Job DescriptionJob Title: Licensed Practical Nurse SNF
Job ID: 73636085
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Senior Communities
Department: Nursing North
Provide high quality, cost-effective resident care through appropriate management of human and fiscal resources within a designated group of assigned residents. Under the direction of a registered nurse, the LPN provides routine resident care within the scope of the Practical Nurse Act of Pennsylvania. The LPN, in collaboration with other members of the interdisciplinary team, ensures the physical, medical and psychosocial needs of the resident are met.
- Demonstrates a basic knowledge of research, how it affects practice and who/what resources are available to assist with evidence based practice by asking questions, demonstrating interest, participating in unit-based journal clubs. Clinical practice demonstrates knowledge of how quality and innovation impacts patient satisfaction, safety, and clinical quality outcomes. Identifies opportunities for improvement on the clinical area. Utilizes nursing process in managing the care of residents including assessment, interdisciplinary planning, and implementation, evaluation of resident care, teaching and discharge planning utilizing evidence-bases standards of nursing practices. Provides basic psychosocial support and counseling. Collaborates with physician and care team to ensure quality resident care. Reports and records all changes observed in condition or behavior of residents in accordance with documentation practices and policies. Complies with established medication use policies, safety policies and procedures including standard infection control practices.
- Oversees care given by Certified Nursing Assistants to ensure adequate and timely care is provided
- Demonstrates accountability for professional development that improves the quality of professional practice and the quality of patient care. Makes recommendations for the improvement of clinical care and the health of the workplace and welcomes and participates in change initiatives. Leads by investing and building healthy relationships among staff, colleagues and other disciplines. Shows the ability to set priorities and demonstrates an understanding of shared governance and promotes at the unit level. Serves as an engaged member of a team supporting colleagues in service to patients and families and may participate in task forces or other initiatives. Assumes 24-hour responsibility for delivery of safe, competent, and quality resident care, and efficient operations of the nursing unit through supervision and evaluation of all nursing staff. Completes required/requested reports, evaluations, and assignments accurately and timely. Represents the organization in a positive and professional manner, interacting and communicating with dignity and respect
- Prior to performing new or challenging skills, requests assistance and reviews relevant policies and procedures.Requests assistance to help in planning and prioritizing activities as needed.
- Demonstrates awareness of behavior on the efficient functioning of the department.
- Complies with established medication use policies.Observes and records resident's symptoms, condition, and/or reactions to medications and treatments and reports results to the RN in charge.
- Constructively receives feedback and direction.Identifies and communicates learning needs to the Unit Manager.Takes action to improve knowledge, skills and performance based on feedback or omn self-identified development needs.
- Provides appropriate, direct resident care. Gives injections, takes vital signs, performs basic diagnostic tests, observes residents, dresses wounds, administers medication. Provide IV therapy as permitted by policy.
- Seeks guidance and asks questions to continuously improve nursing practice. Creates a caring and compassionate patient-focused experience by building healing relationships with patient, families, staff, and colleagues. Identifies ethical situations within patient care or within the workplace and seeks assistance. Professionally accepts assignments. Applies policies and procedures in fair and consistent manner. Ensures nursing care is delivered in accordance with Pennsylvania Practice Act, established Standards of Care, Policies and Procedures, and regulations. Ensures resident care is documented appropriately in the residents' medical record and addresses any areas of non-compliance issues timely. Ensures efficient and thorough hand-off of information from shift to shift to promote communication of residents' status and needs. Facilitates communication between all nursing personnel, other departments/disciplines, and physicians and ensures necessary follow-up actions are taken. Ensures appropriate and timely implementation of physician's orders and timely notification of physician/CRNP/PA of any changes in resident condition. Communicates necessary information to family/responsible person.
- Participates in health care conferences.
- Demonstrates the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with all members of the health care team. Demonstrates awareness of cultural diversity, horizontal violence and impairment in the health professions. Cares for patients, staff, and self by supporting and promoting a culture of safety in the workplace, recognizing hazards, reporting and investigating incidents in a timely manner in accordance with policies, regulations, and prudent practices.
- Communicates effectively with residents and families about care concerns. Instructs and demonstrates care.Discusses any resident of family concerns with RN in charge, so that issue can be appropriately addressed.
- Assists the RN and interdisciplinary team in evaluating, planning, and implementing plans of care.
- Establishes appropriate and effective communication strategies.Establishes professional and respectful interpersonal relationships.
- Applies basic nursing knowledge and skills within the framework of Relationship Based Care, using the nursing process to meet the clinical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of the patient and family. Communicates effectively, both verbally and in documentation. Demonstrates critical thinking in the identification of clinical, social, safety, spiritual issues within the episode of care. Learns to incorporate national professional organization as well as business unit and health system's goals to improve patient safety, quality and satisfaction. Formulates a plan of care and daily goals that consider individual patient needs. Demonstrates initiative and seeks formal and informal opportunities to improve clinical practice.
- Participates in self-review as requested by Unit Manager
- Assumes responsibility for assignment and views problems as challenges.
- Contributes to the universal unit activities including, but not limited to, responding to call lights and telephones, passing meal trays and transporting residents.
- Suggests and supports changes within the department.
- Actively engages in clinical development of staff under areas of responsibility. Requests opportunities to learn safe, accountable and autonomous practice from more experienced nurse leaders. Seeks, accepts and utilizes performance feedback from peers, preceptors and other leaders as a learning opportunity and to improve practice. Demonstrates enthusiasm for continuous learning and identifies and creates a plan for the continuation of learning and development. Identifies patient and family needs for education and provides needed information. Seeks professional development and involvement through membership in a professional nursing organization and/or reading professional literature on a regular basis.
- Performs assigned work in a timely and productive manner.Strictly adheres to all policies and practicers relative to resident care and facility-related information.Complies with all safety policies and procedures, including Infection Control Precautions.Assures equipment malfunctions are reported to the appropriate department.
- Completion of a Practical Nursing Program approved by the State Board of Nursing
- Long Term Care Experience Preferred
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
Current licensure as a practical nurse in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire
Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Act 34 OAPSA
UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
Salary Range: $19.21 to $26.64 / hour
Union Position: No
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