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DDA Delegating Nurse

Department: 799 - CLS Administrative
Location: Silver Spring, MD

About Us:

The Rock Creek Foundation, which remains part of the Affiliated Santé Group today, pioneered the community-based treatment of individuals with both psychiatric needs and developmental disabilities, employing values-based management services. Those services included the first private fee-for-service outpatient mental health center and psychiatric rehabilitation program in the State of Maryland. Rock Creek’s ground-breaking treatment and service delivery strategies were praised by the President’s Committee on Mental Retardation in 1979 as a “program of national significance.” At the time, direct state funding and grants were not available to enable low-income individuals and families to access such innovative services. RCF’s commitment to serving all populations led the organization to secure Medicaid funding for such services, a new use of Medicaid funds at the time.

Benefits of working for RCF:

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Our clinical teams are highly trained and nationally recognized
  • We provide training, supervision, and assistance with CEUs and licensing costs
  • Work life balance  - we value family, flexibility, and vacation time

Job Summary:

The Delegating Nurse is responsible for providing quality nursing services  to  individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and intellectual disabilities in accordance with COMAR, State of Maryland Developmental Disabilities, and Maryland Board of Nursing.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Administers hypodermic injections, following Physician's prescriptions and agency procedures
  • Completes all initial health/nursing assessments for new and current individuals in residential program
  • Performs all 45 day reviews for all individuals to include but not limited to record review (past and current), takes pulse, temperature, and respiration and other pertinent vital signs, review of medication administration record, PMOF, ensures medical appointments have been completed, etc.
  • Provides additional Nursing Support hours per identified individual(s) Service Funding Plan for more intense medical diagnoses/conditions
  • Reviews all doctor orders on a monthly bases
  • Reviews all monthly cycle medication prior to the 1st of every month
  •  Conducts individualized health/medical trainings and/or in-services to meet global needs and/or individual specific
  • Reviews initial medical forms for new clients, prior to admission to residential program
  • Takes lead on hospital discharge planning and coordination of care prior to returning to community residential setting
  • Completes and updates to HRST State-wide system and initiative
  • Provides case management activities for coordination of care with primary physicians, internal/external psychiatrists, and hospitals
  • Ensures safe storage of all medications and medical supplies according to regulations and agency policy at each licensed site
  • Interfaces with other agency departments to ensure coordination of care
  • Acts as a consultant and educator to staff, individuals and families regarding health issues, medication and medical conditions
  • CMT supervision and on-site medication observation
  • CMT renewal clinical updates, quarterly
  • Provides medical updates and care plan updates for annual IP’s
  • Attends annual IP meetings
  • Liaison with agency appointed Pharmacy
  • Purging of medical records on a quarterly basis or more often if needed
  • Responds to medical emergencies and triages accordingly to determine appropriate level of care
  • Provides telephone support and triage to clinic population as needed
  • Maintains client caseload and provides treatment coordination according to all applicable regulations and policies
  • Participates in and successfully completes all required trainings
  • Consultations with Administrative/Management to ensure agencies compliance with all State and agency regulations, policies and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications: 

  • Masters Degree in Nursing required
  • Registered Nurse (RN) in the State of Maryland
  • Required Minimum Job Experience - 2 years in DDA; Minimun of 4 years in related experience 
  • Must be in good standings with MBON/DDA
  • Must have knowledge of Internet and Microsoft Office software (MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Outlook).
  • Must be able to be trained on Electronic Medical Record Software.
  • Must be able to work individually as well as within a team.
  • Must be able to multi-task.
  • Must be able to work with “high-risk” consumers who have mental illnesses as well as developmental and physical disabilities (ie: must have patience, and must be able to effectively communicate with diverse consumers, etc.).

We expect all staff to have a strong desire to provide excellent customer service; to comply with the rules and regulations of those organizations to which we are accountable; to have high ethical and professional standards of conduct; and to have an attitude of wanting to continuously improve their own professional performance. Must be able to effectively, and professionally communicate with other staff and individuals served. Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills. Must be familiar with COMAR regulations and have a commitment to the public interest.

Rock Creek Foundation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. Rock Creek Foundation participates in E-Verify.



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