The Licensed Vocational Nurse delivers fundamental, knowledge-based care to assigned clients, under the supervision of a registered nurse, while developing technically competent skills for the Odessa Clinic. Responsible for direct patient care activities under the supervision of the Registered Nurse (RN). Completed work requires routine or detailed review by an RN for completeness, technical soundness, appropriateness and conformity with policy and nursing assignments. The Licensed Vocational Nurse duties include but are not limited to: - Initiates, performs and completes assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations. - Carries out assigned patient care based on the patients' conditions; to use judgment in selecting the appropriate order and sequence of procedures and treatments; and to accurately recognize, report and record relevant patient information. Completed work should need only a general review by a registered nurse or medical provider for appropriateness and conformity with established policies/procedures. - Observes, identifies and responds to the patient's needs for care, including medication, equipment-assisted care and patient/family education. In organizing and delivering care, the LVN/LPN recognizes and considers emotional, cultural, spiritual, socio-economic and age-related factors. - Prepares and administers prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous) and performs treatments according to established policies/procedures. Observes physical and/or emotional changes in patient's condition from prescribed medications/treatments, promptly and accurately documents noted changes, and reports any deviations from normal to RN and/or a provider. - Recognizes urgent and emergent patient care situations, seeks assistance of the RN and/or provider and initiate appropriate emergency interventions as directed. - Understands human behavior, patient motivations and reactions to situations, and ability to appropriately utilize this knowledge in working effectively with patients, family members and other staff. - Establishes constructive relationships with individual patients and their families to elicit feelings and attitudes, and to promote positive relationships, communication and socialization skills. Fosters an environment of respect for individual patient and family rights to privacy and dignity in all aspects of care delivery. Effectively incorporates knowledge and understanding of established customer service standards in all interactions with patients, family members and/or other internal/external customers. - Performs support duties for complex diagnostic tests and/or specialized practices or procedures, which include preparing the patient, assisting in the diagnostic examination, preparing and handling specialized instruments or other specialized equipment and monitoring the patient's condition before, during and following the procedure. Serves as a preceptor in orienting, educating and training less experienced LVN/LPNs or Nursing Assistants (NAs)/Health Technicians (HTs) related to support duties for these more complex, specialized tests/procedures. - Actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge gained with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. or 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 a.m. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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