Wellness Nurse (Non-Clinical) - Los Angeles

Nursing Los Angeles Metro Area, California


Description

Summary:

The Wellness Nurse (WN) is a grant-funded position under the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s Supportive Services Demonstration (SSD). Any funding for the Wellness Nurse position is subject to the availability of funds after the demonstration ends, with no expectation that there will be a continuation of funds.

 

The WN provides residents participating in the supportive services demonstration with health education and coaching. The WN works with residents in both one-on-one and group settings. The WN works in concert with the resident and their family members, if appropriate, the Resident Wellness Director (RWD), and community partners to help residents address their needs, achieve their goals, and support their ability to safely age in place. The WN is a non-clinical position.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Assist the RWD in outreach and education activities
  • Collaborate with the RWD to complete an initial and periodic health and wellness assessment that gathers information about the residents
  • Assist the RWD in developing individual-level and community-wide healthy aging plans to address identified interests and needs from individual assessments and summary reports
  • Implement components in the individual and community healthy aging plans
  • In collaboration with the RWD, monitor the ongoing delivery and receipt of services, and periodically assess residents for new assistance and care needs; monitor vital signs
  • Provide health education and wellness group activities
  • Coach and support residents to adopt healthy behavior changes and self-management of medication and chronic conditions
  • Develop relationships with and communicate with primary care practices and other health entities to assist residents with relaying health information and coordinating health services
  • In collaboration with the RWD, monitor discharge plans to help ensure timely follow-up and coordination of care for residents discharged from the emergency department, hospital, skilled nursing facility, or home health care
  • Establish and maintain communication channels with the RWD, community partners, and property management staff to appropriately share resident information
  • Maintain all necessary resident and program data in the electronic data platform
  • Maintain and share all personal resident information in accordance with applicable privacy and confidentiality requirements

Prohibited Functions:

  • Procure, dispense, and administer any medication/controlled substance
  • Provide direct clinical care
  • Direct or supervise care delivered by other healthcare personnel or providers to residents

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to establish positive and collaborative relationships with residents, staff and community based providers
  • Basic computer proficiency, including ability to maintain data in an electronic database, communicate via e-mail, use internet, and operate word processing software to create program materials
  • Familiarity and understanding of working with low income older adults and persons with disabilities and/or mental health needs
  • Knowledge and understanding of medical jargon and primary care practice operations
  • Knowledge of or certification in delivering standardized or evidenced-based health education and prevention programs (e.g. Chronic Disease Self-Management Program)
  • Cultural competency in working with diverse populations and individuals from different ethnic and racial backgrounds, including working with non-English speaking adults
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Understanding of using data to monitor and improve program practices and operations
  • Bi- or multi-lingual in languages most commonly used by residents at the property
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-employment screening including but not limited to physical evaluation, TB test, and fingerprint clearance from the DOJ

 

Education and Qualifications:

  • Graduate of an accredited nursing program with a current unrestricted license as a registered nurse (RN) in state of LPN/LVN may be considered with appropriate skills and experience
  • Experience working with or providing care to seniors
  • Bilingual speaking preferred, not required (Korean speaking) 

 

Physical and Mental Capabilities:

  • Able to move continually throughout the facility during the work day
  • Able to cope effectively with physical and mental performance elements
  • Demonstrate emotional stability
  • Able to lift, push, pull up to 50 pounds
  • Dexterity to pinch small objects
  • Vision adequate to read medical instruments, medical record
  • Hearing adequate to communicate with peers and residents

 

Work Environment and Physical Requirements: (Travel Demands, if needed)

The work environment and characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The work environment is an office environment, community meeting room, or a resident’s apartment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, and talk, or hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, climb, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

 

Exposure Risk: The Wellness Nurse (CAC) is at high risk for exposure to blood and body fluids if actively providing nursing care to residents. Performance of administrative duties results in minimum exposure.

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