The LPN performs nursing functions, which involve preventive healthcare, health maintenance, and the care of persons who are ill, injured, or experiencing alterations in health processes at the direction of a delegating or supervisory registered nurse, with basic knowledge, judgment, and skills. Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Other duties may be assigned.
Evaluates walk-in patients and implements nursing protocols, or refers for provider evaluation/treatment when appropriate.
Assesses patients using nursing process that are within the scope of practice and experience level. When presented with patient care issues that are outside of the scope of comfort level the LPN will consult with the Physician, Nurse Practitioner or Registered Nurse for guidance. (LPN’s in Maryland cannot triage patients):
Collecting data via patient interview, physical exam and observation, interpretation of diagnostic data and obtaining past medical and family history, while taking into account their physiological, psychological, sociological and spiritual needs Selecting a nursing protocol based on the assessment of the patient’s stated problem
Recommending a nursing intervention related to the specific problem
Enlisting the patient’s cooperation in following through on the intervention
Assisting the patient to access services in accordance with their medical insurance
Teaching patients about self-care concepts as they relate to the specific presenting problem
Assisting patients with follow-up medical care or in home care as needed
Telephone assessment of patients using telephone calls and other means of communication.
Teaches patient about their illness, preventive health strategies, and monitoring tools, as appropriate.
Prepares and administers IM, subcutaneous, oral and including but not limited to immunizations and allergy injections. Administration of medications encompasses monitoring the patients for reactions, recording all information in the appropriate medical record, and seeking assistance from an RN or licensed provider as needed.
Performs venipuncture to start intravenous fluids in peripheral veins and administers IV fluids and (excluding IV push) medications after the completion of a specialized education and training, and documented clinical competency, under the general supervision of licensed, registered nurse.
Prepares patients for examination by taking the chief complaint, recording vital signs, and inquiring about and recording allergies, prescription refill needs, and referral requests.
Replaces stock medical supplies and forms, and maintains cleanliness and orderliness of assigned exam room. Takes responsibility for ordering supplies, checking medication expiration dates, and cleaning instruments as assigned.
Assists providers with procedures as needed and ensures that appropriate instruments are available and after they are used that they are cleaned and properly stored or sent for sterilization. Assists the providers with obtaining lab results and calling patients with normal results as directed by the provider.
Prepares, administers, and records nebulizer respiratory treatments, EKGs, wound dressings, ear irrigation, eye irrigation, audio-visual screening, and catheterizations as ordered by the physician and in accordance with policies and procedures
Assists in preparing the patient, obtaining lab specimens, and ensuring that lab specimens are properly handled and sent for analysis to the correct lab.
Follows infection control policies by properly disposing of “dirty needles” containers and routinely cleaning exam tables, as well as, cleaning them on a prn basis whenever body fluids come in contact with the surfaces.
Other Related Duties
Maintains and improves knowledge and expertise through ongoing continuing nursing education and training, to include required CPR certification and customer service skills.
Assists with other work related duties such as covering the front desk, calling in prescription refills, seeking pre-certification, writing referrals, calling lab results to patients, etc. as assigned.
High school graduation is necessary.
Completion of an accredited program of education for practical nursing is necessary.
Current DC licensee as a Practical Nurse is necessary.
0-5 years of experience as a licensed practical nurse is preferred or an equivalent combination of training and experience is necessary.
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