(These duties are illustrative only. Incumbents may perform some or all of these duties or other job-related duties as assigned.)
• Administers nursing ca re within scope of practice as set forth in Division (F) of Section 4723.01 of Ohio Revised Code under direction of registered nurse, licensed physician, dentist, podiatrist, optometrist or chiropractor (e.g., administers oxygen; applies sterile dressing, inserts catheters; reinserts gastrotomy tubes, suctions, irrigates wounds; gives enemas, douches; collects specimens; performs dialysis treatments, operates hemodialysis equipment & monitors patient during procedure; assists physicians with physical exams, treatments &/or laboratory tests; assists in emergencies by administering first-aid, performing cardio-pulmonary resuscitation &/or restraining patients; administers controlled drugs such as narcotics & min or tranquilizers & no n-controlled medication in oral, rectal, topical or injectable form (i.e., intramuscular & subcutaneous injections only) & provides medication instructions to patients).
• Maintains medication accountability records (e.g., charts patient records, prepares & counts medication, maintains medication stock & medical equipment & supplies); observes, documents & reports patient conditions (e.g., medication reactions, treatment responses, patient behavior & progress) & prepares &/or maintains related reports & records (e.g., unusual incident reports, patient records, medication reports, seclusion/restraint logs, patient kardex, team plan).
• Provides general nursing, direct care &/or programming assistance (e.g., takes patient vital signs; assists with personal grooming & hygiene, bathing or daily living activities; administers topical ointments & solutions, eye, ear &/ or nose drops; repositions patients; responds to patient alarms; makes medical appointments for patients; escorts patients & assists with recreational activities; provides one to one group activities according to intervention stated on treatment plan).
• Provides assistance (i.e., provides work direction, orientation & t raining) to lower-level direct care staff (e.g., hospital aides, orderlies, psychiatric attendants) in providing general unskilled nursing care (e.g., dressing, bathing, feeding) to patients & attends & participates in various meetings (e.g., staff conferences, committees, interdisciplinary team meetings, in-service training programs, nursing meetings) as assigned.
• Orders medication & medical supplies; cleans nurses station & medication room/medication cart (e.g., cleans, sterilizes & restocks cart; defrosts & cleans medication refrigerator) & performs clerical tasks (e.g., answers phone, files).
Knowledge of skilled licensed practical nursing procedures; pharmacology; client/patient care; first-aid; CPR; general hospital practices & procedures; agency, institutional, hospital or clinic practices & procedures*; HIPAA regulations & standards; human relations; inventory control; employee training & development*. Skill in use of medical equipment (e.g., respirator, dialysis machine, sterilizer, oxygen equipment, blood pressure cuff); hypodermics; operation of person al computer. Ability to understand practical field of study; deal with some abstract but mostly concrete variables; recognize unusual or threatening conditions & take appropriate emergency action; develop good rapport with patients &/or residents; understand manuals & verbal instructions associated with practical nursing; demonstrate dexterity to administer injections & perform medical treatments & strength to move, reposition or restrain patients. (*)Developed after employment.
MINIMUM CLASS QUALIFICATIONS FOR EMPLOYMENT:
License to practice nursing as a li censed practical nurse issued by Ohio Board of Nursing pursuant to Section 4723 Ohio Revised Code & proof of completion of an approved course in medication administration. Note: Licensed Practical Nurses who administer dialysis treatment must possess Certification in IV Therapy pursuant to Section 4723.17 Ohio Revised Code.
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT REQUIRED TO REMAIN IN THE CLASSIFICATION AFTER EMPLOYMENT:
Biennial renewal of licensure as practical nurse. Obtain & maintain certification in CPR.
UNUSUAL WORKING CONDITIONS:
Work nights & weekends with rotating days off; may be required to work mandator y overtime; exposed to bodily fluids; exposed to unpredictable patient behavior, illness &/or infectious diseases; may require travel to community site under contract with Department of Mental Health & Department of Developmental Disabilities.