Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
Reports to: Nursing Supervisor
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
ABOUT VERTAVA HEALTH:
Vertava Health, formerly known as Addiction Campuses, is a leading provider of SUD treatment and recovery services via various effective and innovative addiction treatment programs from industry-leading professionals who help build a comprehensive life in recovery beyond the standard 30-day plan. With four unique residential treatment centers and a virtual care platform serving patients across the country, Vertava Health creates successful programs tailored to an individual’s struggle with substance abuse and mental health.
In order to make this possible, we need an exceptional Licensed Practical Nurse who can meet the requirements below. Think you have what it takes to help us change lives all over the country?
As a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at Vertava Health, you will provide compassionate, evidenced-based care to adult patients with substance use disorders. You will develop and utilize therapeutic relationship building, specialty medication knowledge, expert observational skills, and current best practices to help patients safely navigate withdrawal and build a strong foundation for long-term recovery from addiction.
You may also be asked to support Registered Nurses and medical providers by taking vital signs, performing screenings, assisting with intakes, and performing a variety of administrative tasks to ensure the nursing department functions safely and efficiently.
You will be part of a supportive, team-based approach that models collaborative, solution-based problem solving, and authentic communication.
Priority responsibilities include:
- Safely administer medications per orders and protocols
- Follow best practices to ensure the 6-Rights of medication administration
- Utilize knowledge and judgement to check orders, hold meds, and determine PRN needs
- Enter verbal and telephone orders accurately into eMAR.
- Work with pharmacies to clarify orders and facilitate fulfillment
- Monitor and document response to medications
- Practice vigilance in all interaction with medication to prevent diversion
- Provide direct nursing care to address a variety of health issues in accordance with established nursing practice and specific orders.
- Respond immediately to medical emergencies (Code Blue) as assigned
- Check vitals signs and report abnormalities
- Perform urine drug screens, breathalyzer monitoring, blood glucose checks, and other point-of-care tests
- Meticulously document observations, medication administration, interventions and response, and progress towards goals.
- Maintain legal logs of stock medication, controlled substances, reportable incidents, etc.
- Accurately capture reports from outside facilities, such as nurse-to-nurse reports from hospital discharge.
Collaboration and Communication
- Seek oversight, supervision, and co-signatures from RNs according to scope of practice
- Work with multidisciplinary team to coordinate care
- Partner closely with RNs, MDs, PAs, NPs, and pharmacists
- Communicate with other departments and units to ensure continuity of care
- Seek guidance from leadership and receive regular supervision
- Practice respectful, compassionate, supportive communication with patients and colleagues
Administrative Tasks (as assigned)
- Copy, scan, fax, or electronically send medical records, prescriptions, insurance info, FMLA paperwork, etc.
- Obtain and document patient consents, release-of-information forms, primary care details, pharmacy information, prior medical records, etc.
- Answer phone calls and respond to radio and chat communications
- Maintain logs of fridge temperatures, AED readiness, Oxygen tank pressure, First Aid kit inventory, expiration dates, etc.
- Clean and disinfect medical equipment
- Schedule appointments with in-house and outside medical providers
- Other tasks and responsibilities to organize, maintain, and assist the nursing and medical departments to run safely and efficiently
Training and Competencies
- Learn about the disease model of addiction and evidence based treatments
- Remain current with all required trainings, competencies, certifications, and licensing
- Learn and follow company-established policies and procedures, and maintain adherence to established nursing skills and practice according to licensure
- Receive biweekly supervision
Other duties as assigned
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Current licensure in state of employment
- Experience or interest in addiction treatment and/or behavioral health helpful
- Flexibility and aptitude for problem-solving
- Excellent collaborative and interpersonal skills
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to use hands and fingers, talk or hear
- Ability to sit, stand, walk and reach continually. Ability to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch frequently
- Ability to frequently lift and carry up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift and carry up to 50 pounds
- Close vision required to see computer monitor, read documents, and operate copy and fax machine
- Work environment is indoors and climate controlled. Occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions