Registered Nurse - Per Diem, Respite

Date Posted: 
Mon, 06/15/2015
Jean Yawkey Place
Per Diem
Job summary: 

This position provides daily nursing support for respite patients with responsibilities for patient assessment, administering of medicines and overall patient care.  Other responsibilities include education patients on medication and general health information.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 

Direct Nursing Care:    

  • Direct nursing care of patients on assigned team to ensure that all needs of the patients are met, in conformance with respite established policies and procedures, as well as Department of Health rules and regulations.    
  • Responsible for accurate assessments and documentation, reporting to appropriate personnel as indicated (i.e., on-call provider, nurse manager, Director of Nursing, etc.)
  • Responsible for administering medications and treatments to all the patients assigned to his/her Team skillfully and correctly, documenting per policy.  Observe and report any adverse reactions.
  • Responsible for updating and maintaining accurate treatment records, flow sheets and vaccine administration, documenting appropriately
  • Participate actively in New Patients Rounds, Team Rounds,  and all other Team meetings when appropriate


  • Responsible for giving and receiving report at change of shift; checking narcotics and related drug supplies per policy; sign appropriate forms.
  • Responsible for taking off orders accurately, per policy.
  • Responsible for assigning specific individual tasks to, and directing Respite Aides, and giving each a verbal report on patients’ needs.
  • Maintains a professional approach with confidentiality.
  • Maintains the standards of accurate and complete recording and reporting. Ensuring that the clinical record for each patient on his/her Team is current and accurate.

Education and Training:

  • Educate patients according to their needs, using nursing knowledge and skills, in such areas as TB, HIV, and medications to promote their physical and mental well being.
  • Participate in orientation and in-service training for personnel, student nurses and other health professions as indicated


  • Prepare patients for admission, transfers, visits to treatment or diagnostic services, or discharge.  Assure documentation is completed and incorporated into the progress notes, in compliance with the facility policy.
  • Based on the needs of the unit, may be required to be available for off shifts and weekends on a rotating basis,
  • Is prompt and efficient with minimal absences.

Secondary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with referrals/admissions/orientation of new patients to the facility.
  • Participate in granting passes and administrating warnings to patients, using discretion and good judgment, following Respite Pass and Warnings Policy.
  • Support and attend mandatory in-service education programs as per facility protocol.
  • Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted or changed to meet program needs, at the discretion of the Nurse Manager or Director of Nursing.
Qualifications and Requirements: 
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts RN license
  • Minimum of 2 years nursing experience preferred
  • Experience with underserved population preferable

Teamwork Competencies:

  • Displays concern and initiative.
  • Observes and supports program policy.
  • Cooperates and maintains good rapport with nursing staff, medical staff, other departments, and visitors.
  • Ability to learn and adapt.

Physical Requirements

  • Able to lift 20 pounds on a regular basis
  • Able to lift 50 pounds occasionally
  • Able to travel to different sites
  • Able to stand for long periods of time
  • Able to climb stairs
  • Able to bend and stoop
  • Demonstrated interest in working with an underserved population
How to Apply: 

If you are interested in this position please forward your cover letter and resume to our Human Resources department. Our preferred method of submission is through email to with a subject of RN-Per Diem. One may also apply by mail to Human Resources, BHCHP, 780 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118, or by fax to (857) 654‐1095.

An Equal Opportunity Employer