Primary LPN
Job Details
Woodland Pond, Inc - New Paltz, NY
Full Time

Position Summary
The Primary Nurse-LPN is responsible to provide direct nursing care to the residents and to supervise the day-to-day nursing activities performed by nursing assistants. Such supervision must be in accordance with current federal, state, and local standards, guidelines, and regulations that govern Woodland Pond, and as may be required by the Director of Nursing Services, Unit Manager and Charge Nurse to ensure that the highest degree of quality care is maintained at all times



Administrative functions:

  • Notifies the RN on-call, Director of Nursing, and Administrator on call as required (*CF)

  • Participates actively with Inter-Disciplinary Team (IDT) and follows-through on actions determined by the Team

  • Serves as a resident advocate and ensures resident rights are maintained (*CF)

  • Supports the medical staff

  • Works collaboratively with all departments at Woodland Pond

  • Works with staff in the planning of the units services, programs, and activities (*CF)

  • Ensures staff comply with polices and standards of care (*CF)

  • Ensures completeness of Accident and Incident reports (*CF)

  • Promotes mission and values of Woodland Pond at New Paltz (*CF)

  • Serves as a leader and resource for nursing staff (*CF)

  • Ensures safe quality care is provided to the residents daily, and essential information is communicated to provide appropriate continuity of care from admission to discharge (*CF)

  • Is a liaison with residents, families, and other departments to adequately plan for and provide resident care (*CF)

  • Ensures accurate, appropriate, and complete documentation by all nursing staff

  • Provides medications and treatments as assigned (*CF)

  • Documents according to policies for treatment and medications administration (*CF)

  • Uses the wristband and photo to identify residents before administering treatments, serving meals, etc., as necessary (*CF)

  • Documents all cares provided in EMR (*CF)

  • Reports all changes in the residents condition to the Charge Nurse (*CF)

  • Agrees not to disclose assigned user ID code and password for accessing resident/facility information and promptly report suspected or known violations of such disclosure to the Administrator

  • Agrees not to disclose residents protected health information and promptly report suspected or known violations of such disclosure to the Administrator

  • Reports any known or suspected unauthorized attempt to access facilitys information system


Care Plan, Kardex, MDS:

  • Ensures accuracy of each

  • Effectively communicates the plan of care

  • Ensures that resident care plan is followed



  • Ensures appropriate and ongoing communication to the resident, family, staff, MD, IDT, etc.

  • Uses communication to enhance quality of resident care and staff working environment


Personnel/Staff Development:

  • Responsible for employee praise and discipline as necessary

  • Actively participates with staff education

  • Promotes an environment of learning

  • Conducts routine staff audits to ensure care is being delivered per care plan and medical staff orders

  • Ensures work consistency among staff

  • Attends and participates in scheduled training and educational classes (*CF)

  • Attends and participates in facility in-service training programs as instructed

  • Performs all assigned tasks in accordance with our established policies and procedures, and as instructed by your supervisors (*CF)

  • Cooperates with inter-departmental personnel, as well as other facility personnel to ensure that nursing services can be adequately maintained to meet the needs of the residents (*CF)

  • Creates and maintains an atmosphere of warmth, personal interest and positive emphasis, as well as a calm environment throughout the unit and shift

  • Meets with nursing personnel, on a regularly scheduled basis, to assist in identifying and correcting problem areas, and/or the improvement of services

  • Reports all complaints and grievances made by the resident (*CF)

  • Reports occupational exposures to blood, body fluids, infectious materials, and hazardous chemicals to your supervisor

  • Reports known or suspected incidents of fraud to the Administrator/Corporate Compliance Officer

  • Ensures that departmental computer workstations left unattended are properly logged off or the password protected automatic screen-saver activates within established facility policy guidelines


Personal Nursing Care Functions:

  • Participates in and receive the nursing report upon reporting for duty (*CF)

  • Assists resident with all grooming tasks each shift, including but not limited to, oral/dental care, bathing, dressing, hair care, shaving, nail care (*CF)

  • Assists resident with bowel and bladder functions and any incontinence care, ensuring residents are dry (*CF)

  • Assists in transporting residents to/from appointments, activity and social programs, etc., as necessary

  • Assists with lifting, turning, moving, positioning, and transporting residents into and out of beds, chairs, bathtubs, wheelchairs, lifts, etc. as per care plan, using proper body mechanics and mechanical lifts as warranted (*CF)

  • Assists residents to walk with or without self-help devices as instructed

  • Weighs and measures residents as instructed (*CF)

