The LPN performs under the direction of a Registered Nurse in providing nursing care to assigned patients, utilizing basic understanding of psychiatric and personality disorders.
Education: Graduate from an accredited professional vocational school of nursing or vocational training as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
Experience: Minimum one (1) year as a LPN in psychiatric nursing preferred, with six (6) months experience in the specialized area of psychiatry also preferred but not required.
Licensure: Licensed to practice vocational/practical nursing from the State Board of Nursing.
Additional Requirements: Must pass a medication administration exam before administering medications. CPR certification and successful completion of Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI) including restraint and seclusion policies, within 90 days of employment, and prior to assisting in restraining procedures.
STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE
THE ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS ARE CATEGORIZED UNDER THE JCAHO STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE.
1. Accurately collect data needed for the appropriate portion of the integrated assessment.
2. Take and record vital signs properly.
3. Observe for, and document changes in patients’ appearance, behavior and ability to work toward treatment plan goals.
4. Communicate changes in patient’s condition to the Charge Nurse.
5. Report signs and symptoms of infection in patients to the Charge Nurse.
1. Maintain awareness of patients’ individualized plan of care including goals and interventions.
2. Provide information to the Charge Nurse that assists in the development and revision of the treatment plan.
3. Document the treatment plan, nursing interventions and the patient’s response to the intervention.
1. Teach communication, interpersonal and social skills as well as the basic principles of physical health to the patient and significant others, under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.
2. Promote learning experiences and provides educational materials to patients and their families.
3. Re-enforce importance of medication compliance, and monitor compliance continuously.
4. Evaluate and documents the effectiveness of all patient teaching.
5. Provide opportunities for patients and families to question, discuss and explore their feelings about prescribed therapies/interventions/diagnosis.
1. Provide structure and maintains a therapeutic environment in collaboration with the patient and other health care providers.
2. Monitor patients and their therapeutic environment for changes in acuity and intervenes if needed in a timely fashion.
3. Assure patients are adequately oriented to the unit.
4. Monitor unit activities and encourages patient participation.
5. Act as a role model to promote good health and hygiene skills.
6. Report potential crisis situations to the Charge Nurse.
7. Consistently utilize universal precautions and environmental safety guidelines.
8. Maintain a safe environment by use of room checks.
9. Assist in structured didactic groups with patients and families and prescribes, delegates and coordinate nursing care to a group of patients under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.
1. Participate in orientation of all new staff.
2. Participate in the quality assurance program.
3. Attend shift meetings and assume responsibility for assigned groups of patients.
4. Collaborate with other team members on a continuous basis during shift.
5. Act as the patient's advocate and assure that patient rights are upheld.
6. Comply with established measures for infection control, OSHA regulations and risk management.
7. Utilize time constructively and in an organized manner to accomplish assigned responsibilities, delegates duties to other personnel as appropriate and demonstrate good judgment ability.
8. Follow all facility, departmental and personnel policies and procedures.
9. Comply with the Employee Code of Ethics.
1. Employ principles of communication, interviewing techniques, problem-solving and crisis intervention when performing psychotherapeutic interventions.
2. Ensure intervention is based on the patient's plan of care.
3. Safely and accurately administer medications as instructed.
4. Anticipate and utilize appropriate intervention in psychiatric and medical emergencies.
5. Organize and provide care to assigned patients.
6. Perform general nursing procedures, treatments and report significant findings to the Registered Nurse.
7. Meet with assigned patients daily and provide appropriate guidance.
8. Utilize patient interaction, patient group activities and psychiatric interventions when providing care.
9. Organize and provide care based on patient needs and scheduled activities of the patient.