The work involves performing routine nursing services at the Erie County Medical Center Corporation, including the Long-Term Care Facility, or Erie County Health Department Clinic. The incumbent provides routine nursing care to residents or patients, may assume charge responsibilities with minimal supervision and may perform higher level technical nursing tasks. Work is performed under the general supervision of a Registered Professional Nurse, Physician or other higher-ranking professional of the department. Supervision may be exercised over Hospital/Institutional Aide. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:
Maintains equipment used in the care of patients;
Administers and documents the administration of medications;
Performs or assists with treatments and procedures;
Teaches and/or assists with patient and family health care teaching as outlined on the care plan or as directed;
Performs and records vital signs and weights;
Administers internal feedings;
Observes and monitors patient conditions and documents these in accordance with nursing standards;
Informs nurse in charge of care provided to patients and status of patients' condition;
Reports incidents to nurse in charge;
Develops and maintains interpersonal relationships with patients, visitors and hospital personnel;
Performs charge duties when necessary and as directed;
Provides for patient safety and comfort;
Performs tasks normally assigned to a Hospital/Institutional Aide;
Transport patients in acute and long-term care facilities;
Participates in In-service education.
IN ADDITION, IF ASSIGNED TO THE ERIE COUNTY HOME:
Maintains communication and reports changes in resident condition to supervising Registered Nurse;
Administers and documents the administration of medications, including IV infusions and IV medications;
Performs EKG testing, pulse oximetry testing and phlebotomy.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:
Good knowledge of basic nursing techniques; good knowledge of advanced technical nursing skills; good knowledge of infection control; good knowledge of medication administration and pharmacology; ability to apply therapeutic treatments as prescribed; ability to understand and carry out exactly, detailed oral and written instructions; ability to keep records and prepare reports; good interpersonal skills; initiative; sound professional judgment; capable of performing the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and completion of a course of study in a registered School of Practical Nursing approved by the New York State Education Department.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT ERIE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER CORPORATION:
Possession of a license and current registration to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse or possession of a temporary permit as issued by the New York State Education Department at time of appointment and maintenance throughout duration of appointment.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT FOR HEALTH DEPARTMENT POSITIONS ONLY:
Possession of a license and current registration to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse as issued by the New York State Education Department at time of appointment.
Possession of a valid New York State Driver's license and use of a private automobile at time of appointment.
NOTE: Verifiable part-time and/or volunteer experience will be pro-rated toward meeting full-time experience requirements.