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Northwest Children’s Home is focused on implementing practices based on Trauma Informed Care (TIC).  Trauma Informed Care is an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma.  The vast majority of kids we serve have been severely traumatized at some point in their lives.  The TIC model views maladaptive behavior as a coping mechanism – the best they have available at the time – and seeks to heal with patience, teaching and understanding.  

We are looking for talented employees who want to make a positive difference in the lives of youth who truly need it most. 

Current Openings:

Residential Treatment Specialist (RTS)

  • Full-time with benefits – Swing and Overnight shifts available
  • Part-time flex schedules also available
  • Starting pay: $10.00 with an increase to at least $10.50 after successfully completing a 90-day introductory period
  • At Northwest Children’s Home, we have developed a career ladder, allowing the employee to have control over their advancement in the organization.

QUALIFICATIONS:  State licensure requires that Residential Treatment Specialists must be at least 21 years of age and must have a high school diploma or equivalent.  Bachelor’s degree in relevant human services field is preferred.  Paid experience in dealing with children/youths in groups is desirable. Must have a desire to work with emotionally reactive population.

Housekeeper

QUALIFICATIONS:  Experience in housekeeping, with experience in institutional housekeeping preferred.  Ability to perform essential functions of the job.  Ability to work cooperatively with agency personnel in the treatment units and to respect resident rights.  State licensure requires employees be at least 21 years of age and must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  Deep clean the residential units and Lewiston Education Center as assigned.  Perform light maintenance duties within the units, such as painting.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND ABILITIES NEEDED FOR THE JOB (for illustrative purposes only):

  1. Move furniture, including beds, refrigerators, washers and dryers, for the purpose of cleaning behind and under them.
  2. Thoroughly clean walls, windows, bathroom fixtures, floors, corners, toilets, showers, safe rooms, and other surfaces and areas as needed.
  3. Lift form the floor and carry objects weighing up to 40 pounds, including carrying objects up and down stairs.
  4. Safely handle chemicals required to clean and sanitize the residential units.  Work safely in and around fumes from chemicals and fresh paint, using masks and protective gear as needed.
  5. Follow training provided by the agency to help prevent the spread of diseases, including cleaning up and disposing of bodily fluids.  Comprehend and follow agency policies and procedures as they relate to maintenance, cleaning, safety, and confidentiality.
  6. The Housekeeper position does not include regular daily cleaning activities/chores performed by house staff and residents.

Registered Nurse

Part-time, non-exempt position.  3pm – 7pm 5-days per week plus rotating on-call duties.  Days of week are negotiable.

QUALIFICATIONS: BSN preferred, AD or diploma with current Idaho licensure with commensurate experience in related field. Nursing in psychiatric or pediatric inpatient unit with exposure to troubled adolescents or children. Background in health assessment skills such as doctor’s office or public health preferred.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the supervision of the Nursing Supervisor, and working with medical and psychiatric consultants, the nurse is responsible for administering a system of health services delivery for emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children and adolescents.

This position also requires cooperation and interrelation with other members of the multidisciplinary treatment team to facilitate continuum of treatment.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB: (for illustrative purposes only)

  1. At admission, compile comprehensive medical history for assigned residents, including relevant family medical history, birth and motor development, previous medical treatment, including medications or diagnostic procedures, immunization status, and audiogram.
  2. Perform a Nursing Assessment and dietary screening to be used to determine what other examinations and tests are indicated and make referrals to consulting professionals, including physical, vision, and dental exams, dietary consult, and public health department, within guidelines of policies and procedures.
  3. Initiate contact and ensure provision of direct nursing care services ordered by consulting physicians.
  4. Maintain documentation of medical billing, allergies, medications, and authorizations for emergency treatment and provide this information to residential units, activities and education departments as necessary.
  5. Maintain documentation, utilizing medication record and progress notes as directed by behavior of resident.
  6. Perform on-going nursing audit on the medical portion of the chart.
  7. Be involved in all treatment plans related to medical issues.
  8. Respond timely to requests from residential units, therapists, and program managers to assist in emergency or acute psychiatric care.
  9. Respond timely to requests from residential units, therapists, and program managers to assist in emergency or planned hospitalization of residents.
  10. Respond timely to requests for assessments ore examinations relative to resident illness or injury.
  11. Participate in an on-call nursing rotation and respond to requests for assistance after hours. On-site response is required for serious illness or injury such as the possibility of fractures or paralysis.  When weighing thee determinations, consideration must be given to those issues where failure to respond may be considered medical neglect, thus incurring liability for the agency.
  12. Maintain an on-going inventory of medical supplies and equipment and inform the Nursing Supervisor when supplies should be ordered.
  13. As necessary, set up medications to be administered by non-medical personnel in the residential, activities and education programs.
  14. Monitor and document responses to medications, including side effects, vital signs, behavior changes, and treatment reporting to appropriate team members as indicated, and involving physicians as needed.
  15. Retain written authorizations as needed for psychopharmacological medication regimen from parents/guardians.
  16. Attend unit meetings when necessary to inform staff of treatment issues that have medical implications and to provide or accept feedback when necessary to the rest of the treatment team.
  17. Assess all residents who are administered emergency medication.
  18. Provide on-call coverage to campus as assigned by the Nursing Supervisor.
  19. Coordinate nursing concerns, medication orders, and appro­priate written reports for all new admissions, transfers, and off-campus passes.
  20. Attend nursing meetings, contribute issues and formulate plans for resolving problems; assist in follow-up as directed by the Nursing Supervisor.

