Nurses (LPN, RN, APRN)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

This is practical nursing work in the care and treatment of consumers in the outpatient setting. An employee in this class performs practical nursing duties under the direction of a registered nurse. This employee will be working closely with Community Suppport Specialists and Outreach Workers. Work is reviewed through reports, inspections, and observations; however, the employee is expected to perform the routine duties without detailed instructions.

EXAMPLES OF WORK

Work may include, but is not limited to, the following examples:

  • Remains alert during working hours; attends work as scheduled, and complies with attendance policies.
  • Maintains safe, orderly, secure environment for consumers.
  • Assists registered nurse in preparing nursing assessment summaries, preparing and implementing health care plans, instructing consumers in health care, and performing rehabilitative and preventative nursing care.
  • Implements nursing care and medical protocols. Performs Nursing Assessments, Metabolic Screenings, and provide Wellness Education one on one with clients and in a group setting.
  • Consults with supervisor regarding new admissions and consumer treatment needs, and reports medical concerns and emergencies immediately to supervisor or medical director.
  • Assists clients with medical and / or mental health referrals as needed.
  • Makes home visits with the outreach staff as needed
  • Coordinates medication needs with pharmacies, consumers, and families, including the use of indigent drug programs.
  • Monitors lab levels and consults appropriately with supervisor, consumers, caseworkers, and families.
  • Ensures that all medications, services, concerns, and notes are documented in consumer records in legible, timely, and accurate manner. Documents describe nursing care, medications and any side effects, and observations and interventions that contribute to care.
  • Assists in providing rehabilitation program activities that encourage consumers to continue in services that support abstinence.
  • Assists in admission, intake, orientation and discharges processes in the outpatient setting.
  • Communicates, cooperates and responds to hospitals, police, courts, probation and parole, public administrator, and others who refer consumers to care, appropriate to role.
  • Participates in quality improvement process, administrative meetings, team meetings, in service training, client staffing and case reviews.
  • Serves as an active member of the treatment team.
  • Continue professional training by attending conferences, workshops and in-service training events.
  • Performs related work as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

•Working knowledge of practical nurse theory, current practices, and techniques
•Working knowledge of standard practices, rules, and regulations relating to licensed practical nursing work.
•Working knowledge of anatomy and physiology, nutrition, aseptic technique, and body mechanics
•Able to perform health assessments on a high risk population
•Knowledge of medically assisted treatment of chemically dependent
•Skill in applying practical nursing principles in the care of the physically ill
•Skill in implementing therapeutic nursing interventions
•Ability to respond effectively in crisis
•Ability to implement procedures from general instructions; to make and apply decisions in accordance with regulations and policies and procedures
•Ability to maintain an empathetic attitude toward and working relationships with the physically or mentally ill and their families
•Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, local officials, and the general public
•Ability to assist, and exercise tact, patience, and understanding of others
•Ability to act decisively when necessary to protect consumers and assist with consumers
•Ability to handle confidential information appropriately
•Ability to perform with autonomy or with minimum direction
•Ability to read, comprehend, and speak in the English language
•Ability to keep records and make reports

Experience and Education Requirements:

The following education and experience qualifications are the minimum requirement used to admit or reject applicants for consideration.

Completion of a course of training at a recognized diploma school of nursing as a practical nurse;

AND

Possession of a current license to practice as a Practical Nurse in the State of Missouri.

Preferred Qualifications:

Worked in a public health setting and or has experience in the home health setting.

Necessary Special Qualifications:

  • No candidate may be considered for employment who is, or has been for the past two (2) years under the supervision of Federal, State, County or Municipal Corrections Department nor have any pending felony or misdemeanor charges other than minor traffic charges.
  • All candidates for employment must meet the established minimum qualifications for employment as identified by the applicable regulatory agencies.
  • Current certification in CPR and First Aid (Note: This certification must be maintained current throughout employment).
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