Education: Graduation from an accredited School of Practical or Vocational Nursing with current license
Experience: One year full time experience in the clinical area or specialty he/she requests to work
Certification: Current CPR/BLS Certification
Duties and Responsibilities
The Licensed Practical Nurse is expected to practice safe and ethical nursing within the scope of his/her profession by the State Practice Act, understanding his/her own limitations, seeking advice and assistance when necessary. Specific duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
· Giver direct care based on knowledge of principles and practices of the LPN
· Gives medications via oral, topical, subcutaneous, intradermal and intramuscular routes under the direction of a Registered Nurse. The LPN has full knowledge of actions and untoward effects of medications being dispensed.
· Performs activities related to I.V. Therapy according to facility policy and procedures under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.
· Assists physicians with patient exams, when required.
· Contributes to patient/family teaching based on plan of care
· Provides age specific care to all patients
· Documents and reports to RN any changes in patient’s condition
· Consistently practices standard precautions, including hand washing, consistent use of personal protective equipment.
· Adheres to facilities’ policies for handling bio hazardous materials
· Updates knowledge and skills by attending continuing education opportunities
- Must have working knowledge of the principles and techniques of practical/vocational nursing
- Must have current knowledge in caring for patients in different developmental stages throughout the life span
- Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
- Seeks to obtain educational resources and create learning experiences to enhance and maintain current knowledge and skills for continued competence in nursing
- Ability to operate and handle may types of medical equipment
- Frequently move/lift between 50-100 pounds, depending of assignment requirements
- Stand for long periods with frequent squatting, twisting, bending, kneeling and reaching to prepare equipment, material or objects for providing patient care.
- Sensory requirements include speech for communication, vision, smell, touch and hearing for accurate assessment of the patient
- Manual dexterity and fine motor coordination
- Ability to work in a stressful environment
- Consistent attendance is required to assure that the client facilities’ needs and patient needs are met.
- Must have the ability to follow directions/instruction from his/her supervisor.
- Compliance with institutional policies, procedures and practices