Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) - Charlestown Health Center

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) - Charlestown Health Center

Massachusetts General Hospital | Charlestown, MA, 02129, US

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The Primary Care LPN in Ambulatory Nursing participates in nursing care and services to patients, including assessment of health status, gathering and interpreting information, providing health teaching, and performing specific nursing functions. Additionally, he/she collaborates with other health care providers to ensure quality and continuity of care. The LPN bears full responsibility for the care he/she provides. The LPN may delegate nursing activities within his/her scope of practice to administratively assigned staff, such as medical assistants. LPNs perform nursing functions with the exception of rendering a clinical judgment; can delegate to others, though not to RNs, NPs, or MDs; and communicate with and to others on the team. Principal Duties and Responsibilities: Provides direct and indirect nursing care as part of a nursing care plan or a prescribed medical regime that has been incorporated into a nursing care plan. * Assesses an individual's basic health status, records and related health data. * Participates in analyzing and interpreting an individual's basic health status and information. * Documents own activities in a timely manner in the patient record. * Provides health education to facilitate patient treatment plan. * Actively empowers patient and family to effectively manage their health care and navigate the health care system. * Respects and supports patient and family's cultural beliefs and values, individual needs, health goals and treatment preferences. Participates in planning and implements nursing interventions and functions, including but not limited to: *
  • Administers medications ordered by a licensed prescriber * Administers immunizations, vaccinations and allergy injections ordered by a licensed prescriber * Conducts health screening activities * Changes wound dressings consistent with a nursing care plan * Performs respiratory treatments ordered by a licensed prescriber * Performs first aid Collaborates with all members of the health care team to ensure coordination of care as indicated. * May act as patient flow manager * Actively engages in creating a healthy, respectful work environment * Participates in health activities in the community as indicated e.g. vaccination and screening clinics Participates in activities that ensure safe, efficient and cost effective care. * Identifies opportunities, and solutions, to ensure a safe, efficient and cost effective practice environment. * Demonstrates compliance with regulatory requirements * Participates in quality and safety initiatives * Generates innovative ideas to improve care delivery and work flow in the practice environment. * Precepts and mentors new members of the team. * Participates in departmental and organizational committees and initiatives. Professional development * Maintains and updates skills based on current nursing practice. * Adheres to departmental requirements for required training. * Identifies specific learning needs and goals and collaborates with nursing leadership in developing a plan to meet them. Any and all other duties as indicated within scope of practice SKILLS/ABILITIES/COMPETENCIES BLS Certification Proficiency in wound care, venipuncture, and injection administration. Excellent written and verbal communication skills Current licensure as a practical nurse in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Graduate of an approved practical nursing program Maintains knowledge and competencies reflective of current practice