Position:LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE/ LICENSED VOCATIONAL NURSE
Location: GULFPORT, MS

Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse (LPN/LVN) will provide professional nursing duties while overseeing the care of geriatric residents. Provide professional, comprehensive nursing care to residents based on the physician’s medical plan and the physical and psychosocial needs.  Follow all evidenced-based practices of nursing standards and the nurse practice act. The standards of performance shall reflect the degree of care, skill, and learning expected of a reasonably prudent LPN/VN.  While specific tasks are outlined as listed below, responsibilities include but are not necessarily inclusive of tasks in which the HCW shall provide.  All services shall be performed in accordance with established principles, practices, and ethics of the medical, and specialty professions/organizations.

 

Required Qualification:

  • Certification and Licensure: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Be a graduate of a nationally accredited nursing school Valid, unrestricted, LPN license in the state of Mississippi.
  • Shall have one-year practical experience in geriatric care.

Demonstrate proficiency in:

  • Venipuncture Ability to initiate and complete venipuncture procedures for laboratory tests
  • Monitor residents with specialized respiratory therapy such as Bi-Pap and C-Pap.
  • Ability to document an electronic record upon completion of orientation training
  • Must fluently read, speak, write, and understand the English language
  • Be a U.S citizen.

Staffing and Scheduling:

  • The ARMED FORCES RETIREMENT HOME (AFRH) provides Nursing services 24 hours a day, 365 days per year (366 days during leap years), including holidays. Shift times consist of eight (8) hours shifts to include a thirty (30) minute uncompensated meal break. The RN shall arrive for each scheduled shift in a well-rested condition and shall have had at least six hours of rest from all other duties as a Licensed Practical Nurse/Licensed Vocational Nurse, in any setting immediately prior to reporting for the shift.  Health care workers shall normally work no more than 40 hours per week.   Nurses must not work at AFRH more than 12 hours in any 24-hour period (regardless of work locale).
  • LPN/LVN’s shall be scheduled in accordance with the following schedule:
    1. Sunday – Saturday
      1. Day 7:00am-3:30pm
      2. Evening 3:00 pm-11:30 pM
      3. Night 11:00 pm- 7:30 am
  • If a LPN/LVN becomes ill or is otherwise unable to fulfill his/her obligation to work, he/she shall notify CentralCare a minimum of four (4 ) hours before the start of their scheduled shift or as soon as possible if already onsite, who in turn shall notify the government.
  • Planned absences from assigned duties shall be requested 30 working days in advance notice and in writing to the supervisor.

Job Responsibilities:   The LPN/LVN will provide the following services and in strict compliance with standing orders and protocols set forth by the AFRH  guidelines to include, but will not necessarily be limited to the following:

  • Observe resident’s changing condition and participate in revising care plans throughout a shift, consistent with recognized nursing standards in accordance with appropriate nursing care and prescribed medical treatment while adhering to all legal, ethical, nursing, and evidence-based practice guidelines.
  • Assess and record information regarding the resident’s condition and establish a plan of action to carry out nursing care.
  • Support the resident and/or family members in the integration of the care plan toward the achievement of stated goals.
  • Provide to the resident communication and teaching information and education, before and after procedures, treatments, medication administration.
  • Administer prescribed medications (oral, topical, and intramuscular injection), and monitor for any physical or emotional contradictions to the medications. Proper certification for IVs by LPN/LVNs is required.
  • Perform a range of diagnostic support duties which includes: taking vital signs, obtaining specimens,Venipuncture (if certified) calling the laboratory for lab reports, recording lab reports given over the telephone, and assisting the physician in a variety of diagnostic examinations. Follow up on resident care and acts as a liaison with other healthcare professionals regarding residents’ needs for continuity of care.
  • Perform a range of treatment procedures that include but are not limited to, using hot and cold packs, extensive sterile dressing changes, giving enemas, inserting urinary catheters, passing medications, caring for residents in isolation, setting up and giving treatments that require auxiliary equipment such as oxygen and suction.

Supervision:

  • This person will work under the direction of the RN and serves as member of a nursing team with a written assignment.

Documentation:

  • Successfully complete Informatics Technology computer security requirements.
  • Successfully complete annual information technology security awareness training.
  • Observe and document all pertinent data regarding the physical and emotional status of residents. Promptly assesses and takes action to alleviate problems reflected in subtle changes in the condition such as dizziness or slight rise in temperature. Makes careful observations to assure that nursing procedures and treatments are not causing additional distress.