Revision Date: 10/2021 Title: LPN – Healthcare Advocate and Educator
Department: Program Services Location: 300 Flatbush Ave
Kinston, NY 12401
Exempt / Non-Exempt: Non-Exempt
Reports To: Director of Program Services Direct Reports: N/A
 


POSITION SUMMARY

The LPN – Healthcare Advocate and Educator will provide age-appropriate programming, advocacy, and education care for the adult/senior tenants at Landmark Place.  Many of the tenants will move in with a wide variety of medical conditions.  The LPN – Healthcare Advocate and Educator will provide appropriate and accurate documentation in program participant records, facilitation of nutrition, wellness, and health seminars to program participants as well as caregivers, spouse, guardian, significant others, and co-workers. This position will collaborate with RUPCO’s Behavioral Health Specialist and other health professionals regarding program participant care. This position will update plans of care as pertinent to program participant’s health challenges. This position will perform nutrition and health seminars and interactive activities.  This position does not provide on-site treatment of any medical conditions or ailments, provide diagnoses, nor provide any vaccinations or administration of medications.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Responsible for conducting an initial assessment as well as developing an individualized service plan to address whatever obstacle(s) the tenant/client is facing.
  • Provide health services supports intended to improve and stabilize tenant’s personal health by increasing the individual’s awareness of physical health care, proper nutrition, and daily physical movement.
  • Plans and implements tenant medication management techniques and training focused on the role and effects of medication in the treatment of symptoms of mental illness and other health diagnosis’ as well as proper storage and self-administration of prescribed medications.
  • May conduct appropriate health screenings to include checking blood pressure and finger sticks for diabetes management
  • Participate in monthly Care Plan Meetings with Behavioral Health Specialist, tenant, external care team to discuss tenant’s progress/areas of improvement to stabilize their housing and maintain their mental health.
  • Schedule and maintain, at minimum, two in-person meetings with tenants each month. One meeting may take place in office or communal setting. One meeting must take place in apartment so LPN – Healthcare Advocate and Educator can complete routine visual inspection of living area and identify any arising medical/health needs, maintenance issues, and address any cleanliness concerns.
  • Make referrals and coordinate care plans with other community service providers as needed.
  • Assists tenants with seeking the appropriate aid or resources to help accomplish daily living activities for frail or disabled seniors including eating, bathing, grooming, dressing or home management.
  • Assess, plan, implement, and evaluate nutrition and healthy lifestyle seminars and activities which seek to decrease isolation and increase the development and practice of healthier habits.
  • Responsible to ensure confidentiality of client files and other client information.
  • Responsible for all data entry of clients in all applicable data bases. Preparing quarterly reports on numbers served, status and successful outcomes.  Provide additional reports as required.
  • Be responsible for timely return of phone call follow up with clients, community partners and other service providers.
  • Occasional flexibility to work hours required as business necessitates to accommodate client schedules or for periodic programming to be held in the evening or on the weekend.
  • Organize and advertise annual vaccination clinics open to all tenants at Landmark Place including but not limited to regular flu shots.
  • This is a newly created program and position. Job duties may evolve or expand as the program is launched and real-time experience related to the needs of the tenants have been identified.
  • This position will, at minimum, have work hours scheduled from 11am-7pm twice a week to accommodate evening “tenant enrichment events.” Events will be health-focused, interactive activities for participants that promote a healthy lifestyle. I.e.: low impact exercises, chair stretches/yoga, walking club, memory/cognitive activities. The other 3 days a week will be flexible and may follow traditional work hours such as 8:30am to 4:30pm.
  • This position does not provide on-site treatment of any medical conditions or ailments, provide diagnoses, nor provide any vaccinations or administration of medications.

Health, Safety, & Compliance

  • Actively participate in and support participation in health and safety practices and accident prevention in the workplace.
  • Maintain a work environment in a clean, organized, and safe manner. Conduct periodic inspections of work areas to look for unsafe conditions.
  • Ensure all incidents and accidents are reported to supervisor and Human Resources, thoroughly investigated, and properly documented.
  • Remain updated and properly trained on emergency response procedures.
  • Use all required safety devices and personal protective equipment. Ensure there is a small stock of personal protective equipment on property to encourage a safe working environment for self and

Agency Standards

  • Demonstrate positive work attitudes and habits
  • Maintain a clean and neat appearance consistent with agency standards and dress code
  • Attend all required meetings and trainings
  • Participate in training programs for professional growth as scheduled and approved
  • Responsible for understanding and adhering to RUPCO Inc.’s applicable program rules, regulations and policies. Keep abreast of any changes or modifications to policies or regulations
  • Perform other duties as assigned

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS LPN
                Licensure

  • The LPN – Healthcare Advocate and Educator shall, at a minimum, be a graduate of an accredited LPN nursing program approved by New York State and hold an applicable and current license to practice. License must be maintained throughout employment.
  • Valid BLS Certification is required or must be willing to get certified

Education

  • Accredited practical nursing program certificate, Associate, or Bachelor’s from an Accredited School of Nursing
  • Accredited program transcript will be requested


Experience
:

  • 2 years of experience of case management is preferred
  • 1 year of experience in practical nursing
  • Geriatric/mental health nursing experience ideal

Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with diverse groups required.
  • Compassion and empathy for the population this program serves.
  • Bilingual ability is desired but not required.
  • Proven organizational skills and attention to detail are essential.
  • Computer literacy is required.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle for travel.

Please submit Resume and Letter of Interest to Laura Boehm at lboehm@rupco.org 

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