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REGISTERED NURSE

ORGANIZATION SUMMARY

Us Helping Us is a mission-driven nonprofit known for its work at the intersection of culturally appropriate service delivery, community education and mobilization, advocacy, and research. For the past 30 years, Us Helping Us has provided innovative services, programs, and activities to improve the health and wellbeing of racial, sexual, and gender minorities, especially Black sexual minority men, people with HIV (PWH), and persons with substance use and mental health disorders. As it exists today, we currently operate two office locations in the greater Washington, DC area and offer a variety of clinical, behavioral health, and social services in a trusting, compassionate and non-judgmental environment. We are currently hiring for a Registered Nurse and looking for an independently motivated and committed person to join our healthcare team.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Registered Nurse, in a community-based, non-clinical setting, will be responsible for the provision of care PWH, including the provision of geriatric principles for aging PWH, people receiving pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) therapy, and those receiving treatment for sexually transmitted infections. The Registered Nurse will also be responsible for providing primary care services to patients with chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and other cardiovascular diseases. Specifically, the Registered Nurse will work together with patients and their families/support systems, clinicians, and other care coordination team members (e.g., pharmaceutical and insurance companies) to develop and implement individualized care plans to achieve optimal health outcomes.

 

Reporting to the Nurse Practitioner, the Registered Nurse will have the following responsibilities:

  • The RN will be responsible for providing patient referrals and treatment including coordinating and providing clinical care for patients, promoting and restoring patient’s health while prescribing, providing, delegating, evaluating, and

  • coordinating comprehensive professional nursing care.

  • The RN will also provide physical and psycho-social support to patients and collaborate with the HIV/HEP service team including Licensed Practical Nurse, Case Managers, Community Health Workers, and Providers.

Care Coordination:

  • Serve on a care coordination team (i.e., clinicians, therapists, community health workers, pharmacists, case managers, etc.) for the provision of comprehensive care for PWH and those vulnerable for acquiring HIV and other chronic conditions.

  • Supervision of the LPN, particularly in the provision of various services.

  • In collaboration with the care coordination team, assist in the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of patients individualized care plans.

 

Direct Primary Care

  • Conduct comprehensive health screenings and other procedures such as immunizations.

  • Perform laboratory testing (i.e. urine dip, pregnancy test, rapid strep screen), including quality controls, and maintain all laboratory/diagnostic test logs.

  • Develop intervention plans for groups, families and individuals.

  • Educate communities about nutrition, hygiene and disease prevention.

  • Disseminate information about STDs, drug abuse, cigarette smoking or disease outbreaks.

  • Administer vaccinations.

  • Treat wounds and injuries.

  • Assess blood sugar levels and blood pressure and provide the appropriate treatment and referrals.

  • Provide care for people who present with various symptoms and people with injuries.

  • Identify barriers to optimal health.

  • Assessing the needs of the community.

  • Providing care for groups and individuals in remote locations.

  • Coordinating and managing scheduled nurse visits.

  • Conducting comprehensive assessments of patients’ physical, mental, and psychosocial needs.

  • Performing medical procedures, according to privileges issued.

  • Providing health maintenance visits, evaluating for immunizations, and providing anticipatory guidance and referrals; performing STD (sexually transmitted disease) and family planning screening and education.

  • Developing and managing individualized care plans; including processed therapies, administration of vaccines and treatments, testing and evaluation of care plan’s effectiveness.

  • Performing assessment data collection and documenting subjective data (chief complaint and allergies) and objective data (vital signs/weight/etc).

  • Administering medications and intravenous solutions skillfully and correctly, and performing lab/diagnostic testing as ordered by provider and reporting all critical lab values immediately.

  • Perform other position-related duties as assigned.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal, team building and problem solving and decision-making skills. Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to put theory in practice, provide clarity during chaos; and ability to find innovative ways to resolve problems.

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills as well as organizational and stress management skills.

  • Commitment: Passion for the mission of the organization, including a strong commitment to working to improve the health and quality of life of LGBTQ+ youth and adults, and improving the health and well-being of racial, sexual and gender minorities.

  • Knowledge: Demonstrated knowledge of the DMV and issues that TGNC youth with histories of homelessness face; effective advocacy efforts to improve quality of life and local housing and employment resources. Intermediate computer skills, including use of Microsoft Office and electronic health record (e.g., eClinicalWorks) and data systems.

  • Skills: Demonstrated ability to conduct sensitive, empathetic interviews and conversations that respect the dignity and diversity of our clients. Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to put theory in practice. Ability to help manage conflict. Ability to maintain client records and information in an accurate, timely and confidential manner.

  • Personal qualities: Sound judgment, ability to work independently (with limited supervision), but cohesively, with medical and social service providers and ability to work effectively in a busy and ever-changing environment. Excellent customer service is key.

Experience and Education:

  • Current licensure as an RN in DC, Maryland, and/or Virginia; preference will be given to applicants with licensure in all three jurisdictions but we will work with the incumbent to secure licensure in all jurisdictions.

  • Bachelor's degree in Nursing (BSN) required.

  • Minimum three (3) years of clinical experience as an RN; two (2) years of experience in community health nursing with LGBTQ+ adults and/or youth preferred.

  • Experience and proficient knowledge of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (e.g., Chlamydia, gonorrhea) and chronic conditions (e.g., diabetes, hypertension).

  • Current First Aid and CPR certifications.

Specifications:

  • Salary range $70,000-$90,000 (based on experience) plus a generous benefits package, including an 80/20 employer/employee-paid health insurance benefits package and a 5% employer-matched contribution to a 401(k) retirement plan.

  • This is a full-time position (40 hours per week) that includes occasional evenings and weekends, with the ability to work independently. A shorter work week (24-32 hours per week) is negotiable.

  • Valid U.S. work permit and driver’s license are required.

  • Must submit to and successfully complete a background investigation and drug test.

  • Us Helping Us has a smoke-free environment and non-smokers are preferred. Excellent personal hygiene is a must.

To apply, send cover letter and resume with RN – Last Name in the subject line to: communications@uhupil.org or click here.

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