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					                                        Polk County Wisconsin
                                           Job Description

Job Title:               Pool LPN
Job Code:
Division:               Golden Age Manor
Department:             Nursing
Location:               Amery
Shift:                  Various
Reports To:             Director of Nursing
Prepared By:
Effective Date:
Prepared Date:          9/19/2000
Salary Level:
Approved By:
Approved Date:
FLSA Status:

SUMMARY

Under the direction of the Director of Nursing, the LPN shall perform professional nursing tasks on
her/his own initiative, confer with an RN in-house or on call for assist as needed for decisions requiring
professional judgement, or reporting changes in resident’s conditions, and perform related work as
required.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be
assigned.

Supervising non-professional nursing personnel.

Is designated with the authority to direct all non-professional personnel in his or her charge to act in the
interest and welfare of the resident on the unit (to include schedule changes, and job assignments.)

Is designated with the authority to discipline all non-professional personnel in accordance with the
employee manual and the union contract.

Giving medications and administering drugs.

Irrigating catheters and catheterizing residents when necessary.

Taking temperatures, blood pressures and respiration’s’, and recording on charts and care plans.

Making and accepting phone calls to and from physicians.

Helping nursing assistant with care of resident and caring for resident’s with special needs.

Polk County Personnel Department                                                                  June 16, 1998
Assuming charge of a unit during a shift, consulting with an RN on call as necessary.

Maintaining records and preparing reports.

Making daily rounds of all nursing units under assigned supervision and performing such functions as
visiting residents, reviewing of clinical records, medication cards, resident cards, resident care plans and
staff assignments.

Ability to perform manual tasks associated with the personal care and hygiene of the physically and
mentally ill.

Ability to recognize significant changes in the condition of residents and takes the necessary action.

Follows instructions willingly, able to meet deadlines, organizational loyalty, honesty, punctual, and
dependable.

Expected to respond to emergency situations involving the safety of residents, other employees and the
facility. This includes the ability to assist with a possible evacuation of residents.

MARGINAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be
assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

 Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation as a treatment/medication nurse or
charge nurse ion the wing/unit they are assigned.

Ability to guide non-professional staff.

QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each
essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill,
and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities
to perform the essential functions.

Considerable knowledge of nursing service administrations.

Considerable knowledge of restorative nursing.

Considerable knowledge of psychiatric and/or geriatric nursing.

Working knowledge of the principles and methods of resident care and knowledge of first aid practices.

Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with residents and families.




Polk County Personnel Department                                                                  June 16, 1998
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

Graduated from a State approved school of practical nursing or equivalent, LPN training program.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and
procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively
before groups of customers or employees of organization.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common
fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

REASONING ABILITY

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only
limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral,
diagram, or schedule form.

Must be able to deal effectively with stress created by sick residents, multiple tasks, noises, interruptions,
and work cooperatively as part of the health care team while maintaining a pleasant demeanor.
(Continuously).

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

Is currently licensed as a Licensed Practical Nurse by the State.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS 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.

         While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to:

         Must be able to occasionally push and pull residents weighing more than 75 pounds in
         wheelchairs and Geri-chairs. Must be able to occasionally reposition residents weighing more
         than 75 pounds in bed for treatments, nursing procedures, and as needed. Must be able to
         frequently push/pull medication cart requiring force of 10-30 pounds on linoleum and carpeted
         floors. Must be able to manipulate carts through doorways and into close-fitting areas.

         Must be able to continually perform simple and complex manipulative tasks using resident care
         equipment, as well as items such as the administration of meds (oral, injection and IV).
         (Continuously)




Polk County Personnel Department                                                                   June 16, 1998
         Must be able to safely assist a resident with transfers and ambulation. Must be able to move
         about in tight spaces and between objects, equipment, and furniture. (Frequently) Must have
         hand-eye coordination to administer injections and adjusting flow rates, etc. (Frequently)

         Constant walking and standing are required. Frequent reaching, bending, kneeling, and squatting
         are also required to reach lower drawers in Med carts, assist residents, etc.

         The employee must:

         .

             Specific vision abilities required by this job include:



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

         While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to:

         Occasional exposure to blood, body tissues, and other potentially infectious fluids.

         Frequent exposure to chemical compounds of medication and treatments.

         Frequent exposure to microbial bacteria and other infectious agents inherent to care of ill
         residents.

         Occasional exposure to loud or unpleasant voices and bodily injury due to unpredictable behavior
         of residents.

         Occasional exposure to unpleasant odors as related to care of incontinent residents.

         Continuous exposure to latex, Tyvex, plastic and/or materials which are used for personal
         protective equipment.

         Stress of working with sick residents and their families, combined with the resident who may be
         confused, irrational, highly agitated, or given to abrupt mood swings. (Frequently)

         Seasonal exposure to high humidity due to residents’ option to control their environment.


         The noise level in the work environment is:

         Quiet to loud.


Polk County Personnel Department                                                                 June 16, 1998
Equipment Used: Medication/treatment cart, blood pressure gauge, stethoscope, scissors, sterile/non-
sterile treatment supplies adaptive devices, bathing equipment, mechanical lifts, adjustable beds, scale,
gait belt, laundry and food carts, telephone e, intercom, water faucets, thermometers, wheelchairs,
walkers, hearing aids, electric shavers, catheters, ostomy supplies, tube feeding equipment, oxygen
concentrator, microwave oven, and IV equipment (pump).

I hereby certify that this job description has been discussed with me and that a copy of the same has been
given to me.

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       Employee                                                  Date

_________________________________                         ___________________
       Supervisor                                                Date

_________________________________                         ___________________
       Administrator                                             Date




Polk County Personnel Department                                                                June 16, 1998

				
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