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LPN Licensed Practical Nurse

Company: Odin Health and Rehab Center
Location: Odin
Posted on: November 18, 2021

Job Description:

PURPOSE The primary purpose of this position is to provide direct nursing care of assigned residents under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. The LVN/LPN contributes to the provision of quality nursing care through techniques that support and achieve positive outcomes, and assurring resident safety.KEY JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Provides accurate assessment, over-sight, and monitoring of Patients for quality medical management and early detection of changes in condition.
  • Responds promptly to evaluate and remedy Patient concerns and complaints; manages and documents accordingly.
  • Utilizes professional standards in performing basic assessment and clinical monitoring in accordance with scope of licensure.
  • Recognizes AND appropriately responds to emergent and significant change in condition; completes documentation as required.
  • Recognizes AND appropriately responds to significant incidents; completes required notifications and investigative documentation as required.
  • Utilizes change of condition management practice including referencing care pathways, on-site services, change-of-condition file cards and stop-and-watch tools.
  • Maintains familiarity with the use of emergency medical supplies; follows facility practices for monitoring and re-stocking crash carts & other emergency supplies.
  • Effectively communicates accurate assessment detail, medical history, advanced directives, and availability of onsite services to physicians.
  • Escalates Medical Director involvement when needed to facilitate proper medical care and clinical management of a patient.
  • Observes, records, reports to supervisor and physician Patient's change of condition and significant incidents.
  • Provides change-of-shift report to communicate changes in condition and unit activities; updates 24 hour communication report when indicated.
  • Maintains communication with responsible party specific to changes in condition and notification requirements.
  • Develops, implements, evaluates, and updates plans of care accordingly.
  • Encourages Patients to participate in prescribed therapies, dietary regimen, and activity programs, as appropriate. Reports, documents, and care plans non-compliance.
  • Effectively participates in IDT Walking Rounds and reviews plan of care for assigned Patients; collaborates with MDS for completion of RAI.
  • Completes admission, transfers, and discharge processes in an efficient manner; promotes accurate and timely documentation.
  • Answers call lights and attends to Patient needs in accordance with scope of practice.
  • Supervises/mentors CNAs in providing quality services in accordance with facility policies, state/federal laws, scope of practice, and individualized plans of care.
  • Identifies and acts upon unsafe situations (i.e./ oxygen storage, smoking practices, unauthorized medication use, ETOH or drug abuse, unsafe environmental conditions, etc).
  • Provides/facilitates appropriate assessment, diagnostics, and management interventions to address psycho-social and behavioral needs.
  • Facilitates the proper identification, assessment, and clinical management of skin disorders and pressure ulcers; notifies physician's of new, stagnant, and worsening conditions.
  • Monitors and facilitates the proper delivery of therapeutic diets, fluid restrictions, and modified fluids in accordance with physician's orders and care plan.
  • Initiates and facilitates proper meal/fluid intake and output monitoring; acts to prevent complications including sig. weight variance, dehydration, fluid overload, and fecal impaction.
  • Identifies Patient risk(s) areas and appropriately implements preventative measures as needed (i.e./ at bedside, etc); facilitates compliance with individualized plans of care.
  • Monitors and provides appropriate care to clinically complex patients in accordance with facility policies and scope of practice; enteral, dialysis, IV therapy, trachs, etc.
  • Maintains familiarity and promotes the use of Patient safety equipment and supplies; mechanical lifts, gait belts, alarms, sensors, floor mats, assistive devices, etc.
  • Maintains familiarity and promotes the use of personal protective equipment; follows infection control policies and practices.
  • Collaborates / Educates Patients and Families [uses "teach-back" method] as needed to achieve highest level of wellness in accordance with plans of care and discharge plans.
  • Identifies functional declines and reports to physician, IDT, and RP accordingly.
  • Completes appropriate referrals to other departments and ancillary providers when needed to address patient needs [IDT, therapy, dietary, social services, activities, etc.].
  • Regularly monitors documentation/Progress Reports to facilitate point of care ADL documentation and complete intake & output records.MEDICATION AND TREATMENT ADMINISTRATION FUNCTIONS:
    • Takes, transcribes, and carries out complete orders in accordance with professional standards and Covenant Care's order sets.
    • Implements and maintains established policies and procedures relative to skin care treatments; communicates formulary availability to physician's accordingly.
    • Clarifies incomplete, unclear, or atypical orders and instructions accordingly.
    • Facilitates the availability of medications, treatment supplies, diagnostic testing, and equipment to comply with physician's orders; invokes satellite/STAT procedures when needed.
    • Properly prepares and administers medications and treatments.
    • Complies with professional standards, policies & procedures, and legal documentation principles for administering medications, treatments, enterals, and intravenous therapies.
    • Performs shift counts for controlled substances and ensures records reflect accurate reconciliation of shift activities; immediately reports discrepancies to Supervisor.
    • Disposes of drugs, controlled substances, and biologicals in accordance with established policies and procedures.
    • Checks medications in upon delivery from pharmacy and validates accuracy; reconciles new and re-admission drug regimens accordingly.
    • Promptly identifies AND reports medication errors to attending MD, DON, and RP; invokes appropriate monitoring and management of patient condition.
    • Maintains proper storage and security of medications and biologicals; medication/treatment carts, controlled storage, medication rooms, and other storage areas.
    • Maintains cleanliness and organization of nurses station and drug storage areas.
    • Properly labels, re-stocks, and discards items on med/treatment carts accordingly.
    • Demonstrates competency in professional standards for safe medication administration.
    • Maintains proper hand washing and infection control practices during med pass and treatment; including disinfecting CoaguCheck, blood glucose monitors, iSTAT.
