Licensed Practical Nurse
The Licensed Practical Nurse performs responsibilities that are supportive and/or restorative under the direction of a Registered Professional Nurse.
Provides nursing care to an assigned group of patients, and administers medications and/or treatments upon demonstration of ability in accordance with policy of the Hospital/Ambulatory Care.
Aware of the population specific patient management for the area which they work. Demonstrates the ability to function as part of an interdisciplinary health care team.
Provides direct patient care (in accordance with Nurse Practice Act and Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center Policies and Procedures).
Performs tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the Registered Nurse as related to:
Medical treatments and selected nursing interventions
Ambulation and exercise
The maintenance of patient safety
Administers medications to assigned patients.
Utilizes appropriate technique in performing venipuncture to obtain blood specimens in accordance with agency procedure.
Verbalizes knowledge of and adheres to OSHA standards for blood-borne pathogens when handling blood and body fluids.
Performs diagnostic testing: EKG, point of care testing.
Performs all skills on skills competency inventory as indicated by patient assignment/needs or as directed, under the supervision of the Registered Professional Nurse.
Performs CPR as needed or directed in accordance with Hospital policy.
Prepares and assists patients for diagnostic tests and medical regimens/examinations.
Participates in the check in process of patients according to ambulatory care’s policies and procedures.
Performs and documents assigned tasks such as height, weight, T.P.R., blood pressure, etc.
Reports observations and vital signs to Registered Nurse, as needed.
Assumes role of patient advocate and conforms to policies and regulations governing patient rights, confidentiality and the HIPAA Privacy & Security Rules.
Able to verbalize an understanding of the components of the Chronic Care Model and apply these in the planning and delivery of care.
Assists medical staff with treatment and diagnostic procedures (e.g., fixes slides for pap smears, hands instruments to physicians.)
Under the direction of a RN or physician, changes dressings that require sterile technique; maintains principles of asepsis.
Demonstrates compliance to infection control protocols and maintains a safe, clean and therapeutic work environment.
Assists Registered Nurse in identifying patient knowledge deficits and providing education to patients and families.
Establishes positive relationships with patients and families in accordance with Patients' Bill of Rights.
Keeps patient information confidential and respects patient's right to privacy.
Assists in maintaining a clean, safe environment for patients and co-workers.
Documents nursing care as per department policies and standards.
Keeps Registered Nurse and Physician informed of admissions, patient problems and changes in patient's condition.
Assists Registered Nurse and physician during emergencies.
Contributes to positive team morale by assisting co-workers, physicians, and other team members.
Demonstrates initiative in utilizing learning resources in ambulatory care. Updates knowledge as necessary.
Maintains a level of cultural competence.
Ensures that patients receive timely and appropriate care within the delivery system and assists with facilitating internal and external referrals.
Provides assistance with completion of health forms.
Performs patient care follow-ups (e.g., checking on broken appointments, confirming appointments or tests by telephone); documents action taken in patient’s chart.
Coordinates assignments to maintain patient flow throughout the clinic.
Communicates with pharmacies as well as insurance companies related to patient treatment plans and approvals of medications and/or procedures/DIs.
Ensures appropriate coverage of all patients by assisting and relieving co-workers as assigned.
Maintains a safe, therapeutic environment for patients, families/significant others, and staff.
Is aware of fire safety/evacuation and disaster plan.
Serves as a clinical resource for non-professional staff.
Relieves coworkers for meals and breaks.
Monitors equipment and supplies for clinic sessions, assuring adequate quantities are available; reports shortages to Registered Nurse or Site Administrator/Manager.
Provides and promotes safe and clean environment for patients (e.g., prepares examining rooms between patient visits, performs light housekeeping duties during and after each clinic session.)
Arranges laboratory tests, special clinic appointments, etc., according to physician orders; confirms appointments with patients, follow-ups as needed.
Participates in meetings, committees, conferences, and educational programs.
Participates in Performance Improvement/Quality Assurance activities and demonstrates initiative in identifying and communicating performance improvement/quality assurance problems and issues.
Demonstrates responsibility for continuing professional growth and education, including attendance at staff development and continuing education programs.
Conforms to all Nursing Department/Ambulatory Care policies and procedures.
Maintains a consistent and flexible pattern of attendance in accordance with assigned schedule and reports to work on time.
Conforms to agency guidelines regarding dress code; is well groomed and neat.
Maintains good personal hygiene.