Job Description

Job Title: Licensed Practical Nurse-Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Job ID: 740568
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours:
Shift: Rotating
Facility: UPMC Mercy
Department: Rehab Brain Injury
Location: 1400 Locust Street, Pittsburgh PA 15219

Description

UPMC Mercy is hiring a full time LPN to support the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit.


 

At UPMC Mercy’s 18-bed brain injury unit, each patient receives both an individualized and multidisciplinary approach to brain injury care.  We are dedicated to guiding and supporting patients and families through the challenges of brain injury rehabilitation, and we recognize that each person’s needs are different. Our program is the only of its kind in western Pennsylvania.  Our team encompasses the physiatrist who oversees rehabilitation techniques, medical management, and methods of treating and preventing impairment in conjunction with UPMC Mercy.  The patient care team also includes rehabilitation nurses who manage various aspects of the patients care and education; physical therapists who focus on restoring movement and function; occupational therapist who work with the patient on recovering skills needed for everyday living; speech language pathologist who work with communication, swallowing, and cognition; Case Managers who help direct each patients plan of care;  neuropsychologist’s who help treat a patients memory, thinking, and concentration, and amongst some of the specialties that we have to offer our patient’s.  As one of the leading rehabilitation programs in the United States, brain injury patients at the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute have access to state-of-the-art technology and comprehensive services to assist with brain injury recovery.

 

Purpose:
Under direction of a registered nurse, provide routine patient care within the scope of the Practical Nurse Act of Pennsylvania.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist the RN and interdisciplinary team in evaluating, planning, and implementing plans of care.
  • Assume responsibility for assignment and view problems as challenges.
  • Assure equipment malfunctions are reported to the appropriate department.
  • Communicate effectively with patients and families about hospital stay and home care concerns. Instruct and demonstrate care. Discuss any patient or family concerns with RN in charge so that issue can be appropriately addressed.
  • Comply with safety policies and procedures including standard precautions.
  • Constructively receive feedback and direction.
  • Contribute to the universal unit activities including, but not limited to, responding to call lights and telephones, passing meal trays and transporting patients.
  • Demonstrate awareness of behavior on the efficient functioning of the department.
  • Establish appropriate and effective communication strategies.
  • Establish professional and respectful interpersonal relationships.
  • Identify and communicate learning needs to the unit director.
  • Maintain current CPR certification at Health Care Provider level.
  • Observe and record patient's symptoms, condition, and/or reactions to medications and treatments and report results to the RN in charge.
  • Participate in health care conferences.
  • Participate in project and committee work.
  • Participate in self-review as requested by unit director.
  • Perform assigned work in a timely and productive manner.
  • Provide appropriate, direct patient care. Give injections, take vital signs, perform basic diagnostic tests, observe patients, dress wounds and administer medication. Comply with established medication use policies.
  • Request assistance and reviews relevant policies and procedures prior to performing new or challenging skills.
  • Request assistance to help in planning and prioritizing activities as needed.
  • Serve as a preceptor for new staff members.
  • Serve as a resource for staff and other disciplines.
  • Strictly adhere to all policies and practices relative to patient care and hospital-related information.
  • Suggest and support changes within the department.
  • Take action to improve knowledge, skills and performance based on feedback or on self-identified developmental needs.

 

Qualifications

  • Completion of a Practical Nursing Program approved by the State Board of Nursing.
  • Excellent communication skills necessary to effectively interact with patients, family members, visitors and staff members.
  • Basic computer skills necessary to input patient care orders and medical record documentation.

    Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
    CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire

  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • Basic Life Support or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Licensed Practical Nurse

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $16.23 to $25.77

Union Position: No

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