    • Appropriately monitors, assesses, documents, and medicates pain throughout the shift; follows company practices for recording pain characteristics; levels using 0/10 pain scale.
    • Monitors and reports adverse drug reactions, side effects, enteral, and intravenous therapy complications as appropriate.
    • Administers and safely monitors Coumadin Therapy.CHARTING AND DOCUMENTATION FUNCTIONS:
      • Completes required documentation and assessments timely; retains and files legal documentation accordingly.
      • Completes daily Medicare assessments and supportive skilled service narratives.
      • Encourages attending physicians to review treatment plans, record/sign orders, progress notes, etc. in accordance with established policies and best practices.
      • Records nurses' notes and SBAR COC's in an accurate, complete, informative, and descriptive manner reflecting care provided and outcome/response.
      • Follows Covenant Cares incident management standards; completes appropriate SBAR's/COC and associated documentation, notification, and care plans.
      • Documents complete and accurate skin assessments upon admission, transfer, discharge, and COC; Completes accurate and timely documentation and re-evaluations.
      • Develops, reviews, and amends care plans accordingly.
      • Completes, and follows legal standards for entering, signing, dating, and correcting (errors/late entries) in the Patient's medical record.
      • Demonstrate key competencies as required by the position and in accordance with State/Federal regulations.INTERPERSONAL/LEADERSHIP FUNCTIONS:
        • Cooperates with others to achieve department objectives and maintain good employee, interdepartmental, and public relations.
        • Works cooperatively with IDT, nursing staff, and families to achieve the best possible outcomes for Patients.
        • Provides exceptional customer service to Patients, families, physician's, and facility partners; practices "family serving families" philosophy.
        • Greets newly admitted patients/families upon admission. Orients new patients and families to facility, staff, and routines.
        • Timely greets and makes rounds with physicians when they come to facility; proactively collaborates and communicates with confidence.
        • Utilizes a positive, 'can do' approach when interacting with patients, Physician's, family members, colleagues, caregivers, case managers, etc. and assignments / work.
        • Interacts with everyone in a friendly, courteous, kind, respectful manner that recognizes everyone as a unique, special human being.
        • Maintains HIPAA Privacy & Confidentiality of personal protected health information.
        • Reports occupational exposures to blood, body fluids, infectious materials, and hazardous chemicals in accordance with the facility's policies and procedures.
        • Recognizes and reports abuse, unethical behavior, attendance/HR issues, and code of conduct infractions.
        • Practices high standards of nursing care and follows facility policy & procedures; federal and state laws, Nurse Practice Act.
        • Records absences, tardiest, and relief coverage for assigned shifts as required; reports staffing concerns immediately to Administration.
        • Follows HR practices for documenting progressive disciplinary actions of supervised staff. Participates/completes annual performance reviews as required.
        • Takes initiative and identifies potential issues, problems, and challenges for management/QMP review; collaborates on the development of practical solutions.
        • Serves on, participates in, and attends various facility -based committees (e.g. Quality Management/Safety/IDT) as desired or required.
        • Organizes work day according to accepted routines and prioritizes activities to accomplish shift activities in a timely manner.
        • Maintains a skill set in teach back methods and educational programs for Patients and family members discharged to home; understands/articulates proper disease management.
        • Attends/participates in annual mandatory training programs for OSHA, hazard communication, exposure control, blood borne pathogens, abuse, HIPAA/Privacy, etc.
        • Attends and participates in continuing education and enhanced learning programs offered by the facility; maintains knowledge and skills to practice safe/competent care-giving.
        • Follows the federal/state laws and company policy related to reporting suspected injury or suspected abuse.
        • Understands and complies with Code of Conduct, HIPAA, reporting practices, and applicable company policies.
        • Maintains required licenses and certifications.
        • Abstains from chemical and substance abuse.
        • Maintains professional boundaries with patients, families, physicians, and colleagues.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (Specific Requirements, Education, Certification, and Experience)* Must be a graduate of an accredited school of nursing. * Must posses a current, unencumbered, active license to practice as a LVN or LPN in the State in which you are employed.* Must be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language. * Must posses the ability to make independent decisions when circumstance warrant such action * Must be knowledgeable of nursing and medical practices and procedures, as well as law, regulations, and guidelines that pertain to long-term care.
          • Must possess leadership and supervisory ability and the willingness to work harmoniously with and supervise other personnel.* Must possess the ability to plan, organize, develop, implement and interpret the programs, goals, objectives, policies and procedures, etc., that are necessary for providing quality care. * Must be able to relate information concerning a resident's condition. * Must no pose a direct threat to the health of other individuals in the workplace. * Must meet the general health requirements set forth by the policies of the facility or department which may include a medical and physical examination.ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
            • Artificial lighting.
              • Safety equipment required: Closed toed, non-skid shoes; application of universal precautions and use of appropriate PPE as indicated.* Typically 8 hour shifts with weekend coverage; first, second, and third shift. * Paced based on individual patient care demands and nurse assistant to patient ratio. * Flooring: Tile, carpet.* Medium to heavy physical demands including, occasional to frequent lifting, up to 100 pounds. * Frequent standing, bending, and reaching.* Occasional squatting, kneeling, twisting, and extending. * Subject to call-back emergency situations (i.e., severe weather, evacuation, and post disaster, etc.). * Possible exposure to infectious waste, hazardous chemicals, diseases, including TB, AIDS and Hepatitis B viruses.#INDHP

Keywords: Odin Health and Rehab Center, Decatur , LPN Licensed Practical Nurse, Healthcare , Odin, Illinois

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