LPN - 2588

Indian Rivers Mental Health Center Tuscaloosa , AL 35487

Posted 3 months ago

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) - CSU

MI - Crisis Stabilization Unit

Relief; work days and shifts vary

  • Tuscaloosa, AL -


Working knowledge of psychiatric disorders in adult populations.
Demonstrated knowledge of general and psychiatric nursing care.
Effective knowledge of adult consumers as related to all intellectual,
emotional, spiritual, and physical aspects of their development.
Demonstrated knowledge of behavior management, crisis intervention, and
interventions common to acute psychiatric consumers as well as to non-violent
crisis intervention practice.
Knowledge of instruction and teaching tools appropriate to adult
Effective knowledge of effects and treatment of physical, sexual, and
emotional abuse and neglect issues.
Knowledge of cultural diversity.

EssentialFunctions / Responsibilities:

Completion of the admission process for consumers including:Nursing
Assessments, Medical Checklist/Physical Health/Nutritional screening, Medication
List, Medication Administration Record, vital signs, height/weight, transcribing
physician orders, AIMS, and admission notes.
Observes consumers behavior in groups and activities, documenting
observations in consumer records.Interacts with consumers, determines needs, and
ensures that pertinent information is reported from shift to shift or during
staffing with the Treatment Team.
Provides direct nursing care, as indicated.
Transcribes/posts all medication orders to the MAR and acquires medications
for the immediate initiation of medications.
Administers medications, oral and injectable, observing the Five Rights of
Medication Administration.
Documents appropriately on the Medication Administration Record (MAR).
Checks record of allergies before administering medications.
Provides medication education for the consumer and family, including uses
and potential side effects.Monitors consumers for potential side effects of
medications and reports findings to the RN, CRNP, and the physician.
Communicates effectively w/ RN, CRNP and physician regarding consumers
physical and mental condition.
Interfaces with the multi-disciplinary team and actively and cooperatively
participates in development of the interdisciplinary treatment plan.
Contacts laboratory, requests and monitor results, and reports all abnormal
findings to the physician.
Provides emergency care as needed (CPR, PRN medications), according to IRMHC
policy and procedures.
Has ability to recognize the elements of a crisis state and knows how to
deescalate or resolve the situation.
Adheres to professional code of ethics.
Seeks clinical supervision and consultation as needed.
Accepts and employs suggestions for improvement.
Actively works to enhance clinical skills.
Documents in a timely fashion per IRMHC policy.
Documents in a clear, concise manner types of consumer problems, treatment
goals and services provided.
Documentation shows that forms, notes, logs, and other applicable written
information are completed promptly, accurately and updated when appropriate.
Treats consumers with care, dignity and compassion.
Respects consumers privacy and confidentiality.
Is pleasant and cooperative with others.
Assists consumers and visitors as needed.
Personal values dont inhibit ability to relate and care for others.
Is sensitive to the consumers needs, expectations and individual
Is gentle and calm with consumers and families.
Accesses appropriate community resources according to consumer needs.
Follows IRMHC Policy and Procedures.
Update and post notes and services in Avatar daily.
Maintain communication and awareness of current events by reading memos,
e-mails, bulletin boards, and communication logs.
Work independently and/or with teams to complete assigned tasks accurately
and in a timely manner with minimum supervision.
Support Organizational Code of Conduct, Standards Compliance, HIPAA and
Security Programs by ensuring job tasks are performed in a legal and ethical
manner, assessing the work area for non-compliance and notifying the supervisor,
manager, Executive Director or designee as appropriate, and maintaining training
requirements and understanding that training is a required condition of
Maintain the confidential nature of all consumer and Organization related
activities by not divulging information outside the facility, discussing
information within the facility on a need-to-know basis, acknowledging policy
annually by signing confidentiality statement, and by referring media and
general inquiries to the Executive Director.
Adhere to attendance and punctuality policy by allowing adequate time to
arrive, clock-in and assume responsibilities at designated time, adhering to
meal and break times and making timely requests for annual leave and reporting
the need for sick leave in accordance with policy.
Comply with all standards related to safety and health by maintaining
current TB Test, CPR/First Aid, CPI, and by reporting infections and on-the-job
injuries in accordance with policy.
Identify opportunities for improving the quality of services provided by the
department and the organization.
All other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor or
Executive Director.

Minimum Qualifications:

Must possess a current LPN license to practice in the state of Alabama.
Experience in mental health setting preferred.
Basic knowledge of medical terminology in psychiatric care required.
Familiarity with psycho-pharmacy and the use of psychotropic medications
with the adult population preferred.
Valid Alabama Drivers License and with good driving record as defined
by Indian Rivers policy.
Must be able to read, write legibly, speak, and comprehend English.

Working Conditions, HIPAA and Other Guidelines:

Job Specifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be
able to perform each primary duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed
below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities,
who are otherwise qualified, to perform the essential functions.

HIPAA: Must be knowledgeable of and abide by HIPAA regulations with regard to
protected health information as defined by HIPAA and IRMHC. Minimally accesses
verbal, written, and /or electronic PHI, usually incidentally to an approved use
and /or disclosure as pertains to consumers financial, demographic, and/or
clinical data.

Working Conditions: Works in residential facilities; may require long hours.
Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and
interact with other employees, consumers and the public through the use of the
telephone and personal contact. Physical capability to effectively use and
operate various items of office related equipment, such as, but not limited to,
computer, copier, multi-line phone and fax machine. Must be able to lift fifty
(50) pounds and negotiate several sets of stairs in an eight (8) hour shift.
Some risk involved in the event of aggressive/out-of-control consumers. Must
possess a valid Alabama drivers license.

Physical Requirements:
The Physical Requirements described herein are
representative of those which must be met by an employee to successfully perform
the primary functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to
enable individuals with disabilities, who are otherwise qualified, to perform
essential functions.

Physical presence onsite is essential. Hearing and vision must be normal or
corrected to within normal range. Able to perform the duties with or without
reasonable accommodation.

Indian Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer

This Employer participates in E-Verify

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