Job Description

Job Title: Licensed Practical Nurse - Behavioral Health
Job ID: 58715883
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Flex
Hours:
Shift: Variable
Facility:
Department: Behavioral Health Inpat
Location: 100 Fairfield Drive, Seneca PA 16346

Description

UPMC Northwest is hiring a Flex Full-Time Licensed Practical Nurse to support the Behavioral Health Unit at the Seneca, PA location. 

Purpose:

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

All staff in this department are trained on two distinct programs, Extended Acute Care (EAC) Unit and Acute Unit. The EAC is a longer term program for patients with more chronic symptoms. The program is recovery focused and the goal is for community reintegration. The Acute program is a more traditional acute care adult behavioral health unit. Treatment is comprised of individual 1:1 sessions and therapeutic groups. The BH services area works in collaboration with UPMC WPIC. This is a 28 bed unit, ages 18 and above. This department has numerous Cameo of Caring winners, received the Daisy Team award, and the unit has a very active staff-run Improvement Committee, and excellent patient satisfaction rates. Our RNs work a rotating schedule to ensure 24/7 coverage on the floor. 

Responsibilities:
  • Take vital signs including manual blood pressures and document/report appropriately.
  • Encourage or assist patients to perform activities of daily living including bathing patients, handling incontinence care and assisting with other hygiene needs.
  • Assure equipment malfunctions are reported to the appropriate department. 
  • Establish appropriate and effective communication strategies.
  • Establish professional and respectful interpersonal relationships.
  • Participate in health care conferences. 
  • Contribute to the universal unit activities including, but not limited to, responding to call lights and telephones, passing meal trays and transporting patients.
  • Assist the RN and interdisciplinary team in evaluating, planning, and implementing plans of care.
  • 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.
  • Observe and record patient's symptoms, condition, and/or reactions to medications and treatments and report results to the RN in charge.
  • 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.
  • Perform assigned work in a timely and productive manner. 
  • Strictly adhere to all policies and practices relative to patient care and hospital-related information. 
  • Comply with safety policies and procedures including standard precautions.
  • Maintain current CPR certification at Health Care Provider level.
  • Constructively receive feedback and direction.
  • Identify and communicate learning needs to the unit director. 
  • Take action to improve knowledge, skills and performance based on feedback or on self-identified developmental needs. 
  • Serve as a resource for staff and other disciplines. 
  • Serve as a preceptor for new staff members.
  • 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.
  • Participate in self-review as requested by unit director. 
  • Participate in project and committee work.
  • Suggest and support changes within the department. 
  • Assume responsibility for assignment and view problems as challenges.
  • Demonstrate awareness of behavior on the efficient functioning of the department.

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:
  • Comprehensive Crisis Mgt within 60 days of hire or transfer into department
  • Assure equipment malfunctions are reported to the appropriate department. 
  • Establish appropriate and effective communication strategies.
  • Establish professional and respectful interpersonal relationships.
  • Participate in health care conferences. 
  • Contribute to the universal unit activities including, but not limited to, responding to call lights and telephones, passing meal trays and transporting patients.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Act 34
  • OAPSA

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

Salary Range: $15.09 to $22.53 / hour

Union Position: No

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