LPN (LTAC) - #197471

LHC Group

Date: 04/08/2021 19:31 PM

City: West Monroe, Louisiana

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day

Company Overview

$5,000 Sign On Bonus!

The Licensed Practical Nurse/Licensed Vocational Nurse is responsible for providing patient care to patients in the hospital, for ages 18 through geriatrics. The LPN maintains patient confidentiality at all times. Possesses good communication skills, both verbally and written. Is responsible for adhering to all LPN Nursing Practice Standards as they apply to patient care.

Louisiana Extended Care Hospital of West Monroe, a part of LHC Group, is the preferred post-acute care partner for hospitals, physicians and families nationwide. From home health and hospice care to long-term acute care and community-based services, we deliver high-quality, cost-effective care that empowers patients to manage their health at home. Hospitals and health systems around the country have partnered with LHC Group to deliver patient-centered care in the home. More hospitals, physicians and families choose LHC Group, because we are united by a single, shared purpose: It's all about helping people.

Essential Functions

  • Maintains accountability for nursing practice and delivery of quality patient care through collaboration with the DON, therapists and other nursing staff.
  • Assists in the implementation of changes necessary for the departments involved to maintain and improve quality patient care.
  • Collaborates with the DON and staff nurses in the development and implementation of Performance Improvement measures.
  • Performs hands-on nursing care by utilizing the nursing process to achieve quality outcomes for the patients.
  • Educates patients and families upon admission and at least weekly through documentation on IDTR and through established goals during PTC/POC.
  • Administers medication according to hospital policy and procedures within the designated time frames.
  • Assists with collection of patient history on Nursing Assessments within specified time frame on patients as indicated. Obtains RN signature on all assessments.
  • Documents nursing interventions, changes in the patient's condition, physician visits, etc on the Nurses Daily flow sheet, according to hospital policy and procedure.
  • Identifies changes to patients' condition, including tests and lab results, vital signs, physical findings, etc. and reports to Charge Nurse as indicated.
  • Demonstrates an ability to perform duties in a manner consistent with the Patient's Bill of Rights.
  • Demonstrates an ability to take direction as indicated from the Charge Nurse in regard to patient care issues.
  • Performs patient treatments in accordance with physician orders in a timely manner
  • Assists with other duties as indicated.
  • Demonstrates competency in the following skills: Ability to check the flow rate of a central line. Able to regulate central line flow rate. Able to change a central line site dressing. Able to change central line tubing. Able to flush central line. Able to hang replacement fluids for central line.
  • Possesses knowledge of ventilator settings/parameters and telemetry/cardiac monitoring.
  • Dietary Management Responsibilities: supervising and/or delegating the supervision of patient tray checks for accuracy of each diet ordered, portion sizes of all three meals each day for each patient; reports discrepancies in the patient's meal and/or meal service to the Registered Dietician and if necessary, ensures that the correct tray is re-ordered and delivered to the patient in a timely manner.
  • Wound Care TS: Under the direct supervision of an RN, assists with the management of patients with ostomies and wounds (i.e. pressure ulcers, vascular ulcers, diabetic ulcers, burns, etc) by: assessment of the wound, recommendation of care to promote healing, evaluation of response to treatment, and recommendation of alternative treatment approaches when indicated.
  • Wound Care TS: Under the direct supervision of an RN, provides direct patient care and treatment of ostomies and wounds as follows: pulse lavage, vacuum assisted closure, and debridements.
  • Wound Care TS: Recommends patient care practices utilizing current national and regional standards
  • Wound Care TS: Monitors all wound care patients for appropriateness of care at least weekly.
  • Wound Care TS: Coordinates the use of specialty bed surfaces for appropriateness of care.
  • Wound Care TS: Collaborates with the interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals in the planning of cost-effective, high quality care for patients with wounds.
  • Wound Care TS: Participates in interdisciplinary team conferences with members of the interdisciplinary team, patients, and families.
  • Wound Care TS: Demonstrates clinical expertise in the performance and teaching of technical skills to the nursing staff and patients/families that is necessary to care for patients with wounds and ostomies.
  • Wound Care TS: Collects clinical data on wound care patients and participates in performance improvement and quality assurance.
  • Wound Care TS: Coordinates wound care in-services for new hires and continued education for nursing staff.
  • Clinical Documentation Specialist TS: Obtains and promotes appropriate clinical documentation through extensive interaction with physicians, nursing staff, other patient caregivers, and coding staff to ensure that the documentation of the level of service rendered to the patient and the patient''s clinical complexity is complete and accurate
  • Clinical Documentation Specialist TS: Reviews medical records and identifies potential gaps in clinical documentation for specified patients types and payor populations as directed on admission and throughout hospitalization.
  • Clinical Documentation Specialist TS: Participates in the analysis and trending of statistical data for specified patient populations to identify opportunities for improvement
  • Clinical Documentation Specialist TS: Queries physicians and other caregivers as necessary via approved written communication mechanisms to obtain accurate and complete documentation that supports the severity of patient illness, intensity of services and risk of mortality.
  • Clinical Documentation Specialist TS: Completes concurrent review on assigned population of patients.
  • Clinical Documentation Specialist TS: Works closely with coding staff to assure documentation of discharge diagnoses and any co-existing comorbidities or complications to completely reflect the patient''s clinical status and care.
  • Clinical Documentation Specialist TS: Demonstrates basic knowledge of coding standards and application to ongoing evaluation of medical record documentation
  • Clinical Documentation Specialist TS: Develops and implements plans for both formal and informal education of physician, nursing, and other clinical staff
  • Clinical Documentation Specialist TS: Assists with preparation and presentation of clinical documentation monitoring|trending reports for review with physicians and hospital leadership
  • Clinical Documentation Specialist TS: Identifies strategies through data gathering and analysis of trends to establish recommendations for sustained work process changes that facilitate complete, accurate clinical documentation
  • Clinical Documentation Specialist TS: Assists in the appeal process resulting from third-party reviews
  • Clinical Documentation Specialist TS: Consistently meets established productivity targets for record review

Education & Experience

Formal Education: Associate Degree or certification equivalent

Experience: Less than 6 months

License, Registration, and / or Certification Requirement: Yes

Education Requirements

  • Licensed Practical Nurse from an accredited school of nursing.

License Requirements

  • IV certification.
  • CPR Certification.
  • Current Licensed Practical Nurse license in the state of practice.

License Desired

  • ACLS certification preferred.

Skill Requirements

  • Knowledge of general nursing theory/practice.

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