LPN / RN

Markesan Residential Home   Markesan, WI   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on November 1, 2022
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 LPN / RN

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PURPOSE:

The primary purpose of your job position is to provide direct nursing care to the residents, and to supervise the day-to-day nursing activities performed by nursing assistants, LPNs, and nursing support staff. Such supervision must be in accordance with current federal, state, and local standards, guidelines, and regulations that govern Markesan Resident Home, and as may be required by the Director of Nursing Services or Nurse Supervisor to ensure that the highest degree of quality care is maintained at all times.

DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY:

As Charge Nurse you are delegated the administrative authority, responsibility, and accountability necessary for carrying out your assigned duties.

When assuming the position of charge nurse in a nursing home as defined in s.50.04 (2)(b), the LPN shall:

  • Follow written protocols and procedures developed and approved by an RN;
  • Manage and direct nursing care and other activities of LPNs and nursing support personnel under the general supervision of an RN; and
  • Accept the charge nurse position only if prepared to completely perform this assignment based on nursing education or active involvement in education or training for responsibilities not included in the basic LPN curriculum.

JOB FUNCTIONS:

Every effort has been made to identify the essential functions of this position. However, in no way does this job description state or imply that these are the only duties you will be required to perform. The omission of specific statements or duties does not exclude them from this position if the work is similar, related, or is an essential function of the position.

ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTIONS

  • Direct the day-to-day functions of the nursing assistants, LPNs, nursing support staff including med techs and nurse techs 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 established by this facility.
  • Periodically review the department's policies, procedure manuals, job descriptions, etc. Make recommendations for revisions.
  • Meet with your assigned nursing staff, as well as support personnel, in planning the shifts services, programs, and activities.
  • Ensure that all nursing service personnel comply with the procedures set forth in the Nursing Service Procedures Manual.
  • Cooperate with other resident services when coordinating nursing services to ensure that the resident's total regimen of care is maintained.
  • Participate in the development, maintenance, and implementation of the facility's quality assurance program for the nursing service department.
  • Assist in planning the nursing services portion of the resident's discharge plan as necessary.
  • Admit, transfer, and discharge residents as required.
  • Complete accident/incident reports as necessary.
  • Perform administrative duties such as completing medical forms, reports, evaluations, studies, charting, etc., as necessary.
  • Update administrative staff in the event of fire, tornado warning, exiting of wandering resident(s), workplace violence issues and/or staffing issues.
  • Discipline, coach, train LPN and nurse support staff as needed.
  • Oversee situations that may arise at North Terrace which require nursing interventions.

CHARTING AND DOCUMENTATION

  • Complete and file required record keeping forms/charts upon the resident's admission, transfer, and/or discharge.
  • Encourage attending physicians to review treatment plans, record and sign their orders, progress note, etc., in accordance with established policies.
  • Receive telephone orders from physicians and record on the Physicians' Order Form.
  • Transcribe physician's orders to resident charts, Medex, treatment/care plans, as required. (If Unit Coordinator present, Licensed Nurse reviews and signs)
  • Chart nurses' notes in an informative, objective, and descriptive manner that reflects the care provided to the resident, as well as the resident's response to the care.
  • Complete all accident/incident documentation, following established procedures.
  • Report all discrepancies noted concerning physician's orders, diet change, charting error, etc., to the DON or RN on call.
  • Complete transfer forms in accordance with established procedures.
  • Perform routine charting duties as required and in accordance with established charting and documentation policies and procedures.
  • Sign and date all entries made in the resident's medical record.

DRUG ADMINISTRATION FUNCTIONS

  • Prepare and administer medications as ordered by the physician.
  • Ensure that an adequate supply of floor stock medications, supplies, and equipment is on hand to meet the nursing needs of the residents.
  • Order prescribed medications, supplies, and equipment as necessary, and in accordance with established policies.
  • Ensure that scheduled medication records are accurate for you shift.
  • Notify the DON or RN on call of all drug and narcotic discrepancies noted on your shift.
  • Dispose of drugs and narcotics as required and in accordance with established procedures.

PERSONNEL FUNCTIONS

  • Participate in employee performance evaluations, making recommendations to the Director of Nursing concerning employee merits, dismissals, etc.
  • Report absentee call-ins to the Nurse Supervisor.
  • Review and evaluate your assigned work force and make recommendations to the RN on call.
  • Provide leadership to nursing personnel assigned to your unit.
  • Make frequent rounds of your unit to ensure that nursing service personnel are performing their work assignments in accordance with acceptable nursing standards.
  • Develop and maintain a good working rapport with inter-departmental personnel, as well as other departments within the facility to ensure that nursing services and activities can be adequately maintained to meet the needs of the residents.
  • Create and maintain an atmosphere of warmth, personal interest and positive emphasis, as well as a calm environment throughout the unit and shift.
  • Review complaints and grievances made or filed by your assigned personnel. Make appropriate reports to the DON or RN on call as required or as may be necessary. Follow facility's established procedures.
  • Report occupational exposures to blood, body fluids, infectious materials, and hazardous chemicals in accordance with the facility's policies and procedures governing accidents and incidents.

