JOB PURPOSE OR MISSION: The Licensed Practical Nurse provides clinical support to the unit. The LPN participates in patient education and rehabilitation, and provides interpretation of treatment to the patient and the patient's family. The LPN coordinates unit activity and assures accountability of assigned tasks.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS include, but are not limited to:
Demonstrates clinical knowledge of psychiatric nursing and maintains the highest quality of comprehensive patient care.
Displays effective communication skills as evidenced by ability to initiate and maintain therapeutic relationships with patients as observed by supervisor.
Is able to set limits as needed by recognizing potential behavior problems and does so in a caring and consistent manner as evidenced by direct observation of the supervisor.
Utilizes knowledge of growth and development, psychopathology and psychosocial systems as evidenced by accurate assessments, participation in staffing and case conferences and recognizing and responding appropriately to symptoms and behavior.
Has an accurate knowledge of psycho-dynamics and therapeutic process as demonstrated by effective intervention and resolution of problems as they occur and communication of the processes, as evidenced by direct observation of the supervisor.
Displays understanding of family dynamics by responding appropriately to family members as evidenced by accurate documentation of interactions and responses.
Possesses and understanding of group dynamics as evidenced by active participation in therapeutic groups and information.
Displays a respect for patient's integrity as evidenced by maintenance of confidentiality of patient information.
Demonstrates good clinical judgement through ability to make independent decisions as evidenced by supervisor.
Has a comprehensive knowledge of existing policies and procedures and utilize the written standards stated as evidenced by independent functioning and carrying out the philosophy of the Nursing Department.
Consistently documents in the patient's record all pertinent clinical information on a daily basis, which includes all unusual incidents.
If IV certified may perform Venipuncture to obtain blood samples for testing.
2.Utilizes the nursing process, which includes collection of data, planning, intervention and evaluation within the scope of practice of the Licensed Practical Nurse.
Consistently completes all nursing collection of data.
Demonstrates professional skills and performs the tasks needed to maintain a therapeutic milieu and optimum patient care.
Correctly transcribes orders and documents implementation as evidenced by no more than two incident reports per year in transcription.
Administers prescribed medications correctly as evidenced by no more than three incidents (errors) per year.
Documents administration of medication and treatments completely and currently on the MAR and progress notes.
Assists in the scheduling of patient appointments/tests with outside Health Care Providers.
Communicates with outside Health Care Providers regarding test results and receiving recommendations for patients.
Compiles new charts in preparation for admissions and maintains current charts.
Enters current information on patients' charts, MAR and Kardex.
Provides therapeutic milieu.
Demonstrates behavior that is consistent with leadership.
Demonstrates good organizational skills based on the needs of the patients and unit as evidenced by following through on assigned tasks in a smooth and effective manner and determining priorities.
Must have a basic understanding of appropriate staffing patterns and nursing care hours given by the Chief Nursing Officer and is able to maintain appropriate levels in absence of Chief Nursing Officer and/or Registered Nurse as evidenced by assigning nursing personnel according to unit needs for adequate coverage and optimum utilization.
Assumes responsibility for the supervision of the staff on assigned shift in collaboration with the Chief Nursing Officer and the Registered Nurse as by delegation for job duties on the assigned shift and follow up on the completion of these duties.
Demonstrates skills in admission, discharge, and transfers as evidenced by appropriate documentation and effective completion of procedures.
Demonstrates a professional attitude and emotional stability as evidenced by constructively coping with stress, accepting guidance, and evaluating own performance on going basis.
Acts as a role model, by utilizing professional standards, motivation peers and co-workers, stimulation growth and development in others, as evidenced by direct observation by the Chief Nursing Officer.
Responsible for maintaining and upgrading knowledge in psychiatric nursing by engaging in activities that enhances current knowledge base.
Attends unit meetings as specified by the Chief Nursing Officer in order to receive current information and assists the Chief Nursing Officer in communication of this information to their treatment members.
Attends all mandatory inn-services as scheduled and others voluntarily in-services as specified by the Chief Nursing Officer.
Reads current practice and literature as evidenced by demonstration of skills that reflect current practice, sharing information with others in meetings, bringing in articles for discussion at least once a year.
Performs other duties and special projects as required.
Represents the hospital in a manner which conveys a professional, courteous, caring, and cooperative attitude. Is professional in image. Represents the hospital well as a professional in attitude and work. Makes a positive first impression.
Is knowledgeable of Patient Rights and Psychiatric Mental Health Standards of Care and treats all patients with dignity and respects in a consistent, caring manner. Turns negative services into positive attitude. Able to reserve outcomes by looking for positive approaches.
Understands the need for and maintains appropriate confidentiality at all time when interacting with patients, families, visitors and all other contacts. Treats others as guest. Acts as a host and greats others with a welcoming style.
Exhibits excellent customer relations skills as evidenced by supportive and constructive communication with all contacts including coworkers, patients, visitors, families and referral sources. Is an effective communicator. Sees that customers, doctors and others at the hospital are appropriately informed and takes directions well.
Utilizes an open non-judgmental, non-discriminatory, professional and therapeutic approach to treatment with all patients.
Demonstrates professional behavior and interpersonal skills reflective of Diamond Grove Center mission statement and philosophy. Practices teamwork with fellow employees. Works with common vision and goals. Demonstrates a cooperative work style.
Complies with hospital, departmental, safety and human resources policies.
Promotes a safe work environment for self, patients and co-workers by complying with the environment of care, safety, infection control and standard precautions guidelines.
Maintains a neat, professional appearance consistent with the hospital's dress code.
Maintains scheduling requirements, attendance and punctuality in accordance with hospital and department policies.
Follows unit assignment sheet completing assigned task designated by charge nurse.
Understands the need for appropriate patient/staff boundaries and maintains a strict therapeutic relationship during active treatment. Discontinues communication with patients upon discharge. Informs supervisor of any contact after discharge.
Seeks out sources to address ethical concerns as they relate to patient care issues.
Assuming responsibility for supervision of staff, in the absence of the Charge Nurse.
Assists with maintaining appropriate unit supplies and patient care items.
GENERAL PERFORMANCE CRITERIA
Must have at least six months experience as a nurse in a health care setting, or at least one-year general nursing experience, and be eligible for on-the-job-training or the equivalent. Must have at least an academic diploma in nursing and be licensed to practice as a License Practical Nurse in Mississippi.