The Gavras Center employs two full-time registered nurses. They are an integral part of the teamwork completed each day at the center, keeping our consumers as well as our staff in good health. No two days are alike for the nurses, and that’s what they love about working here.
From the preschoolers in the classroom to the residents in our homes, the nurses are known as friends who care for and about the people and families involved in our programs. They are friendly yet professional team members looking out for your best interests.
In the preschool, the nurse’s responsibilities include first aid, administering medicine and keeping and sharing information on allergies, effects of medicines, signs of seizures and shunt problems. Nurses also track data and forms for keeping immunization records required by the state, along with emergency treatment forms and communicable disease forms for issues such as pinkeye.
Most importantly, the nurses understand the special medical needs of children at our school. It is often a relief to parents to know that their child’s medical needs can be met outside of the home.
The nurses are also agency nurses, assisting with staff physicals and assessments, TB clinics, and infectious disease control.
Other Nursing Services Provided
The Gavras Center nurses provide clinical oversight for all habilitation programs operated by the Gavras Center. The nurses are responsible for oversight and direction of all medical/ health-related needs of the consumers and for in-service training and Clinical Supervision of staff in all medical areas.
Nurses review the medical needs of each individual and develop guidelines based upon their needs.
Monitor lab reports, medications, vital signs, seizures, etc.
Schedule and/or attend appointments and manage overall needs (physical, medical, dental, nutritional, psychiatric, etc.).
Ensure that all diagnostic testing is done.
Work with physicians, therapists, pharmacies, hospitals, families and various programs to ensure cohesion in meeting individual health needs.
Nurses also provide AMAP (Administration Medication Approved Personnel) training to direct care staff and clinically monitor them on an on-going basis. They also review and work with consumers regarding their ability to self-medicate and provide training and recommendations so that each individual can meet their self-medication goals.
The nurses ensure that all medical records are up-to-date and comply with OPWDD regulations.
Nurses also maintain staff medical records regarding immunizations and physicals, etc., and provide annual nursing reassessments and TB testing as per State Department of Health requirements, and provide immunizations for hepatitis.