The Licensed Practical Nurse serves as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team with an assigned patient load. BLS Certification is required Duties include but are not limited to: Provides nursing care to patients in meeting personal hygiene needs such as bathing, lifting, turning and feeding; administers tube feeding via feeding pump and changes administration sets. Take vitals, including blood pressure, heart rate, temperature Administer medication; monitor medication doses and patient response Assists selected patients with rehabilitation such as range of motion, ambulation, positioning, and self-help activities of daily living; assists with bowel and bladder training programs. Assists and instructs patients on how to keep lungs clear. Enters information about the patient's condition, an assessment of the patient's condition and a plan of action to carry out nursing care. Performs procedures such as application of external urinary catheters; routine Foley catheter care; irrigation of Foley catheters, including the set-up and replacing of solutions for continuous Foley catheter irrigations; irrigation of nasogastric tubes and established colostomies; inserting and discontinuing Foley catheters; giving regular and medicated enemas; changing complicated extensive sterile dressings; performing finger sticks. Carries out respiratory treatments such as postural drainage, chest physiotherapy; sets up and initiates oxygen therapy, including nebulization treatments; performs oropharngeal, nasopharyngeal and tracheal suctioning, performs routine tracheostomy care, instructs patient in use of incentive spirometer; monitors and records observations of chest tubes and pleurovacs; assembles water-sealed chest drainage systems. Prepares and administers prescribed medications (oral and intramuscular), including PRN medications orders, after carefully assessing the patient's condition; observes effectiveness and documents observations in the clinical record. Administers vaccines, administers, reads and records PPD's. Assist with monitoring the patient's condition before, during and following the procedure. Observes for physical and/or emotional changes in patients' condition from prescribed medications/treatments, while promptly and accurately documenting noted changes, and reporting deviation from normal to RN or Provider. Monitors and regulates the flow of intravenous fluids manually or via infusion pumps and reports observations to the registered nurse. Responds appropriately to emergency situations such as cardiopulmonary arrest; provides for environmental safety, security and patient privacy, checks the code cart except for the weekly defibrillator check (done by the RN). Assists physicians and nurses with patients undergoing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures; accompanies patients off units for appointments as necessary. Participates in patient care planning conferences contributing to the identification of patient problems/needs; updates care plans and reflecting current patient status in collaboration with the Registered Nurse; provides report on assigned patients; participates and documents in providing patient/family education. Documents all patient observations and procedures performed on appropriate forms such as flow sheets and progress notes in the electronic record. Work Schedule: Night Shift, 11:30pm to 8:00am Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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