  • Measures and records temperatures, pulse, and respirations (TPRs), and BP as instructed

  • Answers resident calls as promptly as feasible, ensuring that residents who are unable to call for help are checked frequently (*CF)

  • Assists with the care of the dying resident and provide post-mortem care as instructed (*CF)


Food Service Functions

  • Prepares residents for meals (i.e., take to bathroom, wash hands, comb hair, raise bed, position tables, place clothing protectors or napkins, take to/from dining room, etc.) (*CF)

  • Serves food trays. Assists with feeding as indicated (i.e., cutting foods, feeding, assist in dining room supervision, etc.) (*CF)

  • Assists residents with identifying food arrangements (i.e., informing resident with sight problem of foods that are on his/her tray, where it is located, if it is hot/cold, etc.)

  • Records the residents food/fluid intake. Reports changes in the residents eating habits (*CF)

  • Keeps residents water pitchers clean and filled with fresh water (on each shift), and within easy reach of the resident (*CF)

  • Serves between meal and bedtime snacks (*CF)

  • Performs after meal care (i.e., remove trays, clean residents hands, face, clothing, take to bathroom, brush teeth, clean dentures, etc.)

  • Checks rooms for food articles (i.e., food in proper container, unauthorized food items, etc.)


Equipment and Supplies:

  • Ensures appropriate equipment and supplies are available and monitors that supplies are utilized appropriately to avoid waste (*CF)


Quality Assurance:

  • Constantly strives to enhance the resident and staff experience

  • Follows Woodland Pond policies and procedures, including HIPAA

  • Immediately reports unusual problem/accident/incident regarding resident care to RN (*CF)


Safety/Infection Control:

  • Ensures staff compliance with standards and regulations

  • Reports potential outbreaks and takes appropriate measures to control/eliminate infection control exposures

  • Washes hands before and after performing any service for the resident

  • Keeps the nurses call system within easy reach of the resident (*CF)

  • Immediately notifies the Charge Nurse of any resident leaving/missing from the facility (*CF)

  • Follows established safety precautions in the performance of all duties

  • Reports any communicable or infectious disease to the Director of Nursing Services and/or to the Infection Control Coordinator

  • Follows established isolation precautions and procedures (*CF)

  • Wears and/or uses safety equipment and supplies (e.g., gait belt, mechanical lifts, etc.) when lifting or moving residents

  • Reports missing/illegible labels and SDSs to your supervisor


Staffing Coverage:

  • Assists with staffing and finding coverage for call-ins (*CF)


Resident Rights

  • Maintains the confidentiality of all resident care information including protected health information. Report known or suspected incidents of unauthorized disclosure of such information (*CF)

  • Ensures that you treat all residents fairly, and with kindness, dignity, and respect, knocking before entering room, ensuring privacy for all care provided (*CF)

  • Reports all allegations of resident abuse and/or misappropriation of resident property (*CF)

  • Honors the residents refusal of treatment request. Report such requests to your supervisor


Other Specific Requirements:

  • Must have patience, tact, a cheerful disposition, and be enthusiastic (*CF)

  • Must work harmoniously with others (*CF)

  • Seeks out new methods and principles to incorporate into the nursing practice

  • Creates and maintains an atmosphere of warmth, personal interest, positive emphasis, as well as a calm environment (*CF)

  • Is able to make independent decisions (*CF)

  • Is able to plan, organize, develop, implement, and interpret the programs, goals, and objectives

  • Is familiar with policies and procedures necessary to provide quality care (*CF)

  • Promotes teamwork and collaboration among Woodland Pond staff members (*CF)


Ongoing Education:

  • Encouraged to pursue ongoing education

  • Completes all required training and in-services

  • All other duties as assigned


  • Maintains high standards for work areas, attitude and appearance

  • Understands that honesty and ethics are essential in the performance of duties

  • Willing to learn and grow

  • Demonstrates maturity in judgment and behaviors

  • Must be a supportive team member, contribute to and be an example of team work and team concept

  • Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel, and the general public

  • Must not pose a direct threat to the health and safety of other individuals in the workplace

  • Accepts and responds to constructive criticism

  • Able to work a flexible schedule  

  • Maintains predictable and reliable attendance



  1. LPN graduate of an accredited school of nursing

  2. One year of long term care nursing preferred

  3. Holds a current, unencumbered LPN license to practice in the State of New York

  4. Valid CPR certification

  5. Proficiency with computers and standard office software

  6. Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to provide care primarily to the geriatric population