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Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) (2nd Shift)

Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Health Center Springfield Full-Time
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We are seeking a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to support Lincoln Prairie’s mission. The LPN is a member of the interdisciplinary team who assist in total patient care through implementation of appropriate therapeutic approaches and related nursing function within therapeutic environment.  The LPN is responsible for carrying out assigned functions according to philosophy, goal and objectives of the hospital and program unit.

Hours for this position are flexible, but require at least two (2) worked shifts per month, one (1) of which must be a weekend shift.

The primary responsibilities of this position include:

  • Maintain a safe, therapeutic environment.
  • Provides patient orientation.
  • Conducts groups appropriately.
  • Assists with assessment i.e. weight, height, searches, etc.
  • Accurately administers medication to patients in accordance with hospital policy and physician order.
  • Demonstrates interventions based on knowledge of psychiatric and medical nursing procedures, as well as the plan of care.
  • Facilitates a therapeutic milieu by appropriate interaction with patients facilitating groups, structuring downtime and ensuring the proper level of patient supervision is maintained.
  • Intervenes with suicidal gestures, inappropriate behaviors, elopements, etc., using proper CPI technique. Directs/redirects behaviors, demonstrating appropriate behavioral consequences.
  • Documents unusual incidents concerning patients and communicates to RN.
  • Maintains 15 minute documentation accurately.
  • Communicates therapeutically with ages appropriately.
  • Participates within the therapeutic milieu, setting appropriate limits.
  • Properly implements restraint, seclusion and therapeutic hold based upon the age, size and clinical issues of the patient.

Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Health Center is a Joint Commission approved and state licensed facility for 97 beds, which includes pediatric units, adolescent girls, adolescent boys, and MISA (Mental Illness Substance Abuse) unit. We are committed to providing youth with compassionate treatment that encourages self-responsibility and personal growth. Lincoln Prairie provides treatment to children and adolescents (ages 3-17) that present with a broad range of psychiatric and behavioral disorders. Lincoln Prairie offers an array of outpatient programs. We provide educational programs, enhanced Occupational Therapy services, Recreational Therapy, Art and Music Therapy, while utilizing a holistic treatment approach.

Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) is one of the nation’s largest and most respected hospital companies in the United States. Steadily growing from a startup to an esteemed Fortune 500 corporation, UHS today has annual revenue nearing $10 billion. Our operating philosophy is to build or acquire high quality hospitals in rapidly growing markets, invest in the people and equipment needed to allow each facility to thrive, and become the leading healthcare provider in each community we serve. Headquartered in King of Prussia, PA, UHS has more than 81,000 employees and through its subsidiaries operates more than 320 acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities and ambulatory centers.

Job Requirements
  • Education: Graduate from an accredited school of professional nursing required.
  • Experience:  One (1) year experience preferred as a licensed practical nurse in a psychiatric health care facility.
  • Licensure/Certification: Currently licensed to practice by the Illinois State Board of Nursing. Successful completion of CPR certification, age-specific training  and the current patient aggression management training, including appropriate use of Seclusion and Restraint, within 90 days of employment. Must pass a medication administration exam.
  • Knowledge/Skills: Must possess knowledge of general and psychiatric nursing processes, therapeutic relationships and processes, age specific growth and development, limit setting, crisis and behavior management, restraint and seclusion procedures and criteria and CPR training.  Must be able to work with clients that have poor social skills, suffer from substance abuse and a variety of mental illnesses. Knowledge of DCFS mandated reporting requirements. Demonstrate flexibility for reassignment to units providing care to varied populations including children, adolescents, and adults. Effective oral and written communication skills.  Skill in organizing and prioritizing workloads to meet deadlines. Must be a self-starter and goal/results-oriented. Ability to use good judgment and to maintain confidentiality of information. Microsoft Office and computer skills. Strong customer service skills to external and internal customers. Ability to adhere to safety policies and code procedures react calmly and effectively in emergency situations. Ability to accept direction and adhere to policies and procedures. Ability to work in a fast paced environment. Ability to recommend/take corrective courses of action that would improve the functioning of the department’s systems.
  • Physical Requirements: Ability to communicate verbally and in writing.  Physical agility to manage patients with crisis prevention interventions.  Push, pull and lift up to 50 pounds.  Intermittent sitting, standing, walking, bending and stooping. Ability to use computer, printer, phone and office supplies. Typing/keying and mouse use. Ability to perform visual and auditory observation of patients. Drug and alcohol free as evidenced by negative results of post-offer, pre-employment urine drug screen. The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary functions.
  • Environmental Conditions: Exposure to psychiatric patients who may exhibit violent/aggressive behavior. Potential for exposure to communicable diseases, blood/body fluids and other hazardous waste. General hospital environment.

This opportunity offers the following (eligibility may vary based on employment status):

  • Challenging and rewarding work environment
  • Growth and Development Opportunities within UHS and its Subsidiaries
  • Competitive Compensation 
  • Excellent paid time off plan
  • Excellent Medical, Dental, Vision, Prescription Drug Plan, and additional voluntary benefits
  • 401k plan with company match
  • Tuition, licensure, and CEU reimbursement

UHS is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at UHS via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of UHS. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by UHS as a result of the referral or through other means.


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Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Health Center is committed to providing youth with compassionate treatment that encourages self-responsibility and personal growth.

We provide treatment to children and adolescents that present with a broad range of psychiatric and behavioral disorders. A clinically skilled multidisciplinary team works to partner with the youth and family to accomplish their goals in a supportive and therapeutic environment.

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