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Job Description

Job Title: Licensed Practical Nurse - T9 The Birth Center
Job ID: 864770071
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Night Shift
Shift: Night Job
Facility: UPMC Altoona
Department: T9 LDRP Maternity
Location: , Altoona PA


Licensed Practical Nurse
T9 The Birth Center
1.0 full-time Nights with weekend rotation
Posted: 6/12/2020

UPMC Altoona is seeking a Licensed Practical Nurse for our Birth Center! The position is for Night shift and would include an every other weekend rotation.


Functions as a member of the nursing team in providing direct patient care and other related activities in accordance with level of education. Responsible to the registered nurse for the environmental and physical management of patients to which assigned and for factual observation and the reporting and recording of same. Administers oral and intravenous medication when assigned by registered nurse in charge. The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) on the psychiatric inpatient unit requires the ability to relate well to both individual and social agencies. He/she will assist patients in developing their capacities and resolving their specific problem(s).

  • Prepares patients for meals and nourishment; serves and collects trays; feeds or assists with feedings as directed, including tube feedings; provides fresh water and between meal nourishment.
  • Performs other assigned work such as cleaning utility room cupboards; collecting and bagging soiled linen; cleaning, sterilizing, and storing instruments and equipment.
  • Assists patients with toileting; collects and labels specimens for examination. Assists patients in and out of bed in turning, lifting, positioning, and ambulating.
  • Understands the special needs of patients with co-occurring disorders (mental health and substance abuse), and utilizes appropriate assessment and intervention techniques.
  • Observes, reports, and documents all unusual symptoms, condition changes, and care delivered as directed according to the unit policies.
  • Provides for recreational and/or diversional activities for patients as directed.
  • Assists in the direct care of patients as assigned. Responds effectively in emergency situations
  • Adheres to universal precautions.Complies with established occupational exposure policies.
  • Utilizes restraints and protective mechanisms as directed when necessary and completes appropriate documentation.
  • When assigned medication administration: 
    • a. Handles and stores medications following established procedures.
    • b. Cleans and cares for medication cart and supplies. 
    • c. Keeps team leader informed of problems, observations, and reactions involving medication administration. 
    • d. Prepares and administers oral, intravenous, intramuscular, subcutaneous, rectal, vaginal, topical, and ocular medications as ordered by a licensed physician or dentist under the direct supervision and responsibility of a registered nurse. 
    • e. Demonstrates knowledge of medications and IV therapy administration according to policy. 
    • f. Count narcotic drug at end of shift with registered nurse and/or licensed practical nurse. 
    • g. Administers PRN medications following assessment by registered nurse. 
    • h. Follows procedure accurately for recording all data involving medication administration. 
    • i. Follows Standards of Practice for use of Pyxis System.
  • Answers nurse call system and responds appropriately in a timely manner.
  • Escorts patients to and from designated departments or divisions.
  • Maintains patient's room and its equipment in an orderly fashion; terminal cleaning of patient unit and equipment in the absence of the environmental service aides.
  • Assists the registered nurse in the admission of patients and orients patients to their surroundings as directed. 
  • Transfers patients and assists registered nurse in discharging patients, as directed. 
  • Admits, orients, and transfers patient according to established policies.
  • Assists other members of the health care team as directed.
  • Cares for patients in a manner conducive to their safety and comfort; adheres to instructions from registered nurse and established routines.
  • Gives treatment as assigned by team leader/charge nurse such as catheterizations, catheter irrigations and care; oral, tracheal, and nasal suctioning; enemas; dressing changes; perineal care; etc., in accordance with level of training. Assists with other procedures as directed.
  • Assist with deliveries: delivery table set up and break down and removal (once count is complete) 
  • Assist with maintaining environment, emptying trash in patient rooms and nurse's station, emptying linen in patient rooms/nursery once full. 
  • Assist with patient care: i.e., toileting, pericare, linen changes and oral care. 
  • Assist with triage and admission of patients: placing patients on fetal monitor.
  • Assure adequate supplies are ordered, stocked, and sorted appropriately.
  • Escort/transfer patients to and from testing, unit to unit and discharge.
  • Follow mandatory reporting procedures for any incident or serious event that did affect or potentially could have affected the clinical care of any patient.
  • Immediate assistance to patient with delivery: pericare, ice pack, clean gown, general area cleanup 
  • Maintains accurate communication with staff, physicians, patients and visitors
  • Start IVs on adult patients
  • Obtain specimens and label at bedside (adult and newborn)
  • Assist with bathing and feeding of newborns 
  • Participate in regular department and hospital in-service education programs
  • Responds to all Condition, anticipating possible need for surgical intervention. 
  • Perform the technical aspect in the care of the patient to maintain surgical sepsis.
  • Update knowledge of surgical procedures and sterilization processes by continually seeking staff assistance and instruction with unfamiliar equipment and instrumentation
  • Prepare patients for surgery by wash, shave, and ensure aseptic incision sites
  • Sets up table, instruments, and supplies according to type of operation.
  • Assists in preparation and draping of patient and operative area according to need. Anticipates need for instruments, sutures, sponges, etc.
  • Assists surgeon as scrub technician according to prescribed standards. Scrubs and dons gown and gloves in accordance with performance standards
  • Complies with established occupation exposure policy
  • Maintains correct count of sponges, instruments, and needles with circulating nurse and reports correctness or discrepancies according to department policy
  • Maintains aseptic technique at all times? Maintains proper traffic control in the Operating Room Suite
  • Utilizes hospital policy to meet JCAHO requirements
  • Adheres to universal precautions. Complies with established occupational exposure policies
  • Gives treatment as assigned by team leader/charge nurse such as catheterizations, catheter irrigations and care.  
  • Assists with other procedures as directed


Education and Formal Training Required: Must have a temporary permit or a valid license as a practical nurse in the State of Pennsylvania; must successfully pass the Altoona Hospital pharmacology challenge exam. Must maintain CPR certification.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hireMust complete licensure examination within FOUR MONTHS of hire or within one year of graduation, whichever comes first. Though temporary permits are valid for one year from the date of graduation, not one year from issue of permit (or until the results of the examination are known at which time it becomes null and void), UPMC requires that GPNs take the licensure examination within 4 months of their start date or they will be terminated or demoted from the GPN position, at the discretion of the BU.

Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) obtained within 6 months of hire and maintained every 2 years

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) OR Temporary Practice Permit (TPP)
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

    Salary Range: $0 / hour

    Union Position: Yes

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