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Mississippi Employer Licensed Practical Nurse in Natchez, Mississippi

SUMMARY:The Licensed Practical Nurse is responsible for the performances of basic nursing duties to include execution of physician orders, operation of pill call, operation of sick call, and assisting the physician in examinations and treatments and performs technical/clinical procedures within the scope of his/her license. Assists in the professional management of the facility medical department. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The successful applicant should be able to perform ALL of the following functions at a pace and level of performance consistent with the actual job performance requirements. Any additional qualifications and/or essential job functions applicable for specific facility locations or post assignments will be contained in Appendix A. Apply appropriate nursing skills in the care and treatment of inmates/residents. Attend sick call with the physician to see inmates/residents; prepare a list of inmates/residents to be examined; prepare examining room and equipment. Operate pill call, dispense medication and document as required by applicable policies and/or procedures. Control medication, syringes and other medical supplies or equipment and inventory as required by established procedures. Perform emergency procedures as needed and call the physician for treatment orders. Keep equipment and work area clean; utilize appropriate sanitation methods. Document and report activities in accordance with established policies and/or procedures including medical file documentation. Assist supervisor with evaluating the provision of all medical services to prevent the inappropriate use of duplication of those services. Maintain absolute security and confidentiality of all medical records. SYMBOL183 \f "Symbol" \s 12 \h Closely monitor all potential catastrophic illnesses. Recommend methods of improving operational efficiency and cost effectiveness of health-related services. May audit pharmacy use for adherence to formulary. Comply with all applicable pharmacy laws, especially those covering controlled substances. Observe and record inmate/resident behavior. Inspect the medical unit for items that could be used as contraband by inmates/residents; securely store or safely dispose of supplies and equipment. Accept on call status as needed. Provide health counseling and health education on individual or group basis, as required. Assist with preparing and maintaining a variety of standard narrative, statistical, summary and/or operational records, reports and logs, using appropriate grammar, to include filing, alphabetizing and labeling; review reports and records produced on the shifts; properly processes all reports and documents in a timely manner. Read, comprehend and interpret medical and technical procedures, governmental regulations, legal and non-legal documents, including the processing of such documents as medical instructions and commitment orders. Respond (via corporate counsel) to lawsuits; attend court hearings, when necessary; conduct research of charts; review status of inmates/residents with serious health problems for completion of all necessary intervention and treatment. Communicate effectively and coherently to administration, staff, inmates/residents, visitors and the general public, particularly in situations requiring tact, diplomacy, understanding, fairness, firmness and good judgment. Attend scheduled staff meetings, promote communications and the proper flow of relevant information in the medical unit. Help evaluate and recommend physical safety requirements necessary to provide a safe working environment for both patients and staff. Facilitate, where applicable, NCCHC/ACA/JCAHO accreditation of the medical program by providing the required level of efficiency and approved, appropriate medical services. Help prepare and disseminate safety and ac