The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is under the supervision and guidance of the Resident Services Director (RSD) and the Executive Director of the Community. The LPN will assist the Resident Services Director and the Executive Director of the Community in the day to day operation of the residence support services and supervises the health care given within the residence.
The LPN must not leave the Community during their shift. In the case of a personal emergency the Resident Services Director and the Executive Director of the Community must be notified. The LPN will not leave the premises until properly relieved.
The LPN may be assigned other duties by the Resident Services Director and the Executive Director of the Community. These duties may not be listed but are considered appropriate by the Resident Services Director and the Executive Director of the Community.
Education – Graduate of a state accredited Nursing school or course. Licensed as an LPN in the state in which services are performed. Must have a current CPR Certification.
Experience – Must have work experience with the elderly in a nursing home or residential setting.
Language Skills – Must possess the ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Must have the ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Must have the ability to effectively communicate and follow both written and oral instructions. Must adhere to and comply with all verbal and written policies and instructions set forth by the Morning Pointe Community.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
Count narcotics at the beginning and end of each shift.
Signs out for all narcotics when dispensed to resident. (If the resident refuses routine narcotic or the narcotic is not given after being pulled, it must be disposed of by the nurse and witnessed by a second person.) Any narcotic wasted must be witnessed and signed by two persons. Any full or partial bubble packs of narcotics will be disposed of by the Resident Services Director and another licensed nurse.
Medications are to be given by either the LPN or the Resident Services Director.
Medications are to be set up and checked before dispensing to the residents. Any medication not given is to be circled on the MAR sheet and explained on back of the MAR.
All medication records are to be signed and initialed on the back of the MAR sheet.
The medication room is to be locked at all times.
The medication cabinets are to be locked when the nurse is going off duty.
The keys to the medication room are to be given only to the nurse or medication technician.
Medications are to be reordered as needed.
Manage the health care of all residents including providing information to the families and staff in the absence of the Resident Services Director and the Executive Director of the Community.
Perform ongoing assessments of resident’s physical and psycho-social needs and advises the Resident Services Director and the Executive Director of the Community of changes in status.
Observes and records significant condition changes and reactions. Notifies the Resident Services Coordinator and the Executive Director of the Community of these changes or reactions, especially to drug treatments and significant other incidents.
When appropriate, explain procedures and treatments for the resident to gain cooperation and understanding thereby relieving possible apprehension.
Perform duties as a team-leader which may involve supervising Resident Service Assistants.
Respond to life saving situations based on current standards, policy, procedures and protocol.
Follow and adhere to The Nursing Practices Act as set forth by the State in which licensed to provide services.
The LPN is responsible for the direct supervision of care giving and coordination of health care needs of the residents during their shift. They may be asked to team-lead which involves the direct supervision of the Resident Services Assistant. They must keep the Resident Services Director and the Executive Director of the Community informed of significant changes in residents, staff and facility.
This position is classified as HEAVY, requiring exerting 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently and/or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly to life/move objects. Functional requirements include constant standing and walking. Frequent lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, stooping, bending, turning and stretching. Finger and hand dexterity required. Visual and hearing acuity essential. Ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions necessary. Ability to perform basic mathematical computations required.