This position is assigned to direct-care nursing care areas such as the Community Living Center (CLC) or any one of the numerous ambulatory clinics which service the patients who receive their care in the organization. The primary purpose of this position is to provide a variety of nursing care and practice which do not require full professional nurse education, but require skills represented by the licensing of practice and vocational nurses by a State, Territory, or the District of Columbia The LPN provides direct care to a patient which does not require full professional nurse education, but require skills which have been issued by the licensing authority. The LPN provides care to patients which includes but is not limited to: Administration of medications Ability to perform basic nursing care duties such as taking vital signs, taking samples, and passing instruments Ability to initiate an emergency response appropriate to the situation and provides resuscitation efforts independently. Ability to change patient dressings independently Ability to provide for activities of daily living (e.g. bathing, oral care, continence care, etc.) Knowledge of a large body of nursing care procedure, patient illnesses and diseases, patient's charts, nursing care plans and the requirements of the nursing team and skill sufficient to provide care to a selected patient load of acutely ill patients. -Ability to provide instructions to patients on health systems improvement and how to prevent illnesses and disease (e.g. deep breathing for a post-operative patient, reduction of carbohydrate consumption for a diabetic patient). Ability to participate in basic patient and family education sessions. Knowledge of surgical equipment, instruments and supplies and skill sufficient to set up surgical materials and position and drape patients for surgery ranging from hernia to extensive genitourinary surgery. Knowledge of and skill sufficient in surgical procedures and terminology and manual dexterity to pass instruments to a surgeon. Ability to communicate verbally and in writing to adequately convey the current clinical status of any patient effectively and promptly. Knowledge of the nursing standards and skill sufficient to assess deviations from normal conditions and immediately modify the patient's nursing care plan with delayed notification to the nurse for concurrence in the modification to the plan. Knowledge of environmental safety, security and privacy of the patient and privileged information to ensure patient's safety and rights. The LPN is responsible for cleaning and maintaining all equipment in use in his/her area. The LPN cleans and disinfects the reusable equipment after patient use and inspects the equipment for needed repair. Should repair or dysfunction of the equipment be identified. The LPN will follow the identified procedures in the Medical Center for repair and/or replacement of the equipment. In the event that equipment needed to perform his/her duties for the remote monitoring systems drop below a critical par level as established by departmental procedures. The LPN is responsible for communicating with their immediate supervisor or designee for resolution. Work Schedule: 8 hour shifts Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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