The primary purpose of this position is to provide high quality, holistic nursing care in accordance with nursing practice standards and health care regulations which govern the practice of professional nursing. Lead licensed and non-professional staff in the delivery of direct resident care and support functions.
Essential Job Functions, Duties and Responsibilities
Nursing Care Functions
Conduct the daily nursing functions in accordance with current rules, regulations, and guidelines that govern the long term care facility.
Ensure that all nursing personnel assigned to you comply with the written policies and procedures including the safety program.
Admit, transfer, and discharge residents with documentation regarding care and service provided.
Participate in the orientation of new residents/family members to the facility.
Make rounds with health care provider.
Utilize nursing personnel qualifications according to the resident’s care plan, wishes, and health care provider orders.
Complete daily clinical and environmental rounds to evaluate resident care being provided and report significant events.
Meet and resolve issues with residents and/or family members. Report significant issues to the supervisor.
Participate in facility surveys (inspections) as requested by management.
May be responsible for clinical programs as directed, e.g. dementia, wound care, quality assurance, infection control, admissions.
Complete an initial assessment and develop interim care plan.
Update, review, and transcribe the care plan that identifies the goals, problems, approaches, and revisions based on nursing needs and new health care provider orders.
Communicate with health care provider to review treatment plans, complete orders, progress notes, etc., in accordance with established policies.
Review the resident’s medical record for specific treatments, medication orders, diets, labs etc., as for implementation and follow up.
Requisition and arrange for diagnostic and therapeutic services, as ordered by the health care provider, and in accordance with our established procedures.
Communicate the department’s policies and procedures to personnel, residents, and visitors.
Communicate with written (24 hour report) and oral reports/recommendations concerning any changes in resident condition and other activities of your shift to nursing management.
Fill out and complete accident/incidents involving residents or staff and submit to Director of Nursing.
Complete and file assessments and all other medical record documentation as required to provide care services.
Provide resident and family information for care conferences or other meetings.
Report all discrepancies noted concerning physician’s orders, diet change, charting error, etc., to the supervisor.
Complete clinically accurate documentation according to policy.
Review the resident medical documentation and progress notes from the interdisciplinary team to determine if the care plan is being followed. Report any concerns to your supervisor.
Inform nursing personnel of new admissions and the resident’s care needs. Ensure that rooms are ready for new admissions. Greet newly admitted residents upon admission.
Notify the resident’s attending health care practitioner and family when there is a change in the resident’s condition.
Meet with your assigned support personnel (Housekeeping, Dining Services, Nursing Assistants, etc.) to plan the shift’s services, programs, and activities and monitor tasks are completed as directed.
Coordinate services with other members of the disciplinary team (Housekeeping, Dining Services, Nursing, etc.) to ensure that the resident’s total regimen of care is maintained.
Assist in arranging transportation for residents and other third party services.
Medication Administration Functions
Prepare and administer medications ordered by the health care provider.
Ensure that an adequate supply of floor stock medications, supplies, and equipment is on hand to meet the nursing needs of the residents. Report needs to the supervisor.
Review medication administration record for completeness of information, accuracy in the transcription of the health care provider’s order. Report concerns to your supervisor.
Dispose of drugs and narcotics as required, and in accordance with established procedures.
Assist with adjusting the staffing needs of the nursing service department necessary to meet the total nursing needs of the residents.
Assist to develop work assignments, schedule duty hours, and assist and supervise nursing staff to ensure that all personnel are performing their work assignments in accordance with acceptable nursing standards.
Assist in staff development. Formally and informally monitor performance of personnel and ensure adjustments/corrections are made by using coaching, counseling, and discipline methods.
Work with the Director of Nursing to resolve staff performance issues including those that may lead to termination.
Review complaints and grievances, complete investigations, and work with the Director of Nursing for a plan of action and resolution..
Participate in the planning, conducting and scheduling of timely in service and orientation training classes that meet state and federal requirements.
Safety and Sanitation Functions
Supply and make available protective equipment for staff.
Maintain nursing service work areas (i.e., nurses’ stations, medicine preparation rooms, etc.), resident rooms, and treatment areas in a clean and sanitary manner.
Recommend to the Director of Nursing the equipment and supply needs of the nursing department. Ensure that a stock level of medications, medical supplies, equipment, etc., is maintained on the premise at all times to adequately meet the needs of the residents.
Must possess the ability to make independent decisions, follow instructions, and accept constructive criticism. Must be able to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel, and the general public. Must be able to work with ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset, and potentially hostile people within the facility. Must be able to speak, write and understand English in a manner that is sufficient for effective communication with supervisors, employees, residents, and families.
Education and Experience
Prefer to have experience in nursing in a long-term care facility or similar experience.
Must possess a current and active license to practice as an LPN/LVN in this state.
The Goodman Group - 19 months ago