The licensed practical nurse (LPN) provides professional nursing care for residents of all ages in long-term care, under the supervision of a registered nurse, advanced practice provider or physician. Demonstrates knowledge of nursing principles for the resident in the relevant clinical setting. Demonstrates competency and practices within the full scope of nursing expertise/knowledge and utilizes appropriate age- and population-specific standards related to the physical and psychosocial needs of the resident as per care plan. Possesses the ability to perform testing to evaluate data reflective of the resident’s status and to provide the care needed. Demonstrates an ability to recognize problems, recommend solutions and respond effectively to assist in an emergent situation. Ensures the health, comfort and safety of residents. Contributes to the assessment of residents and administers medications or treatments as ordered. Provides technical support to health care professionals as needed. Documents resident interactions as needed and the outcomes related to resident care, medication, behavior, activity and dietary. Skilled in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with resident, health care providers and the public. Ability to work effectively with professional and supportive personnel as a member of an interdisciplinary care team. Ability to communicate clearly and maintain confidentiality of sensitive information. Counsels residents, family members and/or resident advocate, under the direction of a registered nurse, advanced practice provider or physician on prevention and treatment plans. Knowledge of resident education principles to develop a self-care program. Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Adheres to legal regulations and organizational policies when discussing patient health information.
- Applies home health care operating principles and practices within own position.
- Communicates relevant information with patients and health team members to ensure quality and continuity of care.
- Contributes to the evaluation of the plan of care by gathering, observing, recording and communicating patient responses to nursing interventions.
- Effectively delegates and supervises based on one’s state practice act and an understanding of the concepts of responsibility, authority and accountability.
- Establishes and maintains productive working relationships within and outside of own area.
- Follows safety measures to ensure proper use of equipment and supplies.
- Implements interventions that are assigned, ordered or prescribed by licensed practitioner or registered nurse.
- Observes patients, documents and reports changes in patient condition, such as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and takes any necessary action.
- Participates and is part of a health care team to conduct focused nursing assessments and contributes to the plan of care.
- Participates in health teaching developed by a licensed practitioner or registered nurse.
- Promotes a safe and therapeutic environment by providing appropriate monitoring and surveillance of the care environment.
- Responsible for promoting a safe environment for patients, families, staff, residents and visitors and working collaboratively with the multi-disciplinary health care team to provide the best outcomes for patients.
- Currently holds an unencumbered licensed practical nurse (LPN) license with state nursing board and/or possesses multi-state licensure privileges.
- Obtains and subsequently maintains required department-specific competencies and certifications.
- Completes required annual continuing education units (CEU) and competency training requirements of the department and facility.
- Graduate from an accredited practical nursing program as a licensed practical nurse.
- Associate degree in practical nursing is preferred.
- Must have attended a pre-licensure nursing program that included supervised clinical experience across the life span as part of the curriculum or have had a minimum of 400 hours of experience as LPN at another facility.
- Specific services/positions may have additional education, training or experience requirements.
- If position requires IV therapy/management skills, the following is required in North Dakota: graduation from a Board-approved AASPN program where IV therapy is part of the curriculum or completion of an IV therapy course approved by the North Dakota Board of Nursing.
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