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Senior Licensed Practical Nurse - UPMC Mercy Inpatient Rehab

Description

UPMC Mercy is looking for full-time Licensed Practical Nurses to support its Advanced Speciality Rehab departments, which include 6E Brain Injury, 6F Stroke, 7A General Rehab and 7E Spinal Cord Injury!

 

All experience levels are welcome! Title and salary will be determined based upon education/experience. Pay range as shown is for a Senior Licensed Practical Nurse.

 

This position is eligible for a generous sign-on bonus!

Sign-On Bonus Details:

$5,000 for new graduates with less than one year of experience

 $7,500 for for experienced LPNs with one or more years of experience

Candidates hired into a sign-on bonus eligible role will be asked to make a two-year work commitment.

 

A senior LPN is responsible for seeking opportunities to assist in identification process improvement opportunities to improve patient care.
The role of the Senior LPN encompasses partnership, and collaboration with the health care team and the patients and families to achieve
desired patient outcomes.

 

UPMC Mercy Rehabilitation Institute is one of the leading rehabilitation programs in the United States as well as a dedicated Comprehensive Stroke Center as accredited by the Joint Commission. Our patients have access to state-of-the-art technology and comprehensive services to assist with recovery. Our neuro/trauma inpatient rehabilitation departments provide an opportunity to build connections with patients and families as we foster a healing environment.

  • 6E Brain Injury: An 18-bed unit where each patient receives both an individualized and multidisciplinary approach to brain injury care. Brain injury can lead to physical disabilities, as well as long-term problems with thinking, memory, behavior and social interactions. Our staff is specifically trained to focus on the patient’s impairments, functional limitations, and participation restrictions, to guide them to the next stage of recovery. Our team is specially trained in treating patients with disorders of consciousness (DOC). The DOC program is for patients with severe traumatic or non-traumatic brain injuries who present to our program in a minimally conscious state.

 

  • 6F Stroke: A 24-bed unit where each patient receives both an individualized and multidisciplinary approach to stroke care. Patients arrive to the unit debilitated from long hospitalization or injuries and at the end of their stay, they have learned skills to help them be as independent as possible. Our team is responsible for administering blood transfusions, IV antibiotics, IV fluids, feeding tubes, trach care and bowel and bladder training.

 

  • 7A General Rehab: A 14-bed general rehabilitation unit, our integrated rehabilitation team identifies the patient’s priorities and creates a customized, comprehensive treatment plan focused on healing and helping the patient regain independence after orthopedic surgery.  

 

  • 7E Spinal Cord Injury: A 20-bed spinal cord injury unit that works exclusively with spinal cord injury patients and their families to create customized, comprehensive treatment plans that meet the patient’s individual priorities and needs. Our program is one of only 14 in the United States designated as a spinal cord injury model system by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research; because we are a nationally designated center of excellence in spinal cord care, we are often involved in research studies and a test site for the latest treatments. 

 

6E/6F, 7A and 7E work together with an interdisciplinary team that includes:

  • Rehabilitation nurses who manage various aspects of the patients' care and education

  • Physiatrist who oversees rehabilitation techniques, medical management and methods of treating and preventing impairment in conjunction with UPMC Mercy

  • Physical therapists who focus on restoring movement and function

  • Occupational therapists who work with the patients on recovering skills needed for everyday living

  • Speech language pathologists who work with communication, swallowing, and cognition

  • Case Managers who help direct each patient's plan of care

  • Neuropsychologists who help treat a patient's memory, thinking, and concentration

 

Responsibilities

  • Performs in accordance with system-wide competencies/behaviors.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Acts within the LPN Practice guidelines including IVs and within the framework of Relationship Based Care to create a healing environment.

  • Formulates daily goals and a plan of care for patients that involves the patient as partner and considers the individual needs of the patient in a holistic manner.

  • Communicates the patient's condition to other care providers.

  • Patient documentation is comprehensive and promotes communication between caregivers. 

  • An LPN shall communicate with a licensed professional nurse and the patient's health care team members to seek guidance when:

    • The patient's care needs exceed the licensed practical nursing scope of practice

    • The patient's care needs surpass the LPN's knowledge, skill or ability.

    • The patient's condition deteriorates or there is a significant change in condition, the patient is not responding to therapy, the patient becomes unstable or the patient needs immediate assistance.

  • An LPN shall obtain instruction and supervision if implementing new or unfamiliar nursing practices or procedures.

  • An LPN shall follow the written, established policies and procedures of UPMC, UPMC LPN Practice Guidelines and the State Practice Act.

  • Demonstrates an understanding of cultural differences and holds peers accountable for healthy relationships.

  • Maintains a conscious balance between work and personal life.

  • Models safe work hours, time management and healthy lifestyle.

  • Communicates with peers and management any safety hazards identified in the workplace.

  • Identifies opportunities for clinical quality as well as workplace improvement.

  • Seeks and participates in opportunities to assist in identification process improvement opportunities to improve patient care.

  • Partners and collaborates with the health care team and the patients and families to achieve desired patient outcomes.

  • Develops and maintains productive working relationships internally and externally by demonstrating accountability for actions, enthusiasm, motivation and commitment to patients and colleagues.

  • Incorporates national professional organization as well as business unit and health system's goals to improve patient safety, quality and satisfaction of the patient experience in daily work.

  • Creates a caring and compassionate patient focused experience by building healing relationships with patients, families and colleagues.

  • Actively participates in unit activities and willing to provide assistance to care team members.

  • Provides detailed and appropriate teaching to patients and families to effectively guide them through the episode of care as well as transition to another level of care and/or home.

  • Demonstrates a passion for developing others by supporting the orientation and developing new LPNs and patient care support staff.

  • Regularly seeks feedback on performance and applies continuous professional improvement.

  • Supports continuous learning in the clinical areas by participating in organizational and system programs. 

  • The LPN is licensed to function as a member of the health-care team by exercising sound nursing judgment based on preparation, knowledge, experience in nursing and competency.

  • The LPN participates in the planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care using focused assessment in settings where nursing takes place.

Qualifications

  • Minimum 1 year of experience for Senior Licensed Practical Nurse level.

    • 0-1 years required for Licensed Practical Nurse 

    • 3 years required for Senior Licensed Practical Nurse II

  • Successful completion and graduation from a Licensed Practical Nursing Program approved by the State Board of Nursing.

  •  Successful completion of the IV therapy curriculum

    • If graduated in 2012 to present day, IV therapy curriculum is included in the PA State Board Approved Programs.

    • If graduated prior to 2012, the LPN will need to provide official proof of completion of IV therapy approved program.

  • The individual must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care and/or interact appropriately to the ages of the patients served by his/her assigned unit as specified below.

  • They must also demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his/her age-specific needs and to provide the care needs as described in the department policy and procedures.

  • Ability to identify process improvement opportunities to improve patient care and encompasses collaboration with the health care team and the patients and families to achieve desired patient outcomes.

  •  Ability to establish and maintain positive, caring relationships with executives, managers, physicians, non-physician providers, ancillary and support staff, other departments, and patients/families.

  • Ability to work productively and effectively within a complex environment, handle multiple/changing priorities and specialized equipment.

  • Mobility and visual manual dexterity.

  • Physical stamina for frequent walking, standing, lifting and positioning of patients.

  • Computer skills required to utilize the electronic health record.

Licensure, Certifications and Clearances

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) 

  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) 

  • LPN must maintain state licensure where they are practicing or in a state covered by a licensure compact agreement with the state where the facility is located.

  • If graduated prior to 2012, the LPN will need to provide official proof of completion of IV therapy approved program.

  • Basic Life Support OR Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation.

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more.

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