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Registered Nurse - Day Habilitation

Department: 09 Nursing: Cutler
Location: Binghamton, NY

POSITION: Registered Nurse - Day Habilitation

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Day Habilitation Nurse is responsible to assist the Director of Nursing in providing direct clinical support and oversight of Day Hab nursing staff. Oversee the provision of medical services, development and implementation of medically related training, policies, and protocols in accordance with OPWDD and participation with the Nursing on-call system, PPD’s (if applicable), and other consumer or employee health related issues.  The Day Hab Nurse will also provide direct nursing care services as required.   These duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Oversee and support all Nursing requirement needs in Day Habilitation programs, currently located in Broome, Tioga and Chenango.  Maintain communication and support to all Day Habilitation nursing staff.  Visitation to each site at a minimum of once a month by an RN.
  • Responsible for participation in the Nursing On-Call System including gathering and communicating current medical information with on-call staff to ensure the safety and well-being of consumers.
  • Provide action/intervention utilizing sound decision-making, problem solving and assessment skills and techniques, and participating in the on-call rotation.
  • Communicate with residential nursing staff any health or medical related concerns.
  • Responsible for providing direct clinical supervision and coordination of all aspects of individual medical needs to ensure their safety and well being including:
  • New Individual Intake
  • Identification of Individual’s medical needs
  • Take lead role in new Individual intake in residential IRAs to help coordinate new intake paperwork and ensure a safe and well-coordinated move
  • Responsible for providing oversight to the Day Habilitation Nursing Department and compliance with OPWDD Regulations including:
  • Assist Director of Nursing with onsite supervision of Broome Day Hab LPNS(s) to ensure compliance with regulations and notify Director of Nursing of any noticeable performance concerns with any of these nursing staff.
  • Providing support to the nurses in problem-solving system/process related concerns that impact on the health and safety of individuals.
  • Assist in development and implementation of policies & procedures relating to medical/health issues.
  • Responsible for oversight and development of all medical protocol as identified through consumer needs and regulations including:
  • Identification and assessment of current medical protocol and consumer needs.
  • Evaluation, revision, and development of new and existing processes/documentation and determining Day Habilitation needs.
  • Responsible for monitoring of Day Habilitation medication errors and in conjunction with program and agency management taking appropriate action as required.
  • Coordinates PPD testing as required and maintains adherence to protocol (if applicable).
  • Attend monthly Human Rights Committee meetings and on a as needed basis.
  • Dispense medications as required
  • Complete, maintain and review medical records of each participant to ensure they are being kept in accordance with Policy and Regulation
  • Participate in interdisciplinary annual meetings and special reviews
  •  Performing other related duties as assigned by Director of Nursing.
  • Report any procedural or medical concerns to Director of Nursing.
  • Responsible for providing direction, guidance, and training to the nursing staff, and making the Director of Nursing aware of any noticeable performance concerns of the nursing staff. Responsible for initiating, developing, evaluating, modifying and maintaining methods of communication that will accurately and comprehensively convey information regarding the medical concerns of consumers, general nursing department information, specific job requirements and other data on an ongoing basis.
  • Communicating with Residential RN and residential staff of health or medical related concerns.
  • Encourage and maintain a positive working relationship with all departments in the agency, parents, staff, individuals receiving services and community partners.
  • Participate in weekly nursing meetings with Director of Nursing and Residential Nursing staff.
  • Perform documentation reviews to ensure regulatory compliance with rules, regulations, policies, protocols and billing practices.
  • Self-medication assessments, annual physicals, safe patient handling, etc.
  • Utilize electronic medical record & electronically document pertinent medical information
  • Health notes, Vital Signs, Medical Emergencies forms, etc.
  • Responsible for conducting and/or assisting with incident & accident investigating and submitting documentation and reports in relation to Day Hab.
  • Responsible for identifying, reporting and/or correcting all safety hazards including physical plant problems and/or problem work practices and investigating all work-related accidents at Day Hab.
  • Responsible for development and implementation of medical training curriculum ensuring regulatory compliance and the development of curriculum, training, and monitoring systems that ensure application of medical training within the programs.
  • Coordinates and provides when necessary, mandated staff in-service training or direct care personnel in the areas of:
  • Detecting signs of illness or medical dysfunction that warrant medical or nursing intervention.
  • First Aid in the presence of accident or illness.
  • Medication administration annual/re-certification at Day Hab.
  • Monitor and maintain all Day Habilitation medication certification records.
  • Basic skills required to meet the health needs and problems of the residents.
  • Diabetic teaching.
  • Universal precautions including, but not limited to:  TB, Bloodborne Pathogens, HIV and Infection Control
  • Take lead role in teaching medication administration course to DSP staff.


  • Candidates must possess:  A valid driver’s license and good driving record, acceptable to the agency’s insurance carrier.
  • Demonstrates a knowledge of OPWDD regulations as they relate to service provision to the OPWDD population.
  • Must meet qualifications to be certified as an instructor in all agency mandated training; including:  CPR, First Aid, SCIP and Medication Administration.
  • Must have excellent nursing and medical skills and judgement.


Registered Nurse with a New York State License and minimum of 4 years experience with occupational safety, staff training, and/or developmentally disabled.


A combination of education and experience that meets or exceeds the requirements of the position and the needs of the Agency.

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