GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:
The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is a licensed nurse who participates in the plan of care to provide competent, compassionate and individualized nursing care to patients and their families - as developed by a registered nurse or nurse practitioner. The LPN also participates in the medical plan of care under the supervision of the physician or nurse practitioner and in activities to facilitate safe and efficient practice operations.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Participates in the plan of nursing care as developed by and under the supervision of a registered nurse or nurse practitioner
Communicates the plan of care and other pertinent information to/from other team members
Provides nursing care appropriate to age group of patients consistent with the practice scope of service
Observes, reports, and documents pertinent patient information, in accordance with the standards of documentation for ambulatory care nursing.
Performs nursing procedures within the scope of practice of an LPN as outlined by the Nursing Board of Registration and as outlined in the MGH scope of practice.
Collects data to assist the registered nurse or nurse practitioner to evaluate outcomes of nursing care for patients and to modify the plan of care as appropriate.
Works with the registered nurse or nurse practitioner to define standards of excellence for patient care.
Participates in and contributes to performance improvement activities.
Assures efficient patient flow through the office.
Assists with the patient intake process: assures patient record complete prior to visit, escorts patient to exam room and checks two patient identifiers, obtains information about chief complaint, reviews current medications and prescriptions needing refill, obtains vital signs, age-appropriate measurements and other measurements as applicable, reviews record for immunization needs, documents all the above.
Instructs/assists patient to prepare for examination by provider including setting up special equipment as needed.
Notifies provider when patient is ready and communicates pertinent information obtained during the intake process.
Assists patient through check-out process when exam is complete
Cleans and prepares room for next patient
Responds to needs to expedite visits and keep on schedule
Participates in the medical plan of care under the direction of the physician or nurse practitioner
Administers medications within the parameters defined by the Department of Nursing after successful orientation.
Collects & tests specimens and instructs patient about specimen collection at home, as applicable.
Performs other tests, procedures, and treatments within the LPN scope of practice.
Performs designated tasks to track test results and communicate results to patients.
Receives patient messages, reviews with provider, and acts as directed.
Faxes, mails or telephones in prescription renewals as directed by provider.
Assists provider in coordinating care with/making referrals to community agencies.
Participates in orientation of new permanent and temporary staff members.
Teaches and directs another clinical support staff for whom she/he is responsible.
Appropriately utilizes MGH nursing resources.
Participates in daily activities conducive to the comfort and safety of patients, their families, and practice staff.
Appropriately utilizes equipment and supplies.
Provides input to supervisor regarding practice needs.
Participates in practice and other committees for formulation of practice policies & procedures.
Professional development - maintains and updates clinical knowledge and skills.
Collaborates with registered nurse or nurse practitioner to identify/meet own learning needs.
Participates in relevant continuing education programs.
Adheres to regulatory requirements for annual training.
Follows Infection control policies
SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
Graduate of an approved School of Technical Licensed Nursing
Must be able to work with all age groups.
Must have flexibility for positions requiring evening and Saturday coverage.
Long periods of standing.
Must be able to walk, stand, stoop, squat, and lift 10-50 lbs. without restrictions and climb stairs.
Able to hear normal speech.
Able to communicate orally and in writing.
Able to see details for patient's physical assessment.
Must be able to document services provided.
May be exposed to hazardous materials, infectious materials, needles and body fluids, and toxic chemicals.
May be exposed to all temperatures and types of weather.
Must be able to adapt to client status and needs, as directed.
Degree of disruption to routine and/or overtime:
Safety hazards in job:
Massachusetts General Hospital