Assesses plans and implements the nursing care of residents within the skilled nursing setting with the supervision of a Registered Nurse. Responsible for ensuring continuity of care of the residents between shifts by providing direct care as well as supervising the care given by CNAs and supportive staff members. Participates in resident and family teaching. Maintains role as resident advocate with a focus on the facility's mission.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assesses residents on admission and on a weekly basis as well as when conditions change. Documents appropriately including Minimum Data Sets under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (if trained to do MDS).
Assesses the resident's condition and nursing needs, prescribes appropriate nursing action.
Ability to adequately assess and reassess pain. Utilizes appropriate pain management techniques. Educates the resident, family and CNA's regarding pain management.
Documents changes in residents' condition and nursing care on progress notes and care plan.
Ability to perform waived testing (point-of-care testing) per Clinical Laboratory's and the resident care unit's policies and procedures
Ability to interpret results of waived tests; take appropriate action on waived tests results.
Administers medications and follows the five (5) medication rights and reduces the potential for medication errors.
Performs all aspects of resident care in an environment that optimizes resident safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.
Meets current documentation standards and policies.
Notifies physician of changes in resident's condition and follows through until appropriate action is taken.
Notes and carries out physician's orders in a timely manner.
Gives a thorough report to oncoming shift by participating in walking rounds and documenting appropriately on calendar for upcoming needs.
Follows through as needed on information given by shift report, resident or family regarding resident concerns.
Implements plan of care of the resident based on assessments and goals established by the interdisciplinary care team.
Treats residents, their families, visitors and co-workers with respect and dignity. Identifies and addresses psychosocial, cultural, ethnic and religious/spiritual needs of residents and their families.
Supervises other members of the healthcare team as needed to accomplish the plan of care which has been developed.
Demonstrates competence in technical and manual skills according to scope of practice for LPNs'.
Functions as a resident advocate by protecting the resident's rights.
Demonstrates creativity in solving problems and looking at situations in new and innovative ways.
Interacts with residents, families, co-workers, managers and other departmental personnel in a kind, knowledgeable and friendly manner.
Consistently involves resident, family and CNAs in planning for care, treatment, teaching needs and discharge plans.
Initiates and updates plan of care, as appropriate.
Participates on resident care conference and interdisciplinary team meeting as needed.
Functions as a leader for the CNAs and support staff; delegates in a manner that contributes to the excellence of the nursing unit to which LPN is assigned.
Participates in orientation of new personnel and assists in performance evaluations when needed.
Follows proper infection control procedures and supervises supportive staff in infection control procedures.
Demonstrates ability to remain calm in emergency and/or stressful situations and gives everyone a feeling of confidence that situation is under control.
Demonstrates the ability to deal with pressure to meet deadlines, to be accurate, and to handle constantly changing situations.
Demonstrates the ability to deal with a variety of people, deal with stressful situations, and handle conflict. Consistently follows the policies and procedures of the facility.
Exhibits genuine interest in and appreciation of adults in later years of life and disabled.
Is a motivated, independent individual who can organize workload so that all functions are completed appropriately.
Graduate of an accredited LPN program.
Current Licensed Practical Nurse in State of Montana.
Current BCLS certification, health care provider. Maintained per Benefis policy.
As a not-for-profit community health system, Benefis is driven to provide the highest level of care. We serve nearly 230,000 residents across a 15-county region that is bigger than Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont combined. Benefis is the largest non-governmental employer in the Great Falls area, with more than 3,000 employees.Benefis has 530 licensed beds (that includes 146 beds in long-term care, 71 in assisted living and 20 beds at Peace Hospice of Montana) and partners with over 250 area physicians.Our hospital has been recognized for its exceptional work in quality care by providing a wide range of programs and services to help you live the best life possible. We’re here to help you “Live well.”Benefis Health System came about when two Christian-based hospitals became one. Our founders believed in providing good care to all in need, and trusted that this would be accomplished. The Benefis name was derived using Latin root words: "Bene-" meaning good, and "fis-" for faith and trust. It’s these same root words that make up such terms as ‘beneficial’ and ‘confidence’.Benefis has been a trusted provider of care for more than 125 years. And our name speaks to o...ur commitment: good care one can put faith in.Benefis is consistently ranked among America’s top hospitals by the nation’s leading healthcare ratings organizations for a range of services, including cancer care, joint replacement, stroke treatment, wound care and home health.To learn more about our services, continue looking through our website at WWW.BENEFIS.ORG or call 406.455.5000.