At Always Best Care, our focus is providing our patients with personalized and quality skilled care in the comfort of their own home. Our dedicated professional staff of nurses, therapists, social workers, and home health aides work in unison with the patients, families, and physicians to ensure positive outcomes. Our passion for helping the patients to maintain a safe and independent lifestyle, and to achieve their maximum functional independence is our top priority.
LPN works under the guidance of the RN as a member of a team to provide direct nursing care to patients within the policies of the agency. The activities of the LPN are based on the employee's educational preparation, experience, and competency evaluation. The LPN does not carry out admission, recertification, resumption of care, or transfer/discharge assessments and does not serve as the care manager.
* CLINICAL SKILLS
* Implements and all skilled and technical patient care activities designated by the RN serving as case manager.
* Follows the visit frequency and treatments orders in the physician plan of care/medical orders.
* Implements nursing care plan under the direction of the RN making care plan suggests as dictated by patient condition.
* Administers prescribed medications (must have training in pharmacology and demonstrated competence in medication administration). See Medication Administration Policy.
* Performs specific treatment as ordered by the physician under RN supervision.
* Makes observations related to the patient's condition, home situation, and treatment response reporting them to the supervising RN.
* Participates in patient/family teaching activities.
* Completes the nursing visit report and related recording on the day of the visit, documenting the treatment provided and the patient's response.
* Submits clinical notes within the documentation timeliness requirements of the agency.
* Completes the Day Sheet/Time Sheet record appropriately.
* Reports observations of patient clinical changes, treatment response, and home situation to the supervising RN and/case manager.
* Maintains confidentiality of patient information adhering to HIPAA regulations.
* Coordinates physician-ordered patient care activities with the care manager/clinical supervisor.
* Inventories and orders supplies as needed.
* Maintains confidentiality of client information adhering to HIPAA regulations.
* PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS
* Maintains a professional standard of conduct, projecting a positive image of the agency at all times.
* Complies with infection control and safety policies and procedures.
* Adheres to all policies and practices of the agency to maintain established Standards for Care.
* Adheres to all policies set forth in the Nurse Practice Act to maintain safe clinical practice.
* Participates in additional staff meetings, care conferences, educational sessions and the Quality Improvement Program, as appropriate.
* Continually strives to improve care by broadening and deepening knowledge through formal education, attendance at workshops, conferences, active participation in professional and related organizations, and individual study and reading.
* PERFORMS OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED
* Graduate of state-approved school with course in pharmacology.
* Current license in the State of Pennsylvania.
* Minimum of two (2) years of experience in relevant patient care.
* Holds a current CPR card.
* When required to travel from one assignment to another on the same day, reliable, independent means of transportation is required. Drivers must have a valid driver's license and car insurance limits adhering to the limits established in the personnel policies.
* Obtains and retains a clear criminal history report and as appropriate Childline, FBI, OIG, PA Medicheck, EPLS/SAM and any additional required regulatory clearances.
EXPOSURE CONTROL CATEGORY: High Risk Exposure
Offer Hepatitis B vaccine and provide cautionary information on all potential communicable diseases.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES REQUIRED TO CARRY OUT POSITION
Lifting: Regularly lifts and moves patients, equipment, patient supplies. Occasionally lifts and transfers up to fifty (50) pounds. Frequently lifts up to forty (40) pounds.
Carrying: Regularly carries medical supplies and other items weighing up to fifteen (15) pounds.
Pushing/Pulling: Pushing and pulling is required when administering patient therapy and care.
Climbing: Ability to use stairs, curbs, and walkways in order to access patient home.
Bending: Required consistently when administering patient care.
Reaching/Turning/Twisting: May be required when administering care.
Repetitive Motions: Hands - Required for certain aspects of patient care: simple grasping, fine manipulation, injections, blood draws.
Feet - Ability to walk and stand for various duties.
Speaking: Ability to clearly speak English in order to communicate, assess, and educate patients. Must also be able to communicate with physicians and other professionals involved in patient care.
Hearing: Ability to hear sufficiently to perform physical assessments (e.g. listening for bowel sounds, heart and lung sounds); detect critical information; respond to equipment alarms; and to communicate with other professionals involved with patient care.
Seeing: Ability to see to administer patient care and perform patient physical assessments.
Visual acuity - Required within normal limits for monitoring equipment, reading medical data, and administering medications and injections.
Depth perception - Required for fine tasks such as administering injections.
MACHINES, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT & WORK AIDES
Various medical equipment, supplies, medications, charts, computer terminals, and other aides, may be used in performance of duties.
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* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.