Charge Nurse - LPN- Canaan, CT - Assisted Living Facility
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Geer Woods Inc. - Canaan, CT
Non-Exempt

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SUMMARY OF PURPOSE

The LPN Charge Nurse is responsible for supervising the day to day resident care activities during the shift. Provides direction, supervision and evaluation of resident care and coordinates nursing activities with other disciplines. Both care management and supervisory responsibilities must be executed in accordance with state and federal regulations and facility policies and procedures

The individual works with other members of the staff of Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in meeting goals and objectives in support of the Geer Corporation mission "to console, treat heal, strengthen and refresh bodies, hearts, minds and spirits of those whom we serve." To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function successfully.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Direct day-to day activities in accordance with each resident's care plan
  • Supervise CNAs delivery of care and proper implementation of the standard of care
  • Ensures that department personnel are trained in all aspects of fire and safety and follow facility policies and procedures in the use of equipment and supplies. Ensures that department personnel perform duties and assignments in keeping with the safety policies and procedures of the facility.
  • Assist DNS with retention of nursing personnel. Relay safety concerns, complaints and grievances of department personnel to the DNS as needed
  • Participate in quality Assurance/Performance improvement activities as requested
  • Participate in review and evaluation of nursing personnel
  • Periodically review the resident's care plans.  Participate with the RN Unit
    Manager/Supervisor to update and maintain a current plan of care
  • Ensure that reference materials (MSDS, Policies and Procedures, reference books) as well as worksheets, notices and memos etc are maintained and organized at the nurse's station for quick and easy access by personnel
  • Interpret facility policies and procedures to staff, residents, visitors and government agencies as required
  • Review and complete incident/accident reports, post-fall evaluations and investigations as required. Notify the RN Unit Manager/Supervisor, families and physicians in accordance with facility policy
  • Perform routine charting duties as required in accordance with facility policies and procedures   
  • Make informative entries in the progress notes that reflect the care provided and the resident's response to that care
  • Receive orders from physicians and APRNs and process them in accordance with facility procedures
  • Complete medication passes and treatments in a timely manner and in accordance with facility policy
  • Periodically review Medication Administration Records and Treatment Records to assure that medications and treatments are being provided as ordered. Report all variances to the nursing supervisor
  • Notify the RN Unit Manager/Supervisor in a timely manner regarding all resident incidents/accidents and other significant changes in condition requiring assessment.
  • Evaluate residents with change of condition and report to RN Supervisor/Unit Manager findings and action taken. Notify physician and family in accordance with facility policy
  • Provide leadership to unit's nursing staff
  • Give and take report with unit staff at beginning and end of shift. Keep unit manager/shift supervisor apprised of significant resident issures and action taken.
  • Participate in admission, transfer and discharge of residents
  • Perform direct nursing care as needed. Perform weekly skin checks, wound measurements, waived laboratory tests (Stool for Occult Blood, Finger Stick Glucose, Multistix Urinalysis)
  • Assure that the nurses' station, medication room and medication cart remain clean and organized

DEPARTMENT/ORGANIZATION

  • Keeps current with related health care practices and procedures as well as the laws, regulations policies and procedures of the facility
  • Keeps current with related technology and developments that impact the department
  • Makes decisions consistent with the Geer Corporation mission and objectives, establishes and maintains effective communication and positive relationships within Geer Corporation
  • Upholds the Employee Code of Conduct
  • Contributes to the effective team management of all issues and opportunities within the Geer Corporation
  • Assures that the Resident Bill of Rights is understood and maintained at all times
  • Maintains personal appearance, dress and hygiene appropriate to the position and
  • general function of the facility
  • Maintains an optimum relationship with other staff members, residents/families and consultants by being professional, courteous and always mindful of the importance of confidentiality

MARGINAL FUNCTIONS

Marginal functions will vary with the specific assignment and depend on the particular position function for which the person is responsible.

PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS

Position requires the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Knowledgeable in nursing and medical practices and procedures, as well as laws, regulations and guidelines that pertain to skilled nursing facilities and long turn care
  • Possess leadership and supervisory abilities and a willingness to work harmoniously with both professional and non-professional personnel
  • Able to implement and interpret the programs, goals, objectives, policies and procedures necessary for quality care
  • Demonstrate the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action
  • Willing to seek out new methods and principles, incorporating them into existing nursing practices
  • Regular, dependable and reliable attendance

Temperament: Must possess excellent communication skills; be highly organized, act as a team player; be able to deal with stressful situations; be flexible to work on multiple tasks; pay attention to detail; possess empathy and understanding; maintain composure at all times and deal with constant change.

 

PHYSICAL/COGNITIVE/ENVIRONMENTAL

Physical: Sit: 10-20 % of time Walk /stand. 80-90% of time.

Ability to walk rapidly or run

Frequent lifting up to 10 pounds with occasional lifting up to 50 pounds Push/Pull with up to 50 pounds of force

Frequent squatting

Occasional bending and twisting at the waist

Occasional reaching above or below shoulder heights

Frequent grasping and handling

 

Sensory:  Must possess sight/hearing senses or use prosthetic that

will enable those senses to function adequately so the requirements of the position can be fully met.

Must be able to operate medical equipment and machines

Position must meet the general health requirement of the facility

 

Cognitive:Ability to define problems, collect and organize information; establish facts and draw valid conclusions to solve the problem/handle the situation and exercise good judgment. Must be able to remain calm and to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position in what can become a stressful environment.

 

Environment

Normal healthcare environment subject to inside and occasionally outside environmental conditions

Work is primarily performed on resident care units

Is subject to frequent interruptions

Is involved with residents, personnel, family members, government agencies and general public under all conditions and circumstances

Works beyond normal working hours and in other positions when necessary

Is subject to call back during emergency conditions (e.g. evacuation, severe weather, etc.) May be involved in community/civic activities

May be involved in resident activities outside the facility

 

Occupational Exposure:

Tasks assigned to this position may involve potential and/or exposure to blood, body fluids, infectious diseases, air contaminants and hazardous chemicals.

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Education: Must be a graduate of an accredited LPN Program

Experience: Must be able to read, write and speak English in an understandable manner. Experience in geriatric nursing preferred.

Certification/License: Current unencumbered LPN license in accordance with the laws of the State of CT; CPR Certification

WORK HOURS - 3rd shift- full time - every other weekend 

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