Performs skilled nursing functions in accordance with federal, state and local laws and within the guidelines of his/her professional organization and agency. All functions shall be performed in accordance with the established policies and practices and standards of care for Licensed Practical Nurse. The License Practical Nurse delivers care to clients as delegated by the Registered Nurse following the Hospice Plan of Care. This position requires the ability to build rapport and communicate effectively with patients, families, physicians, facility and other IDT members. Will also communicate with the RN or supervisor when appropriate.
EDUCATION: Graduate of an accredited school of nursing.
LICENSURE: Current State license as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
EXPERIENCE: Preferably one (1) year experience in an acute care or hospice setting, or equivalent experience.
SKILLS: Nursing skills as defined by accepted nursing standards. Effective written and verbal communication skills. Good interpersonal communication skills. Demonstrates ability to assess and respond to the needs of patients, families and caregivers in varied settings and to function effectively in the home or nursing facility environment. Demonstrates skill in nursing practice, ability to cope with family emotional stress and tolerance of individual lifestyles. Ability to handle multiple priorities, documentation requirements and deadlines.
TRANSPORTATION: Reliable transportation.
HEALTH STATUS: Meets all applicable agency policies and procedures related to health screening and required testing.
1. Complete required work on a daily basis.
2. Cope with work involving ill, disabled, and dying patients.
3. Sit, stand, bend, lift, and move intermittently. Must be able to lift at least 25lbs and bear the weight of an average adult effectively so as to be able to perform the above listed functions.
4. Move equipment and supplies necessary for job functions.
5. Read in a 12 point or larger type, speak and write English in order to fulfill job functions in an understandable way.
6. See/hear or use prosthetics that enable accomplishment of job.
7. Meet the health requirements of the agency.
8. Possible exposure to infectious diseases.
9. Abide by all occupational safety and bloodborne pathogen protocol to minimize illness and/or injury.
10. Move, support and/or transfer patients as required to perform essential functions of position.