The Licensed Practical Nurse performs all duties within the scope of his/her license including medication administration. Completed work is under the general supervision of Registered Nurse or Medical Doctor. The incumbent is technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations. Completed work requires only a general review by a RN or MD for appropriateness and conformity with established policies and procedures. The Licensed Practical Nurse for Hospice & Palliative Care is responsible for the evidence-based care of a group of patients as follows: Appropriately carry out assigned patient care based on the patients' conditions; to use judgment in selecting the appropriate order and sequence of procedures and treatments and to accurately recognize, report and record relevant patient information. Train less experienced LPN/LNs, Nursing Assistants and Health Technicians in relation to acceptable standards of practice in promoting optimal patient care delivery. Observe, identify and respond to the patient's needs for care, medication, equipment assisted care and patient/family education. In organizing and delivering care the LPN/LVN recognizes and considers emotional, cultural, spiritual, socio-economic and age related factors. Establishes constructive relationships with individual patients and their families to elicit feelings and attitudes, and to promote positive relationships, communication and socialization skills. Fosters an environment of respect for individual patient and family rights to privacy and dignity in all aspects of care delivery. Effectively incorporates knowledge and understanding of established customer service standards in all interactions with patients, family members, and/or other internal/external customers. Provides effective education to patients and/or family members in relation to common disease processes, medication and/or prescribed treatment regimes. Performs support duties for complex diagnostic tests and/or specialized practices or procedures, which include preparing the patient, assisting in the diagnostic examination, preparing and handling specialized instruments or other specialized equipment, and monitoring the patient's condition before, during, and following the procedure. Provides care of patients/residents and their environment contributing to optimizing patient/resident outcomes as a member of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team. Provides reporting, communication and documentation in the computerized patient record system with other members of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team. Demonstrates competency and consistency in the technical use of equipment, application of technical standards and performance of administrative support duties. Maintains patient/resident safety standards assuring patient /resident privacy, patient/resident physical safety, and patient/resident psychological safety. Demonstrates the knowledge and skill to prepare, administer, and appropriately document actions taken specific to commonly prescribed oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous medication. Provides assistance and support to the Registered Nurse and/or provider within the scope of the LPN/LVN license and consistent with Medical Center policy. Demonstrates the knowledge and skills to provide care and services consistent with Infection Control Standards of Practice providing optimal outcomes for patients, residents, visitors and employees. Recognizes, responds and initiates appropriate level response to medical emergency such as cardiac and/or respiratory failure. PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required. LPN State Licensure required. Two years of Long Term Care experience preferred. One year of End of Life Care experience preferred. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (Shift To Be Determined Based On Needs). Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
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