The Licensed Practical Nurse is responsible for providing direct nursing care to patients in private homes, hospitals, clinics, and residential institutions. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.
Monitors patient's condition by checking vital signs, measuring food and liquid intake and output, responding to call lights or patients' requests for assistance, and making rounds to observe patients. Provides direct care to patients, including caring for colostomies and tracheotomies, mixing medications and food, inserting feeding tubes, catheterizing patients, and performing other nursing procedures as directed. Documents and administers medications and treatments, changes in patient's condition or behavior, responses to care, and daily activities. Administers injections and oral medications as directed by physician. Obtains specimens for laboratory analysis by swabbing or other means. Instructs patients and their families how to care for patients medical needs, including catheter and colostomy care, bowel program techniques, insulin injection, personal hygiene, and skin care. Assists doctor in clinic by gathering information on patient's needs and informing doctor, dressing and undressing patients, assisting with medical procedures, and transcribing doctor's orders. Notifies next shift of each day's events, including patient progress, behavioral problems, and new orders. Performs other duties as assigned.
**Special Job Dimensions**
May be required to work rotating shifts or hours other than normal working hours or to be on call. May require lifting and positioning patients, walking, use of restraints, and aggressive behavior management practices.
**Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills**
Knowledge of nursing theory and practices. Ability to provide direct nursing care. Ability to observe and evaluate patient's condition. Ability to instruct patients in routine medical care. Ability to perform various nursing procedures.
**Minimum Education and/or Experience**
The formal education equivalent of a diploma or certificate with the prescribed curriculum in a state approved program for the preparation of practical nurses.
Observe, implement and evaluate the health needs of all students. Cooperate with other health-care team members in maintaining optimum student health and preventing illness as set forth by the guidelines of school policy, Arkansas Department of Health regulations and professional ethics. Transport students to medical appointments or hospital when necessary. Respond to and initiate appropriate emergency procedures in life-threatening situations in a timely manner to stabilize a patients condition or prevent complications at an organized level. Carry out treatment plan to include continuity with all nurses, staff and parents. Perform vision, hearing, BMI and scoliosis screenings in accordance with the Dept. of Health and Dept. of Education standards. Manages the documentation procedures for the Infirmary. Record physicians orders on daily reports and medication administration records. Obtain current orders on all prescribed medications and treatments. Chart medication in appropriate medical records. Responsible for the accurate reporting and recording of patients symptoms, reactions, and progress. Correspond and communicate clearly with parents and/or staff regarding health issues. Work well with health-care team as an integral part of the educational program by openly communicating effectively with other members of the staff regarding health matters. Actively participate on multi-disciplinary teams for program evaluation and planning in the academic setting. Assist school staff with providing medical and physical information for student evaluations. Maintain ethical and professional standards in service delivery. Monitor, clean and assist to maintain the equipment in the Infirmary. Ensure a clean and safe environment. Maintain inventory. Comply with all Dept. of Health regulations. Coordinate duties with other nurses in order to complete housekeeping and other daily chores. Update all professional certificates and licenses as mandated by Infirmary Supervisor and ASBN standards: CPR, Drivers license with liability insurance, Vision, Hearing Scoliosis and BMI screenings. Take students safely and in a timely manner to appointments or to the ER if necessary using State vehicles provided.
Shift Hours: Sunday night to Friday morning: 12:00 midnight to 8:00 a.m.
Current drivers license. Ability to travel.
On/off shift work. Occasional shift work will be required.
**Certificates, Licenses, Registrations**
Must be licensed as a Licensed Practical Nurse by the Arkansas State Nursing Board in accordance with ACA 17-87-304. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.
**Agency Specific Information**
TEACHERS AND PROFESSIONAL STAFF PLEASE NOTE - WE ARE A STATE AGENCY AND YOUR EMPLOYMENT HERE IS NOT UNDER A CONTRACT. YOU ARE A REGULAR STATE EMPLOYEE.
All non-state employees will start at the minimum base rate listed above.
A background check will be conducted. MUST COMPLETE a State of Arkansas application. RESUME WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED IN LIEU OF APPLICATION. Mandatory Direct deposit and 6.25% contributory Teacher Retirement is a condition of employment. All persons selected for employment must submit to a drug test as precondition of employment. All hiring decisions are contingent on the selectee passing the drug test and agency specific pre-employment screenings.
Applicants for positions with a required level of education must fax copies of college transcripts and/or professional certificates to verify that they satisfy the minimum educational requirements to 501.603.3532.