Providence is calling a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) (Sub Acute Care I, Days, 0.5 FTE) to Providence St. Joseph Care Center in Spokane, Washington. We are a community of caregivers delivering every day on our Mission to provide compassionate care that is accessible for all – especially those who are poor and vulnerable.
In this position you will:
- ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTIONS:
- Direct the day-to-day functions of the nursing assistants in accordance with current rules, regulations, and guidelines that govern the long-term care facility.
- Ensure that all nursing personnel assigned to you comply with the written policies and procedures established by this facility.
- Periodically review the department’s policies, procedure manuals, job descriptions, etc. Make recommendations for revisions.
- Meet with your assigned nursing staff, as well as support personnel, in planning the shifts, services, programs, and activities.
- Ensure that the Nursing Service Procedures Manual is current and reflects the day-to-day nursing procedures performed in this facility.
- Ensure that all nursing service personnel comply with the procedures set forth in the Nursing Service Procedures Manual.
- Make written and oral reports/recommendations concerning the activities of your shift as required.
- Cooperate with other resident services when coordinating nursing services to ensure that the resident’s total regimen of care is maintained.
- Ensure that all nursing service personnel are in compliance with their respective job descriptions.
- Participate in the development, maintenance, and implementation of the facility’s quality assurance program for the nursing service department.
- Participate in facility surveys (inspections) made by authorized government agencies as may be requested.
- Periodically review the resident’s written discharge plan. Participate in the updating of the resident’s written discharge plan as required.
- Assist in planning the nursing services portion of the resident’s discharge plan as necessary.
- Interpret the department’s policies and procedures to personnel, residents, visitors, and government agencies as required.
- Admit, transfer, and discharge residents as required.
- Complete accident/incident reports as necessary.
- Write resident charge slips and forward to the Business Office.
- Maintain the Daily Census Report and submit to the Business Office as required.
- Perform administrative duties such as completing medical forms, reports, evaluations, studies, charting, etc., as necessary.
- CHARTING AND DOCUMENTATION:
- Complete and file required record keeping forms/charts upon the resident’s admission, transfer, and/or discharge.
- Encourage attending physicians to review treatment plans, record and sign their orders, progress notes, etc., in accordance with established policies.
- Receive telephone orders form physicians and record on the Physicians Order form.
- Transcribe physician’s orders to resident charts, kardex, medication cards, treatment/care plans, as required.
- Chart nurses’ notes in an informative and descriptive manner that reflects the care provided to the resident, as well as the resident’s response to the care.
- Fill out and complete accident/incident reports. Submit to Director as required.
- Chart all reports of accidents/incidents involving residents. Follow established procedures.
- Record new/changed diet orders. Forward information to the Dietary Department.
- Report all discrepancies noted concerning physician’s orders, diet change, charting error, etc., to the Nurse Supervisor.
- Fill out and complete transfer forms in accordance with established procedures.
- Record new/change therapy orders. Forward to the Therapy Department.
- Ensure that appropriate documentation concerning unauthorized discharges is entered in the resident’s medical record in accordance with established procedures.
- Perform routine charting duties as required and in accordance with established charting and documentation policies and procedures.
- Sign and date all entries made in the resident’s medical record.
- DRUG ADMINISTRATION FUNCTIONS:
- Prepare and administer medications as ordered by the physician.
- Verify the identity of the resident before administering the medication/treatment.
- Ensure that prescribed medication for one resident is not administered to another.
- Ensure that an adequate supply of floor stock medications, supplies, and equipment is on hand to meet the nursing needs of the residents. Report needs to the Nurse Manager / Supervisor.
- Order prescribed medications, supplies, and equipment as necessary, and in accordance with established policies.
- Ensure that narcotic records are accurate for your shift.
- Notify the Nurse Supervisor of all drug and narcotic discrepancies noted on your shift.
- Review medication cards for completeness of information, accuracy in the transcription of the physician’s order, and adherence to stop order policies.
- Notify the attending physician of automatic stop orders prior to the last dosage being administered.
- Dispose of drugs and narcotics as required, and in accordance with established procedures.
- PERSONNEL FUNCTIONS:
- Participate in employee performance evaluations, determining your shift’s staffing requirements, and making recommendations to the Nurse Supervisor concerning employee dismissals, transfers, etc.
- Inform the Nurse Supervisor of staffing needs when assigned personnel fail to report to work.
- Report absentee call-ins to the Nurse Supervisor.
- Review and evaluate your department’s work force and make recommendations to the Nurse Supervisor.
- Develop work assignments and/or assist in completing and performing such assignments.
- Provide leadership to nursing personnel assigned to your unit/shift.
- Make daily rounds of your unit/shift to ensure that nursing service personnel are performing their work assignments in accordance with acceptable nursing standards.
- Meet with your shift’s nursing personnel, on a regularly scheduled basis, to assist in identifying and correcting problem areas, and/or to improve services.
