Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE), is committed to cultivating an inclusive environment that values and celebrates diversity in all its forms. We believe that a diverse workforce not only reflects the communities we serve but also drives our collective success. We actively encourage candidates of all genders, ages, races, sexual orientations, religions, nationalities, and backgrounds to apply for positions at our company. Your unique talents and experiences will play a crucial role in our mission to support people of all abilities to reach their full potential and thrive in their communities. Join us in creating a workplace where everyone feels respected, heard, and empowered.
Under the supervision of the Nursing Supervisor, the Registered Nurse (RN) is responsible for
the overall oversight and supervision of the healthcare needs of the people we support. The RN
will work in conjunction with medical providers to ensure the delivery of the highest quality of
integrated health and continuity of care to the people supported across the FREE network.
Essential Job Functions
• Review, modify and update the individual’s plan of nursing care in accordance with
medical diagnoses and treatment plan. Ensure nursing care plans are updated annually
and whenever a new diagnosis is added.
• Ensure staff are trained on individual plan of nursing service.
• Spot check medication count to ensure that the records for narcotics control and
needle/syringe supply are accurate.
• Ensure supplies of medication and first aid materials are adequate and not expired, that
medication is stored and disposed of according to agency policy. Complete monthly
• Ensure individual-specific formulary is present for all medication administered to each
• Validate the Medication Administration Record on a weekly basis for required
information: medication given as ordered and started in a timely fashion; no blank
signatures, record is initialed on front and signed on back, PRN symptoms are charted
and result stated, note reason for any discontinued medications.
• Check that doctor’s orders and prescriptions are current, medication formularies are in
place for each medication, and MARs are printed and completed correctly. Grab and Go
books have current information.
• Ensure that procedures for new medication orders are accurately completed (are dated,
signed, noted in Formulary and copied to all appropriate parties).
• Check that all medication administered has a matching label, order and medication sheet
• Monitor effects of medication; document as needed.
• Track and document all medical appointments; illness or accident; current medication;
medication changes; current diet (weight loss and gain) and all charts required by the
individual’s nursing care.
• Ensure that all physician appointments and follow ups are scheduled as ordered. Review
incoming physician summaries for instructions, medication changes and treatment orders
and implement all changes. Ensure that all emergency room/hospital discharge
instructions are followed up and documented.
• Maintain a tracking log for all individual’s for all appointments; ensure that recurring and
annual appointments (vision; hearing; nutrition; dental exam and cleaning; special needs)
are scheduled and attended.
• Complete all necessary nursing assessments per agency policy (quarterly, bi-annually,
annually), including, but not limited to, as Fall Risk assessment, Nursing Visuals, Self-
Administration of Medication Evaluation, and Tardive Dyskinesia Screening. Braden
Scale for predicting pressure under risk semi-annually.
• Perform physical observation of individuals (skin/nails/hair/overall health).
• Review incident reports and occurrences; counsel and/or re-train staff as needed to ensure
• Validate accuracy and timeliness of entries in all required individual’s charts.
• Conduct Nursing In-service training of residential/day service to include: recognition of
illness or dysfunction, disease, infestation and indicators of injury that warrant medical or
nursing intervention; taking vital signs; addressing consumer-specific health problems
and needs (e.g. diabetic/daily foot care); administering any necessary treatment (e.g.
warm soaks); performing first-aid on occasion of accidents (injury); making a diagnosis;
following proper emergency procedures; writing incident reports. Add topics as
• Maintain a record of dates when required in-service sessions for residential/day program
staff/ were conducted.
• Teach AMAP Certification/Recertification classes as well as the required curriculum for
• Supervise AMAP staff during certification/recertification for accurate pouring and vital
• Participate in meetings regarding the care and concerns of the individuals, including
ISP’s, Interdisciplinary Team Meetings, Project Management and House Meetings.
• Maintain communication with physicians, Day Programs and family members regarding
the individual’s care.
• Ensure that program nursing staff maintain communication log for each other; inform
day/residential program nursing staff as appropriate.
• Review nursing communication log for summary of doctor’s visit; ensure that
information is complete, accurate, and documented in the individual’s records including:
results of tests and recommendations for necessary follow up.
• Report possible violations of individual’s rights promptly, and complete and submit
incident reports in accordance with New York State regulations and Agency policy.
• Participate in any investigation into incidents occurring within the program as requested
and maintain confidentiality in regard to such investigations.
• Maintain the confidentiality of any information relating to the individual’s in the program
as per HIPAA guidelines.
• Complete required documentation (paper and/or electronic) in a timely, accurate fashion
and as per compliance regulations.
• Ensure all required documentation is maintained in records in the prescribed manner.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Report ongoing problems and suggest solutions to improve working/environment
• Receive and communicate effectively on feedback from management, peers, other staff
and consumers in a cooperative manner.
• Handle program equipment, consumable materials and resources in a cost-conscious
• Keep updated and review any regulation changes in State or Federal policy and/or
• Provide your projected weekly schedule to your supervisor.
• If position includes being “on call”, ensure timely response to calls from the residence,
day program, family members, etc.
• Obtain/maintain certification in CPR and SCIP as needed per Agency policy.
• Maintain copy of your current license with the Human Resources Department.
• Follow the Code of Conduct and Agency Standards as outlined in the Employee
• Accurately and positively communicate Agency philosophy and administrative decisions
to other staff in a timely and professional manner.
Attend and complete training in accordance with New York State regulations and Agency
• Assist in maintaining Agency property in a neat, orderly and safe manner and report all
repair needs in a timely manner as per site-specific needs.
• Observe Agency policy and procedures for building security and identification of
• Follow HIPAA and OSHA regulations, including universal precautions.
• Check that the following are posted and used correctly: Poison Control number,
emergency numbers, pharmacy telephone numbers, medical providers, and nursing oncall
• Provide transportation as required.
• Report all violations and/or accidents in Agency or personal vehicle in accordance with
New York State regulations and Agency policy.
• Address emergency situations as they occur in the program according to established
policies and procedures, and ensure communication of such situations in a timely manner.
• Provide coverage in emergency situations until relieved of the responsibility.
• Ensure the physical safety and security of the individual by taking precautionary and
preventative measures against conditions in the environment which might cause physical
• Ensure the appropriate protective and preventive measures for both staff and consumers
in the control of communicable and infectious diseases including identification,
assessment and reporting of same.
• Ensure that the individual’s needs are met and intercede on the individual’s behalf as
• Treat each individual with dignity and respect in accordance with New York State
regulations and Agency policy.
• Complete and submit occurrence forms and incident reports in a timely, accurate fashion
and as per agency policy and State regulations; counsel or re-train staff as needed
regarding reporting procedures.
• Utilize information acquired through training, meetings, education and experience to
• Perform additional responsibilities as requested and/or necessary, including supporting
alternate locations when assigned.
NYS Licensed Registered Nurse.
• Associates in Nursing or related field.
• Bachelors in Nursing or related field preferred.
• Experience working with the differently-abled population preferred.
• Knowledge of OPWDD, DOH, or OMH state and federal regulations preferred.
USD $ 39.43/Hr - $42.32/Hr