Night (United States of America)
The Licensed Practical Nurse works within the framework of the Patient Care Services Organization as a member of the health care team. The primary responsibilities of the Licensed Practical Nurse is to deliver patient care under the direction of a Registered Professional Nurse within the realm of the New York State Practice Act.
Assist patients in reaching outcomes as established by the RPN in the plan of care.
The LPN gathers, and documents data related to physiologic, cognitive, cultural, and spiritual status, assists in goal directed plans of care which are evidence-based and age specific, and implements care through utilization and adherence to established standards which define the structure, process, and desired patient outcomes of the nursing process, and communicates information needing referral to RPN and reinforces teaching plan established by RPN.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily as outlined in the attached annual competency assessment. Where feasible, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the job's essential functions. The LPN adheres to unit and human resource policies, participates in development and attainment of unit/service, and patient care goals, and organizes the delivery of patient care in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
The LPN assumes responsibility and accountability for professional standards and for own professional practice, attends Inservice Education Programs as required by unit and hospital policy, maintains role specific annual competency, recognizes, and communicates situations needing referral to an RPN, and relates to/assists patients, families, significant others, and coworkers with respect and kindness. The LPN maintains confidentiality of information, demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care appropriate to the age and special characteristics of the patients served, and performs data collection/documents interventions within protocol or plan of care and objective patient care data on Daily System Assessment.
The LPN may not initiate Plans of care or Protocols, complete 24-hour analysis or End of Shift Summaries or give end of shift report.
Provide technical support as demonstrated by knowledge base and validation of competency skills related to:
Medication administration, assisting and providing care to clients with peripheral IV Therapy only (no central line devices), performing phlebotomy, safety measures, personal hygiene skills, nutritional skills, elimination skills, heat and cold applications, admission/transfers/discharge, perioperative care, musculosketal skills, respiratory skills, transfer/transport skills, and specimen collection/testing.
Assure Safety and Cleaniness of Environment, Equipment and Supplies by providing a clean and safe environment to meet quality patient care. He/she cleans up after work is completed in common areas, monitors halls and common areas to assure equipment is in its proper place and cleans equipment.
LPN III's Only may, under the direct supervision of a Registered Professional Nurse monitor (not initiate) Blood product administration, via peripheral routes only, initiate Peripheral Intravenous Therapy, administer pre-medicated IV fluids, and flush intermittent peripheral venous access devices with normal saline solutions to maintain patency.
Must be a graduate of an accredited School of Practical Nursing.
Must hold current New York State registration or possess a limited permit to practice in the State of New York and current BLS certification.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules and procedure manuals. Ability to document patient care on established forms. Ability to communicate cooperatively and effectively to patients, family members, employees, and others. Ability to listen well, to take direction and to engage in interactive dialogues with others. Ability to seek out the input of others to achieve consensus.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals, accurately with medication administration. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent.
REASONING ABILITY: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: 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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands to probe, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, reach with hands and arms, and speak and hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit and stoop, kneel, or crouch.
The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and frequently lift and/or move more than 50 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be subject to infectious materials and chemicals (see unit specific MSDS information).
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
This job requires as an essential function that the majority of the time the employee be physically on-site as the work cannot be done from a remote location.
All job requirements listed indicate the minimum level of knowledge, skills, and/or ability deemed necessary to perform the job proficiently. This job description is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. Employees will be required to perform any other job-related instructions given by their supervisor subject to reasonable accommodations.
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This role may require access to information considered sensitive to Albany Medical Center, its patients, affiliates, and partners, including but not limited to HIPAA Protected Health Information and other information regulated by Federal and New York State statutes. Workforce members are expected to ensure that:
Access to information is based on a need to know and is the minimum necessary to properly perform assigned duties. Use or disclosure shall not exceed the minimum amount of information needed to accomplish an intended purpose. Reasonable efforts, consistent with Albany Med Center policies and standards, shall be made to ensure that information is adequately protected from unauthorized access and modification.