Licensed Practical Nurse
Job Title: Licensed Practical Nurse
Reports To: Director of Nursing
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt
FUNCTION: Provides prescribed medical treatment and personal care services to ill, injured, convalescent, and disabled persons in a skilled nursing home facility by performing the following duties.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: The Licensed Practical Nurse performs work with independent judgment and through use of discretion by taking into consideration employee skills, employee training, employee length of service, employee preference, resident's condition of health, family preferences, internal and external priorities, and all other appropriate factors.
• Knowledge of regulatory standards and compliance requirements
• Freedom from illegal use of drugs
• Freedom from use of and effects of use of drugs and alcohol in the workplace
• Persons who have been found guilty by a court of law of abusing, neglecting, or
mistreating individuals in a health care related setting are ineligible for employment in the position
• Able to supervise, instruct and motivate other
• Strong organizational and analytical skills; oral and written communication skills
• Demonstrated ability in independent functioning and strong leadership
Education and/or Experience: Graduate of an accredited school of nursing. Prior experience in long-term care preferred. Ability to function effectively in multi-faceted systems and to interact effectively with all levels of staff and customers.
Licensed Practical Nurse --
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
• Valid license as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the state of practice
• Valid CPR certificate
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.
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to communicate orally and through written reports, and other documents relating to residents, staff and others. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of executives, managers, clients, customers, and the public.
REASONING ABILITY: Ability to define and solve problems collects data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Assign and coordinate nursing service
• Conduct and document a thorough assessment of each patient’s medical status upon admission and throughout the patient’s course of treatment
• Assist in the development and implementation of an individualized treatment plan for each assigned resident
• Complete required documentation in an accurate and timely manner
• Oversee care delivered by Certified Nursing Assistants
• Make frequent rounds to ensure residents are receiving required services
• Maintain confidentiality of records
• Report residents’ conditions and daily changes to supervisory staff
• Evaluate nursing activities to ensure resident care, staff relations and efficiency of service
• Observe nursing care and visit residents to ensure that nursing care is carried out as directed and treatment administered in accordance with physician’s instructions
• Direct preparation and maintenance of residents’ clinical records
• Inspect rooms for cleanliness and comfort
• Accompany physicians on rounds and keep informed of special orders concerning residents
• Participate in orientation and training of personnel
• Order or direct ordering of drugs, solutions and equipment and maintain records of narcotics
• Take and record vital signs
• Input care plans on computer (as applicable)
• Listen to resident, family or physician concerns and initiate corrective action and/or report concerns to the Director of Nursing or the appropriate designee
• Has a working knowledge of standards of care established by the profession, regulatory bodies and state and government and execute policies and procedures to maintain unit compliance
• Identify safety hazards and emergency situations and initiate corrective action
• Identify resident problems and emergency situations and initiate “life saving” measures in the absence of a physician
• Follow staffing guidelines and make nursing assignments according to qualifications of staff and characteristics of the resident population (as necessary)
• Participate in relief coverage of nursing units as necessary
• Assume responsibility for compliance with Federal, State and local regulations within the assigned nursing unit
• Keep the Director of Nursing informed of needed employee corrective action
• Administer and document medications and treatments per the physician’s order and accurately record all care provided
• Develop an accurate comprehensive care plan based on each resident’s comprehensive assessment and update as needed
• Document resident care provided and resident’s response or lack of response to care provided
• Report changes in residents’ conditions to a physician, the Director of Nursing and the responsible party promptly and take follow up action as necessary
• Follow facility admission procedures and communicate resident admission to other departments, physicians and ancillary providers
• Complete documentation related to the resident’s discharge or transfer
• Participate in resident care meetings as required
• Provide direct resident care and give instruction to nursing assistants related to resident care
• Prepare nursing assistants’ assignments and explain all pertinent resident care
• Personally obtain continuing education relating to nursing in long-term care or other needs as indicated by a specialized resident population
• Attend mandatory meetings, in-services and training sessions as required
• Observe infection control procedures related to the department and the facility
• Protect residents’ rights to assure fair and equitable treatment, self-determination, individuality, privacy and dignity, as well as property and civil rights
• Attend training and practice procedures related to safety of environment; safety, security, hazardous materials, life safety, (R.A.C.E procedures), medical equipment and utility systems (ex: call lights)
• Deal tactfully with personnel, residents, visitors and the general public
• Perform other duties as directed by the Director of Nursing or the designee
• In cases of emergency, will assist residents out of facility
INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: Demonstrates active listening techniques; gains support through effective relationships; treats others with dignity and respect; seeks feedback; sets clear standards for performance; evaluates job performance and provides effective feedback; establishes systems to measure effectiveness, efficiency, and service; creates and maintains reporting mechanisms.
CONTINUING EDUCATION: Attends in-service and education programs; attends continuing education required for maintenance of professional certification or licensure. Working knowledge of personal computer and software applications used in job functions.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here representative those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to handle objects, tools or controls; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; stoop; kneel; crouch; and taste or smell.
The employee must lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds or more with assistance. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision depth vision and the ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to blood or other body fluids, fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.
Employee must demonstrate working knowledge of and compliance with the Company Code of Ethics and Business Conduct, policies and procedures, applicable federal and state laws, rules and regulations.
Employee shall ensure utmost regard for the protection of resident health information and company sensitive information including compliance with company policies and procedures, applicable federal and state laws, rules, and regulations.