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Nurse Monitor, Congregate Care

TITLE: Nurse Monitor
DIVISION: Congregate Care
PROGRAM: Congregate Care
CATEGORY: D
REPORTS TO: Director of Clinical Services
HOURS: Part time; maximum of 10 hours per week
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THE AGENCY:
Cambridge Family and Children’s Service (CFCS) is one of the oldest human services agencies in Greater Boston. Founded in 1873 as the Avon Home, an orphanage for local children, CFCS has a long and distinguished history of serving children, adolescents, individuals and families in the Cambridge area, Greater Boston and its suburbs. Today CFCS provides services for foster and group care, adoption, developmental disabilities, and family support, all programs that support individuals and strengthen families in more than 100 cities and towns throughout Massachusetts.

PURPOSE:
The Nurse Monitor is an integral part of the congregate care team, working with our DMH/DCF Caring Together Programs for youth who are referred by the Department of Children and Families or the Department of Mental Health and reside in one of CFCS’s two group homes. S/he would provide additional clinical monitoring to the programs Medication Administration Program (MAP) in order to address the distinct needs and challenges presented in administering medication to transition age youth (age 16-22.) The Nurse monitor is required on site 5 hours each week at each of the two group homes: Putnam Place and Teens Learning Choices.
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DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Provide ongoing quality assurance by monitoring 2 group homes’ medication administration systems to ensure compliance with DPH, DMH and DCF regulations, licensing requirements and MAP policies.
• Assess issues and the technical functions related to medication administration that may be unique to adolescents in foster care.
• Observe staff at the site prepare and administer medication in a manner consistent with MAP policies, procedures and protocols.
• Ensure timely submission and follow up of Medication Occurrence Reports.
• Communicates with State MAP coordinators and reports deficient practice of group home staff to supervisors and in accordance with MAP policies.
• Works collaboratively with Program Directors and supervisors to address remedial training needs for certain staff.
• Assesses certified staff medication administration competence in adherence to procedures and protocols outlined in the current approved MAP curriculum and MAP policy manual.
• Assures that current versions of the Map policy manual and the MAP curriculum are readily available at all programs
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REQUIRED EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
• Registered Nurse with at least 2 years’ experience working as an R.N.
• Previous experience working in a group home setting preferred.
• Previous experience working with adolescent and high risk population a plus.
• Meeting the requirements of a certified MAP trainer (Medication Administration Program) preferred but not mandatory if willing to be trained. Must become certified within 90 days of hire.

Other requirements:
• Clearance of background checks as required by state and federal law.