylvania Board of Nursing. Minimum three (3) years experience in clinical nursing. Minimum three (3) years experience in nursing or other administration with responsibility for direct nurse oversight, quality management and risk management responsibilities. Significant experience within the past five (5) years in the supervision or provision of direct nursing care of persons who have developmental disabilities or chronic illness or equivalent experience to be determined by the requestor.

Role Description

Provide clinical oversight of nursing and related health services in order to assure high quality of primary, habilitative and preventative nursing and health care. Administrative actions involving discipline and performance evaluations of Commonwealth employed personnel will be recommended to the facility director or designee. The administrative action may be carried out as appropriate by the individual or in conjunction with the facility director or designee. A person in the Executive Nurse Consultant role may coordinate nursing services, assure that each nurse completes relevant duties and responsibilities, identifies training needs for nursing staff, attends regular meetings with licensed nursing staff, provides consultation to nurses on an as-needed basis and review a minimum of ten (10) records each month to evaluate quality of nursing care and documentation.

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Nurse Practioner (Gynecology)

Minimum Qualifications

Current/valid unrestricted license as a Nurse Practitioner in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Successful completion of an approved OB-GYN practitioner Program or equivalent experience. Recent report from the National (State) Practitioner Data Bank (within the last 12 months).

Role Description

Resource will provide comprehensive gynecological examinations of individuals, review examinee’s medication profile and treatment programs and provide recommendations on treatment programs for individuals with gynecological disorders. Provides training and in-service for facility staff on gynecological issues.

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