JOB DESCRIPTION: Provides a variety of skilled nursing care activities for residents in a skilled care nursing facility. Administers IVs and medications. Assists with diagnostic procedures. Observes and records patient's condition and progress. Assists physicians and registered nurses in the comfort, care, and treatment of patients. Serves as Nurse (LPN) in Charge of a nursing unit as appropriate. Performs other related duties as required. Operates specialized medical equipment common to assigned work area. Assists in maintaining equipment and related supplies. Performs basic assessment of patient and monitors response to interventions. Reports observations to appropriate personnel. Obtains vital signs and measurements. Safely performs designated nursing procedures and other measures per competency management process while following appropriate policies. Administers and records routine medications following appropriate standards of care. Administers primary IV fluids and designated medications; monitors infusions of epidural and patient controlled analgesia medications. Assists in monitoring controlled substances. Provides emotional and physical comfort and safety for patients. Assists with hygiene, nourishment (feeding and enteral feedings), and related personal care for both ambulatory and non-ambulatory patients. Monitors patient response to nourishment and enteral feeding flow rates and irrigation. Performs venipuncture to administer fluids, medicine, blood and/or withdraw blood. May assist with various diagnostic procedures. Provides input into the patient care plan including discharge planning; coordinates care with professional and support staff. Implements appropriate critical pathways. Establishes and maintains communications with the health care team, patient, and family. Teaches patient and family and reinforces as necessary. Works with manager to formulate plan for professional development. Attends educational in-services as appropriate. Accesses and enters information on administration of medicines, technical and physical observations of patients in accordance with hospital guidelines. Maintains confidentiality of information. Maintains clean, safe and therapeutic environment for patient in compliance with Universal Precautions guidelines and safety standards. May assist with research projects. As necessary, assists with admission, transfer and discharge of patients, fluid intake and output and appropriate recording, collection of urine, stool and sputum specimens.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A high school diploma or equivalent. Licensed as a Practical Nurse in the state of Georgia. Currently certified in Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS)ACLS, and Healthcare Provider. One year experience in long term care preferred. Successful completion of an IV therapy training program, or recent clinical experience in IV therapy preferred.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: (Medium-Heavy) 36-75 lbs, 0-33% of the work day (occasionally); 20-35 lbs, 34-66% of the workday; (frequently); 10-20 lbs, 67-100% of the workday (constantly); Lifting 75 lbs max; Carrying of objects up to 35 lbs; Occasional to frequent standing & walking; Occasional sitting; Close eye work (computers, typing, reading, writing); Physical demands may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Factors affecting environment conditions may vary depending on the assigned work area and tasks. Environmental exposures include, but are not limited to: Blood-borne pathogen exposure; Bio-hazardous waste Chemicals/gases/fumes/vapors; Communicable diseases; Electrical shock; Floor Surfaces; Hot/Cold Temperatures; Indoor/Outdoor conditions; Latex; Lighting; Patient care/handling injuries; Radiation; Shift work; Travel may be required; Use of personal protective equipment, including respirators; environmental conditions may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.