Volunteers of America
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Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
at Volunteers of America
PRIMARY RELATIONSHIPS: Residents, families, physicians, consultants and all levels of staff.
OBJECTIVE: The Licensed Practical Nurse shall perform in accordance with state and local laws and within the guidelines of his/her professional organization. All functions shall be performed in accordance with the established policies and practices of Agency and the particular institution in which the LPN is performing his/her duties. The LPN is qualified by education, training, experience and demonstrated abilities to give nursing care under the direction of a RN and to have the knowledge of the principles of psychological, biological and social sciences.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
1. Nursing Unit Functions
a. Role models positive communication skills with NA/RS, HHA's, TMA's (if applicable), interdisciplinary team, customers, residents and families.
b. Listen to shift report and keep open lines of communication with supervisor, co-workers and on-coming shift.
c. Make rounds to residents to observe their physical and psychosocial status.
d. Assign personnel appropriately to meet resident needs.
e. Ensure that unit personnel and volunteers on your shift are carrying out their assignments.
2. Resident Care Functions
a. Maintains competence in all required skills within the facility.
b. Treats and ensures that residents are treated with respect and dignity.
c. Observes, records, and reports to supervisor regarding residents' conditions, reaction to drugs and treatments and significant events.
d. Participates in resident care planning as assigned by the Director of Nursing.
e. Immediately reports any suspected abuse or neglect per facility policy
f. Perform nursing techniques for the comfort and well being of the resident.
g. Administers prescribed medications and treatments per MD orders.
h. Follows all shift routines, policy and procedures regarding monitoring of vital signs, weights, administration of medications and treatments.
i. May administer professional services, such as catheterization, tube feedings, suctioning, applying/changing bandages, packs, colostomies and drainage bags. Provide range of motion exercises, care of the dying/expired resident etc.
j. Makes physician calls to report resident change in condition and documents same.
k. Keeps families updated on resident condition and documents same.
l. Comply with acute emergency protocols and tasks involved.
m. Follows all DNR/DNI/CPR/Comfort Care protocols.
3. Charting and Documentation Functions:
a. Maintains all required documentation in an accurate and timely manner according to policies and procedures of the facility, including documentation of medications, treatments, restraints, psychotropic medications and skin condition.
b. Contribute toward completing and updating resident's care plans, as directed by RN.
c. Perform routine charting duties as required and in accordance with established charting and documentation policies and procedures.
d. Accurately transcribes physician's orders as per facility protocol and forwards necessary information to other departments.
e. Document and report all incidents, accidents that occur involving residents, visitors, and staff.
f. Chart nurses' notes in an informative and descriptive manner that reflects the care provided as well as the resident response.
g. Provides ongoing data collection and completion of forms as necessary and as assigned.
4. Personnel Function
a. Attend nurses meetings as scheduled.
b. Maintain a clean, safe and efficient work environment.
c. Maintains continuing education requirements.
d. Participate in employee performance evaluations, provide input into your shifts staffing requirements, and making recommendations to the Supervisor concerning employee counseling etc.
e. Participate in disciplinary action as requested by the immediate supervisor when the performance of personnel warrants such action per facility policy.
f. Develop and maintain a good working relationship with inter-departmental personnel.
g. Report occupational exposures to needlesticks, blood, body fluids, infectious materials, and hazardous chemicals in accordance with facility policy and procedures governing accidents and incidents.
h. Attends required in-services and completes assigned on-line modules.
5. Committee Functions
a. Serve on, participate in and attend various committees and meetings of the facility to enhance interdisciplinary process.
6. Other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
1. Graduate from an accredited school of nursing with current licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the state of practice.
2. Effective communicator with staff, families and outside agencies.
3. Ability to prioritize duties.
4. Customer service oriented with knowledge of successful customer service techniques.
5. Ability to understand residents' charts, doctor's orders, residents' plan of care, medication orders.
6. Must posses the ability to effectively gather clinical data in regards to resident status and condition.
7. Ability to utilize computers and other electronic devices for tasks such as timekeeping, in-servicing and documentation.