LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE 2* - 05122022 - 31485
Education and Experience: Currently licensed as a practical nurse and experience equivalent to one year of licensed practical nursing.
Necessary Special Qualifications: Currently licensed as a practical nurse with the State of Tennessee or holds a privilege to practice in the State of Tennessee under the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). A valid motor vehicle operator license may be required.
Examination Method: Education and Experience, 100%, for Preferred Service positions.
Summary: Under general supervision, is responsible for licensed practical nursing duties of average difficulty; and performs related work as required.
Distinguishing Features: This is the working level class in the Licensed Practical Nurse job series. An employee in this class is responsible for providing licensed practical nursing health care support in a hospital, clinic, institution, or in the home. An employee in this class may be assigned to work days, evenings, nights, and/or weekends. This class differs from Licensed Practical Nurse 1 in that the latter performs licensed practical nursing duties as directed by the immediate supervisor. This class differs from Licensed Practical Nurse 3 in that the latter is responsible for leading the work of technical nursing staff.
Assisting and Caring for Others:
- Performs BLS (Basic Life Support), CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), and other emergency responses.
- Provides health care support as directed by the immediate supervisor.
- Follows a prescribed health care plan or protocol.
- Takes the patient's vital signs.
- Identifies patient's allergies.
- Administers medication.
- Monitors side effects of medication.
- Observes effectiveness of medications.
- Feeds the patient.
- Bathes the patient.
- Prepares the patient for laboratory tests.
- Obtains required lab specimens per protocol.
- Prepares specimens for transport to an outside laboratory.
- Performs other procedures per protocol.
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others:
- Educates patients/caregivers how to maintain optimal health status.
- Demonstrates self-care such as dressing changes, self-examinations, activities of daily living (e.g., hygiene), and use of adaptive equipment/devices.
- Ensures the patient understands self-care instructions.
- Documents assessments, care and education provided to the patient.
- Lists vital signs and procedures performed in the patient's medical record.
- Documents orders followed and medical interventions.
- Documents completed tests and the results.
- Documents administration and effectiveness of drugs, documents utilization of controlled drugs.
- Completes medical and administrative forms (e.g. electronic or paper).
Monitoring and Controlling Resources:
- Maintains an adequate, current, and secure inventory of health care supplies.
- Reports discrepancies in the inventory.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:
- Ensures that medical equipment and designated work areas are kept clean and serviceable.
- Reports any maintenance problems or repairs made on equipment.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:
- Fosters team work to ensure total care of patient/client and outside entities.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:
- Discusses the patients comprehensive health plan with other staff to identify the patients/clients needs.
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:
- Communicates with internal and external entities.
Coaching and Developing Others:
- Provides education to employees and others.