Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
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Georgetown, DE 19947
Provides nursing care following physical and mental assessment plans, laboratory testing, plans of care and therapeutic treatments. Knowledgeable of a wide range of disorders; cognitive, emotional, developmental, social and behavioral. Performs crisis intervention. Provides direct and indirect patient care under the direction of a registered nurse. Provides for the personal care and comfort of psychiatric patients. Participates in the department’s performance improvement and continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities
Provides care appropriate to condition and age of patient including, pediatric, adolescent, adult and the geriatric population. Ability to adequately assess and reassess pain. Utilizes appropriate pain management techniques. Educates the patient and family regarding pain management. Continuously observes patient’s behavior, mental status and activities. Follow the patient plans of care developed by the treatment teams Demonstrates ability to perform treatments and provide services to level of licensure. Knowledgeable of medications, including psychotropic drugs, and their correct administration based on the age of the patient and their clinical condition Orients patients to the unit, takes admission vital signs and records on the Nursing Assessment procedure instructions, including ECT instructions, under the supervision of the RN. Continuously observes patients’ behavior, mental status and activities, notifies RN of any changes or unusual occurrences. Demonstrates the ability to identify behaviors that require intervention. Escorts patients when leaving the unit for activities and scheduled tests. Able to perform patient safety checks at scheduled times, documents appropriately. Responsible for one-on-one observation for high-risk patients. Able to assist with restraining a patient, placing a patient in seclusion. Assists with therapeutic groups under the direction of the RN. Participates in patient care conferences. Communicates appropriately and clearly to the Nurse Manager, RNs and physicians. Demonstrates the ability to set limits for patients and other de-escalation techniques. Supervises Mental Health Technicians during scheduled shift. Performs patient care responsibilities considering needs specific to the standard of care for patient’s age. Demonstrates the ability to perform crisis intervention and triage Documentation meets current standards and policies. Coordinates and supervises patient care as necessary. Communicates appropriately and clearly to the CNO, co-workers and physicians Concurs with members of the treatment team for the benefit of the patient. Consults other departments as appropriate to provide for an interdisciplinary approach to the patient’s needs Treats patients and families with respect and dignity; provides emotional support. Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors Supports and maintains a culture of safety and quality. Provides education to the patient and family concerning plans of care, compliance with the plan of care, medications and their side effects. Functions as a patient and family advocate at all times. Orients new staff members and volunteers. Assists with research studies conducted in the department. Demonstrates the ability to be flexible, organized and function under stressful situations. Maintains a good working relationship within the department and with other departments.