Job Description

Gracedale Nursing Home, located in a beautiful rural setting outside Nazareth, Pennsylvania, has been providing the highest quality long-term care, along with rehabilitative and restorative services, to residents of the Lehigh Valley and beyond since the 1960’s.

OUR MISSION:

To care for the people with healthcare needs in the most cost effective manner while preserving their dignity and pursuit of the highest quality of life.

OUR VISION:

To improve care outcomes so that Gracedale is a preferred facility for area referral sources and a facility of choice for prospective residents and employees.

JOIN OUR TEAM!

The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) performs a variety of nursing and medical support functions at Gracedale Nursing Home, such as dispensing medications and providing treatment.

Positions offer shift differential (for 3-11 and 11-7 shifts), 8-hour shifts, full- & part-time benefit package, hourly weekday and weekend bonuses!!

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must successfully submit a completed application prior to the posting deadline. Applications submitted with incomplete or missing education and/or work experience sections will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed. These applicants will be disqualified from consideration. The attachment of a resume to the application does not fulfill this requirement and will not prevent incomplete applications from being rejected. Education and work experience fields must be completed, regardless of the presence of an attached resume.

Please answer any supplemental questions truthfully and completely. Use the employment history section of your application to substantiate your answers to supplemental questions.

Equal Employment Opportunities – It is the policy of Northampton County to provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, sex, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or any other status protected by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and any other state, federal, or local law.

Job Description
 
GENERAL PURPOSE
This is licensed practical nursing work performing a variety of nursing and medical support functions in a County medical facility.  A position in this class dispenses medications, provides treatments and has the required knowledge for documentation on a medical record. This position also includes charge nurse of a unit when assigned.SUPERVISION RECEIVED
This position reports directly to a higher level nursing position.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED
This position supervises the work of Certified Nurse Aides.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES OF THE POSITION
Provides the needs of the resident upon recommendation and orders of the attending physician and reports to Registered Nurse (RN), Nursing Supervisor, or physician, the resident’s condition and reaction to medication, treatments or significant incidents.

LPN is also responsible for including but not limited to: timely documentation, assistance with admissions, discharges, transfers, returns, medication, reporting of untoward events, updating care plans, notifications to RN’s, supervisors, physicians, families, etc.  LPN will follow established procedures; utilize resources when needed, i.e. staff development, policies, adjust work assignments in response to unanticipated absences, changes in resident load or nursing needs, or similar situations.  Works with unit personnel to ensure effectiveness of treatments and general care provided, correct inappropriate or ineffective care, and determine overall patient status; carries out specific nursing functions restricted to performance by LPN. Administers and accurately records prescribed medications and treatments, observing resident’s reactions to medications and treatments; reports to Registered Nurse (RN), Nursing Supervisor any visible symptoms or adverse reactions.

Performs nursing duties and responsibilities relevant to routine bedside nursing, including but not limited to: care required to meet the physical, psychological, nutritional, religious, emotional and social needs of the residents.  These duties/responsibilities include but are not limited to bathing, feeding, making beds, ambulation of patients via wheelchair, geri?chair, cane, walker, or assistance of nursing personnel, complete vital signs, intake and output, enemas, hot and cold applications, skin care, wound care, , tracheostomy care, catheterization, tube feedings, perform CPR, etc.

Performs nursing duties and responsibilities relevant to the health and welfare of the patient including safety measures; i.e. restraints (all types), oxygen therapy, etc.

Maintains residents’ clinical record by accurately and timely charting all pertinent data, untoward events, focused assessments and appropriate observations.  Documentation on the resident’s clinical record to include but is not limited to; i.e. vital signs, clinic tests, intake and output, accurate and timely nurses notes, notifications to family and physicians, etc

Coordinates, instructs and assumes lead work responsibilities for Certified Nurse Aides and students when assigned.

Processes forms and miscellaneous documents as necessary.

Other job duties as necessary. Performs related work as may be required.

*An employee assigned to this title shall perform a majority, but may not perform all, of the duties listed in this job description.  Conversely, minor level duties performed on the job may not be listed.  The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE – Completion of a high school, or general equivalency, diploma; AND

Graduation from an accredited school of nursing; AND

Two (2) years of clinical nursing experience in a health care facility, preferably long term care, including work experience with patient care regulatory requirements for documentation; AND

Possession of current licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse or GPN/Graduate Practical Nurse, issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Graduate Practical Nurse candidates with a scheduled testing date for the Pennsylvania State Boards and a temporary practice permit issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania may be considered. Employment offers will be rescinded for candidates who do not obtain a license issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania within thirty (30) days of hire; AND

Current Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification.

NOTE: Upon hire employee must have a drug screening and COVID-19 testing.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of practical nursing principles, practices and standards.

Knowledge of methods and techniques used in medical care documentation.

Knowledge of practical nursing methods and techniques commonly employed.

Ability to assess extent of medical condition and/or need for medical care on the part of those with conflicting motivations.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with the personnel both within and outside of the institution.

Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate in English to perform the duties of this position.

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Telephone, computer, implements used for writing i.e. pens and pencils, scheduling charts and blood pressure equipment, thermometers, patient record charts, syringe needles, accucheck machine, surgical instruments, stethoscope, oxygen equipment, medication carts, and machinery for inhalation therapy.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
While performing the duties required of this position, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, push, pull, sit, talk and hear and must possess agility and strength sufficient to lift, support, and maneuver heavy patients of limited physical capacity as well as provide care; to effectively read and write reports, work schedules, patient records, physicians orders, etc.; to hear and speak sufficiently clear with other individuals both in person and over the telephone and to effectively discuss treatment, and answer staff questions.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee works primarily in patient care.   The noise level in the work environment is moderately loud in patient care or other areas.

SELECTION GUIDELINES
Formal application, rating of education and experience, oral interview and reference check as well as job related tests may be required.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Updated February 2020

 

Agency
Northampton County
Address
Human Resources Department
669 Washington Street
Easton, Pennsylvania, 18042
Phone
610-829-6382

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