GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION:
Performs under the supervision of the Director of Nursing. Performs the functions of a Licensed Practical Nurse in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating assigned clients’ care in collaboration with the Clinical Supervisor/RN and Physician in the clinical care. Requires a high degree of independent judgment. Plans and coordinated daily activities of the medical unit.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF POSITION DUTIES:
- Directs and supervises clinical staff on a daily basis and makes job assignments as needed.
- Responsible for scheduling assignments of staff and approves requested leave.
- Participates in the interviewing process for Certified/Registered Medical Assistant. Recommends new hires.
- Conducts employee’s evaluation as required.
- Reviews and signs off on time cards for final approval by Nursing Director.
- Assesses the number and level of personnel needed to provide quality patient care and adjusts staffing and assignments appropriately.
- Assesses and evaluates nursing care given by self; identifies problems and need for improvement and communicates this to the Director of Nursing.
- Assess the health status of all patients assigned to him promptly upon their arrival in the department.
- Assists in prioritizing the patient’s immediate needs.
- Completes those portions of the pertinent patient history as directed by Director of Nursing. Organized assessment data so that it is accurate, complete and accessible. Collects data from client by interviewing, observing, inspecting, auscultation, palpating, then reports and records. Supports and adheres to administrative and Nursing Services policies and procedures.
- Documents nursing actions implemented and effectiveness of implementation in the progress notes.
- Communicates assessment data in an orderly fashion by recording, updating, and communicating to the Director of Nursing and Provider, and revising as appropriate.
- Plans and develops self-objectives with the Director of Nursing in conjunction with performance evaluation.
- Suggests ways to solve problems and make improvements in the department.
- In collaboration with the Clinical Director and the physician, contributes to the formulation of client care.
- Responsible in facilitating patient flow.
- Assists Certified/Registered Medical Assistant in taking vital signs and assists Physician and Director or Nursing.
- Administers medications to client as ordered, including injections, summarizations (after obtaining informed consent and/or patient teaching).
- Explains diagnostic procedures to patient when necessary and clarifies instructions.
- Assigns staff members to assists physicians in conjunction with or in the absence of the Director of Nursing.
- Able to identify appropriate forms, complete forms, medical records and/or statistical record keeping as necessary.
- Upon request of the M.D. makes referrals to outside agencies.
- Reports abnormal diagnostic reports to the Director of Nursing and Physician.
- Promotes harmonious working relationships and favorable attitudes among the health care team.
- Knowledgeable of rules, regulations, center policies, procedures and capable of communicating the above, on the client’s level, as necessary.
- Checks and maintains the emergency cart on the area, works with medical emergencies under the supervision of RN and/or M.D., identifies and takes appropriate action on medical emergencies as specified by VCLS protocols.
- Is knowledgeable of location, care and operation of all Emergency equipment, including but not limited to Life Pack, sterile trays and crash cart contents.
- Participates in conferences and meetings as necessary. Participates in any pertinent in-service education planned by the Center to improve job performance.
- Supports and adheres to administrative, Drug and Alcohol Program and Nursing Service policies and procedures. Ability to perform IV therapy independently utilizing universal precaution and patient safety. Evaluates self-objectives and determines need for new objectives.
- Evaluates the effectiveness of problem-solving techniques and activities implemented.
- Explains diagnostic procedures to patients when necessary and clarifies instructions.
- Assesses stock levels of pharmaceuticals and other supplies and orders replacements as needed as assigned by the Director of Nursing.
- Interprets Center Program and Guidelines to clients when necessary.
- Assisted Certified/Registered Medical Assistant in improving patient care skills as indicated.
- Assists with orientation and training of new nursing personnel.
- Conforms to Center dress code.
- Participates in the evaluation of in-service education programs.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Has knowledge and ability to recognize medical emergencies and triage appropriately.
- Has knowledge of medical procedures which relate to patient education and health practices.
- Has ability to relate to patients and capable of performing mini patient educational services.
- Has knowledge of medical terminology and medication.
- Has the ability to carry out treatment as ordered and document appropriately within the realm of practice.
- Provides leadership for peers and subordinate via sound nursing practice and innovative patient education.
- Able to independently intercede as the patient’s advocate employing nursing ethics and sound nursing judgments.
- Able to take oral and written directions, from M.D. and/or as delegated by the Director of Nursing.
- Has ability to assist with general procedures as they relate to the specified patient.
- Capable of maintaining a passing score of 75% on annual pharmacology test.
- Has ability to perform nursing procedures as outlined in skills checklist.
- Has knowledge of universal precautions and employ these in everyday practice.
- Has skill in supervision of employees.
- Has ability to use mature nursing judgment in daily decision making, i.e. patient triage, nursing leader in absence of Director of Nursing.
Approved Licensed Practical Nurse course with valid Georgia license. Experience in a health care setting and a minimum of two years supervisory experience. Ability to communicate effectively. Bilingual a plus.
TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Requires full range of body motion including handling and lifting patients, manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination. Requires standing and walking extensive periods of time. Occasionally lifts and carries items weighing up to 100 pounds. Requires corrected vision and hearing to normal range. Requires working under stressful conditions and/or working irregular hours. Requires exposure to communicable diseases or bodily fluids.
TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS:
Frequent exposure to communicable diseases, toxic substances, ionizing radiation, medicinal preparations and others common to clinic environment.