Licensed Vocational/Practical Nurse (LVN/LPN)
Wellpath | Alamogordo, NM
Under direct supervision of Assistant Program Manager, Health Services Administrator or higher licensed medical professional, the Licensed Vocational or Practical Nurse (LVN/LPN) participates in the patient plan of care by administering medications to patients, within scope, following written/oral instructions, and communicating and maintaining accurate patient records.
Education for Licensed Practical Nurse:
- High school and specialized training for licensing/certification(s)
Experience for Licensed Practical Nurse:
- Basic knowledge of all medications being dispensed
Licenses/Certifications for Licensed Practical Nurse:
- Current (and must maintain) unrestricted LVN/LPN license, certification or registration in state of practice
- Current (and must maintain) lifesaving BLS certification through AHA
- Current (and must maintain) security clearance
ResponsibilitiesPerform nursing procedures according to standards of care and within scope of practice as dictated by the state LVN licensing board, such as:o Aseptic and sterile dressing changeso Isolation precautionso Administration of O2 therapy and nebulizer treatmentso Perform prescribed or routine skin testingo Collection of specimens for laboratory studies such as clean catch urine, venipuncture, straight catheterization for urine collection, throat culture, sputum specimens, and stool specimenso Laboratory testing: such as blood glucose with visual or meter interpretation, interpretation of skin testing results, dipsticks urine, guaiac/hemoculture studies, urine specific gravityo Collect patient database: vital signs, vision screening, height/weight, abdominal girtho Recognize and respond appropriately to emergency situations and effectively intervening with emergency equipment, supplies, and materialo Participate in patient and family health education as deemed necessary by health care providersMaintains open lines of communication with RN, MD, or NP/PA as it relates to the persons served health needs with the medical and facility staff while maintaining confidentiality including any significant observations and patient response to careTranscribes doctor's orders as necessary and ensure orders are processed and comprehended with pharmacy and non-licensed staffIn accordance with documented policies and procedures, prepare and administer (PO, Sub Q, IM, SL, PR, and topical) ordered medications to persons served housed in each facility and report significant findings and observations to the MD, PA/FNP, RN, or psychiatristMaintain and manage accuracy of all medical records of persons served to include MARs, observations, interventions and plansKnow the use of all medical equipment including Trauma Bag/AED's and oxygen tanksKeep pharmacy and medication carts neat, clean and stocked at all timesMay assist in the job shadow portion of the interview process, orientation and training of new and potential staffResponsible for the performance evaluations and successful training of direct reportsPerform other duties as assigned.
Wellpath is an EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability Employer