Performs duties under direction of physician and/or clinic site nurse to assist in examination and treatment of patients. Under general supervision, makes interpretations and exercises some discretion in routine situations.
• Obtains, evaluates, and records patient history in medical file.
• Obtains and measures vital signs and records information on patients' charts. Use thermometer, scales, sphygmomanometer/stethoscope, scalp vein needles, hearing/vision screening equipment, pulse oximetry, typanometer, basic laboratory, i.e., microscope, centrifuge, hematology analyzer, and specimen collection.
• Prepares and maintains examination/treatment rooms, including cleaning and sterilizing instruments, and inventory of medical supplies and materials.
• Assists in the examination of patients under the direction of a physician.
• Explains treatment procedures to patients.
• May be required to draw and collect blood samples from patients and prepare specimens for laboratory analysis.
• Prepares and administers oral medications and routine immunizations.
• Performs routine diagnostic and laboratory tests.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES:
• Ability to recognize and respect cultural diversity of patients.
• Serve as the communication liaison between patient and physician. Capable of documenting patient communication and clinical treatment accurately and appropriately.
• Recognize and respond effectively to verbal, nonverbal, and written communication.
• Ability to follow established policies and procedures dealing with health care.
• Comply with established risk management and safety procedures.
• Able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public and health care team.
• Must respect the confidential nature of medical information.
• Working knowledge of standard concepts, practices, and procedures.
• Able to work efficiently and cope with emergency situations.
• Capable of using experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
• Good computer skills and a working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
• Able to read and interpret documents such as charts, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
• Professional manner and appearance.
• Emotional and physical health sufficient to meet the demands of the position.
• Ability to stand for long periods of time.
• Strength sufficient to: lift some patients, move heavy equipment on wheels (up to approximately 500 lbs), and to move patients in wheelchairs and stretchers.
EDUCATION, LICENSE and EXPERIENCE:
• Graduate of an accredited vocational nursing school required.
• Valid Texas LVN license; BLS (CPR & AED) certification issued by the American Heart Association or American Red Cross required.
• Previous nursing experience in a Clinic/Outpatient environment preferred.
• Proficiency in Spanish is preferred, but not required.