Job Details

Requisition Number 18-0035
Title Licensed Practical Nurse
City Macon
State GA
Description Position Summary:

The Hemodialysis Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) is responsible for providing chronic hemodialysis patient care and treatment, while assisting and supporting the unit management team in achieving quality, patient satisfaction, staff development, business management as appropriate, teamwork, culture and employee satisfaction. The Hemodialysis LP/VN will assist in the maintenance of a safe and clean working environment.

The Hemodialysis LP/VN will assist in the mechanical and technical aspects of the dialysis procedure, including direct patient care under the supervision of the Registered Nurse. The LP/VN must have successfully completed a certified LP/VN course with IV therapy certification and hold a license in the state of practice.

The LP/VN will assist with equipment set up and swaps within the Center and the patient home and be available for assistance in the patient home as needed for water sampling, lab draws, and troubleshooting of equipment, and to act as “Care Partner” if needed on approved responsibilities/tasks of the home dialysis treatment. He/she will be responsible for supply/equipment delivery as needed.

Responsibilities Include:
• Demonstrates ability to perform technical skills for the Hemodialysis LP/VN including the patient’s treatment, and emergency procedures, as determined by the competency assessment program.
• Delivers age specific care to assigned patients as prescribed, including all aspects of the hemodialysis procedure specifically trained to perform in accordance to state licensure.
• Obtains blood samples and other specimens as ordered.
• Initiates, monitors, and discontinues dialysis treatments according to established procedures.
• Performs hemodialysis access care according to established procedures.
• Establishes priorities of care, both emergent and non-emergent.
• Performs and assists in all emergency operational procedures.
• Administers and documents medications as authorized by a physician and as further authorized or limited by the State Board of Nursing Practice.
• Demonstrates ability to work with any patient or staff regardless of race, gender, disease process, life-style, religious or cultural beliefs, or treatment.
• Reports any significant observations, information or change in patient condition to registered nurse, Center Director, and/or physician.
• Maintains a safe environment for self, patients, and staff by following Universal Infection Control Precautions and cleaning procedures.

• Actively participates in staff meetings and in-services; assists in QAPI meeting and CQI projects with the team.
• Develops and assimilates theoretical and technical knowledge with observations, assessment, and communication skills to detect dialysis and non-dialysis related problems.
• Recognizes and utilizes opportunities for patient and family education and training.
• Dialyzes isolation patients utilizing isolation precautions and prescribed procedures.
• Assesses patient’s pre/post treatment and reports problems.
• Administers and documents medications as authorized by a physician and as further authorized or limited by the State Board of Nursing Practice.
• Documents clearly, completely, and accurately all pertinent information on patient’s manual or electronic record.
• Performs or assists in the performance of all emergency operational procedures, including the evacuation of patients in the event of a fire and/or disaster.
• Maintains competency in operations, sanitization, maintenance, of all equipment used for dialysis, and special procedures.
• Assists in orientation and training of new and existing staff and acts as a resource person for staff members within the scope of practice.
• Performs additional duties and is responsible for specific projects assigned according to ability and experience by the Center Director.
Requirements Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

• Desk duties, including computer keyboard operations.
• Moderate active work; including occasional lifting and carrying; walking and standing for considerable lengths of time, ability to perform patient care.
• Talking and listening to communicate ideas or requirements to individual staff members, and effectively educate patients and staff.
• Visual acuity to prepare and read written material accurately.
• Audio acuity to listen attentively and accurately.
• Ability to push, pull and mobilize (with assistance of wheels, carts, and other equipment) approximately 200 lbs.
• Ability to work overtime as needed to complete general responsibilities.
• Full use of all extremities with hand dexterity.
• Ability to travel when necessary to meet the needs of the patients, the unit and corporation.

Education and Qualifications:
• Graduated from an approved school of practical or vocational nursing.
• Intravenous (IV) therapy certification.
• Current active LP/VN state licensure in the state of practice.
• Certification by the Nephrology Nursing Certification as a Certified Hemodialysis LP/VN a plus.
• Have at least 12 months of experience in clinical nursing, and an additional 6 months of experience in providing nursing care to patients on maintenance dialysis.
• Medical Surgical experience desirable.
• Current CPR Healthcare Recognition according to the American Heart Association desired.
• Computer skills and the ability to use Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems for documentation of care required.
• Valid driver’s license and insurance when using automobile to travel for business purposes, ability to travel for patient home services and occasional education seminars and marketing events.
  • Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.
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