The Licensed Practical Nurse and/or the Registered Nurse is responsible for providing resident care and to perform those tasks that require a valid nursing license. General responsibilities include obtaining vital signs; administering medications; administering treatments; coordinating and documenting resident care; communicating with physicians and other health care providers; interacting with family members; and supervising the direct care provided by unlicensed personal care assistants. Nurses will perform only those tasks within the scope state regulations for assistant living and within the scope of their applicable board of nursing. All wellness employees report directly to the Director of Wellness. Licensed nurses may be required to be on-call and/or to participate in the manager-on-duty program.
Scope & Status: Non-Exempt Status/Hourly
Registered and Licensed Practical Nurses report directly to the Director of Wellness. In addition, all nursing staff must adhere to current physician orders and the State Board of Nursing.
Interaction and coordination with:
a. Key management staff, department directors and direct care staff
b. Consultants and/or Vendors
c. Physicians, Nurses and Health Care Providers
d. Residents, family members, support groups and referral sources
e. Federal, County, State and City officials
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform and complete each essential duty satisfactorily, have excellent communication and language skills which enable to interact effectively with residents and community personnel. Employee must meet all specific state and federal regulations for assuming the position of a Licensed Practical Nurse and/or a Registered Nurse at a congregate assisted living facility. Experience working with the Geriatric population is required. An on-going formal training program is required. The following certifications, licensure, registration and/or training are required for this position: valid licensure as a licensed practical nurse and/or a registered nurse; current CPR, First Aid and Standard Precautions Certification; high school diploma; graduate of an accredited nursing college or university.
Areas of Responsibility:
a. Promotes a positive, respectful, and supportive environment for all residents, co-workers, families and guests.
b. Assists in the welcome and orientation of new residents.
c. Wears an identification badge with licensure credential while on duty.
d. Practices excellent time management skills and completes tasks according to physician orders within company established time frames.
e. Participates and represents the wellness department during daily staffing meetings. Ensures effective communication occurs between wellness employees assigned to different shifts.
f. Embraces the leadership role of managing resident care given by the Personal Assistants during an assigned shift. This would include, but not be limited to monitoring Vigil response time, monitoring the daily assignments of the Personal Assistants, and taking the lead on shift exchange reporting.
g. Maintains state and federal regulations and actively participates during regulatory surveys and reviews as requested by the Director of Wellness.
h. Responds to state requests for information within the state required time frames. Immediately notifies the Director of Wellness and/or the Administrator regarding any federal, state or local agency request(s) for information.
i. Adheres to the Resident Rights and promotes dignity and respect among all residents and care givers.
j. Attends in-service and monthly staff meetings.
k. Maintains current valid license to practice nursing.
l. Maintains working knowledge of fire and disaster plans and has working knowledge of their own responsibilities under emergency conditions.
m. Reports to work according to schedule and company policies, including severe weather situations.
n. Expands personal development, skills and critical thinking in nursing as it relates to older adults and long-term care.
o. Performs filing tasks as directed by the Director of Wellness.
p. Adheres and supports the policies and procedures of The Blake.