Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
Posted on: March 20, 2023
Job DescriptionThe LPN/LVN administers nursing care according to
the plan of care to terminally ill patients admitted to the VITAS
program, in accordance with the Nurse Practice Act in the State
where the VITAS program is located. JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Provides direct skilled bedside nursing care.
- Evaluates patient/family needs and assists in the preparation
and execution of the interdisciplinary plan of care for each
patient on the team.
- Performs selected acts in the care of the terminally ill under
the supervision of a registered nurse; such acts include the
administration of treatments and medications.
- Evaluates effectiveness of treatments and monitors patient's
- Reports significant findings or changes in the patient's
condition to the registered nurse, Team Manager or Physician.
Documents reports in clinical notes.
- Maintains a clean and safe environment for the patient and
- Maintain accurate documentation including but not limited to
clinical notes on interdisciplinary charts.
- Evaluates patient/family response to care.
- Utilizes a wide variety of supportive and technical nursing
skills in carrying out specific medical orders for administration
of medication, performing specific treatments, monitoring
diagnostic, therapeutic, and supportive measures.
- Assists the interdisciplinary team in the designing and
delivering of interdisciplinary plan of care.
- Establishes therapeutic relationship with patients/families and
invites their participation in the plan of care to ensure, as much
as possible, their being able to function as independently as
- Initiates and performs nursing protocols based on patient's
needs relating to physical comfort and mental well-being which
include, but are not limited to, positioning, mobilizing, bowel and
bladder elimination, skin and wound care, personal hygiene and
- Participates in patient/family teaching during daily care
relative to understanding the illness and its treatment;
maintaining of activities of daily living; self-care and self-
medication, prevention and recognition of complications and
preparation for discharge and follow-up.
- Plans and carries out a program of professional growth
including, but not limited to, participating in regularly scheduled
in-service programs and appropriate community educational
- Cooperates with education and research activities as assigned.
1. Participates in Nurse LPN/LVN on-call rotation/schedule as
assigned in order to meet the needs of patients and families. 2. Is
willing to work on flexible schedule, i.e., weekends or rotating
shifts. JOB REQUIREMENTS Must have and maintain transportation to
be used for work with required liability insurance and license.
QUALIFICATIONS 1. Graduate of an approved school of
Practical/Vocational nursing. 2. Currently licensed to practice
nursing in the state where the VITAS program is located. 3. At
least one year of satisfactory nursing experience, at least one
year of which is an LPN/LVN in a hospital on an adult medical
surgical unit. 4. Equivalent experience may be considered.
RESTRICTIVE GUIDELINES IN CARE DELIVERY 1. Does NOT make initial
patient nursing care assessments. 2. Supervised by a Registered
Nurse 3. Reports to the applicable Team Manager ESSENTIAL
FUNCTIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described in this
job description are representative of those that must be met by an
employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this
job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals
with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While
performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly
--- Assist in lifting and transferring patients, as required.
--- Lift objects in excess of 20 pounds
--- Stand or walk in excess of one hour per day
--- Talk and hear Specific vision abilities required by this job
--- Close vision
--- Distance vision
--- Ability to adjust focus The employee will be required to sit
and stoop, kneel, and crouch. About Us VITAS Healthcare is the
nation's leading provider of end-of-life care, and has the
resources and expertise to support your personal and professional
growth. As a member of the VITAS team, you'll find fulfillment
working for a people-focused organization dedicated to making a
difference in the lives of others. You will be more than just an
employee: You will be counted on as an expert in your field, and as
a valued team member whose efforts are respected and vital to our
All VITAS employees commit to fulfilling their duties and
responsibilities with the highest regard for professionalism,
collaboration and teamwork, and an eye focused constantly on growth
and improvement. We serve with commitment and compassion, and
position ourselves for the future by embracing, innovating, and
leading change. If you are that person, make your voice heard-find
your purpose at VITAS today. Benefits Include: - Competitive
compensation - Health, dental, vision, life and disability
insurance- Pre-tax healthcare and dependent care flexible spending
accounts- Life insurance- 401(k) plan with numerous investment
options and generous company match- Cancer and/or critical illness
benefit- Tuition Reimbursement- Paid Time Off- Employee Assistance
Program- Legal Insurance- Roadside Assistance- Affinity Program
Many of our positions offer the opportunity to work day or night
shifts, weekdays or weekends. Choose a Career with VITAS
Keywords: VITAS, New England , Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Healthcare , Middlebury, Northeast
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