• Licensed Practical Nurse with a current State of TENNESSEE or Multi-State License. . Must be able to read regulations and patient records and write clearly.
Must be able to communicate in a courteous, friendly manner.
Ability to effectively manage and direct subordinates. . Physical requirements attached.
2. Summary of Position
• The staff nurse provides direct nursing care to residents and delegates and supervises the care provided by nursing assistants. Administers medications, performs treatments and procedures, obtains specimens as needed, complete documentation as required.
3. Primary Duties and Responsibilities
(Except as specifically noted, the following functions are considered essential to this position.)
Provides daily supervision and leadership to assigned staff and directly provides nursing care to residents in Skilled Nursing, Assisted Nursing, Wellness Center, Memory Care, and Independent Living, as assigned.
Participates in the admission of new residents.
• Assist with walking rounds daily.
Assist residents with Activities of Daily Living (ADL), family/social activities and actively promotes independent life-style of residents. Responds to residents call system promptly and courteously. Responsible for identification of resident medical and behavioral changes and the development and monitoring of care plans and re-assessment of each resident. Provides daily report to the Director of Nurses, RN Supervisor, and/or Charge Nurse concerning facility conditions, personnel performance, resident conditions, and needs for nursing supplies. Consistently demonstrates hospitality behavior and the core values of quality, respects, service and integrity.
1. Essential Functions:
Provides nursing care according to physician's orders and in conformance with recognized nursing practice, established standards, and administrative policies. Ensures preventative, therapeutic and rehabilitative services to residents and assists in the coordination of nursing care with care rendered by other disciplines. Makes rounds with physicians, assists in examination and/or treatment of residents and carries out orders. Has the skill to assess resident and notify attending physician and responsible party in the event of a change in the resident's condition. Accurately administers prescribed medications, supervises the continuity of nursing care, responds to changes in medical condition, medications or other circumstances requiring special care needs and performs first aid as required. Provides daily supervision and leadership to C.N.A staff in meeting the resident's needs. Demonstrates good decision making skills. Provides recommendations for written evaluation, oral, and written counseling of C.N.A staff. Access and monitors complex resident health status and determines the appropriate nursing intervention. Develops and monitors the on-going plan of care with resident and initiates corrective action as necessary. Orients residents and staff to emergency procedures and responds to all emergency situations. Completes and signs incident reports and provides follow-up as required. Assures that all resident records are accurate, complete and all mandatory forms are on file. Through familiarity and application of facility policies and procedures, assures that nursing care is practiced in full accordance with regulatory requirements, facility quality standards, and resident rights. Monitors resident environment to ensure all safety and sanitary regulations and quality standards are met or exceeded. May assist with development and presentation of in service programs. Ensuring essential communication tools are available (two-way radios). Consistently projects positive, cooperative, self-motivated and courteous behaviors to all residents, family members, visitors and team members. All other duties as assigned by supervisor.
2. Non-essential Functions
• Performs other related duties as assigned by authorized personnel or as may be required
to meet emergency situations. May serve on committees, as requested. Consistently presents a professional appearance. Wears clean neat uniform, clean shoes, name tag, no excessive jewelry, and short, clean fingernails.
3. Qualification Requirements
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.
4. Education and/or Experience
Minimum LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) Degree. Two years of experience working as a Licensed Practical Nurse including some medical/surgical experience and awareness of the needs of geriatric residents.
5. Language Skills
• Ability to read, analyze and interpret human service periodicals, professional
journals, technical procedures, and governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
6. Mathematical Skills
• Ability to calculate figures related to medication dosages, and amounts such as
percentages and area.
7. Reasoning Ability
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
8. Licenses, Registration, Certifications
• State of TENNESSEE or Multi-State license as a LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse).
9. Physical Demands
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 and hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. The employee regularly is required to stand, walk, sit, use hand to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.
The employee may lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Must be able to push a minimum of 200 pounds and be able to push such weight a minimum distance of 200 feet. (Ex: A resident in a wheel-chair.) The employee will be required to participate in training / in-servicing and properly operate equipment used for lifting and weighing residents according to the facility's "lift-free” policy. All resident lifting will be completed using mechanical lift only. May be necessary to assist in the evacuation of residents during an emergency.
10. Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functional duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee may travel by automobile and is exposed to changing weather conditions. Work area may be subject to noise, distractions, and interruptions. Work environment involves slight physical risks that may require following basic safety precautions (wearing safety glasses, lab coats, masks or gloves, etc.).
11. OSHA Exposure Risk Category
Work environment involves slight physical risks that require following basic safety precautions (wearing safety glasses, lab coats, gloves and so on). Exposure to blood borne pathogens is a risk factor.
All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities in order to comply with the objectives of the Americans with Disabilities Act in a manner that is objective and non-discriminatory to people with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to health and safety of themselves or other employees.
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.
Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills, and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently on a daily basis.