LPN

Title: Registered Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse
Employee Type: Nonexempt
Required Degree: None
Department: Health Services
Responsible to: Director of health services/nursing, assistant director of nursing and head charge RN
Responsible for: Assigned RNs, LPNs and nursing assistants assigned to the unit

Job Summary: Manages a designated group of nursing employees on a nursing unit and ensures smooth operations of the unit for a designated shift

Required Education, Experience, Skills and Licensure:

  • At least one year of nursing experience preferred; current RN/LPN licensure in the state of Virginia required
  • Previous supervisory experience preferred
  • CPR, AED and first aid certification required

Job Requirements:

  • Supports the mission and purposes of SVWC
  • Supports the Board of Trustees and administration
  • Presents a professional, caring and supportive image
  • Employment and annual tuberculosis testing as required by Virginia State Licensure
  • Attends mandatory in-services required by the state licensure and all other mandatory in-services and/or meetings required by other regulatory agencies and/or by SVWC
  • Follows and supports the policies and procedures established by SVWC
  • Adheres to professional standards and ethics at all times
  • Maintains a professional appearance by adhering to the dress code and being neatly groomed
  • Maintains skills and knowledge in accordance with current research and practice
  • Participates in continuing education
  • Is responsible for maintaining current license and providing SVWC with proof of such prior to expiration date

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

Administrative:

Evaluates residents’ status and unit activities at the beginning of each shift and ensures that an appropriate level of nursing staff is available to provide safe, high-quality care. Assists with delegating assignments to the nursing staff. Makes rounds to evaluate status of residents and determine resource needs.

  • Accepts and gives shift report
  • Makes rounds to evaluate status of residents and determine resource needs
  • Inspects environment, identifies environmental problems and initiates requests for correction of environmental problems
  • Plans and delegates assignments
  • Checks for appropriate amount and condition of equipment and supplies; orders supplies and equipment as necessary
  • Consults with director of health services/nursing or designee to obtain necessary human and material resources
  • Identifies clinical and operational problems
  • Obtains assistance for emergencies and assists as necessary
  • Communicates unit problems and needs to director of health services/nursing or designee
  • Advises director of health services/nursing or designee of topics for discussion at staff meetings
  • Participates and makes recommendations in recruitment and retention programs
  • Ensures that physicians’ orders are current and appropriate and communicates these orders to unit nursing personnel. Reviews recertifications and signs that physician order sheet has been reviewed.
  • Gives feedback to director of health services/nursing or designee regarding the performance of employees
  • Consults with director of health services/nursing or designee regarding the need for disciplinary action of employees; participates in disciplinary action as necessary
  • Identifies, reports and documents incidents and accidents; participates in investigation of incidents/accidents as necessary
  • Supports and participates in facility quality assurance program
  • Ensures that unit practices are consistent with regulatory requirements
  • Participates on committees and teams as necessary
  • Completes records and reports as needed
  • Evaluates performance of nursing personnel assigned to unit

Clinical:

Responds to emergency calls from residents or changes in condition as necessary. Assesses residents’ conditions, contacts physicians as needed, implements orders, plans for ongoing treatment or care as needed, evaluates residents’ responses. Notifies resident families of changes of condition after notifying physicians.

  • Participates in resident assessment and care planning activities; reviews and revises residents’ assessments and care plans as needed
  • Reviews, transcribes and implements physician’s orders
  • Coordinates and participates in admissions, transfers and discharges of residents in health care
  • Directs, supervises and assists staff in delivering nursing care
  • Facilitates resident-centered philosophy; gives direct care as needed
  • Documents and supervises others in the documentation of resident care
  • Communicates and coordinates care with residents and their families/significant others
  • Checks on nursing care activities of staff
  • Counts narcotics
  • Administers medications as required
  • Communicates with residents’ physicians and/or in-house nurse practitioner
  • Makes rounds to assess residents and evaluate care
  • Implements, practices and ensures that staff adhere to infection control measures
  • Makes rounds to assess residents and evaluate care
  • Prepares staff for resident admissions; ensures that rooms are prepared for resident admissions
  • Responds to emergency calls from residents as necessary
  • Pronounces resident deaths (RN only)

Education:

  • Provides instruction to staff as needed
  • Participates in the orientation of new employees
  • Ensures that staff attend in-service education programs and meetings as scheduled
  • Assists in planning and implementing staff development activities
  • Attends continuing education programs to maintain competency and improve knowledge and skills
  • Provides informal instructions to employees as necessary

Public Relations:

  • Promotes a positive image of long-term nursing care
  • Meets with current and prospective residents and their families
  • Promotes positive guest relations
  • Ensures that problems and complaints involving nursing services are managed in a timely and appropriate manner
  • Protects the privacy of residents and employee
  • Represents the facility and nursing services in professional and community activities as assigned
  • Maintains positive working relationships between nursing staff and other departments

Attendance, Punctuality and Versatility:

  • Works shifts as scheduled
  • Arrives to work on time for scheduled shifts
  • Provides proper notification for absences and/or tardiness
  • Remains flexible to cover needs of patients

Other: Completes other duties as assigned

Authority: To make decisions within the framework of the policies and procedures of the facility and standards of the profession

Universal Precaution Risk Classification (Category A): The person holding this position understands that Universal Precautions Risk Classification categories apply to this position and that he or she may be exposed to the AIDS, HIV and Hepatitis B viruses. This position includes tasks that involve exposure to blood, body fluids or tissues. All procedures or other job-related tasks that involve an inherent potential for mucous membrane or skin contact with blood, body fluids or tissues, or potential for spills or splashes, are Category A tasks.

Physical Requirements: 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.

Vision:

  • Must be able to visually identify and discern printed words on either typewritten pages or on a computer screen
  • Must be able to identify and differentiate colors
  • Must have depth perception within normal ranges

Hearing:

  • Must be able to respond to spoken words and other auditory sounds, including the ringing of telephones or beepers and monitors
  • Must be able to respond and communicate orally by telephone

Lifting:

  • Must be able to bend, reach and lift patients with assistance to transport them to stretchers/wheelchairs
  • Must be able to do heavy lifting (over 50 pounds)
  • Must be able to push and maneuver carts/stretchers/wheelchairs, etc., loaded with weights of 200 pounds

Tools and Equipment:

  • Must be able to use, operate and interpret information from equipment in work area

Speech:

  • Must be able to verbally communicate in the English language directly and over the telephone and be understood

Range of Motion:

  • Must be able to kneel or squat for one hour of a 12-hour shift
  • Must be able to walk continually for 12 hours
  • Must be able to stand for 12 hours straight
  • Must have mobility in all parts of the body: walking, bending, lifting, reaching above head and using hands
  • Must have manual dexterity and fine motor skills (typing, computer, etc.)
  • Must be able to sit for 40 percent of the workday when necessary
  • Must be able to stand and/or be mobile by walking for 100 percent of a 12-hour shift

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. An employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by management as required. SVWC reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises. Moreover, management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties or working schedules based on its duty to accommodate individuals with disabilities. This job description does not constitute a written contract of employment.