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Licensed Practical Nurse

Lake Behavioral Hospital • Waukegan, IL

Posted 19 days ago

Job Snapshot

Full-Time/Part-Time
Experience - 1 years
Degree - 2 Year Degree
Healthcare - Health Services
Health Care

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Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY

 

The LPN performs under the direction of a Registered Nurse in providing nursing care to assigned patients, utilizing basic understanding of psychiatric and personality disorders. 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

Education:    Graduate from an accredited professional vocational school of nursing or vocational training as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Experience: Minimum one (1) year as a LPN in psychiatric nursing preferred, with six (6) months experience in the specialized area of psychiatry also preferred but not required.

Licensure: Licensed to practice vocational/practical nursing from the State Board of Nursing.

Additional Requirements:  Must pass a medication administration exam before administering medications.  CPR certification and successful completion of  Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI) including restraint and seclusion policies, within 90 days of employment, and prior to assisting in restraining procedures.

STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE

THE ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS ARE CATEGORIZED UNDER THE JCAHO STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE.

 

Assessment

1.     Accurately collect data needed for the appropriate portion of the integrated assessment.

2.     Take and record vital signs properly.

3.     Observe for, and document changes in patients’ appearance, behavior and ability to work toward treatment plan goals.

4.     Communicate changes in patient’s condition to the Charge Nurse.

5.     Report signs and symptoms of infection in patients to the Charge Nurse.

Treatment Planning

1.     Maintain awareness of patients’ individualized plan of care including goals and interventions.

2.     Provide information to the Charge Nurse that assists in the development and revision of the treatment plan.

3.     Document the treatment plan, nursing interventions and the patient’s response to the intervention.

 

Teaching

1.     Teach communication, interpersonal and social skills as well as the basic principles of physical health to the patient and significant others, under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.

2.     Promote learning experiences and provides educational materials to patients and their families.

3.     Re-enforce importance of medication compliance, and monitor compliance continuously.

4.     Evaluate and documents the effectiveness of all patient teaching.

5.     Provide opportunities for patients and families to question, discuss and explore their feelings about prescribed therapies/interventions/diagnosis.

 

Milieu Management

1.     Provide structure and maintains a therapeutic environment in collaboration with the patient and other health care providers.

2.     Monitor patients and their therapeutic environment for changes in acuity and intervenes if needed in a timely fashion.

3.     Assure patients are adequately oriented to the unit.

4.     Monitor unit activities and encourages patient participation.

5.     Act as a role model to promote good health and hygiene skills.

6.     Report potential crisis situations to the Charge Nurse.

7.     Consistently utilize universal precautions and environmental safety guidelines.

8.     Maintain a safe environment by use of room checks.

9.     Assist in structured didactic groups with patients and families and prescribes, delegates and coordinate nursing care to a group of patients under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.

Performance

1.     Participate in orientation of all new staff.

2.     Participate in the quality assurance program.

3.     Attend shift meetings and assume responsibility for assigned groups of patients.

4.     Collaborate with other team members on a continuous basis during shift.

5.     Act as the patient's advocate and assure that patient rights are upheld.

6.     Comply with established measures for infection control, OSHA regulations and risk management.

7.     Utilize time constructively and in an organized manner to accomplish assigned responsibilities, delegates duties to other personnel as appropriate and demonstrate good judgment ability.

8.     Follow all facility, departmental and personnel policies and procedures.

9.     Comply with the Employee Code of Ethics.

 

Intervention

1.     Employ principles of communication, interviewing techniques, problem-solving and crisis intervention when performing psychotherapeutic interventions.

