Licensed Practical Nurse – Youth and Residential Services
Summary: The Licensed Practical Nurse – Youth and Residential Services is primarily responsible for supporting the medical team, providing basic medical care, assisting with various patient care activities, and performing related administrative and clerical functions. The Licensed Practical Nurse is responsible for respecting and demonstrating patient confidentiality, being culturally competent, and working within the established parameters of the job at all times. Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Administers medications and administers immunizations intramuscularly, intradermally or subcutaneously under the direction of a nurse or physician.
- Administers point of care tests, such as pregnancy tests.
- Educates participants on immunizations, medications, preventative care and general health.
- Educates non-medical staff on medications and serves as resource to staff to receive questions and answer as appropriate.
- Observes participants post-treatment, charts and reports changes in conditions, such as adverse reaction to medication or treatment, and takes any necessary action.
- Takes and records patient history and complaints, temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure, height and weight; reviews medications with patient and documents med sheet.
- Keeps charts current with test results and other medical records, including documenting medication, dose and site of injection, among other items.
- Collect blood, tissue, or other laboratory specimens, log the specimens and assist in their transport and storage.
- Assists physicians and nurses with procedures in accordance with established protocols.
- Assists in implementing and maintaining protocols for infectious diseases, such as chicken pox and scabies in a residential setting.
- Participates in health screenings, educational programs, and team meetings.
- Prepares participants for their visit with the nurse or physician, examination procedure and/or treatment in accordance with established procedures.
- Maintains patient flow by escorting participants to the examination room.
- Under direction of a physician or nurse, provides assistance with placing telephone calls to pharmacies to request prescription refills, as specifically ordered by a physician.
- Pulls, processes and files medical records.
- Work in tandem with medical and program staff to ensure participant’s medical records are properly relayed to and from external providers. Assists as a liaison between medical team and other personnel.
- Maintains inventory of office and medical supplies.
- Ensures compliance with the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program
- Maintains a high quality patient care environment by cleaning, preparing, and stocking all examination rooms and treatment areas in accordance with established standards.
- Assists in the care, cleaning, sterilization, and maintenance of medical equipment and instruments. This includes the monitoring of relevant expiration dates, established maintenance schedules, and assistance in maintaining medical supply inventories.
- Understands, respects, and demonstrates patient confidentially in all endeavors.
- Transports participants and supplies as needed, which may include driving an agency vehicle
- Works in a general capacity in the milieu as needed.
- Monitor participants in common areas, such as cafeterias and hallways, as needed
- Adheres to professional standards as outlined by governmental bodies, appropriate professional associations, private funding sources, agency plans, policies and unit guidelines.
- Participates in periodic evaluation reviews and/or in house and external staff training to ensure adherence to standards.
- Initiates requests for assistance or guidance from supervisor to address new issues or complex concepts affecting adherence to professional standards.
- Performs other job related duties as assigned
Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential 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 to perform the essential functions.
- Education and/or Experience: Graduate of a Licensed Practical Nursing program (LPN). One year of experience in nursing, case work, human services or related field is required. Experience with children and adolescents is preferred.
- Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Currently licensed as an LPN and license is in good standing.
- Language Requirement: Bi-lingual in English and Spanish preferred.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- This position will administer a high volume of vaccinations using a hypodermic needle.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear.
- The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.
- Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus
Work Environment: Each YRS program site operates on a 24/7 basis, 365 days per year. To meet both the needs of our participants and contractual obligations, employees of YRS need to be willing to be flexible in regards to work location and scheduling, each of which may be altered by program management at any time. Employees must be willing to perform any duty that may be required due to the needs of the program.
- Three primary shifts are scheduled each day including weekends and holidays. Employees may be required to work any one of these shifts.
- All employees share responsibility for the cleaning and basic maintenance of our facilities.
- The employee may be required to remain on Organization premises during breaks and/or meal periods and may be required to stay on Organization premises until their replacement arrives or in order to ensure the required staff to client ratio is otherwise maintained.
- Crisis prevention and behavioral management techniques may include physically restraining and physically transporting residents.
Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987.