The GW Medical Faculty Associates
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Licensed Practical Nurse - Surgery (Cosmetics/Plastics)
at The GW Medical Faculty Associates
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 14c5dd87-1f07-421b-91fe-19721edf8feb
Categories: Healthcare - LPNs & LVNs, Healthcare - Medical & Dental Practitioners, Healthcare - RNs & Nurse Management
Performs nursing functions, which involve the care of persons who are ill, injured, or experience alterations in health processes.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Other duties may be assigned.
Evaluates walk-in patients and implements nursing protocols, or refers for provider evaluation/treatment when appropriate.
Assesses telephone calls from patients using nursing knowledge, interviewing skills, and nursing process – seeks advice from a Physician or Nurse Practitioner when presenting problems that are complex or do not fit a predefined nursing protocol. The assessment process includes the following:
Assessing the patient’s current concern while taking into account chronic health conditions and obstacles which may impact the person’s coping abilities
Selecting a nursing protocol based on the assessment of the patient’s stated problem
Recommending a nursing intervention related to the specific problem
Enlisting the patient’s cooperation in following through on the intervention
Assisting the patient to access services in accordance with their medical insurance
Teaching patients about self-care concepts as they relate to the specific presenting problem
Assisting patients with follow-up medical care or in home care as needed
Teaches patient about their illness, preventive health strategies, and monitoring tools, as appropriate.
Administers IM, subcutaneous, oral medications including but not limited to immunizations and allergy injections. Administration of medications encompasses monitoring the patients for reactions, recording all information in the appropriate medical record, and seeking assistance from an RN or licensed provider as needed.
Performs venipuncture to start intravenous fluids in peripheral veins after the completion of a specialized education and certification training process.
Prepares patients from examination by taking the chief complaint, recording vital signs (blood pressure, weight), current medications, ordering the medical record if it is not present, and inquiring about and recording known drug allergies, prescription refill needs, and referral requests.
Replaces stock medical supplies and forms, and maintains cleanliness and orderliness of assigned exam room. Takes responsibility for monitoring “crash cart”, ordering supplies, checking medication expiration dates, and cleaning instruments as assigned.
Assists the providers with obtaining lab results and calling patients with normal results as directed by the provider.
Assists in preparing the patient, obtaining lab specimens, and ensuring that lab specimens are properly handled and sent for analysis to the correct lab.
Follows infection control policies by properly disposing of “dirty needles” containers and routinely cleaning exam tables, as well as, cleaning them on a prn basis whenever body fluids come in contact with the surfaces.
Other Related Duties
Maintains and improves knowledge and expertise through ongoing continuing nursing education and training, to include CPR certification and customer service skills.
Assists with other work related duties such as taking prescription refills from the refill request line, calling in prescription refills, seeking pre-certification, writing referrals, etc. as assigned.