LPN - Licensed Practical Nurse

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Saint Louis, MO

Job description
Lutheran Senior Services is now hiring LPNs.

As an LPN you will direct, provide nursing care to residents, and supervise the day-to-day nursing activities performed by nursing staff. You must also maintain the core values that support the Christian Mission of Lutheran Senior Services: “Older Adults Living Life to the Fullest”.
Education requirements
• Graduate of an accredited school of nursing.
Experience requirements
• 2-4 years related experience and/or training preferred.
Qualifications
• Current LPN license in state of practice.
• Must have IV Certification upon hire or within 120 days of being hired.
• Must be CPR certified.
• Must be knowledgeable of nursing and medical practices and procedures, as well as laws, regulations and guidelines that pertain to long-term care.
• Must have patience, tact, flexibility, and a cheerful disposition and enthusiasm, as well as the willingness to handle difficult residents.
Responsibilities
Administrative
• Assess and manage the functions of the nursing staff in accordance with current rules, regulations and guidelines that govern the long-term facility.
• Participate in maintaining our written policies and procedures.
• Assist in developing methods for coordinating nursing services with other resident services.
• Perform administrative duties such as completing medical forms, reports, evaluations, studies, charting, etc., as necessary.
• Participate in the maintenance of the facilities quality assurance program.
• Participate in inspection made by authorized agencies.
• Make written and oral reports/recommendations to the Director.
• Meet with your assigned nursing staff at beginning of each shift to give a resident report, and give nursing assistants and medical technicians their assignments.
• Admit, transfer, and discharge residents as required, with paperwork.
• Complete accident/incident reports as necessary.
• Write resident charge slips and forward to the Business Office.
• Ensure that the written policies and procedures that govern the day-to-day functions of the Nursing Department are followed by all nursing personnel.
• Ensure that the Nursing Procedures Manual is followed by nursing personnel, and that it reflects the day-to-day nursing care procedure used by the facility.
• Recommend to the DON the equipment and supplies you need for the unit.

Charting & Documentation:
• Chart all accidents/incidents involving the resident or employee.
• Encourage attending physicians to review treatment plans, record and sign their orders, progress notes, etc., in accordance with established policies.
• Complete and file required record keeping forms/charts upon the residents admission, transfer, and/or discharge.
• Receive telephone orders from physicians and record on the physicians order form.
• Record new/changed diet orders. Forward information to the Food Service Department.
• Transcribe physician’s orders to resident charts, and MAR’s treatment/care plans as required.
• Assure the appropriate documentation concerning unauthorized discharges is entered in the resident’s medical records.
• Report all discrepancies noted to the supervisors concerning physician’s orders, diet changes, charting errors and fill out appropriate forms.

Nursing Care:
• Inform nursing personnel of new admissions, their expected time of arrival, room assignment.
• Ensure that rooms are ready for new admissions.
• Make rounds with physicians as necessary.
• Make independent decisions concerning nursing care.
• Notify the residents attending physician when the resident is involved in and accident or incident.
• Make periodic checks to assure that prescribed treatments are being properly administered by nursing assistants and to evaluate the resident’s physical emotional status.
• Administer professional services such as cauterization, tube feedings, suction, applying and changing dressings/bandages, packs, colostomy and drainage bags, initiate and maintain IV therapy with doctor’s orders.
• Participate in the orientations of new residents/family members to the facility.
• Provide teaching and counseling to residents as permitted within regulatory standards and as outlined in resident care plan.
• Requisition and arrange for diagnostic and therapeutic services as ordered by physician.
• Carry out restorative and rehabilitative programs.
• Inspect the Nursing Services Treatment areas daily.
• Monitor seriously ill residents as necessary and document every shift. Meet with residents, and/ or family members as necessary. • Report problem to the DON.
• Consult with the resident physician in planning resident care.
• Notify the resident’s attending physician, responsible party and chaplain when there is change in the resident’s condition.
• Initiate the use of restraints when necessary and in accordance with our facilities emergency restraint policies and procedures.
• Obtain sputum, urine and other lab tests as ordered.
• Take TPRs blood pressure, weights etc., in accordance with our facilities policies and procedures.
• Follow facilities lift free program on all assessed resident transfers unless specific Doctors orders stated otherwise.

Care Plan Assessment:
• Inform supervisor and/or care plan nurse of any changes that need to be made to the care plan.
• Review resident care plans for appropriate resident goals, problems, approaches, and revisions based on nursing care needs during care plan meetings.
• Ensure that your assigned nursing assistants are aware of the resident care plans and that they are used in administering daily care to the resident.
Skills
• Must possess the ability to plan, organize, develop, implement, and interpret the programs, goals, objectives, policies and procedures, etc., that are necessary for providing quality care.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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