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State of Massachusetts Licensed Practical Nurse I in Lexington, Massachusetts

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) seeks compassionate nursing professionals for our LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE I (LPN I) positions. This is an excellent entry level nursing opportunity for potential candidates who are interested in furthering their career and broadening their nursing experience to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The LPN I is the first level in the series and candidates will deliver care to individuals living in a community residential home setting. Our LPN's are an extremely important part of our team, developing relationships and working not only with our individuals, but family members, significant others, and other appropriate parties in order to improve the overall health/quality of living for those assisted by the agency.



_Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):_

  • Provide exceptional nursing care and oversight by implementing the individuals’ health care plan including charting vital signs, application of medical/surgical dressings, and administering medications as prescribed and directed by the primary/specialty physician;

  • Assist with daily maintenance, personal care and other services of support as outlined in the Individual Service Plan (ISP); Maintain individual records and files;

  • Initiate referrals for needed medical services including scheduling, hospital safeguarding, advocacy and other follow-up care; Engage in referral for supportive and health- related protections;

  • Communicate health issues to staff and update the individuals’ families/guardians in matters;

  • Inform staff of any medical concerns related to activity level that may hinder an individual’s progress including hospitalizations, rehabilitation support such as physical/occupational therapy;

  • Order medications and maintain medical supplies, materials and equipment;

  • Initiate emergency medical procedures by applying basic first aid techniques and/or CPR;

  • Assist with respiratory treatment, Gastro-Jejunal (G-J) tube nutrition and medications, suctioning and tracheotomy care, and catheterizations;

  • Provide training for direct support staff on use of equipment and treatments;

  • Transport individuals to work, medical appointments, recreational activities and other community engagements as needed.

_Position Requirements:_

  • Must possess a current, active license to practice as an LPN in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts;

_Agency Requirements:_

  • Must possess current and valid Class D Motor Vehicle Operator’s License;

  • Incumbents must obtain and maintain Health Care Provider Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.



_Preferred Qualifications:_

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain a respectful, caring, tolerant, ethical, and empowering relationship with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities;

  • Capacity to assist/lift individuals with physical disabilities and/or limited mobility;

  • Knowledge of standard nursing policies, procedures, methods and techniques;

  • Capacity to maintain accurate records and exercise discretion in handling confidential information;

  • Familiarity with safety practices and medical terminology/abbreviations;

  • Aptitude to transcribe, read and comprehend the English language.

_Please Note:_

This is a 24-hour/7 days a week staff position. The Department of Developmental Services requires employees in this position to be able to perform mandatory overtime when circumstances dictate the need.

This position is designated as an "EMERGENCY" position in the Department of Developmental Services Emergency Plan. This means that whenever the Governor declares that the Commonwealth is in a state of emergency, you will be required to report to work.

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.


Full time - 20 hours

Hours: Friday/Saturday 1:00 PM-11:30 PM

Days-Off: Sunday – Thursday

_This position is located in Lexington/_ /**



_About the Agency:_



The Department of Developmental Services is dedicated to creating, in partnership with others, innovative and genuine opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate fully and meaningfully in, and contribute to, their communities as valued members.

_Total Compensation_:

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium

  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans

  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs

  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance

  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

  • 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

  • Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options

  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs

  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

_Pre-Hire Process:_



A criminal background check (CORI) will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. In addition, Chapter 234 of the Acts of 2014, An Act Requiring National Background Checks, requires the Department of Developmental Services to conduct fingerprint-based check of the state and national criminal history databases on the recommended candidate. For more information, please visit:

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

If any concerns or questions you may call Employment and Staffing at 978-774-5000.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: None. (See Section XIII, Special Requirements.)

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a current and valid license as a practical nurse under the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Medical Services

Organization: *Department of Developmental Services

Title: Licensed Practical Nurse I

Location: Massachusetts-Lexington - Res 7264

Requisition ID: 200002X8