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LPN - Ortho Neuro - Per Diem-3

Company: Methodist Health System
Location: Council Bluffs
Posted on: March 19, 2023

Job Description:

Why work for Nebraska Methodist Health System?
At Nebraska Methodist Health System, we focus on providing exceptional care to the communities we serve and people we employ. We call it The Meaning of Care - a culture that has and will continue to set us apart. It's helping families grow by making each delivery special, conveying a difficult diagnosis with a compassionate touch, going above and beyond for a patient's needs, or giving a high five when a patient beats a disease or conquers a personal health challenge. We offer competitive pay, excellent benefits and a great work environment where all employees are valued! Most importantly, our employees are part of a team that makes a real difference in the communities we live and work in.

Job Summary:

Accountable for the delivery of quality care to patients and families according to the individualized needs of the patient.

Promotes positive relations when interacting with patients, visitors, families physicians, customers and co-workers.


Essential Functions

Promotes positive relations when interacting with patients, visitors, families, physicians, customers and co-workers.

  • Greet, smiles and makes eye contact.
  • Introduces self by name.
  • Volunteers to help co-workers and other employees.
  • Addresses patients and others by surname.
  • Responds quickly to patients and/or other peoples' needs.
  • Knows and demonstrates 6 step customer complaint management process. Assist the Registered Nurse (RN) by obtaining initial assessment of patient and on-going patient observation.
    • Completes initial assessment and documentation within standards set by nursing service.
    • Informs team leader/director of change in patient's status immediately.
    • Utilizes policies and procedures and Standards of Care to assess patient.
    • Identifies and reports variances to Unit Manager/Charge Nurse or assigned RN. Reports changes in patient's condition.
      • Observes IV function and reports concerns to nurse.
      • Observes intravenous infusion, patient's color, activity, skin condition, responsiveness, respirations, and reports concerns to nurse.
      • Reports all patient/family concerns to RN or Charge RN. Performs nursing care as assigned by Charge Nurse, utilizing policies and procedures, Standards of Care and Care Plan.
        • Demonstrates skill in conceptual, technical, and procedural nursing practice to include unit specific policies and procedures outlines from orientation checklist.
        • Performs patient care and treatments in a timely manner.
        • Documents care and patient responses following policies and procedures for documentation.
        • Safely and accurately administers medication without incident.
        • Reports variances to team leader/director immediately.
        • Performs vital signs as instructed by nurse. Assists nurse in providing pre-op and post-op cares according to policy, include monitoring vital signs.
          • Monitor vital signs per policy/procedure or as directed by RN.
          • Reports abnormal findings immediately to nurse.
          • Provides safe patient environment. Records vital signs timely in appropriate location.
          • Provides pre-op care according to policy i.e. gown, cleanliness, voiding, jewelry.
          • Provides port-op care according to policy i.e. room readiness, vitals, positioning patient, etc.
          • Provides basic patient care including care of bodily functions appropriate to patient's age specific needs. Performs bathing, nail care, catheter care, shaving and shampooing.
            • All male patients to be shaved daily, if required.
            • Oral care provided during a.m., p.m. period and PRN.
            • Catheter care provided according to hospital policy.
            • Provide skin care and turning, according to nursing order.
            • Utilizes proper infection control principles and follows policy guidelines. Reports all patient comfort needs promptly.
            • Participates with the patient's pain management care plan under the direction of the RN.
            • Assists with dismissal and transfer of patient as necessary in gathering belongings (i.e. clothing, educational materials, discharge instructions) and providing transportation to discharge area. Conducts patient teaching according to needs identified by discharge planning and care plan.
              • Conducts patient education utilizing available resources and documentation on patient education form.
              • Documents appropriate information on discharge forms. Provides safety measures to protect staff and patients.
                • Utilizes patient restraints and documentation according to hospital policy.
                • Utilizes bed rails according to policy.
                • Reports safety hazards to director/charge nurse immediately.
                • Completes variance report within eight (8) hours of occurrence or incident.
                • Removes unsafe or unnecessary equipment.
                • Keeps room in a neat and orderly fashion.
                • Maintains cleanliness of over-bed table, bedside cabinet and general neat and tidy appearance of room.
                • Empties trash prn.
                • Monitors safety of patient.
                • Reports unusual conditions of patient or environment.
                • Utilizes proper lifting and transferring techniques.
                • Follows JE emergency plans appropriately (code Blue, fire, tornado, Dr. Major, etc.).
                • Participates in unit specific cleaning, i.e., CSR, DSR, refrigerator and general appearance of unit hallways. Communicates verbally and in writing with patients, visitors, employees and medical staff.
                  • Demonstrates courteous, helpful and professional behavior.
                  • Provides team leader/director with complete and accurate report on patient's condition.
                  • Actively participates in unit meeting.
                  • Utilizes appropriate communication channels in attempting change. Distributes and collects food trays.
                    • Positions patient properly, prior to delivery of meal. Presents meal, cuts meat (if appropriate for patient), opens containers and removes food wraps.
                    • Feed patients requiring assistance.
                    • Provides spoken menu service.
                    • Calculates patient appetite, intake and caloric count.
                    • Maintains patient fluid restrictions as ordered. Safely performs treatments.
                      • Provides dressing changes or reinforcement, blood glucose monitoring, sitz baths, enemas, application of heat and cold, as ordered without incident.
                      • Applies restraints according to policy/protocols and checks patient according to policy.
                      • Utilizes fall prevention techniques.
                      • Collects specimens according to policy.
                      • Accurately weighs patients.
                      • Records I & O accurately.
                      • Monitors and reports changes in patient dressings, secretions or fluid discharge. Requires knowledge in the care and handling of patients served:
                        • Neonate and Infant - Birth to 1 yr.
                        • Childhood and Adolescence - 1 yr. To 18 yrs.
                        • Adult - 18 yrs. To 65 yrs.
                        • Geriatric - 65 yrs. and above
                        • All Age Groups
                        • Demonstrates ability in the care and handling of patients in all age groups including, but not limited to, consideration of the special needs and behavior of each respective group.


