LPN Northwest
Visiting Nurse Association of Colorado - Denver, CO

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LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) is responsible for direct patient care under the direction of a Registered Nurse (RN).Provides consistently high quality of care to patients in accordance with the plan of care and Agency policies. This includes: maintaining and enhancing nursing skills; handling medical emergencies calmly and quickly; preparing clinical and progress notes; relating to family, physician and RN as needed regarding care plan and specialized procedures; preparing equipment and materials for treatments observing aseptic techniques; and assisting the patient in learning the appropriate self-care techniques. Performs procedures appropriate to LPN level of care, which may include: bladder irrigation and training; venous/peripheral blood draw on adults if certified; bowel training and rectal tube care and maintenance; catheter insertion for males and females, including patients with frozen hips or other disabilities, catheter care and maintenance, education of self-catheterization technique; expected and unexpected death care in the home, including CPR and Death in the Home procedures; decubitis care and prevention; diabetic care and prevention; vaginal douche; dressing changes of all kinds; enema; insertion, care and maintenance of gastric tubes which do not go beyond the gastric sphincter, J-tube care and maintenance, NG insertion in adults, gastric suctioning, enteral pumps; isolation and universal precautions; range of motion exercises; fistula care; staple and suture removal; terminal care and counseling; IM and SQ injections of medications without high incidence of anaphylaxis; management of psycho-social issues; patient transfer of all types; taking recording vital signs and evaluation of results; patient and family education appropriate to their degree of comprehension and skill. Provides accurate and timely documentation of care by meeting deadlines consistently and assuring charting is accurate and legible.
Graduation from a school of Practical Nursing which is approved by the National Association for Practical Nurse Education or accredited by the Colorado Board of Licensed Practical Nurse examiners. Previous Homecare or Home Health preferred. Must have an active Colorado LPN license or a license from the state of primary residence, if participating in the NLC (Nurse Licensure Compact). Current CPR required. IV certification preferred. Twelve months nursing experience as an LPN and six months nursing experience in the last three years. Additional experience and/or other requirements may vary by case or department needs. Anyone with less than 12 months hospital-based nursing may be subject to an extended probationary review period. Complete knowledge of universal precautions and of Agency caregiving procedures and guidelines. Full knowledge of LPN nursing skills, maintained and enhanced as needed. Can read and interpret physicians' orders and notes from other caregivers, as well as respond to them, verbally and in writing. Psychomotor skills to provide nursing care, including repetitive pinching, grasping, and manipulating. Daily standing, squatting, walking, bending, and maneuvering in private homes, which are not barrier-free. Heavy lifting (greater than fifty pounds) to transfer or turn an adult, with or without assistive devices; lifting requirement of 25 pounds to pick up nursing bag approximately twice per patient.

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