As a compassionate non-profit organization since 1983, Chapters Health System is committed to enhancing the lives of those affected by advancing age or illness. Through our comprehensive system of healthcare choices, we deliver expert care and heartfelt support to guide the community during the aging and end-of-life journey. From hospice and palliative care for adults and children suffering with life-limiting illnesses to in-home and community-based services for frail but independent seniors, Chapters Health offers a wide range of support services along life's ever-changing landscape. We'll help you navigate your individual experience – empowering you with more choices, education and guidance for these important chapters of life.
Under physician's orders and RN supervision, the Team LPN/LPN II is responsible for the observation of patient/family needs and providing palliative and supportive care to the patient/family unit.As outlined in the plan of care, s/he utilizesnursing interventions and teaching skills to maximize patient comfort and to enhance the quality of life to the patient/family unit.S/he provides input to the plan of care as a member of the interdisciplinary group.
·Current LPN licensure in the state of Florida, or current licensure from another state plus a temporary Florida permit.
·Valid driver's license and automobile insurance in the State of Florida.
·Reliable transportation to meet visit schedule.
·Minimum one (1) yearnursing experience in a in-patient, hospice, or home health setting.
·Certificate of completion of 30 hour Infusion Therapy Course preferred.
·Ability to communicate in English.
·Flexible schedule to meet the needs of hospice patients.
·Ability to use equipment with visual and auditory mechanisms.
·Ability to manage the emotional stress of working with and caring for terminally ill patients and their families.
·Ability to perform the essential functions and physical requirements (including, but not limited to: lifting patients and/or equipment, bending, pushing/pulling, kneeling) of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.
·Under the direction of an RN, provide palliative nursing care to patients and families incorporating psychosocial, cultural, physical, spiritual and biological components and appropriate nursing intervention as identified in the plan of care developed by the Interdisciplinary Group (IDG).
·Demonstrate clinical skills regarding application of Company policies and procedures such as:medication administration, symptom management, and patient/family relationships.
·Observe/monitor patients for alterations in body systems, pain and symptoms and report to RN.
·Observe and report signs of adverse reactions,response to treatments, and results ofdressing changes to RN.
·Report findings to physicians, ARNPs and physician's assistants following collaboration with RN.
·Take verbal orders from physicians, ARNPs and physician's assistants.Act on verbal orders after noted by an RN.
·Review and reconcile medication list.
·Attend patient deaths and prepare body for transport.
·Provide ABN notice and discharge teaching.
·Oversee disposal of medications.
·Provide bereavement support to the patient caregiver/family.
·Accept responsibility and is accountable for nursing actions; demonstrate an understanding of legal consequences of nursing actions; request supervision when needed; perform within the guidelines established by the Florida Nurse Practice Act.
·Document observations and interventions on appropriate Company forms with accuracy, timeliness, legibility, professional terminology and awareness of legal and regulatory implications.
·May complete the Hospice Aide/Caregiver Plan of Care under the direction of the RN.
·Participate as member of the interdisciplinary team in the development, evaluation and revision of the patient's plan of care.
·Present concise, pertinent verbal and written patient information to team; respect input from all disciplines.
·Communicate accurately and completely to staff members, patients, families and supervisors; utilize positive approaches when working with other staff members.
·Pursue own professional growth through attendance at required in-services and other educational offerings.
·Establish professional goals for self and continually evaluate self in the attainment of these goals.
·Utilize supplies, equipment, medications, laboratory and patient therapies within the Company philosophy.
·Duties as assigned by the Clinical Manager.
Additional LPN II Responsibilities:
·"Under the direction of a Registered Professional Nurse (RN)" means that the RN has delegated intravenous therapy functions to an LPN II.The RN does not, in all instances, have to be on premises with the LPN II.
·"Direct Supervision:" means that the RN must be on the premises and immediately physically available in order for the LPN to perform the duty.
Under the direction of an RN, perform:
·Central Venous Line (CVL) site observation/inspection
·Peripheral intravenous (IV) initiation
·Venous access device dressing, cap change and flushing venous access device
·IV medication and fluid administration (No IV pushes other than saline and heparin; may not add
medicines to IV solutions)
·Venipuncture for blood specimens
Additional LPN Team Mentor Responsibilities:
·Plan, coordinate, and carry out educational opportunities for orientee(s).
·Explain the role and performance expectation for the Team LPN nurse in the hospice setting.
·Assist the orientee to identify learning needs.
·Plan for and provide relevant learning experiences to orientee(s) involving the Team Manager, Team Preceptor and other staff, necessary.
·Evaluate competence of orientee utilizing orientation competency checklist.
·Provide prompt and consistent feedback, identifying areas in need of further development for the new LPN, to the Team Preceptor and the Team Manager.
·Coordinate activities with other mentors to maintain consistency in practice, establish relationships, and broaden the scope of the program.
·Provide input to clinical leadership and educators regarding patient care experiences for orientation.