Under the general supervision of the Nurse Supervisor or designee, the Licensed Practical Nurse provides nursing care and participates as a member of the mental health treatment team in an intensive adolescent treatment program. Perform nursing activities in accordance with licensures by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the policies and procedures of the patient care area. Responsible for the delivery of direct care and provide for client safety and milieu activities. Take an active role in re-acclimating individuals to the larger community. Provides trauma informed care and promotes a person-centered, skills-based collaborative philosophy. The Licensed Practical Nurse participates in a process of continuous learning and demonstrates openness to evolving philosophies of practice, including restraint and seclusion prevention.
- Under the direction of the Nurse Supervisor, will perform assessment, development, implementation and documentation of nursing care for patients
- Administer, coordinate, and record medications and vaccinations consistent with his/her knowledge of pharmacology
- Execute physician orders for specific medications, test, treatments and other procedures
- Collect and record vital signs, height, and weight. Report any unusual deviations to the Nurse Supervisor/MD/np
- Responsible for assigned documentation and/or reports
- Complete requisitions and makes appointments and referrals as necessary (lab, x-ray, EKG, etc.)
- Provide medication education to youth and families according to unit protocol. Prepare and educate individuals for routine medical procedures. Take an active role in preventive health teaching and patient and family education
- Perform direct care such as dressing changes, administering enemas, ADL assistance, performing safety checks, monitoring patients who are feeling unsafe and leading/co-leading therapeutic groups and activities
- Serve as care provider to assigned patients, which includes all aspects of nursing care planning, all in conjunction with the primary nurse and/or resource nurse
- May act as a preceptor
- Recognize the need for and adapt nursing care interventions to the individual’s physical condition, emotional status, and developmental level
- Assist in medical procedures, emergencies, and in crises, which may include physical management
- Will assist in the de-escalation of individuals in distress and contribute to overall unit safety
- Complete the admission process, collect medical data, and obtain consent forms for vaccines, dental and other procedures as required
- Comply with all safety and emergency procedures
- Respect the rights and confidentiality of all patients and serves as a patient advocate
- Maintain stock of supplies and physical condition of medication/treatment rooms
- Assume responsibility for professional growth; remains current in nursing practice and program’s policies and procedures
- Assist in orientation of new employees
- Attend treatment team and staff meetings
- Participate in departmental quality improvement activities.
- Maintain overall clinical confidentiality, including all business documents and correspondence
- Perform other duties as required.
- Current license to practice as a licensed practical nurse in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
- Demonstrated ability to remain calm when under stress or in emergency situations
- Demonstrated ability to interact with people who are under emotional stress.
- Ability to work with others collaboratively in a team setting.
- Must be able to assist with the physical management of individuals in crisis.
- Ability to perform basic computer skills
- Ability to travel to off-site locations
This is a 32 hour daytime position 7AM-3:30PM on a locked adolescent psychiatric residential setting. We are the UMass Connections BIRT (Behavioral Intensive Residential Treatment) program of UMass Medical School. Daniel D. Reynolds, RN BSN, is the Nursing Supervisor.