|A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) administers quality bedside care and related services to residents and manages all designated personnel, supplies, and equipment in an assigned unit under the supervision of nursing management.
The general purpose of the LPN position is to perform nursing practices and routines in the absence of a registered nurse (RN) and under the supervision of a physician, Director of Nursing Services, or RN, in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations and guidelines. A LPN assists in the supervision of Nursing Assistants and promotes a positive physical and psychosocial environment amongst residents and staff.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Specific responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Observes residents, charting and reporting changes in residents’ conditions, such as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and taking any necessary action in accordance with the Facility’s policies and procedures.
• Administers prescribed medications, treatments, and therapy under the supervision of licensed staff and cites times and amounts in residents’ records.
• Makes resident rounds, checking and observing care rendered by staff, and promptly answers residents’ calls regardless of assignment.
• Supervises Nursing Assistants and provides them with orientation, training, and ongoing guidance and support.
• Provides basic resident care and treatments, such as taking temperatures or blood pressures, dressing wounds, treating bedsores, performing catheterizations, measuring and recording vital signs, helping residents to eat, drink, toilet, stand or walk, and assisting them in maintaining personal hygiene and bathing.
• Reviews MDS, care plans, and documentation for accuracy, as assigned.
• Works as part of a health care team to assess residents’ needs, plan and modify care, implement interventions, and to assist Nursing Assistants in effort to provide optimal care.
• Maintain a safe work environment and exhibit safe work practices in accordance with Facility policies and procedures, including infection control techniques to prevent the spread of communicable diseases.
• Maintains knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations, as well as adheres to, upholds, and enforces all facility policies and procedures.
• Attends all department meetings and/or educational programs as scheduled.
• Recognize your role as part of the QAPI efforts of your organization.
• Attend trainings to build understanding and capacity to undertake QAPI work.
• Carry out QAPI roles and responsibilities as assigned.
• Follow established policies and procedures in support of QAPI efforts.
• Look for and share with leadership ideas for improvement in the organization.
• Communicate to leadership upon witnessing a positive outcome of a QAPI project or detecting barriers preventing project success.
• Support QAPI efforts both verbally and non-verbally (i.e., via actions and attitude), including adjusting performance and practice in accordance with QAPI initiatives and findings.
• Performs additional functions or duties, as assigned by the supervisor.
Essential Knowledge, Skills and Ability
• EDUCATION: High school diploma or GED is required.
• CERTIFICATION: Current LPN license is required, and the employee must be in good standing with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Possession of a current Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers CPR certificate or enrollment in a CPR class may also be necessary.
• EXPERIENCE: Sufficient education in order to perform daily tasks with an understanding of the duties involved.