Licensed Practical Nurse
City Of Birmingham
Gauteng, South Africa
4d ago
source : findojobs-za

SUMMARY Work involves providing prescribed medical treatment and personal care to patients in a hospital, nursing home or clinic.

Work requires the employee to perform duties such as taking and recording vital signs, dressing wounds and administering specific medications orally and by injections.

The work is performed under the supervision of a professional nurse and is reviewed through reports, meetings and results obtained.

TYPICAL JOB DUTIES : Assists physicians, nurses and other medical personnel with various procedures such as lumbar punctures and biopsies.

  • Conducts interviews of patients to obtain pertinent health history data, insurance and other information; documents chief complaint;
  • assembles new patient and discharge charts. Reviews charts; updates information and documents medications, diets, etc.; takes and record pulse, height, weight respiration and blood pressure.

  • Administers specific medications and gives injections such as immunization shots and antibiotics; performs tuberculosis skin test, vision, hearing and pregnancy test;
  • collects sputum, urine and draws blood samples for laboratory testing; assists in obtaining cultures and smears for laboratory.

  • Monitors, records, and reports changes in patient symptoms and / or condition; adds premixed I.V. fluids as qualified and according to nursing service policy;
  • performs cardiac monitoring observation; monitors patients receiving blood and blood products. Tests urine for sugar, acetone, and specific gravity;
  • measures and records gastric and urine drainage; may perform designated laboratory test in the clinics. Performs techniques requiring surgical asepsis such as suctioning, sterile dressings, and wound irrigations.

  • Enrolls patients into clinic programs; assess needs and eligibility for health care services; issues eligibility documents;
  • schedules appointments; assists with admissions, transfers, and discharges of patients. Assists in daily disinfection of patient care areas;
  • cleans and disinfects instruments after use and assists in maintaining supplies as needed for patient care activities. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS : Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) License by the Alabama Board of Nursing (Note : Applicants licensed in states other than Alabama must obtain an Alabama license within 90 days of employment).

    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS : None. COMPETENCIES : Adaptability & Flexibility. Computer & Technology Operations. Customer Service.

    Learning & Memory. Mathematical & Statistical Skills. Oral Communication & Comprehension. Physical Abilities. Planning & Organizing.

    Problem Solving & Decision Making. Professionalism & Integrity. Researching & Referencing. Reviewing, Inspecting & Auditing.

    Self-Management & Initiative. Sensory Abilities. Teamwork & Interpersonal. Technical & Job-Specific Knowledge. Written Communication & Comprehension.

    CRITICAL KNOWLEDGES : Knowledge of professional nursing theory and practices (e.g., formulating a Plan of Care) and the laws and regulations (e.

    g., Nursing Standards and Practice Law, Board of Nursing Standards and Regulation, Nurse Practice Act) governing the practice of Nursing.

    Knowledge of nursing procedures of care for patients / residents with varying medical conditions (e.g., Alzheimer's, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.

    Knowledge of the proper use of medical equipment (EKG, IV, etc.). Knowledge of Medical / Clinical Laboratory Science Knowledge of Medical Documentation Procedures.

    Knowledge of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidelines. Knowledge of medical terminology and vocabulary for accurately describing the human body and associated components, conditions, and processes in a science-based manner.

    WORK ENVIRONMENT : Work is performed primarily within medical or healthcare facilities. Work involves use of standard office equipment, such as computer, phone, copier, etc.

    Work also involves use of medical tools and equipment necessary for the care and / or diagnosis of healthcare patients. Work may involve exposure to contagious or infectious diseases (e.

    g., bodily fluids and airborne agents at hospitals and jails, lice, scabies, TB's, HIV / AIDS), bio-hazardous materials and bodily fluids.

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS : Job primarily involves physical exertion required for sustained periods of light physical activity such as walking or standing with the occasional involvement of moderate physical exertion required for occasional prolonged periods of lifting, stooping, or carrying.

    May involve occasional lifting of items, or objects weighing up to 50 pounds. DISCLAIMER : This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of the job duties, responsibilities, or skills and abilities required to do the job and may be changed at the discretion of the Personnel Board at any time.

    DISCLAIMER : This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of the job duties, responsibilities, or skills and abilities required to do the job and may be changed at the discretion of the Personnel Board at any time.

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