This position carries out all geriatric nursing care, treatment and services in a professional and prescribed manner within scope of license; provides a safe, therapeutic and hygienic environment; assigns and oversees duties of subordinate staff. Provides a variety of nursing care for infirm geriatric residents; and oversees and trains subordinate staff in specific resident care; observes and reports resident behavior and physical condition; administers medical treatment and intervention according to the plan of care; acts a lead or performs limited supervision on an assignment. Pool LPN is required to work one weekend shift per month, two additional shifts per month, one hour of Arizona State Veterans’ Home in-service training per month, one State Service holiday per year (excluding Martin Luther King Jr/Civil Rights Day, Presidents’ Day and Columbus Day). Shift differential paid for night shifts. Works under the supervision of an RN or physician.
In the event the LPN Pool position is the charge nurse, the incumbent oversees the function of all other Geriatric LPN IIs on the unit, as well as the Certified Nursing Assistants. The number of Geriatric LPN II and CNA positions typically assigned to work on a unit varies according to the shift.
- Administers medication and performs treatments on an assigned unit as ordered by the physician and within scope of license. Medications may be in a variety of forms including oral, enteral, parenteral, suppository, etc. Treatments may include sterile and aseptic wound cleaning and dressing, postural drainage and percussion, tracheostomy, gastrostomy and jejunostomy care and catheter care. Observes and reports the effectiveness of medications and treatments. Ensures an adequate amount of supplies and medication are available.
- Receives and delivers a variety of information regarding the residents’ medical, social, functional and other needs. Participates in the receiving and giving of shift reports. Communicates with residents, family and staff as necessary to ensure the resident receives appropriate care form the interdisciplinary team.
- Completes the initial admission nursing assessment tool on a newly admitted resident. Assists with the development of the Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessments, ongoing quarterly reviews and care plans.
- Supervises subordinate staff and assists as need with direct resident care for the completion of Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) including bathing, dressing, observations, treatment and summary of resident progress.
- Conducts and participates in in-service training and staff development programs for regularly employed staff and other duties as assigned. Attends and participates in staff meetings. May collect and analyze data for quality improvement and infection control programs. Trains/orients new employees.
- Performs other technical duties as assigned (e.g., collects specimens, responds to emergency situations rapidly and appropriately.)
- Gerontological/geriatric nursing theory and practice
- Resident condition and changing medical/physical /psychological care needs
- Effects of the aging process
- Practices and procedures of team nursing
- Practices and procedures for implementing treatment plans for resident/patient care
- Practices and procedures of pharmacology and medicines
- Federal, State and agency laws, rules and regulations governing general practical nursing practices and the security and control of medical supplies and medications and dispensing thereof.
- Practical nursing methods and techniques
- Observing and reposting behavior and progress of residents/patients
- Applying and interpreting State and agency laws and regulations governing geriatric nursing practices
- Assisting in the development and implementation of patient care plans within a team nursing concept
- Oral and written communication
- Interpersonal skills
- Assess client needs an devaluate usefulness or suitability of resources
- Work with difficult people; establish and maintain excellent working relationships with clients, client families, team member and service providers.
One or more years of Skilled Nursing Facility or Long-Term Care Experience preferred.
- Current Negative Tb skin test (Mantoux skin test) with in the last 6 months or a written statement form a physician, physician’s assistant or a registered nurse practitioner indication freedom from tuberculosis, if in the past has had a positive skin test or tuberculosis
- Currently possess or ability to obtain and /or retain an Arizona Department of Public Safety Class 1 Fingerprint Card
- Current or temporary license to practice as a practical nurse in the State of Arizona
- Current CPR card that was obtained by physical assessment
The Arizona Department of Administration offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:
• Sick leave
• Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
• Health and dental insurance
• Retirement plan
• Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
• Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance
For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page
Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS), if eligibility requirements are met.
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ARIZONA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (AMS)
All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress. Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.
The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.