2.     Ensure intervention is based on the patient's plan of care.

3.     Safely and accurately administer medications as instructed.

4.     Anticipate and utilize appropriate intervention in psychiatric and medical emergencies.

5.     Organize and provide care to assigned patients.

6.     Perform general nursing procedures, treatments and report significant findings to the Registered Nurse.

7.     Meet with assigned patients daily and provide appropriate guidance.

8.     Utilize patient interaction, patient group activities and psychiatric interventions when providing care.

9.     Organize and provide care based on patient needs and scheduled activities of the patient.

Job Requirements

Specific Standards for the Care of Child Patients Ages 5 through 11

1.     Maintain knowledge of  the Child Program rules, protocols and handbooks guidelines.

2.     Maintain knowledge of children’s stages of development and seek guidance from the nurse in charge when questions about the norms for behavior related to child development arise.

3.     Assess patients for behaviors consistent with the developmental stages and make note of any      deviations in behavior.

4.     Recognize acting out behavior of child specific age group and set appropriate limits in clear, concise, behavioral and non-judgmental terms based on the age of the patient.

5.     Demonstrate an awareness of learning disabilities and translates treatment/program expectations to the learning disabled child.

6.     Relate to child patients in an age appropriate manner.

7.     Utilize seclusion and restraint procedures with an understanding of the need for modification in regard to smaller body sizes of children, abandonment issues and the history of physical and/or sexual abuse issues.

8.     Act as a resource to other staff in regard to the Child Patient Programs.

 

Specific Standards for the Care of Adolescent Patients Ages 12 through 18

1.     Maintain knowledge of the Adolescent Program rules, protocols and handbooks guidelines.

2.     Assess patients for behaviors consistent with the developmental stages and makes note of any

        deviations in behavior.

3.     Recognize acting out behavior of adolescent specific age group and set appropriate limits in clear, concise, behavioral and non-judgmental terms based on the age of the patient.

4.     Demonstrate an awareness of learning disabilities and translates treatment/program expectations to the learning disabled adolescent.

5.     Relate to adolescent patients in an age appropriate manner.

6.     Utilize seclusion and restraint procedures with an understanding of the need for modification in regard to smaller body sizes of adolescents, abandonment issues and the history of  physical and/or sexual abuse issues.

7.     Act as a resource to other staff in regard to the Adolescent Patient Programs.

Specific Standards for the Care of Adult Patients Ages 19 through 64

1.     Gather information from the patient, family and interdisciplinary team and use judgements based on knowledge of adult behaviors in treatment planning and interventions.

2.     Recognize behaviors and set appropriate limits in clear, concise, behaviors and non-judgmental terms.

3.     Utilize seclusion/restraint procedures applicable to adult body size and past history of violent or emotional behaviors and/or history of physical and/or sexual abuse issues.

4.     Maintain current knowledge of the Adult Program rules, protocols and handbook guidelines.

5.     Utilize theoretical concepts to guide the effective practice of adult care within Specific Standards of Care for this age group.


Specific Standards for the Care of Geriatric Patients Ages 65 and older

1.     Maintain a knowledge of the developmental tasks and sociological theories of aging.

2.     Utilize theoretical concepts to guide the effective practice of gerontological health care

        and behavioral care.

3.     Gather the appropriate information from the patient, family and interdisciplinary team and use therapeutic judgements based on knowledge of gerontological health/behavioral care practices to develop a comprehensive plan of care.

4.     Utilize interventions based on gerontological theory to restore patients- functional capabilities and to prevent complications and excess disability.

5.     Maintain a complete knowledge of treatments, medications and side effects of such in the geriatric age group.

Specific Standards for the Care of Chemically Dependent Patients

1.     Assesses patient needs as related to chemical dependency and document the plan of care from the admission through discharge.

2.     Collaborate with other chemical dependency staff professionals in planning for discharge and follow-up care.

3.     Maintain an awareness of how personal issues relating the co-dependency can impact work performance/relationships.

4.     Recognize and establish limits on medication-seeking behaviors.

 

Additional Standards

1.     Adhere to facility, department, corporate, personnel and standard policies and procedures.

2.     Attend all mandatory facility inservices and staff development activities as scheduled.

3.     Adhere to facility standards concerning conduct, dress, and attendance and punctuality.

4.     Support facility-wide quality/performance improvement goals and objectives.

5.     Maintain confidentiality of facility employee and patient information.

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