Hospital for Special Care LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE in New Britain, Connecticut
Sign on Bonuses up to $7,500
Required: Graduate of an accredited licensed practical nurse program
Required: Current licensure as a licensed practical nurse in the State of Connecticut
Preferred: Valid/Current CPR certification -required within three months of employment
Preferred: Minimum one year LPN experience in a medical/surgical or long-term care setting.
Under the direction of a registered nurse, the licensed practical nurse and graduate practical nurse functions within the team as a professional caregiver providing quality care to patients and their families. This involves collecting data, collaborating with the RN in the planning of patient care, implementing the plan, and assisting in the evaluation of outcomes.
This job requires continuous periods of walking, standing, bending, reaching, with periodic sitting. Occasional climbing, squatting, and kneeling as related to patient care. Job requires the ability to lift or carry objects up to 10 pounds continuously, 20 pounds frequently and up to 40 pounds frequently for assisting with patient transfers and bed mobility. Ability to push/pull up to 25 lbs. frequently for medication carts/equipment and 50 pounds occasionally for patient care and mobility activities. In addition, this job requires frequent use of gross, fine motor and sensory skills in order to pass medications, perform assessments and treatments, and handle equipment used in patient care.
Job requires independent problem identification. Abstract reasoning and adaptability to changing environments and information. Quick decision-making is required. A high degree of selective attention, discernment, perception and concentration is necessary.
Job requires a high degree of written proficiency including attention to detail, adherence to all elements of style and ability to postulate. A working knowledge and familiarity with professional/medical terms and definitions is required.
Job requires a high degree of communication skills including expression of abstract/complex ideas, use of negotiation and active listening, and an ability to dialogue with multiple parties.
Job requires reading and auditory comprehension of abstractions and an ability to make inferences. A working knowledge and familiarity with professional/medical documentation is necessary.
Job requires the ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide with all units of measure, and the ability perform these operations with common and decimal fractions. To compute ratio, rate, and percent, and perform arithmetic operation involving units of weights, measures and volume.
Assists the registered nurse, as delegated, in collecting data within scope of practice.
Collaborates with RN in formation of a goal directed plan of care which is prioritized and based on anticipated patient outcomes.
Collaborates with RN information of discharge plan which is consistent with the patient’s progression through the continuum of care.
Demonstrates ability to organize and prioritize patient care.
Demonstrated competency in psychomotor skills.
Responds appropriately in an emergency situation as per Hospital for Special Care policy and protocol.
Provides direct care that recognizes differences and needs of patients with an awareness of specific disabilities, age, developmental levels, and cultural background.
Recognizes changes in patient’s condition and communicates changes to RN.
Participates in interdisciplinary team meetings.
Identifies and utilizes appropriate resources to deliver patient care.
Collaborates with RN and physician/physician assistant/APRN in order to evaluate or revise a patient’s medical plan of care.
Plans for discharge/education needs and provides necessary materials, referrals and resources to patient/family/caregivers.
Collaborates with interdisciplinary team and/or external agencies to ensure effective discharge outcomes.
Administers medications according to HSC policies and standards including documentation of medication administration.
Completes documentation of all patient data collected, plan of care, interventions, education, interdisciplinary communication and patient outcomes in collaboration with RN as needed.
Participates in the admission, discharge and transfer process.
Performs assigned patient care activities according to Hospital for Special Care standards.
Utilizes and adheres to nursing and multidisciplinary standards, policies and protocols.
Completes assignments within required time frame.
Attends staff meetings.
Adheres to guidelines and standards of regulatory agencies.
Participates as a resource to unit staff and students on clinical affiliations.
Attends educational inservice/conferences (internal/external) to further knowledge.