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LVN I - Specialty Lab (SIGN-ON BONUS!)

Company: North Texas State Hospital - Wichita Falls Campus
Location: Wichita Falls
Posted on: July 27, 2022

Job Description:

Now offering up to $3,500.00 sign on bonus!! Terms and conditions apply.

Come work in an environment where we truly value and respect those we
serve and believe in the mission that all people can achieve a higher level of
wellness and independence.
The state supported living centers serve people with intellectual and
developmental disabilities who are medically fragile or who have behavioral
problems. The centers provide campus-based direct services and supports at
13 centers located throughout the state.

The state of Texas offers many to employees. HHSC is a qualifying
organization for the , which forgives the remaining balance
on college student Direct Loans after making 120 qualifying monthly payments.
We also offer , a lifetime monthly as well as under the
Employees Retirement System of Texas.

If you are looking for a place to work where you can establish a career that is
filled with purpose, this is the job for you!
Free CEUs and updated resources through Lippincott access for all nurses.

The Lab Clinic Nurse performs routine vocational nursing work, delivering the
nursing care necessary to meet the health care needs of individuals who live at
the SSLC. Within the clinic setting, performs basic and routine nursing tasks
and reports health care needs and/or issues to the appropriate person(s).
Assists in the organization and overall daily functioning of the (add specialty
TYPE, if there is one) clinic and assists in the lab as needed. Makes clinical
appointments and ensures the individuals appointment information is
processed in a timely manner. Works directly with the Primary Care Provider
(PCP) such as the assigned physician, nurse practitioner, consultant physician,
psychiatrist, and/or dentist, and closely with other clinic and nursing staff to
ensure pertinent results for their assigned clinics are entered into the database.
Serves as a direct care/floor nurse as needed, performing basic nursing tasks
to promote the health of the individuals within the assigned areas and assigned
shift. Instructs direct support professionals and other staff on how to provide
service and care that support the individuals medical needs. Performs
technical nursing procedures according to facility and state regulations. Keeps
informed of and follows all agency, SSLC and unit/home policies and
procedures. Assists other nursing staff in acclimating and orienting new LVNs
to nursing functions at the SSLC, including within the clinic setting. Works
under the direction and moderate supervision of a Registered Nurse with
limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift, and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.

Assists in ensuring the assigned clinic is organized and functions in accordance with the daily schedule. Makes clinical appointments and ensures the individuals appointment information is processed in a timely manner. Prepares and processes all paperwork for assigned clinics including but not limited to paper consults and billing sheets. Performs scheduling in accordance with established methods as needed. Keeps clinic area clean and organized. Ensures supplies are available, in advance, to provide the required procedure or treatment. Takes inventory and ensures the clinic is properly stocked. Orders supplies through appropriate channels when they are needed. (20%)

Works directly with and assists the Primary Care Provider (PCP) such as the assigned physician, nurse practitioner, consultant physician, psychiatrist, and/or dentist, and closely with other clinic and nursing staff. Assists with examinations and treatments. Monitors individuals weight, diet, feedings, and vital signs. Monitors individuals health status after treatments and procedures. Instructs direct support professionals on how to monitor individuals after a treatment or procedure using instruction sheets such as that used for post-sedation monitoring of signs and symptoms. Assists in lab to draw blood samples as needed. Collects specimens for laboratory examination and conducts appropriate screening tests (after competency is documented) as requested by lab personnel. (20%)

Timely and accurately reports assessment findings, pertinent treatments, descriptors of actions and behaviors, and symptoms of illness or injury to provide information to PCPs and teams to guide treatment decisions. Timely and accurately documents nursing actions including assessments, interventions and communications with other team members in the individuals medical record (electronic health record or paper chart) in accordance with SSLC procedures and protocols. Completes notes for missed appointments in the electronic health records and documents no-call/no shows in notes. (20%)

Fosters interdisciplinary collaboration and integration. Communicates pertinent information orally and in writing to other team members, such as the RN Case Manager, in order to ensure the treatment team has the best information possible to make decisions. Provides information and education to individuals, in accordance with their care plan, when performing procedures and treatments such as explaining the name and purpose of a particular medication and explaining why the individuals is taking the medication. (10%)

Administers medications and treatments orally, rectally, internally, topically or by injection. Assists other medical staff, such as Registered Nurses (RNs), Physicians, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and Physician Assistants, in examining and caring for patients. Demonstrates competency in performing technical nursing tasks and procedures in accordance with HHSC, SSLC and state regulations. Ensures the individual is positioned correctly prior to providing a treatment and, when necessary, assists or instructs other staff in turning/repositioning individuals to administer treatments. Performs these duties in other locations at the SSLC such as making rounds in a home/unit or working in the lab, as needed. (10%)

Under the guidance, supervision and/or direction of a Registered Nurse and within the scope of practice, builds the skills necessary to competently perform more technical nursing procedures necessary to meet the health needs of the individuals residing at the SSLC. These include but are not limited to tracheostomy care, gastrostomy/jejunostomy care, wound care, and breathing treatments (5%)

Assists in acclimating and orienting new LVN staff to perform nursing functions at the SSLC and in the clinic setting, including introducing them to the individuals, and describing their needs and preferences. (5%)

Responds to emergency situations to ensure safety of individuals. Follows safety and infection control procedures of the SSLC. (5%)

Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agencys obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location. (5%)

Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology, nursing techniques and procedures, medications and side effects, adverse reactions and signs of toxicity associated with medications.
Knowledge of nursing care standards, nursing procedures and techniques and of the principles and processes used in providing appropriate patient care.
Knowledge of emergency procedures and emergency equipment, i.e., CPR., and ability to assess and care for residents and/or staff members in emergency situations.
Skills in using reasoning to identify problems and in considering appropriate resolution of situations.
Skill in the operation of computers and applicable computer software.
Skill in the care and treatment of patients.
Skills in organizing and scheduling in a clinic setting.
Ability to provide patient care to a wide variety of individuals with complex medical, mental health and/or behavioral health issues.
Ability to prepare and maintain records and to use an electronic health record system once trained.
Ability to communicate effectively and to instruct others.
Must maintain current CPR certification. Must have strength and flexibility to safely perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Licensed to practice as a licensed vocational nurse in the state of Texas or a state that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse Licensure Compact.

Initial Selection Criteria:
Graduation from a LVN program
Nursing experience is preferred.
Experience working or volunteering directly with persons with intellectual disabilities or other developmental disabilities is preferred.
Experience in a clinic setting is preferred.

Additional Information:
Salary Note: The salary offered will generally be at the established market rate for LVN I.

All applicants must pass: pre-employment drug screen, fingerprint criminal background check, and Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Employee Misconduct Registry and Nurse/Aide Registry checks.
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility.

All new hire candidates will be required to receive COVID-19 medical screening (nasal test) as part of the due diligence process.

Males between the ages of 18 25 must be registered with the Selective Service.

All State Supported Living Center employees are subject to Random Drug Testing.

Flexibility in work hours may be required for this position. The position may be required to work overtime and/or extended hours.

COVID-19 Precaution(s):

Personal protective equipment required and provided
Temperature screenings
Social distancing guidelines in place
Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place
Vaccines available for employees

MOS Code:
Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include: 68C, 290X, 46FX, 46NX, 46SX, 46YX. For more information see the Texas State Auditors Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx

HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

- Click here to download the I-9 form.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.

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