Licensed Vocational Nurse
Volunteers of America Texas - Houston, TX

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Volunteers of America Texas is a faith based, non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals, families and communities reach their full spiritual, emotional and physical potential and wellbeing through a vast array of services that target the elderly, the intellectually disabled, those striving to overcome substance abuse, and those transitioning from correctional centers.

The Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) provides program support and direct care to residents for minor illnesses and injuries and makes referrals to other medical professionals and facilities as appropriate. The LVN participates in IPP planning and monitoring as needed and supplements the services of an RN as needed.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Must be available, on-call as scheduled, for nursing consultation and/or treatment of minor illnesses or injuries and render nursing assistance in medical emergencies.
  • Participates in the pre-admission evaluation, program design and placement of each resident admitted to this program.
  • Prepares, if required, Medication History at admission and perform periodic re-evaluation, monthly medication administration review and quarterly systems review.
  • May participate as a member of the Interdisciplinary Team providing general health counseling, family planning, general sex education and personal hygiene at the appropriate developmental level of each individual resident.
  • Provides appropriate in-service training for program staff in basic health care and hygiene skills.
  • Coordinates medical appointments.
  • Directs supervision of employees as related to the medical care of the residents.
  • Assesses, plans, and follows up on medical issues noted with clients to include location of needed medical resources in the community, as appropriate.
  • Completes the following specific on-going tasks:
    • Reviews and documents in the staff log book for health concerns and complaints.
    • Makes appropriate entries in nursing notes relating to individual resident care.
    • Reviews medication administration instructions on Medication Administration/Observation Record for correct transcription.
    • Reviews Medication Administration/Observation Record monthly and file in resident files.
    • Visits homes at least two times weekly to monitor general health status of residents.
    • Reviews resident weight gain/loss monthly, including arrangements with dieticians and monitoring compliance with diet.
    • Prepares medical summaries and attends staffings as needed.
    • Completes annual assessments as needed.
  • Communicates with Operations Manager, Support Coordinator and RN regarding each resident's medical needs including routine medical needs and emergency treatments.
  • Assists supervisor with budget control activities, e.g., conserving resources, reducing utilities cost, avoiding waste, reducing overtime, etc.
  • Requires regular attendance and punctuality, i.e., employee must be at the assigned work location (which might vary depending client needs) during the scheduled shift to perform the above essential functions.
  • When working in the HCS programs, will adhere to the programs' evidentiary principles.

Qualification Requirements:
  • Graduation from an accredited school of nursing and registration and license (LVN) to practice nursing in the state of Texas plus six months of experience.
  • Experience with the intellectually and developmentally disabled in a residential program is highly desired.
  • Valid Texas Drivers License (Must be received within 30 days of employment) and ability to be insured; valid Vehicle Liability if driving personal vehicle.
Volunteers of America - Texas offers a comprehensive Benefits Plan: Health, Dental, Vision, Long Term Disability, Employee Assistance Program, and Paid Time Off (PTO) for full time positions.
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