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Licensed Practical Nurse (SARC)

Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services

Job Description


Job Title: Licensed Practical Nurse

Department: Health Services

Reports To:  Nursing Supervisor, Sheltering Arms Reception Center 


Organization Overview: Sheltering Arms strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 people a year from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Through compassion, innovation, and partnership, we respond to our community’s greatest needs and enable individuals to reach the greatest heights of their potential. Joining our team is an opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of dedicated colleagues who represent diverse backgrounds and talents as we work together to make a measurable impact for our neighbors in need. Every role at Sheltering Arms brings with it new opportunities for advancement and development so that team members can achieve their professional goals while helping others reach for theirs.

Job Summary: The licensed practical nurse will provide health services to children at the Sheltering Arms Reception Center, which is a Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services program located in the Baychester area of the Bronx. The Reception Center is a pre-placement residential setting for children 0 through 12 years of age who have been recently removed from their home due to an allegation of abuse or neglect and are awaiting placement in foster care or return to their parent/guardian. The design and intent of the Reception Center is to offer children a welcoming and home-like environment. The Reception Center has a capacity for 15 children and a nurse is on site twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week. This is a full-time position, three 12-hour shifts per week, 7am-7pm. Flexibility with scheduling. 


The LPN is an essential member of the team. Under the supervision of the Nursing Supervisor, and in conjunction with Sheltering Arms and community-based medical and mental health providers, the LPN will participate in delivering hands-on medical care and coordinating care for the children.  In collaboration with the program’s residential management and child care staff, the LPN will communicate and educate regarding care to support health and safety.    


Essential Functions

  • Triage patients as they arrive from the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) and prior to discharge 
  • Obtain and document vital signs including: head circumference, pulse, respiration rate, height and weight, blood pressure, temperature; and complete growth chart.  
  • Daily assessments of all clients by performing scheduled monitoring, rounding and following up on all staff verbal and email reports. 
  • Medication administration as needed. 
  • Ensure that medical records contain written and electronic documentation of all health and mental health services received.
  • Ensure documented annual physical examination (PE) for children in the program for more than 20 days, and sooner as needed. 
  • Schedule and follow up referrals for specialists including obtaining records. 
  • Provide updates to ACS as requested.
  • Communicate with and provide education to birth and foster parents, kinship and legal guardians as needed and directed.  
  • When needed, escort clients to appointments with staff. 
  • Participate in treatment team meetings and other meetings as deemed necessary. Complete follow up as needed.  
  • Assist in quality assurance activities involving services provided to children.
  • Complete assigned team duties. 
  • Other related tasks that may be assigned.


Position Requirements

  • Current New York State LPN License.
  • 2 years clinical experience working in pediatrics with knowledge of or experience in foster care, management of medical records, and health care case management desired.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Spanish-speaking preferred 
  • Current First Aid, CPR, and Infection Control certification required and maintained throughout employment. 



It is the policy of Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services that the Agency wholly complies with the equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to an individual’s perceived or actual race, creed, color, national origin, alienate, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or veteran status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.

Physical Requirements: Must have the ability to complete all standard administrative and support tasks including but not limited to climbing up and down stairs, operation of computers/phones/fax/printer/copy machine, and the ability to lift boxes, furniture, and equipment up to 30lbs.

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