                          Job Description:

                          Job Requirements

                          • Graduate of accredited school of nursing required.
                          • Currently enrolled in accredited RN program and ready to graduate within 12 months. Experience

                            • Current valid Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) License, valid compact multistate license to work in Iowa or temporary permit while awaiting licensure required.
                            • Current American Heart Association or American Red Cross Basic Life Support (BLS) strongly preferred at time of hire, required within 3 months of hire. Skills/Knowledge/Abilities
                              • Knowledge of nursing practices and principles, medications and effects, charting and notes.
                              • Knowledge of the operation and use of equipment and manual dexterity.
                              • Ability to apply nursing practices and principles.
                              • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing with staff, patients, visitors, physicians and other departments.
                              • Ability to learn and adapt to changing nursing practices.
                              • Ability to apply positive patient relations when dealing with patients, staff, physicians or the public. Physical Requirements

                                Weight Demands
                                • Medium Work - Exerting up to 50 pounds of force. Physical Activity
                                  • Occasionally Performed (1%-33%):
                                    • Climbing
                                    • Crawling
                                    • Kneeling
                                    • Sitting
                                    • Frequently Performed (34%-66%):
                                      • Balancing
                                      • Carrying
                                      • Crouching
                                      • Distinguish colors
                                      • Keyboarding/typing
                                      • Lifting
                                      • Pulling/Pushing
                                      • Repetitive Motions
                                      • Stooping/bending
                                      • Twisting
                                      • Constantly Performed (67%-100%):
                                        • Fingering/Touching
                                        • Grasping
                                        • Hearing
                                        • Reaching
                                        • Seeing/Visual
                                        • Speaking/talking
                                        • Standing
                                        • Walking Job Hazards
                                          • Not Related:
                                            • Electrical Shock/Static
                                            • Radiation Non-Ionizing (Ultraviolet, visible light, infrared and microwaves that causes injuries to tissue or thermal or photochemical means)
                                            • Rate (1%-33%):
                                              • Radiation Alpha, Beta and Gamma (particles such as X-ray, Cat Scan, Gamma Knife, etc)
                                              • Occasionally (34%-66%):
                                                • Physical hazards (noise, temperature, lighting, wet floors, outdoors . click apply for full job details

Keywords: Methodist Health System, Council Bluffs , LPN - Ortho Neuro - Per Diem-3, Healthcare , Council Bluffs, Iowa

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