Performs the function of a Licensed Practical Nurse in reassessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care for the Patient Care unit of patients for an assigned shift, in collaboration with the R.N. Is responsible for adhering to all Standards of Nursing Practice, as they apply for managing supplies and equipment under the direction of the charge nurse.
Action Oriented -- Taking on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy and enthusiasm.
Collaborate -- Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
Customer Focus -- Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.
Nimble Learning -- Actively learning through experimentation when tackling new problems, using both successes and failures as learning fodder.
Demonstrates Self-Awareness -- Using a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal strengths and weaknesses.
Communicates Effectively -- Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
Decision Quality -- Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.
1. Assesses the physical, psycho-social, spiritual, cultural, functional, high risk and discharge needs of the patient and family.
· Performs, reassessments/care at intervals as required or appropriate to the patient's needs.
· Ensures physical assessment/care includes all major body systems.
· Ensures spiritual assessment/care includes actual/expressed needs.
· Incorporates cultural and ethnic factors into assessment/care.
· Correctly differentiates between normal and abnormal findings.
2. Demonstrates the ability to accurately access and document patient care activities and hospital processes.
· Uses computer system(s) appropriately.
· Documents in the medical record according to policy/procedure.
· Complies with incident reporting and notification requirements.
Attends/reviews department staff meetings for information.
3. Collaborates with RN on implementation of a nursing plan of care for the patient/family
· Re-evaluates and modifies the plan of care, based on the patient's response to the interventions.
· Communicates the plan of care to members of the nursing team.
· Prioritizes and delegates patient care activities based on patient assessment and staff capabilities.
· Demonstrates sound clinical judgment in decision-making regarding patient care.
· Assists RN in management of emergencies
4. Incorporates the plan for nursing care into the multidisciplinary care and management of the patient/family.
· Reports significant changes in patient condition to RN promptly.
· Communicates effectively with physicians and health team.
· Coordinates nursing care with other disciplines involved.
· Actively participates in multidisciplinary care conferences
5. Assures the rights of the patient/family are respected and maintained.
· Allows for privacy and modesty in the provision of care.
· Identifies self by name and title to patient/family
· Reports suspected cases of abuse/neglect, if identified.
· Understands role of, and how to access, the Ethics Committee.
· Establishes presence of consent prior to treatment/procedure.
6. Demonstrates the ability to safely and competently administer medications, intravenous therapy and basic fluid management.
· Understands actions, side-effects, contra-indications of drugs.
· Follows five "rights" of medication administration.
· Adheres to medication policies, practices and standards.
· Administers medication, intravenous therapy and fluid management only under physician order and guidance.
· Assists RN with IV medication administration.
7. Demonstrates knowledge of unit specific policies and procedures and the ability to safely and competently use unit specific patient care equipment in the delivery of quality patient care.
· Obtains necessary training prior to initial equipment use.
· Assures equipment is in operating order prior to use.
· Uses medical equipment in accordance with manufacturer's operating guidelines.
· Reports potential equipment/user error incidents to RN.
Our Mission: WHY WE EXIST. To extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Our Core Values: WHAT WE BELIEVE IN.DIGNITY Respect for the worth of every person, recognition and commitment to the value of diverse individuals and perspectives, and special concern for the poor and underserved. INTEGRITY Honesty, justice, and consistency in all relationships. EXCELLENCE High standards of service and per...formance. COMPASSION Service in a spirit of empathy, love, and concern. STEWARDSHIP Wise and just use of talents and resources in a collaborative manner.Our Vision: WHAT WE ARE STRIVING TO DO. CHRISTUS HEALTH, a Catholic health ministry, will be a leader, a partner and an advocate in the creation of innovative health and wellness solutions that improve the lives of individuals and communities so that all may experience God's healing presence and love. Our Name and Symbol:WHO WE ARE. CHRISTUS is Latin for "Christ," and proclaims publicly the core of our mission. OUR NAME choice also recognizes the heritage of our two congregational sponsors, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in Houston and San Antonio. Jesus Christ is the Incarnate Word, the Word of God made flesh. It is, therefore, only fitting that it is in another form of His name that our health ministries are called together. OUR SYMBOL Reflects the healing ministry of Jesus Christ - a combination of a medical cross and a religious cross. The flowing banner on the cross is a common symbol of the risen Christ, while the royal purple signifies Christ. The flowing banner also conveys a sense of motion as we move forward into a new era of service to our communities.