Be a part of the Diakonos Family of Nursing Facilities:
Provide direct nursing care to the residents and supervise the day-to-day nursing activities performed by nursing assistants and CMAs. Such supervision must be in accordance with the Nurse Practice Acts and current Federal, State, and Local standards, guidelines, and regulations that govern our facility, and as may be required by the Director of Nursing to maintain the highest degree of quality care at all times.
DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY:
As Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), you are delegated the administrative authority, responsibility, and accountability necessary for carrying out your assigned duties.
This facility expects their employees to promote an atmosphere of teamwork with other employees and hospitality and comfort for its residents. Therefore, the following list of duties is not all-inclusive.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
* Direct the day-to-day functions of the nursing assistants and CMAs in accordance with the Nurses Practice Acts and rules, regulations, and guidelines that govern the long-term care industry.
* Confirm that all nursing personnel assigned to you comply with the written policies and procedures established by this facility.
* Meet with your assigned nursing staff, as well as support personnel, in planning the shift’s services, programs and activities.
* Verify that all nursing personnel comply with the procedures set forth the in the Nursing Policies and 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 the resident’s total regimen of care is maintained.
* Verify 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 department.
* Participate in surveys (inspections) made by authorized government agencies.
* 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 portion of the resident’s discharge plan, as necessary.
* Admit, transfer, and discharge residents, as required.
* Complete accident/incident reports, as necessary.
* Complete and file required forms/charts upon 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 from physicians and record on the Physicians’ Order Form.
* Transcribe physician’s orders to resident charts/EHR, medication cards, and 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 care.
* Chart communication with physician, other professionals providing care to the resident and pertinent family communications
* 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.
* Enter appropriate documentation concerning unauthorized discharges 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, date and time all entries made in the resident’s medical record.
* Write nurses’ notes to reflect that the care plan is being followed when administering nursing care or treatment.
* Prepare and administer medication as ordered by the physician.
* Verify the identity of the resident before administering the medication/treatment using the 5 Rights of medication administration.
* Verify that prescribed medication for one resident is not administered to another.
* Verify that 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 Supervisor.
* Order prescribed medications, supplies, and equipment as necessary, and in accordance with established procedures.
* Verify that narcotic records are accurate for your shift.
* Notify the Nurse Supervisor of all drug and narcotic discrepancies noted on your shift.
* Review medication administration records for completeness of information, accuracy in the transcription of the physician’s order and adherence to stop order policies.
* Immediately notify the Nurse Supervisor and attending physician of any medication administration errors and/or adverse reactions to medications.
* Deliver and maintain optimum resident care and comfort by demonstrating knowledge and skills of current nursing practices.
* Promptly respond to call lights and other resident needs.
* Make rounds with physicians, as necessary.
* 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.
* Make periodic checks to confirm that prescribed treatments are being properly administered by CNAs and to evaluate the resident’s physical and emotional status.
* Notify the resident’s attending physician and responsible party when the resident is involved in an accident or incident.
* Notify the resident’s attending physician and responsible party when there is a change in the resident’s condition.
* 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.
* Monitor seriously ill residents, as necessary.
* Review care plans daily to confirm that appropriate care is being rendered.
* Confirm that CNAs and CMAs are aware of the resident care plans. Verify that the CNAs and CMAs refer to the resident’s care plan prior to administering daily care to the resident.
* Must possess, as a minimum, a Nursing Degree from an accredited college or university, or be a graduate of an approved LPN program.
* Must have, as a minimum, two (2) years of experience as an LPN.
* Must possess a current, unencumbered, active license to practice as an LPN/RN in this state.
* Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
* Must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age-related needs of the residents served.
* Must be a supportive team member, contribute to and be an example of team work and team concept.
* Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.
* Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel, and the general public.