DCH Tuscaloosa , AL 35487
Under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN), the LPN/ED administers compassionate care by maintaining standards of nursing practice and creating positive therapeutic relationships with patients/families. Encourages team members and supports their contribution.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES/ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Collects and documents data on each assigned patient on an ongoing basis to include but not limited to the normal systems review, behavioral, psychological, developmental, and age-related factors. Specific ages: neonate, pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric.
Performs basic and/or advanced nursing tasks, as appropriate for the department/unit.
Records and reports to the RN all observed abnormal and/or significant findings to include but not limited to symptoms, abnormal drainage, reactions, responses to treatments, medications, and changes in the patient's condition.
Maintains basic cardiac rhythm monitoring skills.
Provides and documents patient (significant other) education based on physical, behavioral, psychological, developmental, and age-related factors, after identifying barriers to learning.
Documents all patient care activities and/or observations according to policies and procedures
Performs IV therapy as outlined in DCH policy of IV catheter insertion.
Manages Med Control calls when requested to do so.
Performs and/or assist with various orthopedic procedures/splint applications.
a. measure and record intake and output
b. measure and record vital signs, O2 Saturation, weight, height
c. positioning patients; lifting and turning patients;
d. applying/utilizing special equipment;
e. assisting in use of bedpan, urinal or commode;
f. ambulating the patient;
g. pre-operative and post-operative care;
h. application/removal of anti-embolism stocking and SCD devices;
i. removal of foley catheters;
j. perineal care; vaginal irrigations (non-sterile); sitz baths
k. non-medicated enemas;
l. application of heat and cold;
m. care of the incontinent patient;
n. skin care to the immobilized patient;
o. removal of saline lock,
p. emptying of colostomy bags;
q. application of appliances for heat and cold;
r. performing blood sugars.
s. placing patients on cardiac monitors
t. set up of oxygen per nasal cannula at 2L/min
u. feeding patients
v. collecting, labeling, and transporting of lab specimens.
23. Performs initial and annual competency per job class. Specific ages: neonates, pediatric, adolescent, and adult and geriatric as defined by scope of service.
24. Applies safety principles and safe patient handling and mobility concepts to the performance of specific techniques of personal and supportive care, such as ambulation of patients, transferring patients, assisting with normal range of motion and positioning and transporting of patients.
25. Participates in economical utilization of supplies and ensures that equipment and nursing units are maintained in a clean, safe manner.
26. Assists in performance improvement (PI) activities by serving on PI teams as warranted, assisting with PI measures and supporting and implementing changes necessary for improvement.
Maintains performance, patient and employee satisfaction and financial standards as outlined in the performance evaluation.
Performs compliance requirements as outlined in the Employee Handbook
Must adhere to the DCH Behavioral Standards including creating positive relationships with patients/families, coworkers, colleagues and with self.
Requires use of electronic mail, time and attendance software, learning management software and intranet.
Must adhere to all DCH Health System policies and procedures.
All other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
Must hold a valid Alabama Licensed Practice Nurse (LPN) license. Must be able to read, write legibly, speak, and comprehend English. Must be familiar with use of computers. Previous experience as paramedic and in direct patient care setting preferred.
Physical: Physical presence onsite is essential. Hearing and vision must be normal or corrected within normal range. Able to perform duties with or without reasonable accommodation. Ability to tolerate prolonged periods of standing and walking. Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds. Is able to push stretcher/wheelchair with average adult patient. Is able to do frequent stooping and on occasion crouching, crawling or kneeling. Ability to reach reasonable distances in any direction. Ability to run in emergency situations. Must be able to move fingers in a coordinated manner. Must have ability to feel and perceive temperature, texture, shape and size with fingertips.
Environmental : Includes exposure to human body fluids, disease, infection, lab chemicals and hazard materials and/or cleaning solutions. Requires wearing common protective or safety equipment.
Psychological: Includes receiving delegation, working with team members, addressing conflict, and communicating with all types of personalities.