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Licensed Practical Nurse - 8 Hr Shift

Methodist Health System Council Bluffs, IA
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  • Purpose of Job
    • Accountable for the delivery of quality care to patients and families according to the individualized needs of the patient.
    • Assist the RN in the admission and discharge of the patient.
  • Job Requirements
    • Education

      • Graduate of accredited school of nursing required.
      • License or eligibility for licensure in Iowa.
    • Experience

      • Nursing practices and principles
      • Medications and their effects
      • Charting and notes
      • Psychiatry policies and practices
      • Emergency medical care and safety procedures
      • Use and operation of patient are equipment, manual dexterity, computer entry, observation skills
      • Apply positive patient relations when dealing with patients, staff, physicians, or the public
      • Follow patient Treatment Plan, oral and written communication.
    • License/Certifications

      • Current valid Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) License, valid compact multistate license to work in Iowa or temporary permit while awaiting licensure required.
      • Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) strongly preferred at time of hire, required within 3 months of hire.
    • Skills/Knowledge/Abilities

      • Knowledge of nursing practices and principles, medications and effects, charting and notes.
      • Knowledge of the operation and use of equipment and manual dexterity.
      • Ability to apply nursing practices and principles.
      • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing with staff, patients, visitors, physicians and other departments.
      • Ability to learn and adapt to changing nursing practices.
      • Ability to apply positive patient relations when dealing with patients, staff, physicians or the public.
      • Strong interpersonal skills necessary to effectively communicate and interact with patients, family members, hospital personnel, and co-workers.
      • Ability to multi-task and prioritize work assignments.
      • Ability to learn, retain, and utilize computer skills that are required for department and hospital information system.
  • Physical Requirements
    • Weight Demands
      • Medium Work - Exerting up to 50 pounds of force.
    • Physical Activity

      • Occasionally Performed (1%-33%):
        • Climbing
        • Crawling
        • Kneeling
        • Sitting
      • Frequently Performed (34%-66%):
        • Balancing
        • Carrying
        • Crouching
        • Distinguish colors
        • Keyboarding/typing
        • Lifting
        • Pulling/Pushing
        • Repetitive Motions
        • Stooping/bending
        • Twisting
      • Constantly Performed (67%-100%):
        • Fingering/Touching
        • Grasping
        • Hearing
        • Reaching
        • Seeing/Visual
        • Speaking/talking
        • Standing
        • Walking
    • Job Hazards

      • Not Related:
        • Electrical Shock/Static
        • Radiation Non-Ionizing (Ultraviolet, visible light, infrared and microwaves that causes injuries to tissue or thermal or photochemical means)
      • Rate (1%-33%):
        • Radiation Alpha, Beta and Gamma (particles such as X-ray, Cat Scan, Gamma Knife, etc)
      • Occasionally (34%-66%):
        • Physical hazards (noise, temperature, lighting, wet floors, outdoors, sharps) (more than ordinary office environment)
        • Equipment/Machinery/Tools
        • Explosives (pressurized gas)
      • Frequent (67%-100%):
        • Chemical agents (Toxic, Corrosive, Flammable, Latex)
        • Biological agents (primary air born and blood born viruses) (Jobs with Patient contact) Blood or Body Fluid (BBF)
        • Mechanical moving parts/vibrations
  • Essential Job Functions
    • Essential Functions I

      • Promotes positive relations when interacting with patients, visitors, families, physicians, customers and co-workers.
        • Greet, smiles and makes eye contact.
        • Introduces self by name.
        • Volunteers to help co-workers and other employees.
        • Addresses patients and others by surname.
        • Responds quickly to patients and/or other peoples' needs.
        • Knows and demonstrates 6 step customer complaint management process.

      • Assist the Registered Nurse (RN) by obtaining initial assessment of patient and on-going patient observation.
        • Completes initial assessment and documentation within standards set by nursing service.
        • Informs team leader/director of change in patient's status immediately.
        • Utilizes policies and procedures and Standards of Care to assess patient.

      • Performs nursing care as assigned by Charge Nurse, utilizing policies and procedures, Standards of Care and Care Plan.
        • Demonstrates skill in conceptual, technical, and procedural nursing practice to include unit specific policies and procedures outlines from orientation checklist.
        • Performs patient care and treatments in a timely manner.
        • Documents care and patient responses following policies and procedures for documentation.
        • Safely and accurately administers medication without incident.
        • Reports variances to team leader/director immediately.

      • Conducts patient teaching according to needs identified by discharge planning and care plan.
        • Conducts patient education utilizing available resources and documentation on patient education form.
        • Documents appropriate information on discharge forms.

      • Provides safety measures to protect staff and patients.
        • Utilizes patient restraints and documentation according to hospital policy.
        • Utilizes bed rails according to policy.
        • Reports safety hazards to director/charge nurse immediately.
        • Completes variance report within eight (8) hours of occurrence or incident.
        • Removes unsafe or unnecessary equipment.
        • Keeps room in a neat and orderly fashion.

      • Communicates verbally and in writing with patients, visitors, employees and medical staff.
        • Demonstrates courteous, helpful and professional behavior.
        • Provides team leader/director with complete and accurate report on patient's condition.
        • Actively participates in unit meeting.
        • Utilizes appropriate communication channels in attempting change.

      • Observes and documents the patient's symptoms, changes and actions.
        • Observes and documents according to the level of care, the patient status and the standards on a momentary and daily basis.

      • Establishes and maintains a working rapport with patients.
        • Accomplishes the development of a rapport with patients through conversation, joining patients in activity and through initiating activities.

      • Accurate and timely cross checking of medicine and treatment orders in Cerner and the med carts, and other assigned duties.
        • Daily checking the physician orders.
        • Other duties as assigned might be, i.e., safety check of a room, etc.

      • Performs nursing care as assigned by Charge Nurse, utilizing Policies and Procedures (P/P), Standards of Care and Care Plan. Demonstrates skill in conceptual, technical and procedural nursing practice to include unit specific policies and procedures outlined from orientation checklist.
        • Performs patient care and treatments in a timely manner.
        • Documents care and patient responses following Policies and Procedures (P/P) for documentation.

      • Safely, timely and accurately administers medication.
        • Medication delivery is timely and without error.
        • Watches the patient take their medicine.
        • Observation, communication and documentation of medication effects - to include side effects and positive response.

      • Accurate checking and follow through of physician orders.
        • Physician's orders to be checked within 2 hours of being written.
        • The orders checked completely and without error.

      • Provides timely and accurate observation and documentation.
        • Night rounds include observation of each assigned patient within a 15 minute time period (times being varied so that a patient cannot plan your arrival time).
        • Observations include: sleep patterns, sleep apnea and a more close observation of the patient with suicidal tendencies.
        • Communicates any negative finding immediately.

      • Maintains awareness of the unit as a whole.
        • Keeps self aware of what is happening in all areas of the unit and applies self when and where ever needed according to unit's policy.

      • Provide structure and use nursing intervention for patients who cannot sleep or who have a light night up or is a new admission.
        • Enforce unit policy for those who have a late night up.
        • Provides nursing interventions for those who cannot sleep.
        • Identify patterns and communicate them to the Charge Nurse.
    • Essential Functions II


      • Participates in mandatory in-services and/or CE programs as mandated by policies and procedures/external agencies and as directed by management.

      • Follows and understands the mission, vision, core values, Employee Standards of Compassionate Care/AIDET and company policies/procedures.

      • Other duties as assigned.
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Date Posted June 24, 2022
Date Closes August 23, 2022
Requisition 24216
Located In Council bluffs, IA
SOC Category 00-0000.00
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