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Brockton Visiting Nurse Association Community Nurse - LPN Hospice in Brockton, Massachusetts

TITLE: COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSE - LPN REPORTS TO: CLINICAL MANAGER \$7,500 LPN Sign on Bonus POSITION SUMMARY: Under the direction of an RN, utilizing the nursing process, the Community Health Nurse - LPN (LPN) provides skilled nursing care to patients in their homes or other health care facilities. Adheres to all Agency policies including, but not limited to, the Confidentiality Agreement, Personnel Policies and Clinical Policies and Procedures. RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. EVALUATION AND CARE PLAN * The LPN evaluates the plan of treatment, which includes the various services required to maintain the patient safely in the home or other health care facility. * The Plan of Treatment includes quantifiable goals based on desired outcomes. Involves patient/family in the development of the Plan of Treatment. * Makes appropriate referral(s) for home health aide, social and/or rehabilitation services(s). * It is the responsibility of the LPN to submit to the appropriate RN the proposed Plan of Treatment prior to it being sent to the physician for his/her authorization and signature. 2. SKILLED NURSING CARE Following the schedule established in the Plan of Treatment, the LPN visits the patient to perform nursing services covering a wide range of skilled nursing care as outlined in the Clinical Policies and Procedures. They include, but are not limited to: * Skin treatments * Gastrointestinal treatments * Genitourinary treatments * Pulmonary treatments * Musculoskeletal treatments * Other Treatments The LPN may be required to transfer patients as needed, using Hoyer lifts, wheelchairs, sliding boards, hospital beds, and/or draw sheet transfers. In such cases where a two-person assist is required, the LPN will attempt to schedule the visit during a Home Health Aide\'s scheduled visit or may call upon a family member, if and when possible. 3. PATIENT AND FAMILY EDUCATION * The LPN will instruct patient/significant other(s) in ways that are understandable to the patient/significant other(s). Education will include, but is not limited to, disease, prognosis, medications, procedures and treatments, personal care, emergency plans, infection control and safety. * During home visits, the LPN will assess current knowledge and ability of the patient/significant other(s) and the need for re-education regarding the specific knowledge and/or skills required to meet the patient\'s ongoing health care needs. * The LPN will prepare the patient/significant other(s) for discharge with verbal and written information regarding community services, medication usage and follow-up visits for medical care. 4. COORDINATION AND SUPERVISION OF PATIENT CARE * The LPN ensures that all caregivers are providing care in a manner consistent with the patient\'s plan of care. The LPN will communicate with the physician and/or significant other(s) when the patient\'s mental or physical status changes. * The LPN will collaborate with other members of the multidisciplinary team who are involved in the care of the patient and document same in the clinical record. The LPN will participate in case conferences. * The LPN will assure that information regarding patient care is relayed to appropriate personnel so that optimal patient care will be provided during his/her absence. Assists in the orientation of new staff. Attends and participates in team meetings. Attends internal/external inservices and presents information to peers. 5. MAINTAINS TIMELY AND ACCURATE DOCUMENTATION * The LPN will document on the day of the visit all care provided including clinical findings and education provided to the patient/significant other(s). * Is responsible for maintaining state licensing that is current and in good standing. * Responsible for interdisciplinary assessment. * The LPN is required to participate in Quality Assessment Performance Improvement Program and HHA sponsored in-service Training. Click MORE INFORMATION fo full description.