West Bay RI

Position Descriptions

Direct Support Professional

DSPs are the link to the community for those we serve. Whether you’re helping someone ride the bus for the first time, prepare for a job interview, attend college classes, do their own laundry, or assist with personal care, at the end of your work day, you know you have made a difference in someone’s life.

Based in community settings, DSPs provide assistance with daily activities ranging from meal preparation, personal hygiene, and medication administration, to accompanying individuals on the community-based services or activities. In addition, DSPs support therapeutic and behavioral plans, working closely with our clinical staff, to enhance the quality of life for those we support.

Direct Support Professional – Third Shift

Third Shift Awake includes a rotating weekly work schedule of 3 ten hours shifts one week, 4 ten hour shifts the next. Essential overnight responsibilities include but are not limited to: Assisting people throughout the night with regular checks ensuring their comfort and safety; Completing thorough house cleaning; Documenting nightly activities; Assistance with personal care and morning routine; Medication administration; Aid with Healthcare and Behavioral support.

Direct Support Specialist

The Direct Support Specialist is responsible to work in multi-based community settings assisting individuals’ with intellectual and developmental disabilities to develop their maximum independence while incorporating agency supported Core Values and Mission. Communicate motivating and consistent support to the individuals in order to create and maintain the highest quality relationships and environment.

Direct Support Specialists provide assistance with daily activities ranging from meal preparation, personal care, and medication administration, to accompanying individuals on community integrated outings or providing transportation to work or other activities. In addition, Direct Support Specialists support therapeutic and behavioral plans, working closely with our clinical staff, to enhance the quality of life for those we support.

The Direct Support Specialist is also responsible for providing crisis services, including intensive support and assistance. These Specialists also are responsible for ensuring that clients develop and utilize skills that contribute to the maintenance of a safe and healthy residential environment, as well as documenting service delivery.

Required Experience

  • One to two years of experience providing rehabilitative services or working with persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as chronic mental health issues is preferred.

Nursing– (RN and Direct Care)

The Registered Nurse promotes the overall health and wellness of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by applying nursing practices as part of the interdisciplinary team which focuses on empowering individuals in your care to assume responsibility for their own health. Clinically competent in the delivery of care to individuals utilizing the nursing process of: assessment, planning, intervention, implementation and evaluation. Effectively and professionally interacts with the individuals, team members, professional staff, families and outside departments while maintaining licensed nursing standards. 

The RN coordinates and monitors medical services, including psychiatric and medication services, in accordance with the requirements of regulatory agencies and in response to individual needs.

  • Updates and maintains current documentation and records which includes but is not limited to: monthly nursing reports, plans of care, monthly medication charts and book, incident reports, medical history, hospital intake and discharge, immunization history, nursing review.
  • Participates in the admission of new individuals to assigned homes.
  • Clarifies initial or hospital discharge medication orders and contacts the Primary Physician or Psychiatrist to review the resident's status and medication plans.
  • Develops plans to ensure that the medical and health care needs of individuals are met including physical examinations; medical appointments and follow-up, including coordination of lab work, testing, teaching healthcare to employees, and providing special instructions to the individuals supported and staff related to medical diagnosis, allergies, medication, diet, special emergency plans related to ongoing medical conditions, etc..

Education: Graduate from an accredited School of Nursing

Requirements: Licensed by the RI Department of Health to practice as a Registered Nurse

  • Preferred experience in the field of Human Services and/or IDD.
  • Must possess: CPR , AED & 1st Aid certification, Valid RI Driver's license, insurance and registration.
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