Summary: This position is part of our Clinical Excellence Rapid Response Team (CERRT) which is a team of dedicated employees who are willing and able to provide direct clinical care for residents who are facing a clinical crisis. At this time, CERRT is specifically related to caring for residents with either suspected or positive test results for COVID-19. The position works closely with the Vice President of Clinical Excellence and infection preventionists from throughout the Vincentian system.
CERRT is required to comply with infection prevention policies and guidelines, including use of PPE.
This position requires the ability to work regular shifts ranging from 8 to 12 hours of direct resident care.
According to specific assignment and in accordance with established standards, the Licensed Practical Nurse provides technical nursing care, assists with resident care planning and observation of resident’s condition, and reinforces physician, resident and family instructions.
It is the duty of all employees to promote and support a resident centered care environment that ensures the treatment of all residents, family members, visitors, fellow employees and customers with kindness, respect, and dignity.
Essential Duties And Responsibilities:
1. Commits to the Vincentian Collaborative System (VCS) mission to nurture and sustain a ministry of compassionate care that preserves the human dignity of persons within a diverse and changing society.
2. Upholds and promotes the VCS values of spirituality, compassion, quality, dignity, collaboration, advocacy and stewardship.
3. Promotes and supports a resident centered care environment that ensures the treatment of all residents, family members, visitors, fellow employees and customers with kindness, respect, and dignity.
4. Adheres to all facility and department work rules, policies and procedures.
5. Performs individualized personal care for residents in accordance with the established nursing care plan and within scope of licensure.
6. Collects data, reports and records observation of residents’ condition.
7. Assists physicians with procedures and examinations.
8. Assists with admitting, discharging, transporting and transferring residents.
9. Participates in resident care conferences.
10. Performs service duties and specific assignments such as cleaning instruments and equipment, collecting specimens, cleaning work areas and replacing supplies.
11. Attends required continuing education programs and unit staff meetings.
12. Assists in the orientation of new personnel.
13. Maintains confidentiality of resident and staff information.
14. Anticipates and takes action to maintain a safe environment. Incorporates safety/risk management standards into daily work practices.
15. Performs job functions in a manner that promotes efficient use of resources.
16. Assumes charge of unit in absence of Registered Nurse, when assigned.
17. Assumes responsibility, in the absence of Registered Nurse or when directed by Registered Nurse, for duties such as:
a. Passing medications
b. Administering injections and treatments
c. Making rounds with physician and assisting in examining and treating residents
d. Assists in developing nursing care plans
e. Admits and orients new residents
f. Reviews physician’s orders, transfer and pre-admission information for additions, omissions, discrepancies, etc.
g. Reviews the resident’s medical and social history
h. Requisitions and arranges for diagnostic and therapeutic services as ordered by resident’s physician within the facility or outside facilities
i. Orders prescribed medications, requisitions supplies and equipment
j. Notifies dietary department of new orders and changes in resident diets
k. Assembles residents charts, assures all permits, authorizations and releases and other required forms are attached
l. Transcribes physician’s orders to resident’s medication and treatment record, etc.
m. Maintains narcotic records, unit records, and charting duties
n. Assists with supervision and care assignments of nursing personnel
o. Notifies physician of changes in resident’s condition and any unusual or abnormal observations
18. Performs all other duties assigned by supervisor.
1. Current licensure to practice practical nursing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in good standing or a Temporary Practice Permit required.
2. Appropriate clinical knowledge of nursing care, significant signs and symptoms of disease, sterile and aseptic techniques, nursing procedures and treatment, and developed skills to provide technical nursing care required.
3. Current CPR Certification preferred.
4. Previous experience as a Licensed Practical Nurse in long term care preferred.
This position is located on our COVID Unit which is specifically related to caring for residents who are facing a clinical crisis. At this time, CERRT is specifically related to caring for residents with either suspected or positive test results for COVID-19. This unit has very specific infection control procedures and PPE practices that must be followed.
Employees of a long term care facility work in a resident care environment that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. Employees can be expected to be exposed to unpleasant odors and may encounter physically or verbally aggressive residents.
Working conditions include normal indoor temperatures. There may also be times when employees perform duties outdoors. Depending on the season, outdoor temperatures will vary.
Employees may come into contact with residents who have infectious diseases or to resident bodily fluids or blood. In addition, employees may come into contact with hazardous materials and facility equipment.