ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Understands rules, regulations of Franklin Medical Center. Maintains good working relationships. Complies with established policies and procedures. Cooperates with all departments to achieve goals. Keeps all information confidential. Maintains patient privacy. Acts in a professional manner. Follows dress code.
- Maintains a good attendance record and current health record. Always notifies Nursing Service if ill or cannot come in. Knows repeated absenteeism is reason for dismissal. Gets annual physical done on anniversary hire date.
- Keeps up-to-date in field of Nursing. Attends in-service (includes fire and safety), monthly staff meetings, seminars when possible. CPR update. Current licensure.
- Participates in planning, implementing, and evaluation individual patient care. Listens to report. Understands assignments. Acts as Charge Nurse when necessary. Under supervision of RN. Understands the duties of Charge Nurse.
- Administers medications and treatments as prescribed. Checks medication/treatment cards with kardex/chart. Utilizes 5 R’s. Records medicine/treatment on charts using proper procedures. Observes and records patient reactions. Writes legibly. Is familiar with actions of drugs administered. Counts narcotics each shift 100% of the time. Reports errors promptly. Questions inconsistencies. Applies proper techniques (aseptic, isolation, sterile).
- Physician rounds. Assists with dressings. Records verbal orders and instructions. Ascertains physician’s expectations. Shares information.
- Administers IV therapy. Assists RN in monitoring blood. Follows strict procedures for identification 100% of time. If certified, may administer IVPB solutions, hang IVPBs, and perform Venipuncture. (see Policy)
- Admits patient’s, assembles charts, makes assessments, collects data.
- Patient personal care. Provides comfort and safety. Assists with meals, gives A.M. and P.M. care, shampoo, and personal hygiene. Ambulates patients, gives exercise and massages.
- Collects specimens as ordered. Sputum, stool, urine or vomitus for exam by lab, physician or charge nurse. Always labels properly.
- Keeps intake and output; takes vital signs; checks level of consciousness. Measures and charts with 100% accuracy. Monitors patients’ condition. Observes for color and condition of skin. Notes bleeding, post operative changes. Reports significant symptoms and changes.
- Discharge patients’ disassembles charts; performs needed functions. Gives that patient prescriptions or instructions. Has patient verbalize appointment. Completes discharge summary and signs 100% of time.
- Maintains equipment. Checks equipment for malfunctions. Reports to supervisor. Performs cleaning duties as necessary.
- Completes assignments. Plans work in order to get through with work at the designated time. Assembles equipment and works at a steady pace.
- Performs other nursing related duties. Rotates to other areas as need arises when asked by the supervisor.
Education: Graduate of a course for LPN. Licensed. CPR update.
Work Experience: Desirable but not essential.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required: IV Therapy course desirable.
Physical Requirements: Lifting weights over 25 lbs. e.g. Lifting and moving or helping lift patients of awkward weights, moving and carrying equipment. Repeated bending, stooping, squatting, pushing, pulling movements. Medium to high level of stress. Frequent interruptions. Visual and hearing acuity as well as cognitive function to make observations and communicate these to other staff.
OSHA EXPOSURE CATEGORY: A Has exposure to blood borne pathogens.