Nursing services are a vital part in the interdisciplinary team process to insure that each client is receiving all identified medical services. Nursing services are services, listed in the plan of care of the IPP for each individual, which are within the scope of the state’s nursing act and are provided by a registered professional nurse or a licensed practical nurse (under the supervision of a registered nurse). The nurse will work with the direct care staff to assess client’s medical needs, hygiene issues, and daily living skills that might affect personal health. Services will also help clients and families understand medication use, side effects, and adverse reactions. A nurse will meet with the client/guardian to discuss specific medical issues, help increase communication with doctors, medication administration, and other health care concerns.
Referrals for nursing services will be made by the client/guardian, case coordinator, IDT members, etc., to the Area Coordinator. All requested nursing services will be approved by the IDT members and be incorporated into the client’s current IPP prior to implementation. Services may range from a yearly Nursing Assessment to full nursing services, including medication administration. The level of services will be based on the client’s current needs as assessed by the RN and recommendations from the IDT.
The RN will coordinate all nursing services for the client including the supervision of the LPNs. The activities of the RN will be outlined in the client’s IPP based on the client’s current medical/medication needs.
A referral source refers a prospective behavior management consumer to PAIS, Inc. when the need for services is indicated. A meeting is held between the family, the Behavior Management Specialist and other interested parties. Services are explained to the family. Should the family decide to pursue services, a visit is made to the home by the Behavior Management Specialist and Behavior Management Aide.
Nursing services will be provided within all ISS homes that PAIS serves to ensure that the client’s medical/medication needs are met. The nature and frequency of nursing services will be determined by the IDT and included in the client’s most current IPP prior to the start of services.
PAIS is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.
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