Nursing Supervisor

Full-time, exempt position,  30-40 hours with negotiable flexible hours, rotating on-call duties.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Minimum of RN, (ADN or diploma), with BSN preferred, with current Idaho licensure. Experience working with troubled children and adolescents. Background in health assessment skills, such as pediatric doctor’s office is helpful.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  The Nursing Supervisor is responsible for administering a health services delivery system for emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children and adolescents. The Nursing Supervisor is also responsible to implement accreditation and quality assurance recommendations related to health and nursing services.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB: (for illustrative purposes only)

  • Maintain a record keeping system to include admission, medical history, family medical history, motor development, previous medical treatment, including for each resident: medications or diagnostic procedures, immunization status, and related data.
  • Perform a nursing assessment to be used to determine examinations and tests; make necessary referrals to consulting professionals.
  • Develop, revise and recommend nursing-related policies and procedures. Serve on committees to ensure quality nursing services.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary team to provide medical recommendations for treatment planning and individual case monitoring.
  • Coordinate Quality Assurance plan for nursing services.
  • Respond timely to requests from residential units, therapists, and program managers to assist in emergency or acute psychiatric care.
  • Respond timely to requests from residential units, therapists, and program managers to assist in emergency or planned hospitalization of residents.
  • Respond timely to requests for assessments or examinations relative to resident illness or injury.
  • Participate in an on-call nursing rotation and respond to requests for assistance after hours.  On-site response is required for serious illness or injury such as the possibility of fractures or paralysis.  When weighing these determinations, consideration must be given to those issues where failure to respond may be considered medical neglect, thus incurring liability for the agency.
  • Maintain medical billing procedures for each resident.
  • Interview, recommend hiring, and orient nursing services staff.
  • Provide format for health screening of staff and provide staff training as directed.
  • Schedule consulting psychiatrist visits, including routine and emergency evaluation of residents, consultation with treatment staff, and staff teaching sessions. Facilitate documentation of resident contact by psychiatrist.
  • Maintain adequate inventory of medical supplies.
  • Arrange for group and/or individual resident nutrition counseling as indicated or requested.

 SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:  The Nursing Supervisor reports to the Director of Children’s Services.

Cook

POSITION:  Cook

CLASSIFICATION:  Hourly, non-exempt

QUALIFICATIONS:  A minimum of one year’s experience working with quantity cooking is preferred.  Knowledge of sanitation procedures, and good reading and communication skills are essential.  Must have good personal hygiene.  Must like children.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  Prepare scheduled menus for residents and staff, following proper sanitation regulations.  Prepare and serve meals on time and clean up following meals. Stock inventory away as needed, including labeling, dating and using the FIFO method.  Receive orders, assure quantity and quality of meals, and communicate food service information, as needed, to other NCH staff.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB:  (for illustrative purposes only)

  1. Prepare food according to the menu developed by the food service manager or designee, serve food to the residents and staff, and maintain a pleasant dining room atmosphere.
  2. Maintain appropriate relationships with the residents, respecting their privacy and the confidentiality of their placement.  Maintain an appropriate distance in relationships with the residents, respecting that their care is the responsibility of the clinical staff.  Develop and maintain appropriate relationships with co-workers and other staff members. Able to work as part of a team in a busy kitchen atmosphere.
  3. Must be able to sweep and mop floors daily, and must be able to move trash bins of refuse weighing up to forty pounds daily.
  4. Must be able to lift and move cartons of food weighing up to fifty pounds from floor level to overhead level approximately six times per day.  Must be able to lift and carry heavy pans of hot food several times per day.
  5. Must be able to stand for the majority of the shift, several hours per day, while preparing and serving food.
  6. Must be able to work with cleaning solvents and follow sanitation procedures to keep the kitchen, storage, and dining areas clean.
  7. Must be able to operate commercial appliances and keep equipment in good condition.
  8. Must be able to read and understand, enforce and abide by food handling protocol and agency policies and procedures when preparing food and serving residents and staff.
  9. Must be able to work with weights and measures as they relate to food preparation and to judge and control portions.
  10. Must be able to track diets and ensure that residents with special dietary needs are served according to physician’s orders.
  11. Help maintain inventory accounting and control and to record items for re-order and help maintain records of commodities use, meal counts, and production sheets for each meal.
  12. Follow safety and health regulations as they relate to food handling, food service equipment and utensils.
  13. Perform other duties as assigned, relative to job classification and qualifications.

 SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:  The Cook reports to the Chef.

How to Apply

419 22nd Ave
Lewiston, ID 83501
phone: 208.743.9404 ext 203
fax: 208.746.4955

Why I work at NCH:

Unfortunately I cannot describe my passion for NCH in one encompassing statement.  To truly understand the benefits NCH has on children and staff you must truly experience it for yourself, simply put, words cannot do it justice.  Many people pursue a career that involves climbing the corporate ladder where success is measured by the amount of commas in your annual earnings.  For many this way of life leaves a lot to be desired.  While money is an important aspect to most humans, what often gets overlooked is quality of life.  Being able to walk away from work at the end of the day knowing that you made a difference in a child’s life, especially a child who has experienced as much trauma as our kids have, satisfies me more than any dollar amount ever could. 

Kenny Robertson, Director of Quality Assurance

Employed since 7/2012

Building Brighter Futures at NCH!