Licensed Practical Nurse

  • $15.00 - $20.00/hour
  • Overview

    Title of Position: Licensed Practical Nurse
    Title of Immediate supervisor: Clinical Manager 
    Risk of exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens - High

    General Duties

    • Provide skilled nursing care under the direct supervision of the Registered Nurse.
    • Perform selected skilled actions in the provision of curative, rehabilitative, palliative or preventative nursing care.
    • Is responsible and accountable for making decisions that are based on the individual's nursing experience and educational preparation.

    Responsibilities

    • Submit clinical notes within forty-eight (48) hours after visit completed and progress notes and other clinical record forms outlining the services rendered as indicated.
    • Assist the Registered Nurse in carrying out the plan of care.
    • Assist the Registered Nurse in performing specialized procedures as directed by the Registered Nurse under physician's orders.
    • Assist with the preparation, implementation and continuing evaluation of the patient care plan.
    • Recognize and understand the effects of social and economic problems upon patients and provides for the emotional and physical comfort and safety of patients.
    • Help teach the patient the appropriate self-care techniques.
    • Foster cooperative effort among personnel by understanding the functions of other persons involved in patient care and by active participation in team and staff conferences.
    • Assume responsibility for personal and vocational growth and development through active participation in nursing organizations and participating in in-service programs and other on the job learning.
    • Prepare clinical and progress notes (not to include admission).
    • Observe, record, and report immediately to the appropriate person patient  symptoms, reactions and changes indicative of a change in condition including, but not limited to:
    • The general physical and mental condition of patients and signs and symptoms which may be indicative of untoward changes.
    • Stresses in human relationships between the patients and staff personnel and between patients and their families and visitors.
    • Observe, record and report to the appropriate person the general physical and mental condition of patients and signs and symptoms which may be indicative of changes in condition.
    • Assist with the rehabilitation of patients according to the medical care plan by encouraging the interests and special aptitudes of the patient and encouraging patients to help themselves using their own capabilities.
    • Further assist in rehabilitation by reporting any abnormality in the patient’s range of motion, body mechanics or body alignment. 
    • Actively participate in nursing organizations and promotes and participates in in-service programs.
    • Calls patient and/or patient family on a daily basis to confirm appointments the day before a scheduled visit.

    Treatments and Procedures

    The Licensed Practical Nurse with the education and proven clinical competence may perform certain treatments/procedures provided the Home Health Agency’s policies and the State’s Regulatory Acts allow their performance. Only advance LPNs with documented skill in performing these functions may:



    • Administer medications
    • Hang hydrating fluid without medications
    • Flush peripheral lines with  saline or heparin solutions
    • Calculate and adjust flow rates
    • Hang I.V.s premixed with medications
    • Start peripheral I.V.s
    • Inspect insertion sites, change dressings, and remove peripheral I.V. needles/catheters
    • Check blood with a Registered Nurse


    Job Conditions

    • Hearing, eyesight and physical dexterity must be sufficient to perform a physical assessment of the patient's condition and to perform patient care.
    • Physical activities will include, walking, sitting, stooping, and standing and minimal to a maximum lifting of patients and the turning of patients.
    • The ability to access patients’ homes which may not be routinely wheelchair is required.  Hearing, eyesight and physical dexterity must be sufficient to perform a physical assessment of the patient's condition and to perform and demonstrate patient care.
    • Physical activities will include, walking, sitting, stooping, and standing and minimal to a maximum lifting of patients and the turning of patients.
    • The ability to communicate both verbally and in writing is required as frequent communication by telephone and in writing in English is required.
    • Work schedule requires flexibility.

    Equipment Operation

    Utilization of calculator, multi-line telephone, copy machine, basic medical equipment (i.e. Stethoscope, thermometer, blood pressure cuff, scale, glucometer, penlight, hand washing materials). Proper bag technique. 

    Company Information

    Has access to all patient medical records, personnel records and patient financial accounts which may be discussed with the Executive Director, Director of Reimbursement, Employee Relations and Quality Assurance department staff.

    Qualifications

    • Must be a graduate from an accredited School of Nursing and equivalent experience to the Job description.
    • Must have unencumbered license in the State as Licensed Practical Nurse. 
    • One or more years of experience in community/home health agency or in a hospital setting is preferred.
    • Must have knowledge of Medicare and Medicaid guidelines.
    • Must have a working knowledge of home health care and the principles and techniques of professional nursing and required documentation that pertains to it.
    • Demonstrated written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
    • Should be skillful in the organization and in the principles of time management and have knowledge of management processes.
    • Must be able to contribute to the quality of care being rendered through constructive communication with nursing managers and staff.
    • Must have a criminal background check.
    • Must have a current CPR certification.
    • Must have working experience in EMR systems.
    • Must have a good driving record.
    • Must have a valid driver’s license, valid auto insurance and be willing and able to drive to patient’s residences.

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