LPN/Tech - FT36 - 6P - 6A

Department:Behavioral Health-Nursing

Position Status:FT

Hours per week:36



Job Title:           Licensed Practical Nurse/ Tech                                                        
Department:      Behavioral Health              
Immediate Supervisor: Director of Behavioral Health
Shift :                FT36


Job Summary:
The Licensed Practical Nurse  performs under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse a wide variety of patient care activities and assigned duties for the comfort and well being of patients as directed.  Assists in admission of patients, takes vital signs, patient hygiene, safety monitoring, and discharge of patients.

Graduate of accredited one-year practical nurse program.  Must be currently LPN licensed  in the State of Illinois.

One year healthcare experience as LPN preferred and mental health nursing experience preferred.

Employee with necessary education or experience will be expected to exhibit  reasonable proficiency within six months.  Maintains CPR certification.  CPR certification must be obtained prior to working on the Behavioral Health Unit.  Maintains “Handle with Care” annually.  “Handle with Care” must be completed prior to working on the Behavioral Health Unit.

Job Knowledge: 
Understanding the dynamics and utilizing interpersonal relationships during implementation of patient care, therapeutically assisting in creating an environment that is clean, neat and conducive to patients comfort.  Follows both hospital and departmental policies and procedures,  techniques, equipment, legal parameters.  Safety and infection control protocols for patients, visitors, and self.  Able to care for adult patients at 100% competency level.  The staff member must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on their assigned unit.  The partner must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and process the ability to assess data reflective of the patient’s status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient’s  requirements relative to his or her age-specific needs, and to provide the care
needed by the adult or geriatric patient group.  Proficient knowledge and navigation of hospital computer system.

Performance Requirements:

Responsibility For:

Direct patient care: Taking vital signs as necessary, assisting with placing patients in seclusion and restraints as indicated; assists in patient and room search; providing special patient precautions; (i.e.; 1:1, 15-minute checks for safety, seizure, elopement, etc.).    Assist with admission and discharge of patients as directed by Registered Nurse, orientating new employees to unit and procedures; providing care in accordance with unit policies and procedures; assuming additional responsibilities and duties as assigned.  Actively participates in therapeutic Milieu.  Maintains confidentiality of all patients whether in-patients or out-patients.  Administers prescribed procedures (enemas, douches), compresses, observes patients, and administers medication as indicated.  Maintain assignments in HealthStream punctually.

Physical Demands:

Able to lift 50 pounds or more in moving and lifting patients and equipment.  Standing and walking most of the time on duty.  Assist with combative patients in a “Code 10" situation.  Visual and auditory acuity.  Verbal communication clear and understandable.  Capable of working under high levels of stress.  Communication skills:   active and passive roles, use of verbal and non-verbal communication as a therapeutic tool. 

Special Demands:

Ability to de-escalate patients that are agitated with potential for violence.   Ability
to perform a variety of activities in an atmosphere of change.  Handle stressful situations calmly.  Participates in the identification, stabilization and resolution of potential crisis.  Must be able to identify when assistance is needed, and to secure assistance when needed. Project a positive public image to patients, family and staff.  Maintains email correspondence.

Representative Functions:
Percentage of Time

1. Provide direct patient care for comfort and well-being of
 patient.         50%

2. Perform delegated task to assure efficient unit function,
 including, but not limited to, medication administration.   50%