NURSING CARE FUNCTIONS

  • Inform nursing personnel of new admissions, their expected time of arrival, room assignment, etc., ensuring that rooms are ready for new admissions.
  • Greet newly admitted residents upon admission. Participate in the orientation of new residents/family members to the facility.
  • Complete rounds with physicians on your assigned unit.
  • Arrange for diagnostic and therapeutic services, as ordered by the physician in the absence of the Unit Coordinator.
  • Consult with the resident's physician in providing the resident's care, treatment, rehabilitation, etc., as necessary.
  • Implement and maintain established nursing objectives and standards.
  • Make periodic checks to ensure that certified nursing assistants are properly administering prescribed treatments and to evaluate the resident's physical and emotional status.
  • Cooperate with and coordinate social and activity programs with nursing service schedules.
  • Notify the resident's attending physician and next-of-kin when there is a change in the resident's condition.
  • Ensure that restorative and rehabilitative programs are carried out to include self-help and care.
  • Administer professional services such as; catheterization, tube feedings, suction, applying and changing dressings, packs, colostomy, and drainage bags, IV's, etc.
  • Obtain sputum, urine and other specimens as ordered for lab tests.
  • Check foods brought into the facility by the resident's family/visitors to ensure that it is within the resident's dietary allowances. Report problem areas to the RN on call and Dietary Supervisor.
  • Complete appropriate telephone contacts in the event of a resident's death, ensuring that established postmortem procedures are followed.
  • Update the DON or RN on call of any resident decompensation or change in condition requiring complex patient modification.

CARE PLAN AND ASSESSMENT FUNCTIONS

  • Review care plans daily, and update as necessary to ensure that appropriate care is being rendered. Review for appropriate goals, problems, approaches, and revisions based on nursing needs.
  • Ensure that your nurses' notes reflect that the care plan is being followed when administering nursing care or treatment.
  • Ensure that your assigned certified nursing assistants are aware of the resident care plans, make certain that the nursing assistants refer to the care plan prior to administering daily care to the resident.
  • Complete quarterly nursing assessments as assigned by the MDS Coordinator.
  • Care conferences as requested.

RESIDENT RIGHTS

  • Maintain the confidentiality of all resident care information.
  • Monitor nursing care to ensure that all residents are treated fairly, and with kindness, dignity, and respect.
  • Ensure that all nursing care is provided in privacy and that nursing service personnel knock before entering the resident's room.
  • Ensure that all nursing service personnel are knowledgeable of the residents' responsibilities and rights including the right to refuse treatment.
  • Maintain a written record of the resident's complaints and/or grievances that indicates the action taken to resolve the complaint and the current status of the complaint.
  • Report and investigate all allegations of resident abuse and/or misappropriation of resident property.

SAFETY AND SANITATION

  • Ensure that your assigned personnel follow established infection control procedures when isolation precautions become necessary.
  • Ensure that your assigned personnel follow established procedures in the use and disposal of personal protective equipment.
  • Participate in the development, implementation and maintenance of the procedures for reporting hazardous conditions or equipment.
  • Ensure that all personnel wear and/or use safety equipment and supplies when lifting or moving residents.
  • Ensure that appropriate MSDS is on file for hazardous chemicals used in the nursing service department.

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Works in office area(s) as well as throughout nursing service area (i.e. drug rooms, nurses' stations, resident rooms, etc.)
  • Moves intermittently during working hours; is subject to frequent interruptions.
  • Is involved with residents, personnel, visitors, government agencies/personnel, etc., under all conditions and circumstances.
  • Is subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, personnel, and visitors.
  • Communicates with the medical staff, nursing personnel, and other department supervisors. Works beyond normal working hours, and in other positions temporarily, when necessary. Is subject to call-back during emergency conditions (e.g. severe weather, evacuation, post-disaster, etc.)
  • Attends and participates in continuing educational programs.
  • Is subject to exposure to infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc., including TB and the AIDS and Hepatitis B viruses.
  • May be subject to the handling of and exposure to hazardous chemicals.
  • Maintains a liaison with the residents, their families, support departments, etc., to adequately plan for the residents' needs.

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