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Nurse - Psychiatric

Company: Lawrence Hall Youth Services
Location: Chicago
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

NurseReports to the Supervisor of Health Services to perform assigned functions. Moves between all agency locations to respond to client medical emergencies during the workday. Flexibility to adjust tasks and schedule according to medical department needs as well as adjusting to the work schedule and the needs of the program. Ability to access and maintain confidentiality of youth records and information. Provide medications as prescribed and monitor signed medication sheets. Administer CPR and first aid to Lawrence Hall youth. Uses effective oral and written communication with youth, employees, DCFS and outside medical personnel. Requires knowledge of trauma exposure, knowledge of the 5 S's of trauma: Safety, Self-Regulation/Soothing, Supportive, Strengths, Self-Care, and an understanding of and recognition of the signs of traumatic stress. Must be able to effectively use both verbal and physical intervention skills with individuals six (6) through twenty-one (21) years of age. Physical intervention skills require the ability to kneel and return to standing without assistance. Use of telephone, computer and standard office machines. Transports youth in agency vehicle/van. Requires flexibility to adjust to work schedule according to the needs of the program.


* Provides direct nursing care to youth as assigned by the supervisor
* Creates, and maintains records related to medical care given to the youth; files youth medical records and writes reports as assigned
* Keeps supervisor informed of youth health status, issues and concerns, notifying supervisor immediately if any change occurs
* Requires knowledge of typical child and adolescent development and an understanding of trauma exposure and traumatic stress signs and symptoms.
* Practice will include using strategies that support healing, recovery, and that resist re-traumatization
* Engage caregivers, parents, family members and others by sharing strengths and challenges experienced by program participants
* Keeps supervisor informed of any other employee issues or concerns related to youth health or safety issues
* Communicates with department employees on an ongoing basis daily
* Provides medications on time during school hours to youth as prescribed
* Provides summary and discharge information for youth files
* Records medical appointments needed for youth as required
* Assists with monitoring signed medication sheets returned to Health Services
* Tracking and updating DCFS, Parent/Guardian, youth, or other party consents to Psychotropic medications
* Assists in making rounds to agency residential homes to attend team meetings and inventory first aid kits as well as function as liaison for the medical department
* May be required to safely transport residents to and from health care providers in agency vehicles
* Relates medical information and transactions to the Supervisor of Health Services
* Responsible for appropriate and legal parking of agency vehicles and preventing driving/parking violations
* Assists in medication review with psychiatrist when assigned
* Participation in health education groups/training for youth and employees
* Act as liaison to an array of DCFS employees, and community health and social service providers
* Assists in coordinating new admit medical needs
* Completes weekly entries into the Service Documentation System (SDS)
* Uses active and reflective listening skills and affirmations to demonstrate respect and empathy, avoiding negative and derogatory labels that foster disrespect
* Understand that behaviors, responses, attitudes, and emotions are a collection of survival skills often developed in response to traumatic experiences
* Maintain confidentiality of employees, volunteers, and program participants to provide a safe environment
* Attend at least two trainings related to being trauma informed in a twelve month period
* Ability to work effectively with program participants and family members, employees and vendors in a culturally diverse environment to support healing and recovery
* Maintains electronic calendar to provide accounting for daily activities and provides permissions for viewing to the appropriate individuals
* Participates in the development and implementation of continuous quality improvement activities as assigned
* Updates required training and certification as needed
* Other duties as assigned


* State of Illinois license as Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse
* Certified to administer medications
* CPR certification required or become certified through the Agency's CPR training course within 3 months of hire
* Experience in Psychiatric, pediatric nursing desired
* Knowledge of childhood trauma and prior experience working in settings with youth and families that have been exposed to trauma or experiencing traumatic stress preferred
* Knowledge of youth development, adolescent issues, positive youth development/strength based approach preferred
* Valid IL, IN, or WI Driver's license
* No history of child abuse or neglect
* Ability to pass background and drug screen

Lawrence Hall will be providing stipends to any employee who is approved to transport youth in their own vehicle as part of their duties. The stipend will be $150/month.

We will also be providing a $75/month stipend to those who do not transport youth.

A $10/month wellness stipend will be provided to those employees who provide proof of their gym membership or payment for a fitness app.

Apply TODAY! No Phone Calls Please.

This position meets the FLSA requirements for Non-Exempt

Keywords: Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Chicago , Nurse - Psychiatric, Healthcare , Chicago, Illinois

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