Assists the professional nursing staff in providing maximum patient care, assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of each assigned patient.
Under supervision gives direct and indirect patient care as assigned.
- Education: Graduate of an accredited School of Vocational Nursing.
- Personal Job-Related Skills: Effective oral and written communication skills.
- Licensure, Registry or Certification: Licensed Vocational Nurse currently licensed by the State of Texas.
- Prior Work Experience: One year of Licensed Vocational Nursing preferred.
- Technical Training: Current CPR certification. IV Therapy course preferred. ACLS, PALS, NRP.
- Physical and Mental Requirements: Duties of the position require extended periods of standing and walking. Bending, stooping, twisting, reaching, and lifting up to 50 pounds. Occasional heavy lifting when moving or supporting patients who may suddenly become weak or helpless.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Delivers safe patient care.
- Administers prescribed medications per nursing policy.
- Maintains IV therapy per nursing policy and documents and reports any problems with IVs to the RN.
- Executes physicians’ orders under the direction of an RN.
- Ensures that supplies are not wasted and assures that chargeable items are charged for promptly and accurately.
Documents all information relevant to patient care.
- Document observations on daily assessment sheet.
- Charts nursing notes reflecting problems identified on the care plan.
- Documents on graphic sheet and other special sheets as per hospital policy.
- Reviews and updates the nursing care plans under the supervision of an RN, indicating problems resolution and/or time frame changes.
- Documents patient/family teaching on patient teaching record; makes appropriate modifications on the care plan.
Maintains communication with assigned RN, health care personnel, physicians, other department personnel and patient/family.
- Makes walking rounds and assesses care needs for assigned patients.
- Plans and prioritizes care for an assigned group of patients with the supervision and direction of the Charge RN.
- Reports all changes in patient’s condition and discusses pertinent data with the RN.
- Notifies other departments of patients’ needs, coordinating through the Charge RN.
- Ensures that all assigned patients receive their treatments, x-rays, etc., on a timely basis.
- Gives information and assistance according to patient/family needs.
Ensures a safe patient environment.
- Removes from patient room and reports any equipment that is not in working order.
- Limits supplies and equipment in patient rooms.
- Identifies potential patient safety problems and implements precautions according to policy.
Performs related support duties as needed.
- Checks equipment, such as crash cart.
- Assists with narcotic check for control.
OTHER SIGNIFICANT REQUIREMENTS:
- Maintains confidentiality while working with confidential matters on a daily basis.
- Provides service direct to patients while maintaining a positive patient relations atmosphere.
- Interacts with patients, family members, physicians, PA’s and nursing staff on a continuous basis.
- Follows aseptic procedures and procedures for using precautions when involved in direct patient contact or handling potentially infectious materials.
- Follows safety guidelines and policies for the Hospital District.