JOB PURPOSE OR MISSION: The Licensed Practical Nurse provides clinical support to the unit. The LPN participates in patient education and rehabilitation, and provides interpretation of treatment to the patient and the patient's family. The LPN coordinates unit activity and assures accountability of assigned tasks.
Demonstrates clinical knowledge of psychiatric nursing and maintains the highest quality of comprehensive patient care.
Displays effective communication skills as evidenced by ability to initiate and maintain therapeutic relationships with patients as observed by supervisor.
Is able to set limits as needed by recognizing potential behavior problems and does so in a caring and consistent manner as evidenced by direct observation of the supervisor.
Utilizes knowledge of growth and development, psychopathology and psychosocial systems as evidenced by accurate assessments, participation in staffing and case conferences and recognizing and responding appropriately to symptoms and behavior.
Has an accurate knowledge of psycho-dynamics and therapeutic process as demonstrated by effective intervention and resolution of problems as they occur and communication of the processes, as evidenced by direct observation of the supervisor.
Displays understanding of family dynamics by responding appropriately to family members as evidenced by accurate documentation of interactions and responses.
Possesses and understanding of group dynamics as evidenced by active participation in therapeutic groups and information.
Displays a respect for patient's integrity as evidenced by maintenance of confidentiality of patient information.
Demonstrates good clinical judgement through ability to make independent decisions as evidenced by supervisor.
Has a comprehensive knowledge of existing policies and procedures and utilize the written standards stated as evidenced by independent functioning and carrying out the philosophy of the Nursing Department.
Consistently documents in the patient's record all pertinent clinical information on a daily basis, which includes all unusual incidents.
If IV certified may perform Venipuncture to obtain blood samples for testing.