Under supervision of the registered nurse, performs a variety of patient care activities in the home setting, or assisted living. Provides care appropriate to the age of the patients served. Assists the registered nurse in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating outcomes of care. Is accountable for own nursing actions and competencies. Communicates effectively with others on the Interdisciplinary team. Performs all duties in accordance with the State of Illinois Nurse Practice Act and established standards, policies, procedures and guidelines.
- Data Collection:
- Observes, records and reports objective and subjective patient data.
- Demonstrates ability to detect signs and symptoms of deviation from normal health status.
- Informs RN of abnormal or changing data and of patient/family responses to interventions.
- Assists the registered nurse in developing the nursing plan of care.
- Provides input as applicable.
- Completely performs tasks/procedures as appropriately delegated.
- Uses equipment safely.
- Accurately administers medications by appropriately delegated routes.
- Utilizes appropriate infection control safety measures.
- Acts to prevent harm or injury to patient, self and others.
- Documents and communicates to RN nursing interventions and patient responses.
- Seeks supervision prior to initiating new or unfamiliar nursing activities and/or with a change in patient condition.
- Observes, records and reports patient responses to nursing interventions and other relevant data to the RN.
- Assists the registered nurse to evaluate and modify the plan of care.
- Patient/Family Education:
- Assists the registered nurse to identify, implement and evaluate appropriate teaching interventions.
- Reinforces teaching initiated by other members of the healthcare team.
- Informs RN of abnormal and/or changing data and patient/family response to interventions.
- Develops and maintains interviewing skills required for data collection.
- Medication administration:
- May administer PO, injectable, topical, rectal, sublingual medications.
- Wound Care
Quality and Safety
- Communicates and documents potential risk issues to appropriate personnel.
- Participates in continuous quality improvement.
- Complies with all safety policies.
- Advocates for patients and families.
- Appropriately follows the chain of command.
- Adheres to the Memorial Health System Behavioral Standards.
- Identifies annual goals for own professional development.
Performs other related work as required or requested.
- Current LPN licensure in the state of Illinois.
- Current CPR certification required.
- Must possess a valid IL driver’s license and must be deemed as an acceptable driver in accordance with the MHS fleet safety policy (five year MVR will be required).
- Attends all Joint Commission, OSHA and hospital/nurse manager specified mandatory inservices. Submits supporting documentation to the nurse manager in conjunction with the annual performance appraisal.
- Validates competencies and obtains credentials as identified in unit specific requirements.
A minimum of two (2) years clinical experience is required
- Must be able to position and/or transfer an average adult patient and possess gross coordination sufficient to perform other patient care duties as required. Must be able to perform difficult manipulative skills such as IM injections.
- Environmental working conditions include exposure to blood, bodily fluids and tissue, contagious diseases and/or radioactive or other potentially hazardous materials.