LPN

Job Description

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Assessment

Participates in the nursing assessment of the patient by collecting and recording objective data and observations about the physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and educational needs of the patient.
  • Demonstrates knowledge base of normal age-specific, physiological, and psychosocial functions of the unit's population.
  • Contributes observations to the basic physical assessment of assigned patients.
  • Collects data for a nursing admission history upon admission.
  • Differentiates between normal and abnormal data, signs and symptoms, and subtle changes related to the patient's presenting problems and potential problems.
  • Notifies Physician and RN promptly of pertinent changes in patient's condition.
  • Contributes to the evaluation of patient needs each shift and more frequently when indicated by unit standards of care or patient condition.
  • Monitors patient and environmental safety continuously.
  • Receives and gives a complete, concise, and timely report on condition of assigned patients.
  • Collaborates with other health team members to collect and share pertinent data regarding patient's physiological and psychological condition.
  • Observes continuing care needs in preparation for discharge.
  • Observes for need to refer to other health care professionals.


Planning

Provides input to the RN regarding establishing and prioritizing a list of actual, and potential, individualized age-specific patient problems and/or needs.
  • Contributes recommendations to the RN regarding the interdisciplinary plan of care for each assigned patient in a collaborative effort with other health care team members within the time frame indicated by unit's standards of practice.
  • Involves patient and/or family in reviewing the mutually agreed upon goals.
  • Assures plan of care is consistent with therapy prescribed by the medical practitioner, standards of care, and anticipated length of stay.
  • Communicates formulated plan of care, as appropriate, to all levels of associates involved in the patient's care.
  • Utilizes plan of care in shift report.
  • Reviews possible modification in plan of care with the RN based on changing patient needs.
  • Demonstrates ability to establish priorities of care.
  • Contributes to discharge planning upon admission and makes appropriate referrals.
  • Attends and participates in patient conferences as indicated.

Updates computerized patient profiles every shift and incorporates changes in plan of care and status as directed.

Implementation

Implements plan of care and interventions to provide quality care, under the direction of an RN, based on assessed needs, established standards of care and according to policy and procedures.
  • Implements nursing actions based upon patient's plan of care.
  • Implements plan of nursing care in collaboration with the patient, significant others, and other health care team members.
  • Provides ongoing individualized holistic patient and family education based on needs and plan of care.
  • Demonstrates critical thinking in review of physician orders and accountability for appropriate implementation of physician orders.
  • Demonstrates responsibility for medication administration as allowed by licensure and institution policy.
  • Responds to emergency and other situations requiring immediate attention in a controlled precise, and skilled manner.
  • Makes appropriate referrals to other health care team members in a timely manner.
  • Implements safety interventions to maintain patient/family/staff safety.
  • Reports actual and potential patient safety issues.
  • Implements measures to prevent contamination and/or transmission of disease .


Evaluation

Continuously evaluates nursing practice, in collaboration with the RN, in relation to the standards of care and individual plan of care.
  • Contributes to the evaluation of effectiveness of nursing care interventions.
  • Collaborates with the RN regarding adjusting or continuing with plan of care based on patient's response.
  • Involves patient and other health care team members in evaluation process when appropriate.


Maintains continuity of care between shifts and transfers by reporting or following up on patient care needs.

Professional Development

Assumes responsibility for personal professional development and contributes to the professional development of peers, colleagues, and others.
  • Participates in unit staff meetings
  • Utilizes learning opportunities on the unit for improvement of self and others.
  • Identifies personal strengths and weaknesses as a professional nurse and maintains individual competency in nursing practice.
  • Completes all educational, certification and regulatory requirements, maintaining competency in areas specific to work location. Submits required tests and paperwork in a timely manner.
  • Supports the implementation of recommendations and changes made to improve patient care at the unit level.
  • Utilizes proper channels to express dissatisfaction or concern.
  • Evaluates nursing practice by participating in self/peer review and performance improvement activities.


Familiarizes self with purpose and function of committees of The Lindner Center of HOPE and utilizes them to address issues as appropriate.

Productivity

Considers factors related to cost and effective outcomes when planning patient care.
  • Manages workload effectively.
  • Initiates care in a timely manner.
  • Abides by Attendance and Punctuality Policy.


Supports effective use of staff and supplies.

Education:

Graduate of an accredited school of Practical Nursing. Must currently be licensed in the State of Ohio. Must have successfully completed the requirements necessary to obtain a medication administration card issued by the National Association of Practical Nurse Education and Services (NAPNES); the Ohio Organization of Practical Nurse Educators (OOPNE); or the Ohio Board of Nursing.

Years of Experience:

Two years required. Behavioral Health experience preferred.

Position Qualifications:

The LPN demonstrates the knowledge, abilities, and skills to provide culturally specific patient care and education. The LPN effectively communicates with peers, utilizes appropriate channels of communication, and maintains confidentiality. The LPN demonstrates evidence of continuing professional growth. The LPN demonstrates the ability to accept and implement change. Demonstrates ability to work in a culturally diverse setting.

Responsibilities

Licenses & Certifications:

The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is a graduate of an accredited School of Nursing, who holds a current license to practice nursing in her/his state. Membership in professional organizations is desirable. BLS certification required prior to patient contact.

Qualifications

Position Qualifications:

The LPN demonstrates the knowledge, abilities, and skills to provide culturally specific patient care and education. The LPN effectively communicates with peers, utilizes appropriate channels of communication, and maintains confidentiality. The LPN demonstrates evidence of continuing professional growth. The LPN demonstrates the ability to accept and implement change. Demonstrates ability to work in a culturally diverse setting.

Licenses & Certifications:

The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is a graduate of an accredited School of Nursing, who holds a current license to practice nursing in her/his state. Membership in professional organizations is desirable. BLS certification required prior to patient contact.

Physical Requirements:

To effectively interact with patients, candidates must be able to push, pull and lift up to 50 pounds on a regular basis and be able to stand sit or walk about 90% of shift. Must be able to see, talk and hear coworkers and patients and others.