The Psychiatric Licensed Practical Nurse monitors patients at all times, ensuring safety and compliance with program protocols. The individual performs critical nursing functions, including ordering laboratory tests and prescription medications as directed by Physician, monitoring patient vital signs, and dispensing patient medications as directed by the Psychiatric Registered Nurse or Director of Nursing.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Place orders to toxicology laboratories, blood analysis laboratories, and pharmacy
- Receive and store all orders from pharmacy in accordance with facility policies
- Take and record patient vital signs according to schedule and policy
- Dispense medications to patients as needed, according to schedule, and in line with facility policies
- Respond to medical emergencies and call physician as needed for orders
- Supervise patient monitoring station or delegate to other staff as necessary
- Monitor on-site narcotics to prevent theft or abuse
- Lead patient community meeting as necessary in absence of available Chemical Dependency Technician
- Participate in quarterly Quality Control Committee meetings as needed
- Perform all other tasks assigned by supervisor
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
This position has no supervisory requirements
Education and/or Experience:
- Educational Certificate in accredited Practical Nursing program
- Active Kentucky Licensed Practical Nursing License
- Minimum 2 years prior experience in psychiatric nursing
- Chemical Dependency Treatment experience preferred
- Certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
- Certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) preferred
- Certified in First Aid
- Personal passion or interest in substance abuse issues strongly preferred
- Must be committed to drug-free lifestyle and responsible alcohol use
Ability to read, analyze and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedural manuals. Ability to write reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
Competency with Microsoft Office Suite. Comfortable working with electronic health records.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to walk and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is constantly exposed to an indoor medical office environment.
- The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.