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LPN Job Description

POSITION TITLE: Licensed Practical Nurse

REPORTS TO: RN 

JOB SUMMARY:

The LPN performs a variety of professional nursing duties in the care of home care clients, complies with state rules and regulations, and follows established policies and procedures of the home care agency.

 

REVIEWED/REVISED: 11-2016

 

EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP:  

This position is an “at will” position and the employee and employer are free to sever the relationship at any time with or without cause. A minimum of 30 days notice of the intent to resign is requested for this position. 

 

POSITION SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing for Licensed Practical Nurse. 

  •  Must be registered and licensed with the State of Minnesota as an LPN, and must maintain current unencumbered license with the Board of Nursing. 

  • Prefer at least 1 year of experience in home care or long term care setting.

  • Working knowledge of the state requirements for the Comprehensive Home Care license. 

  • Excellent judgment and decision-making abilities and problem solving skills and the ability to work independently.

  • Must demonstrate leadership, good judgment, and dependability.

  • Must be knowledgeable and accurate in the administration of medications and treatments.

  • Must be flexible in dealing with changing situations.

  • Ability to use computers and electronic records. 

  • Ability to effectively communicate in English, both verbally and in writing. 

  • Must be able to read, comprehend and follow instructions and work with accuracy in all job activities.  

  • May be required to work long hours, weekends and holidays.

  • Must be able to deal tactfully and use good communication, listening and customer service skills with clients and their families and with staff. Must be mature and remain calm with clients/staff/ families.  

  • Must be knowledgeable about validation techniques, reality orientation and/or appropriate diversional activities for clients with dementia.

  • Must work as a team member and maintain a positive demeanor.

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must receive a “not disqualified” criminal background result from Department of Human Services and may not be on the OIG exclusions list.

  • Must be screened for TB.

  • Must have a valid driver's license.

 

 RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Works under the direction of the RN to monitor clients’ needs and changes in condition, conducting focused assessments when appropriate and reporting the results to the RN.

  • Ensures that unlicensed staff members perform their duties and responsibilities in a timely, quality manner, and reports problems to RN.

  • Reports changes in client condition or other concerns about clients to the RN in a timely manner.

  • Initiates emergency procedures for clients and reports to RN.

  • Reviews client care plans developed by the RN and consults with RN about client conditions and their treatments.

  • Assists with implementation of physician orders.

  • Ensures accuracy and promptness in transcribing physician orders.

  • Carries out proper charting practices and documentation procedures.

  • Assists with start up of services for new clients, transfers to settings such as hospitals, nursing homes or assisted living and discharges as requested by RN supervisor.

  • Assembles and operates equipment such as oxygen suppliers and other equipment used for client care.

  • Orders, sets up and administers medications.

  • Assists RN in orienting, training and mentoring new staff. 

  • Attends required meetings, in-service training and conferences.

  • Performs delegated tasks and other duties as assigned by the RN.

  • Assists the RN in the monitoring and evaluation of the job performance of unlicensed staff.

  • Consults with RN regarding unlicensed staff performance problems.

  • Schedules work of unlicensed staff within established guidelines.

  • Assists unlicensed staff as necessary in performing their duties.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Primary responsibilities will be conducted in client homes.

  • Exposure to body fluids, infection, odors and behavior of clients that may be aggressive, combative or demanding.

  • The noise is usually moderate.

  • Exposure to chemical and respiratory hazards is possible.

  • Possible exposure to chemical and respiratory hazards.

  • Some travel to meetings and seminars may be required.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Work hours as assigned, scheduled, or mutually agreed upon.  Occasionally called upon to work on short notice.

  • While performing duties of this job, employee is regularly required to use hands and fingers to examine clients, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. In addition, the job requires walking, bending, stooping, pushing, pulling, kneeling, reaching overhead and lifting up to 30 pounds .

  • Must have adequate vision and hearing necessary to perform job functions.


The job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. The employee will also perform other reasonable related duties as assigned by the supervisor or other management personnel.


 

Management reserves the right to change job responsibilities, duties and hours as needs prevail.  This document is for management communication only and is not intended to imply a written or implied contract of employment.