Licensed Vocational Nurse
Desert AIDS Project - Palm Springs, CA

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Reports To: Charge Nurse
Status: Full-time; Hourly; Non-exempt, Benefitted

POSITION PURPOSE:

While working under the supervision of licensed medical personnel, the Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) at Desert Aids Project provides direct and indirect patient care in the outpatient clinical setting and works closely with the care team in the clinic. The LVN will meet or exceed established standards of care within the Health Center and the State Board of Nursing. The LVN is accountable for their nursing practice, assigned patients, and will serve as an advocate for patient/families and nursing. The LVN will adhere to the principles of Service Excellence and the philosophy and mission of Desert AIDS Project in all aspects of job performance. This position works closely with various members of the care team including but not limited to: Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Medical Assistants, Clerical Staff, Medical Case Managers, and Home Care Staff.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Works within their scope of practice under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN).
• Will be a highly functioning and competent member of the care team supporting growth, professional development, and a high level of quality patient care.
• Augments the clinical care team by assisting with all aspects of clinical operations, patient care and follow-up.
• Works closely and effectively with all members of the patient care team.
• Coordinates monitors and documents the patient plan of care.
• Assists in the timely management of patient flow in the clinic as needed.
• Assists in the collection of pertinent data and reports findings to the RN.
• Prepares patients for physician appointments and follow up as necessary.
• Assists with minor procedures as needed.
• Works closely with Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Medical Case Management, and Home Care staff to ensure continuity of care.
• Will assist in the monitoring of patient lab results and work closely with clinical providers to determine the best plan of care for patients.
• Will provide appropriate patient teaching and discharge planning to patients.

TRAINING EXPERIENCE AND ABILITIES:

• Unrestricted LVN licensure to practice nursing in the State of California.
• Minimum of two years’ experience in practice as a LVN. Preferably in acute care, out-patient clinic, urgent care setting, or similar facility. Familiarity with the Public Health Care System preferred but not required.
• Experience in laboratory interpretation, reporting and ability to manage critical lab values appropriately with the RN or MD.
• Ability to provide patient teaching, discharge, and follow-up instructions.
• Able to multitask and manage a fast pace care environment with multiple conflicting priorities.
• Knowledge of HIV/AIDS care and treatment and sensitivity to issues and populations impacted by the disease
• Medical-Surgical Background preferred.
• Able to fully utilize the nursing process of assessment, planning, implantation, and evaluation in daily patient care.
• BLS-HC required
• Phlebotomy/IV Certification required
• Fluent in English and Spanish preferred.

MUST HAVE THE ABILITY TO:

• Establish and maintain positive and cooperative working relations with medical and non-medical personnel in a clinical setting.
• Exercise sound judgment demonstrating critical thinking abilities and problem solving.
• Actively seek assistance with solving complex problems.
• Assist the RN with the management acute or critical situations or events with confidence and skill.
• Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both verbal and written format.
• Ability to engage other team members in the complete delivery of care in an effective and professional manner.
• Deliver high quality patient care and customer service.
• Become proficient in the utilization of the electronic medical record system as it applies to this position.
• Possess the ability to manage change in a positive and productive manner.
• Be a positive role model for staff and colleagues.
• Complete other duties as assigned.

Desert AIDS Project is an EOE and a Drug Free Workplace. We value diversity. Updated 1/30/2014

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