Provides nursing care to a group of patients as assigned by the registered nurse. Collects patient data within the clinical standards; reports significant variances to registered nurse. Establishes workload priorities and offers input into plan of care; encourages patient participation in plan of care. Provides and documents care within standards of practice, policies, procedures and protocols consistent with the patient plan of care under the supervision of an RN. Identifies expected outcomes individualized to patient needs under RN guidance. Demonstrates competency in all required areas, including department-specific, age-specific, medication administration, and use of equipment.
*Graduate of an accredited school of practical nursing. Current registration in Illinois for practice as a licensed practical nurse.
*Six months experience preferred.
*Will demonstrate competency in skills identified in the unit-specific competence plan and skills list. Must be able to communicate verbally and in writing. Is expected to be an example of good health habits.
*Must be able to walk, stand, stoop, kneel and assist in lifting patient; able to assist patients and/or adjust equipment at floor level; able to reach, change and read IV's 5 feet from the floor unaided; able to support persons (possibly 200 pounds or more) in emergency situations; able to move quickly from place to place on occasion, including from floor to floor in emergency situations; able to utilize fine motor control in hands for tasks such as medication preparation and administration; able to hear to take blood pressure and to hear breath sounds. Must possess visual acuity to meet visual demands in charting and operating equipment.