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Licensed Practical Nurse in Astoria, OR at SUNSPIRE HEALTH

Date Posted: 3/11/2018

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Job Description

Licensed Practical Nurse

**This position is per diem**

Job Summary:

  • Under the supervision of the Registered Nurse, provides direct patient care to patients as assigned.
  • Maintains a safe and efficient working and treatment environment per facility policies and procedures.
  • Communicates effectively with the treatment team to ensure safe, quality care is provided to all patients.

Job Functions:

  • Carry out all aspects of patient care and other assignments as directed by supervising Registered Nurse.
  • .Observe whether specialized services may be needed and communicate to an RN or appropriate Medical Staff member.
  • Perform ongoing observation of the patients and milieu to ensure active treatment is provided and patients are participating
  • Respond appropriately and timely to patient requests.
  • Report changes in patient’s condition or behavior to an RN or Medical Provider. including agitation, high-risk behaviors, changes in vital signs, and eating, sleeping, and toileting patterns.
  • Intervene appropriately with patients experiencing a behavioral crisis situation, i.e., suicidal, threatening behavior, elopement and/or other situations, using approved interventions.
  • Initiate and/or participate in provision of emergency medical care when indicated.
  • Provide support and direct assistance to patients who are unable to attend to their activities of daily living by assisting them with meals, daily grooming, ambulation and toileting as needed.
  • Participate with the treatment team in implementation of the individualized plan of care. Report factors that may impede successful accomplishment of the treatment plan to an RN or Medical Provider.
  • Provide patient educational information for identified learning needs.
  • Facilitate educational/activity groups as assigned or when indicated using approved materials. Recommend alternative activities based on patient functioning level and treatment plan.
  • Ensure compliance with infection control protocols and/or policies by patients, visitors, and staff.
  • Review assignment sheet, communication/report books, and facility designated communication tools each shift, i.e. communication log, bulletin boards, etc
  • Facilitate a therapeutic and safe environment.
  • Remain on-duty until coverage for subsequent shift arrives on unit and has received verbal report.
  • Ensure all patient valuables retained at the hospital during inpatient stay are recorded and stored per policy.
  • Ensure patients are discharged with all personal belongings, medications, prescriptions, discharge, and referral information.
  • Perform environmental and safety rounds and complete environmental check sheet as assigned. Take action to mitigate risk and report identified problems to the Program Director, Director of Nursing or Designee.
  • Comply with National Patient Safety Goals and provide immediate feedback if non-compliance is identified.
  • Ensure a First Dose Review has been completed prior to the administration of any new medication.
  • Obtain clarification on medication orders that are unclear, do not include all the required elements or include Do Not Use abbreviations.
  • Read Back and receive confirmation on all telephone/verbal orders.
  • Reinforce medication teaching on all new medications and respond to additional questions and concerns the patient may have regarding medications. Forward all complicated questions to an RN or Medical Provider.
  • Document medication variances and/or adverse drug reactions on the appropriate form and notify the patient, practitioner and facility leadership as directed per policy.
  • Control access to the medication rooms and/or medication dispensing machines in accordance with facility policy.
  • Ensure medication room and equipment is clean, including no personal belongings in the medication room.

Job Requirements

Licensed Practical Nurse

Education, Skills and Experience Requirements:

  • Graduate of an accredited LPN program.
  • Current state licensure. CPI /CPR Certified per policy. Driver Safety Training.
  • One year behavioral health/substance abuse related experience preferred.
  • Ability to use telephones extensively; ability to relay clear written messages; ability to use computer keyboard and calculator extensively.
  • Ability to effectively read, write and process information; ability to input/retrieve information to/from computer and files.
  • Ability to converse with others to give, take and process information in English; extensive use of telephone. Ability to hear alarms and pages.
  • Ability to converse in English with others to give, take and process information; extensive use of telephone. Ability to maintain confidentiality of information, multi-task, coordinate projects and record/transcribe general and specific meeting minutes. Ability to work independently and collaboratively. Communicate with other staff to relay concerns and observations involving patient safety.
  • Occasional/limited exposure to: Infection and to the risk of bloodborne diseases; hazardous agents, body fluids and wastes; unpleasant patient or departmental elements; to potentially violent/aggressive patients/staff/visitors, critical incidents, and/or sentinel events. Occasionally needed to work irregular hours or additional hours.
  • Ability to provide excellent service to internal and external customers.
  • Ability to effectively listen, process received information, and express ideas both orally and in writing in English.
  • Ability to initiate action, take personal responsibility, suggest improvements, and solve problems within scope of job without being asked.
  • Ability to understand and comply with government, regulatory, and company rules.
  • Ability to record, report, and maintain confidentiality of information and respond to requests for information.
  • Ability to get assigned work done in an acceptable manner, in the time allotted, with minimal prompting or reminders.

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