Licensed Practical Nurse
Minneapolis Public Schools - Minneapolis, MN

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AFSCME employees who are currently classified as Licensed Practical Nurse and are interested in a transfer will need to apply through the online application process. Permanent Minneapolis Public Schools employees (those that have passed probation), current AFSCME Local 56 members who are not currently classified as Licensed Practical Nurse and who meet the qualifications listed below will need to apply through the online application process.

SUMMARY

Under general supervision, provide basic public school nursing services in the examination and treatment of patients; promotes, maintains and restores good health at MPS facilities.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

-- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities

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include, but are not limited to, the following

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Provides consultation and nursing services within scope of authority and training; duties may vary according to job assignment.

Provides general and special health counseling, patient care instructions, and treatment services to students and MPS staff, and responds to emergencies in compliance with MPS policies and quality standards

Follows MPS nursing services protocols, procedures and authorized written medical care plans.

Performs nursing procedures, first aid and prescribed medicines and medical treatments; observes and assesses patients' conditions and behavior; monitors patients for adverse effects, and verifies patient safety and stability; reports significant changes to supervisor or physician.

Interviews and observes patients to ascertain medical history and current condition; reviews patients’ records, takes vital signs, assesses current condition and pain level; administers medications as authorized; records nursing notes on patient chart.

Supports and enhances the patients’ physical and emotional stability; explains nature of illness, plan of care, procedures and treatments to patient, family and significant others.

Prepares correspondence, referrals, patient histories, and narrative nursing activity reports; updates and maintains a variety of files, records, charts and other documents; maintains appropriate records and prepares reports as required.

Confers and collaborates with other health care professionals to provide continuum of care.

Screens students for a variety of health care and environmental issues; tracks and evaluates infection control problems and follows up with clients according to protocols.

Verifies and monitors the health and safety of students and staff in the facilities.

Maintains inventory of first aid supplies and equipment; re-orders supplies as needed.

Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment

Enthusiastically promotes the Superintendent’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.

Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and MPS information.

Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis

At times may be required to work outside normal business hours and work extended hours to accomplish requirements of the position.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education, Training and Experience Guidelines

Associate’s Degree in Nursing; AND two year of experience as a Certified Practical Nurse; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.

Knowledge of:
State and Federal laws and regulatory issues governing public health, including rules and regulations of the Minnesota Department of Health and other governing agencies.

Modern nursing principles, techniques, and procedures for the care of patients.

Medical terminology, anatomy, physiology and concepts of disease.

Public health and safety protocols and regional healthcare issues.

Nutrition and health maintenance issues for children and young adults.

Regional community service agencies and other governmental assistance programs.

Principles of record keeping and confidential records and file management.

Customer service and public relations methods and practices.

Skill in:
Providing effective nursing services, assessing patient situations and taking effective course of action within scope of authority.

Nursing assessment and diagnosis of physical and psycho-social health needs.

Exercising initiative and judgment in selecting proper nursing intervention.

Monitoring and evaluating client progress.

Applying public health nursing principles.

Responding appropriately to emergency situations.

Providing effective health education.

Analyzing and identifying healthcare problems, and recommending effective solutions.

Maintaining calm demeanor in emergency and stressful situations.

Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with co-workers and students.

Operating a personal computer utilizing standard and specialized software.

Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.

LICENSE AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License may be required. Must obtain and maintain Certified Practical Nursing license with the Minnesota Board of Nursing. First Aid/CPR training is required; additional health and safety training may be required.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT

Work is performed in a standard office environment and school health clinic. A job in this category requires moderate physical efforts, including sitting, standing, walking, bending, reaching, and ability to lift, move and carry up to 40 pounds; full manual dexterity and visual acuity are required; may be exposed to hazardous chemicals, infectious diseases, and air- and blood-borne pathogens.

SALARY:
AFSCME/Grade A15 $23.16/hr

Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready. Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, age, sexual preference, disability or status with regard to public assistance.

Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

METHOD OF APPLICATION:
All applicants, including MPS employees, must complete an on-line application at www.mpls.k12.mn.us (click on Careers).

In addition, upload an electronic copy of both your cover letter and resume to your application at the time that you apply. Make sure that you apply for the specific position in which you are interested.

Only complete applications, which include all of the following items, will be considered:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • On-Line Application
Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee. Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.

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