Licensed Practical Nurse

Job Description

A person in this position independently supervises the delivery of care to a group of residents on a skilled nursing care unit.

Key responsibilities include assessing residents’ needs; developing and updating care plans; administering and evaluating nursing care; and supervising certified nursing assistants (CNAs), qualified medication aides (QMAs) and other personnel who provide nursing care.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to

  • Adhering to State and Federal rules and regulations concerning delivery of care, ensuring that effective quality nursing care is provided
  • Demonstrating an ability to perform physical assessment through observation, inspection palpation, percussion and auscultation
  • Maintaining current skills required for delivery of care
  • Assuming responsibility for care interventions consistent with professional standards of nursing care
  • Keeping physicians and/or other healthcare professionals informed of residents’ conditions and notifying physicians and/or healthcare professionals immediately of significant changes
  • Transcribing appropriately and accurately physicians’ orders and those of other healthcare professionals’ orders
  • Ensuring accurate and timely documentation of all medical records, reporting forms and incident reports
  • Supervising CNA, QMA and other nurses, as necessary, including RNs; coaching, counseling and assigning associates to provide quality of care; assigning hours, breaks and meal periods
  • Demonstrating safe practices regarding residents’ comfort and safety
  • Practicing and promoting adherence to facility safety codes
  • Answering call lights promptly
  • Maintaining an updated knowledge base in pharmacology
  • Demonstrating knowledge of policies governing medication administration and documentation, and knowledge of drug reactions, sensitivities and nursing interventions; assuring management of narcotics, including their storage and administration, are properly handled and documented
  • Demonstrating working knowledge of infection control practices
  • Establishing and maintaining positive interactions with internal and external customers, coworkers and direct reports
  • Ensuring residents’ rights are a high priority
  • Developing, implementing and regularly updating a care plan for each resident
  • Recognizing self-evaluation and self-development as important tools in maintaining high standards of care and professionalism
  • Attending facility and department staff meetings as required
  • Enrolling in continuing education programs
  • Other duties as required

Position Qualifications

Required

  • Must be a graduate of an accredited School of Nursing
  • Recent clinical experience, education and specialty skills specific to geriatrics
  • Currently holds a Licensed Practical Nurse license in the State of Illinois
  • Current certifications for CPR and First Aid

Preferred

  • Good working knowledge of State and Federal rules and regulations

Essential Physical Functions
The physical demands and characteristics of the work environment described here 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 some essential functions.

Physical Activity
Carrying, Writing, Bending, Stooping, Grasping, Standing, Twisting, Sitting, Lifting, Walking, Filing documents, Operating computer keyboard, Using telephone and fax machines, Communicating with Sisters and co-workers.

Physical Requirements
Bending, Stooping, Grasping, Twisting, Walking, Standing, Sitting, Pushing, pulling, lifting or carrying as much as 50 pounds, Filing documents, Operating computer keyboard, Using telephone and fax machines

Visual/Audible Acuity Requirements

  • Ability to read and distinguish small print
  • Must have depth perception and ability to distinguish basic colors
  • Ability to distinguish normal sounds with some background noise
  • Must be able to speak clearly and communicate effectively while also understanding others using the English language

Benefits

To be reviewed based on full-time and part-time positions available

Mercy Circle is an equal opportunity employer for all candidates without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability or genetics. Mercy Circle is a drug-free workplace. All job candidates undergo background checks before they can start working.

Please contact Careers@MercyCircle.org if you have any questions or would like assistance completing our application process.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services awards the top ranking—5 stars for its overall rating and 5 stars for quality staffing—to Mercy Circle. This not-for-profit provides the full continuum of care from an independent living lifestyle to skilled nursing care and has a no-entrance-fee policy.

Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Mercy Circle is the only faith-based retirement community on Chicago’s southwest side. Located at 3659 West 99th Street in Chicago, the campus features spacious residences at all levels of care, along with thoughtful amenities, life enrichment programs and social and friendship opportunities.