ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Maintains weekly inventory of stocked medication(s) and medical supplies.
- Maintains monthly medication records.
- Maintains proper storage of medication.
- Discusses client health concerns with Shelter Medical Team
- Reviews pharmacy reports, MAR forms, and discards discontinued medication(s) as per ICL Procedure and Policy. Only the Shelter Nurse can dispose of controlled substances with a witness. This is done by “POP and Flush” and followed by documentation on the Controlled Substance Sheet.
- The LPN will provide a weekly detailed Medication QA and Systems Report to the Clinic Director with a copy to all applicable staff. This report will include, but not be limited to ; controlled substance count, medication supply, missing MAR entries and Medication Non-Adherence.
- The LPN, Operation staff and Shelter Integrated Health Team are all responsible for Weekly oversight of medication oversight and systems.
- Reports client needs, problems and observations regarding client health to MD, Clinic Director, and Medical Assistant; Shelter Integrated Health Team.
- Provides crisis intervention and prevention for all shelter clients.
- Conducts and/or assists team members in providing informational and educational discussions and materials with clients on topics such as side effects and adverse effects of medication, coping skills, sexuality, and specific medical conditions, e.g., diabetes, hypertension (HTN), heart disease, asthma, etc.
- Reviews prescribed medications with the client.
- Reviews clients adherence to prescribed medication(s), documents lack of adherence and informs Clinic Director (or designee), MD, Medical Assistant, as well as Social Service staff and; Shelter Integrated Health team.
- Ensures that the medication room is kept in an orderly and clean condition.
- Maintains current First Aid and CPR certification.
- Participates in Team Meetings and Case Conferences.
- Performs other related job duties as may be assigned to meet client and shelter needs.
ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Basic Knowledge of mental illness and serious emotional disturbances and substance abuse disorders
- Basic knowledge of treatment, rehabilitation and community support programs as they relate to clients and staff
- Basic knowledge of techniques for identifying and preventing potentially violent behavior including crisis management techniques and Basic Knowledge of Trauma-Informed Care.
- Ability to work with clients and staff in a caring and respectful manner with due understanding of and consideration for cultural differences
- Ability to communicate effectively with clients and staff
- Ability to complete written forms and reports in an accurate and timely manner, manually and by computer
- Ability to be empathic and supportive to clients instructing demonstrating modeling and encouraging appropriate behavior and skills
- Ability to secure and maintain certification for standard First Aid and CPR
- Ability to make accurate and timely observation and decisions.
NATURE OF SUPERVISION
Licensed Practical Nurse encompasses many different jobs which vary widely in the nature and extent of supervision received and the nature and extent of procedural guidelines available. However, with regard to tasks involving direct physical treatment of patients, Licensed Practical Nurses always work under the close supervision of a registered nurse or a physician; that is, a registered nurse or physician is always available at the treatment site to provide guidance in the performance of what may be for the Licensed Practical Nurse difficult or unusual treatment procedures