- Ensure that department personnel, residents, and visitors follow the department’s established policies and procedures at all times.
- Develop and maintain a good working rapport with inter-departmental personnel, as well as other departments within the facility to ensure that nursing services and activities can be adequately maintained to meet the needs of the residents.
- Create and maintain an atmosphere of warmth, personal interest and positive emphasis, as well as a calm environment throughout the unit and shift.
- Review complaints and grievances made or filed by your assigned personnel.
- Make appropriate reports to the Supervisor/DNS as required or as may be necessary. Follow facility’s established procedures.
- Ensure that departmental disciplinary action is administered fairly and without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, age, sex, religion, handicap, or marital status.
- Receive/give the nursing report upon reporting in and ending shift duty hours.
- Report occupational exposures to blood, body fluids, infectious materials, and hazardous chemicals in accordance with the facility’s policies and procedures governing accidents and incidents.
- NURSING CARE FUNCTIONS:
- Inform nursing personnel of new admissions, their expected time of arrival, room assignment, etc.
- Ensure that rooms are ready for new admissions.
- Greet newly admitted residents upon admission. Escort them to their room as necessary.
- Participate in the orientation of new residents/family members to the facility.
- Make rounds with physicians as necessary.
- Requisition and arrange for diagnostic and therapeutic services, as ordered by the physician, and in accordance with our established procedures.
- Consult with the resident’s physician in providing the resident’s care, treatment, rehabilitation, etc., as necessary.
- Review the resident’s chart for specific treatments, medication orders, diets, etc., as necessary.
- Implement and maintain established nursing objectives and standards.
- Make periodic checks to ensure that prescribed treatments are being properly administered by certified nursing assistants and to evaluate the resident’s physical and emotional status.
- Ensure that direct nursing care be provided by a licensed nurse, a certified nursing assistant, and/or a nurse aide trainee qualified to perform the procedure.
- Cooperate with and coordinate social and activity programs with nursing service schedules.
- Notify the resident’s attending physician when the resident is involved in an accident or incident.
- Notify the resident’s attending physician and next-of-kin when there is a change in the resident’s conditions.
- Carry out restorative and rehabilitative programs to include self-help and care.
- Inspect the nursing service treatment areas daily to ensure that they are maintained in a clean and safe manner.
- Administer professional services such as: catheterization, tube feedings, suction, applying and changing dressings/bandages, packs, colostomy, and drainage bags, taking blood, giving massages and range of motion exercises, care for the dead/dying, etc., as required.
- Use restraints when necessary and in accordance with established policies and procedures.
- Obtain sputum, urine, and other specimens for lab tests as ordered.
- Take and record TPRs, blood pressures, etc., as necessary.
- Monitor seriously ill residents as necessary.
- Check foods brought into the facility by the resident’s family/visitors to ensure that it is within the resident’s dietary allowances. Report problem areas to the Nurse Supervisor and dietary supervisor.
- Ensure that personnel providing direct care to residents are providing such care in accordance with the resident’s care plan and wishes.
- Ensure that residents who are unable to call for help are checked frequently.
- Meet with residents, and/or family members, as necessary. Report problem areas to the Nurse Supervisor.
- Admit, transfer and discharge residents as necessary.
- Assist in arranging transportation for discharged residents as necessary.
- Ensure that discharged residents are escorted to the pick-up areas.
- Inform family members of the death of the resident.
- Call funeral homes. Ensure that established post-mortem procedures are followed.
- STAFF DEVELOPMENT:
- Participate in developing, planning, conducting, and scheduling in-service training classes that provide instructions on how to do the job, and ensure a well-educated nursing service department.
- Assist in standardizing the methods in which work will be accomplished.
- Assist in training department personnel in identifying tasks that involve potential exposure to blood/body fluids.
- Assist the Director in planning clinical supervision for nurse aide trainees.
- Attend and participate in outside training programs.
- Attend and participate in annual OSHA and CDC in-service training programs for hazard communication, TB management, and blood borne pathogens standard.
- Attend and participate in advance directive in-service training programs for the staff and community.
- Attend and participate in continuing education programs designed to keep you abreast of changes in your profession, as well as to maintain your license on a current status.
Required qualifications for this position include:
- Nursing Degree from an accredited college or university, or be a graduate of an approved LPN program.
- Must possess a current, unencumbered, active license to practice as a Registered Nurse or LPN in this state
Preferred qualification for this position include:
- On-the-job training provided.
About the ministry you will serve.
Providence St. Joseph Care Center in Spokane, Washington is located on the campus of Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital. Our Transitional Care Unit is designed for patients coming out of the hospital who need skilled nursing care, end of life care, or rehabilitation for those recovering from surgery or who have a functional loss from illness, disease, or an accident. Our Long Term Care unit provides skilled nursing in a residential setting, addressing the needs of our residents through creating a sense of community and home and providing a model of care that is resident-centered.
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As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.
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Job Category: LPN/LVN
Req ID: 294647