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Practical Nurse (Inpatient Mental Health) - Orlando, Florida - Behavioral Health

Company: Orlando VA Medical Center
Location: Orlando
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Job Description:

Practical Nurse (Inpatient Mental Health) - Orlando, Florida


The Licensed Practical Nurse (Mental Health) will report directly to the Nurse Manager, Mental Health.

The Licensed Practical Nurse (Mental Health) is assigned to the Nurse Manager, but functions under the direction of the Registered Nurse (RN). The incumbent is primarily responsible for providing direct and indirect care to psychiatric patients on the acute locked ward. These patients have a wide range of psychiatric illnesses, often accompanied by medical complications. The LPN also provides comprehensive care to include delivery of treatments according to the plan of care, administration of medications to include, oral medications, injectable medications, collection of urine and finger sticks for blood glucose monitoring. This Mental Health Unit is a High-Risk Area that requires the ability to conduct Therapeutic Containment up to level 3PMDB.

The Mental Health LPN provides a safe and respectable environment according to established policies and procedures. The LPN completes assignments in a timely manner and is flexible and able to shift priorities. The LPN observes and promptly reports changing conditions of patients to the RN in a timely manner. The LPN will perform other clinically related duties as assigned by the RN. The LPN (MH) will communicate and interact appropriately and courteously with internal and external customers; maintain confidentiality of patient information electronically, verbally, and written; work and function within a safe manner including infection control and operation of equipment and integrate and apply pertinent aspects of the Medical Center performance improvement program into his/her professional practice.

The Mental Health LPN will provide care appropriate to the bio-psychosocial and physical needs of the population served. This knowledge includes an understanding of the changes associated with aging and principles of growth and development relevant to the adult and geriatric population. This candidate will take vital signs, provide direct patient care, administer medications and provide 1:1 care as needed. The LPN will be responsible for performing complex and supportive nursing tasks necessary for the care of our veterans to include gathering patient information, including clinical reminders in our computerized medical record; obtaining EKGs; medication administration; patient/family education; and other assigned duties as outlined in LPN.

  • Administers routine medications, as ordered. Charts refused psychotropic medications in CPRS. Notifies Charge Nurse (CN), and MD of medication refusals.
  • Notifies CN or MD of incorrect or duplicate orders. Flags incorrect orders, and sends them to MD, if not emergent.
  • Assists with admissions, and discharges, as able, i.e. skin assessment, Nursing Admission documentation, and introduction of unit and rules to new patients.
  • Completes blood sugar checks, as ordered. Administers medications, per order. Uses VA protocol for hypoglycemia.
  • Notifies RN, and or, MD of abnormal, out-of-range, results.
  • Completes q15-minute safety rounds. Assists on the unit, as needed with patient care.
  • Assists with vital signs, special orders i.e. I/O, fluid restriction, behavior plans, and close observations.

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