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LPN- 2N Telemetry

CHRISTUS Health Alexandria Full-Time
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POSITION SUMMARY:

Performs the function of a Licensed Practical Nurse, under the direct supervision of a registered nurse in planning and implementing nursing care for patients as assigned. Is responsible for adhering to all Standards of Nursing Practice, as they apply for managing supplies and equipment under the direction of the charge nurse.

CORE COMPETENCIES

Action Oriented -- Taking on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy and enthusiasm.

Customer Focus -- Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.

Communicates Effectively -- Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the

unique needs of different audiences.

Decision Quality -- Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.

Collaborates -- Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.

Nimble Learning -- Actively learning through experimentation when tackling new problems, using both successes and failures

as learning fodder.

Demonstrates Self-Awareness -- Using a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal

strengths and weaknesses.

Goals -- Completes quarterly goals

Delivering the Mission -- Performs duties as defined in this job description and demonstrates mastery of role

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:



1. Observes the physical, psychosocial, spiritual, cultural, functional, high risk and discharge needs of the patient and family.

  • Performs, observations/care at intervals as required or appropriate to the patient's needs.
  • Ensures physical observations/care includes all major body systems.
  • Ensures spiritual observations/care includes actual/expressed needs.
  • Incorporates cultural and ethnic factors into observation/care.

  1. 2. Demonstrates the ability to accurately observe and document patient care activities and hospital processes.
  • Uses computer system(s) appropriately.
  • Documents in the medical record according to policy/procedure.
  • Complies with incident reporting and notification requirements.
  • Attends/reviews department staff meetings for information.
  1. 3. Under the direct supervision of an RN, carries out the nursing plan of care for the patient/family
  • Re-evaluates and modifies the plan of care, based on the patient's response to the interventions.
  • Communicates the plan of care to members of the nursing team.
  • Prioritizes and delegates patient care activities based on patient assessment and staff capabilities.
  • Demonstrates sound clinical judgment in decision-making regarding patient care.
  • Assists RN in management of emergencies

  1. 4. Incorporates the plan for nursing care into the multidisciplinary care and management of the patient/family.
  • Reports significant changes in patient condition to RN promptly.
  • Communicates effectively with physicians and health team.
  • Coordinates nursing care with other disciplines involved.
  • Actively participates in multidisciplinary care conferences

  1. 5. Assures the rights of the patient/family are respected and maintained.
  • Allows for privacy and modesty in the provision of care.
  • Identifies self by name and title to patient/family
  • Reports suspected cases of abuse/neglect, if identified.
  • Understands how to access the Ethics Committee and their role.

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  1. 6. Demonstrates the ability to safely and competently administer medications, intravenous therapy and basic fluid management.
  • Understands actions, side effects, contra-indications of drugs.
  • Follows five 'rights' of medication administration.
  • Adheres to medication policies, practices and standards.
  • Administers medication, intravenous therapy and fluid management only under physician order and guidance.
  • Assists RN with IV medication administration.
  1. 7. Demonstrates knowledge of unit specific policies and procedures and the ability to safely and competently use unit specific patient care equipment in the delivery of quality patient care.
  • Obtains necessary training prior to initial equipment use.
  • Assures equipment is in operating order prior to use.
  • Uses medical equipment in accordance with manufacturer's operating guidelines.
  • Reports potential equipment/user error incidents to RN.



Requirements
Requirements:
  • 6 months recent inpatient experience preferred.
  • Current Louisiana LPN License
  • Current BLS

 

Skills required

Electronic Medical Record
Nursing
Diseases And Disorders
Long Term Care
Maintain Patient Confidentiality
Administer Medication
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The two Congregations of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in Houston and San Antonio share a common mission of providing the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, which began more than 130 years ago. The shared legacy of the two Congregations dates back to 1866 when three Sisters Religious came from France in response to a call from Catholic Bishop Claude M. Dubuis to come to Texas to help care for the sick and infirm. In the leading port city of Galveston, the Sisters founded the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and opened the first Catholic hospital in the state. In 1869, three members of the Congregation traveled to San Antonio and established Santa Rosa Hospital. Due to the distance between the cities and the problems of transportation at the time, the Congregation in San Antonio became a separate order with the same name as its founding Congregation.

The Congregations of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio and the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in Houston announced in September of 1997 their plans to work together toward combining the health care systems which each sponsors. In July 1998, the two signed a letter of intent, calling for all assets of the Sisters of Charity Health Care System (SCH) and the Incarnate Word Health System (IWHS) to become part of CHRISTUS Health. On February 1, 1999, that dream became a reality and CHRISTUS Health was born.

The Legacy

In 1972 Space Center Memorial Hospital opened to serve the 55,000 community members surrounding NASA Manned Spacecraft Center. The goal of the new hospital was "to return to the people of our country the benefits in the form of health service dividends produced from space exploration."

Unfortunately, the facility was closed in September 1974, only 13 months after it opened, by the Federal Housing Administration because the hospital was behind in mortgage payments. The hospital was unoccupied until the federal government took it over.

In 1981 Congress passed an administration bill, part of President Reagan’s budget-cutting proposals, that closed eight Public Health Service hospitals in the United States. The Houston-based Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Health Care Systems was selected by the federal government to assume control of the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Nassau Bay. The government said Sisters of Charity was chosen because of its reputation for providing quality care for its patient population. The Sisters purchased the facility for $1.

On Dec. 9, 1981, CHRISTUS St. John Hospital treated its first patient. The founding sisters of the hospital, Sister Clare Marie, Sister Frances Therese, and Sister Edwin Berry, worked night and day to build St. John Hospital into the quality health care facility it is today. The hospital opened to serve the needs of the community, merchant marines, workers for the Department of Defense as well as Vietnamese and American shrimpers.

In 1982 CHRISTUS St. John Hospital was one of the first hospitals to have a layman, rather than a member of the Congregation, as administrator. Over the years, CHRISTUS St. John Hospital, located across from Johnson Space Center, has been under contract with NASA for provision of the medication kits for the Space Shuttle and for physiological testing for the space program.

A $9 million expansion that was completed in 1989 debuted the concept of LDRP suites in the Center for New Life, enlarged the emergency department and improved diagnostic imaging capabilities.

On Jan. 23, 1998, the hospital unveiled its new street name and address. Hospital Boulevard was renamed St. John Drive in an official proclamation from the mayor. The hospital’s founding sisters were forever memorialized in the new street address, since the "3" in 18300 was chosen to represent the three sisters.

CHRISTUS St. John Hospital has always been committed to the CHRISTUS Health Mission of extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ through community involvement and programs. The hospital is responsible for establishing Point of Light Clinic, school-based clinics and Project Gabriel in the Dickinson and Nassau Bay areas. CHRISTUS St. John Hospital also received national attention with the development of its parish nurse program.

CHRISTUS St. John Hospital continues to offer quality acute care health services, has added specialties to serve the community, has actively recruited top physicians to fill the needs of Nassau Bay residents, and remains solid in the mission of mercy envisioned by its founding sisters 20 years ago.

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