Licensed Practical Nurse

Whittier Street Health Center - Boston, MA3.2

Full-time

SUMMARY OF POSITION :

The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) reports to the Director of Nursing, with direct, routine supervision by the Charge Nurse. The LPN renders direct professional nursing care to clinic patients, ensures continuity and quality care, maintains current nursing knowledge and skills, and performs tasks as delegated by the Registered Nurse. The LPN is expected to provide excellent customer service to both internal and external customers. The LPN works closely with other medical practice staff and participate in vacation and illness coverage.

The Licensed Practical Nurse actively participates in Quality Assurance and Improvement initiatives, supports the RN in the performance of Care Coordination activities, performs duties having direct or indirect connection to the Boston Health Equity Project (BHEP), and serves as a member of BHEP Task Force Levels II & III

TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORKING CONDITIONS :

Requires full range of body motion including handling and lifting patients, manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination. Requires sitting, standing and walking for prolonged periods of time. Requires normal range of hearing and eye sight to record, prepare, and communicate appropriate forms and reports. Assumes potential exposure to communicable disease and bodily fluids.

ORGANIZATIONAL COMMITMENTS :

As an organization we are committed to providing care as Patient Centered Medical Home. All employees are required to be aware of the organization’s practice of the NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home and the National Health Disparities’ Improvement Models.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS :

  • Provides general and technical supervision of medical assistants and other ancillary staff in accordance with Health Center
  • Renders professional nursing care for the well-being of patients.
  • Takes patient's history and vital signs; cleans wounds and changes dressings; administers prescribed medication orally and by injection; and provides health teaching to patients and families related to clinical conditions.
  • Initiates prescription medication refills and reconciles medication lists for improved care coordination
  • Completes prior authorization requests for medications and imaging studies, communicates with provider and patient, and follows up on requests
  • Triages patient telephone calls and walk-ins to identify need for urgent care and to make appropriate referrals required for the management of patient care.
  • Obtains required specimens and performs or requests diagnostic laboratory tests; communicates results to provider. Ensure that physician and patient are notified of abnormal test results.
  • Maintains patients’ records by charting nursing observations and actions taken. Ensures the confidentiality of patient records and, promotes patient privacy.
  • Performs or assigns various administrative duties such as patient billing, maintaining stock levels of medicines, linens, bandages, office supplies and forms.
  • Arranges for the repair of maintenance of equipment used in the delivery of patient care. Ensures that patient care areas are kept clean and orderly.
  • Provides or arranges for patient education. Instructs patients in the proper use of medical equipment, prescribed regimens and other nursing care regimens.
  • Serves as a member of BHEP Task Force Levels II & III, performing associated tasks as required (e.g.: blood pressure checks, diabetes education, lab work visits)
  • Assists the RN in the development and maintenance of integrated patient care plans aimed at preventing disease exacerbation, improving outcomes, increasing patient engagement in self-care, lowering risk status score, minimizing hospital and ER utilization, and reducing care costs by preventing duplication of tasks
  • Performs tasks delegated by the RN and delegates others to the medical assistant, as appropriate
  • May be required to perform provider co-visits and care coordination visits, based on experience and skill level, as assessed by the Charge Nurse
  • Maintains and enhances professional nursing skill and knowledge by attending continuing education programs. Fulfills Massachusetts requirements for continuing nursing education. Attends seminars and/or classes on Quality assurance, Care Coordination, and other relevant topics, as required.
  • Performs other duties as requested

Required Experience/Abilities/Competencies:

  • Minimum of two years of nursing experience
  • Strong computer skills
  • Proficiency in the use of electronic medical records - Experience in EPIC strongly preferred
  • Ability to organize competing priorities
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and problem-solving abilities

Licensure/Education/Training:

  • Current and unrestricted Massachusetts LPN license
  • Certificate of graduation from a Licensed Practical Nursing program at an accredited U.S. school of nursing
  • Current CPR/BLS certification

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $28.00 to $30.00 /hour

Experience:

  • nursing: 2 years (Required)

License:

  • LPN (Required)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (Required)