LPN for Home Health and Hospice (32 Hours)
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Responsible for providing direct in-home nursing care to clients in routine nursing situations under the direction and supervision of a registered nurse or licensed physician. Provide nursing interventions, implement plan of care, perform treatments, and assist patients and their families in self-care activities.
- ASSESSMENT: Assists in the assessment of patient/consumer need for care and communicates with RN/MD providers appropriately and in a timely manner. Determines patient/consumer purpose for admission/visit. Collects data relevant to visit/admission, ongoing care as directed by standards/plan of care. Recognizes urgent/emergent situations and appropriately refers/manages.
- PLAN OF CARE: Contributes pertinent information to the plan of care and assists in monitoring care. Delivers nursing care as determined by plan or patient needs. Recommends modifications in plan of care as needed. Assist patients/families in self care activities. Demonstrates understanding of the physiologic and psychological effects of normal aging by assessing and implementing care to meet the needs of populations served.
- IMPLEMENTATION: Provides nursing interventions safely and competently and reports relevant findings to RN/MD in timely manner. Follows through and implements plan of care as directed; a) provides appropriate instruction to patient/consumer about routine health maintenance, normal/abnormal lab results, special procedures and follow-up care as directed; b) prepares and administers approved medications at the direction of the RN and upon order from MD, ARNP, or PA; c) performs treatments and assists with procedures as directed; d) competently performs skills/tasks as listed on LPN skills competency inventory.
- EVALUATION: Assists in evaluating patient/consumer response to care through communication and observation. Recommends modifications in plan of care to RN/MD/ARNP/PA based upon patient/consumer response.
- AGE SPECIFIC CARE: Demonstrates understanding of the physiologic and psychological effects of normal aging by assessing and implementing care to meet the needs of those populations served. Reports appropriate age-specific assessment findings to the RN. Demonstrates effective communication skills with those specific age populations served.
- COMMUNICATION AND COORDINATION OF CARE: Communicates and cooperates with other health care team members in planning and implementing care. Reports appropriate age-specific assessment findings to the RN/MD/ARNP/PA. Demonstrates effective communication skills with those specific age populations served.
- ORIENTATION: Orients patients/consumers to the health care team members, the services available, and the means of access to those services. Demonstrates an awareness of the Consumer Bill of rights and Responsibilities. Participates in the orientation of new consumers to KFHPWs policies and procedures.
- INSTRUCTION: Assists in the identification of educational needs and communicates to RN/MD in timely manner. Instructs patients/consumers according to the educational plan of care or appropriate educational materials. Encourages patient/consumer compliance with therapeutic nursing and medical regimens.
- PREVENTIVE CARE: Identifies patient/consumer risk factors. Utilizes available health education resources for preventive care. Reinforces the plan of care to improve general health status. Promotes patient/consumer self-care responsibility for meeting their own health needs.
- DOCUMENTATION: Records accurate and pertinent data on the medical record according to documentation guidelines.
- SAFETY/COMFORT: Provides a safe environment for each patient/consumer and adheres to KFHPW/facility/unit specific safety standards. Adheres to KFHPW infection control, safety hazardous waste, universal precautions, and CPR standards.
- PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Identifies own learning needs and participates in educational efforts to meet those needs. Identifies own learning needs related to those age-specific populations served and participates in appropriate educational programs. Participates in staff orientation and student education activities. Participates with managers and peers in completing the process for self and colleague/team performance reviews. Consistently demonstrates an appearance consistent with KFHPW dress code policy. Participates in activities related to QA/QI, work redesign, and cost-saving measures. Adheres to KFHPW personnel policies and maintains a high standard of professional work habits.
- Minimum one (1) year of home health experience.
- Per the National Agreement, current KP Coalition employees have this experience requirement waived.
- High school diploma.
- Graduate of accredited LPN program.
- Practical Nurse License (Washington) required at hire
- Driver's License (Washington)
- Basic Life Support required at hire
- Ability to exercise professional judgment.
- Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to provide effective telephone communication.
- Ability to work independently.
- Intermediate computer and keyboarding skills.
- Ability to educate and instruct patients and families.
- Car in good working order with valid car insurance by date of hire/transfer.
- Two (2) years of home health experience preferred.
- Associates degree.