Assist clinical team members by performing a variety of duties for patients within the scope of practice of an LPN using the patient focused care system and under the direction/supervision of an RN. Assumes, under the direction of the Laboratory, responsibility for patient specimen testing, quality
- Actively participates in the admission process including, but not limited to collecting the patient history, allergies and home medication list.
- Actively participates in the transition of care process including, but not limited to, assisting patient/family with preparations for discharge and wheelchair transportation to private or commercial vehicle.
- Provides competent direct care and providing for a safe and comforting environment resulting in a positive patient/family experience.
- Maintains competency for use of clinical patient care equipment.
- Documents and reports abnormal observations to the RN in a timely manner.
- Assists in the maintenance of skin integrity with the use of emollients, creams, etc. Cares for superficial skin tears under the direction of the RN.
- Maintains patient confidentiality.
- Maintains standard precautions.
- Carries out medical orders such as administration of medications and treatments, within hospital policy and within patient population-specific parameters.
- Provides BLS in response to emergency situations. Provides ACLS under the direction of the RN and provider in emergency situations.
- Performs Point of Care procedures in a timely manner according to established policy and procedure. Documents required information and complies with all Point of Care quality control standards.
- Adheres to hospital policy and procedures.
- Observes, reports and records changes that result from disease or trauma to patient’s respiratory, cardiovascular, neurologic, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, reproductive, musculoskeletal, metabolic, psychologic, integumentary, sensory, immune, hematologic, and nutritional systems.
- Observes, reports and records the patient’s condition.
- Monitors intravenous lines for adequacy of fluids and operations and reports any non-functioning line as observed with visual inspection.
- Performs oral /nasal /endotracheal suctioning.
- Establishes patient setup/connection tasks including NIBP, SaO2 and ECG.
- Collects specimens such as urine, stool, sputum.
- Applies warm and cold compresses.
- Performs 12 lead EKG.
- Monitors and performs vital signs using a variety of equipment, and reports abnormalities to RN.
- Performs surgical preps on patients.
- Obtains weights and basic patient information on new admissions.
- Assists RN/MD in removal of sheath and applies manual pressure or c-clamp after hemostasis has been established.
- Observes sheath site for signs of bleeding and notifies RN of any changes.
- Provides clerical duties as needed.
- Able to apply simple dressings and assist RN with more complex dressings.
- Performs blood glucose monitoring.
- Performs hemostasis monitoring test.
- Performs intake and output measurements.
- Performs calorie counts.
- Performs ostomy care.
- Administers medications in a safe manner.
- Provides peripheral intravenous site care and is able to discontinue peripheral intravenous therapy.
- Collaborates with the RN in developing, implementing, and evaluation of the outcomes of the teaching plan.
- Education: Graduate of an accredited Paramedic or Practical Nursing program.
- Licensure/ Certification: Current state licensure as a Practical Nurse or licensure from a state within the Nursing Compact or Paramedic licensure. BLS certification required prior to providing direct patient care. Successful completion of ACLS certification is required prior to completion of clinical orientation.