Class Code: L069C
FLSA Status: NON-EXEMPT
Salary Range: $36,155.00 - $52,425.00
The Licensed Practical Nurse is responsible for providing direct
nursing care to patients in private homes, hospitals, clinics, and
residential institutions. This position is governed by state and
federal laws and agency/institution policy.
Monitors patient's condition by checking vital signs, measuring
food and liquid intake and output, responding to call lights or
patients' requests for assistance, and making rounds to observe
patients. Provides direct care to patients, including caring for
colostomies and tracheotomies, mixing medications and food,
inserting feeding tubes, catheterizing patients, and performing
other nursing procedures as directed. Documents and administers
medications and treatments, changes in patient's condition or
behavior, responses to care, and daily activities. Administers
injections and oral medications as directed by physician. Obtains
specimens for laboratory analysis by swabbing or other means.
Instructs patients and their families how to care for patients
medical needs, including catheter and colostomy care, bowel program
techniques, insulin injection, personal hygiene, and skin care.
Assists doctor in clinic by gathering information on patient's
needs and informing doctor, dressing and undressing patients,
assisting with medical procedures, and transcribing doctor's
orders. Notifies next shift of each day's events, including patient
progress, behavioral problems, and new orders. Performs other
duties as assigned.
May be required to work rotating shifts or hours other than
normal working hours or to be on call. May require lifting and
positioning patients, walking, use of restraints, and aggressive
behavior management practices.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of nursing theory and practices. Ability to provide
direct nursing care. Ability to observe and evaluate patient's
condition. Ability to instruct patients in routine medical care.
Ability to perform various nursing procedures.
The formal education equivalent of a diploma or certificate with
the prescribed curriculum in a state approved program for the
preparation of practical nurses. Additional requirements determined
by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval
by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION
AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC
REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS,
UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.
Must be licensed as a Licensed Practical Nurse by the Arkansas
State Nursing Board in accordance with ACA 17-87-304.
Nearest Major Market: Fayetteville