POSITION SUMMARY: The Licensed Practical Nurse assesses, plans, implements and evaluates nursing care, recognizing total patient needs. Education of the patient is a major focus through formal lectures, informal counseling and education of the patient/family/significant support system. The nurse initiates nursing orders and implements physician's orders using judgment.
Has knowledge of developmental (age appropriate) factors and disability of the psychiatric population served (Adolescents, Dual Diagnosis, Adolescent General Psychiatric, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Eating Disorder).
Assesses, plans and implements nursing care.
Develops long and short-term goals for patients in collaboration with interdisciplinary team.
Involves patients/family in decision-making regarding plan of care, discharge plans and/or transfer.
Collaborates with physician in treatment plan.
Provides direct patient care, demonstrating excellent technical skills and judgment.
Maintains patient safety, comfort and cleanliness when the patient is unable to do so for themselves.
Administers medications, fluids and treatments daily.
Communicates evaluations to other interdisciplinary team members and modifies plan of care as necessary.
Documents all aspects of care in accordance with Policy and Procedures.
Communicates effectively with patients, families, visitors and other team members.
Attends and participates in unit staff meetings.
Participates directly or indirectly on established or ad hoc committees and channels information appropriately.
Delegates specific aspects of patient care when absent as primary nurse and follows through upon return to assess effectiveness.
Participates in staffing of primary patients.
Assumes the charge nurse role when assigned.
Participates in orienting new personnel and students by functioning as role model and preceptor as designated.
Acts as liaison between medical staff and nursing.Interprets nursing practice when necessary, regarding operational, staffing problems and cost containment issues.