Registered Nurse - Investigator / adult protective services program
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Registered Nurses who are interested in serving and protecting people who have physical, mental and intellectual disabilities are encouraged to consider an outstanding career opportunity with **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***.
**MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW*** is currently accepting applications from Registered Nurses for an “Investigator” position.
This position will support a statewide adult protective services program and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.
As a Registered Nurse serving as an Investigator with **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***, you will be primarily responsible for investigating allegations of abuse, exploitation, abandonment and/or neglect of vulnerable adults – under Pennsylvania’s Adult Protective Service Act (Act 70 of 2010).
This is a field-based position which requires significant travel throughout the region. Specific duties associated with this position include:
Conducting thorough investigations of allegations of abuse, exploitation, abandonment and/or neglect for adults between the ages of 18 and 59 who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Conducting investigations in accordance with applicable laws and best practices. Occasionally assisting with cases outside of the assigned geographic area and/or take emergency cases that may occur outside of work hours. Will also be required to be on-call as part of a rotation.
Conducting investigations in residences, personal care homes, long-term care facilities and nursing homes. Pulling and reviewing medical records and contacting medical personnel regarding physical and mental capabilities and history of alleged victims. Arranging for evaluations of capacity. Securing financial records in cases of financial exploitation.
Developing care plans to eliminate or reduce risks of abuse, neglect, exploitation and/or abandonment and to meet persons’ on-going medical and/or financial needs. This requires a thorough knowledge of area programs, community services and placement options. Care plans must be developed that employ the least restrictive alternative and most integrated setting that will effectively reduce identified risks. In cases where an incapacitated adult is at risk, a petition for emergency intervention, involuntary mental health commitment or guardianship may be necessary. This will require knowledge of guardianship procedures, effective testimony at hearings and subsequent management of cases until risks have been reduced. All substantiated cases with care plans to reduce risk must be documented in case records according to guidelines and time frames.
Documenting findings in an electronic database and use standardized forms, activity/journal notes and related entries within specified time frames. Confidentiality must be maintained at all times and respect of the rights of all parties is essential.
Regular travel throughout the region and some statewide travel, including some overnights, will be required.
Responding both orally and in writing to allegations of abuse, neglect, exploitation and abandonment.
Conducting daily consultations, as needed, on cases, assignments and specific contingencies with regional team leader. Attending meetings to routinely discuss protective service cases, workload, work performance and concerns.
Occasionally presenting and training on protective services to facilities, educational institutions and the general public, mentoring new investigative caseworkers.
Skills & Requirements
An active Pennsylvania Registered Nurse (RN) license in good standing is required for this position. Outstanding verbal and written communication skills as well as solid computer skills are also required. Prior social service experience – especially in investigations or protective services is preferred. Candidates must have a reliable vehicle with appropriate insurance for work-related travel (mileage will be reimbursed).
**MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW*** provides a wide array of health and human services to people throughout the United States. We serve people in their homes and communities as well as in hospitals and specialized treatment settings. We help people who have physical and mental illnesses get better. We serve people who have disabilities – ensuring they receive vital services, are safe, well-cared for and live as independently as possible.
**MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW*** Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Veterans and people who have disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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Click here to learn more about Pennsylvania's adult protective services program and ACT 70
If you’re looking for a challenging career opportunity, where you can make a real difference, we’re looking for you!
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