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Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

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Job Details
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Company Name
St. Joseph's Home
Physical Address
Springfield, IL 62703
Job Description




POSITION TITLE: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) REPORTS TO: Director of Nursing

DIVISION: Nursing        CREATED: December 2015

DEPARTMENT: Nursing Administration     REVISED:

APPROVED BY: Director of Nursing


The Licensed Practical Nurse, LPN, administers, evaluates, plans, implements, and nursing care for an assigned group of residents. Participates in the implementation and evaluation of patient care. Ensures the health, comfort and safety of patients. Performs all duties within scope of licensure.  


  1. Provides nursing care and services to assigned group of residents that is in accordance with St. Josephs Home nursing care policies and general medical policies.

  2. Receives report from off-going nurse and provides updated report to in-coming nurse on duty.  

  3. Recognizes changes in conditions during his/ her shift.

  4. Reports changes of condition to primary physician and residents family.

  5. Assigns duties to and supervises C.N.As on his/her shift and checks that their assigned work is completed.

  6. Prepares and administers medications and treatments per SJHs nursing protocol including different routes of administration including intramuscular, inter-dermal, rectal, topical, sublingual, optic, and nasally.
  7. Supervises serving of diets and fluid intake.

  8. Charts medications and treatments according to procedure.

  9. Ensures rehabilitative nursing procedures are performed.

  10. Completes electronic charting on his/ her shift.
  11. Verifies inventory of drugs covered by Controlled Substances Act of 1970.

  12. Participates in staff meetings and in-services.

  13. Personally receives or places calls to physicians.

  14. Assists physicians during examinations and procedures.

  15. Transcribe physicians orders.

  16. Assist in writing and updating Resident Assessment and Comprehensive Care Plans as residents condition changes, assisted by Director of Nursing, Activities Director and Dietary Supervisor.

  17. Ensure individual Resident Assessment and Comprehensive Care Plan is followed.
  18. Be sensitive to families and respond in an appropriate professional manner.

  19. Admit, discharge, and transfer patients to and/ or from assigned unit.

  20. Complete assigned monthly summaries.

  21. Review the staffing schedule at the beginning of each shift to ensure proper number of nursing personnel are working in their assigned group. Adjust as needed according to needs of the facility/ residents.

  22. Report all tardiness or leaving before the end of the shift on a daily assignment sheet, and complete call-off slips on appropriate nursing personnel.  

  23. Assist C.N.As with patient care whenever necessary.

  24. Responsible for cleanliness and neatness of med carts, treatment carts, med room, nursing supply, and nurses station.

  25. Inform Nursing Administrative when nursing supplies are running low and need to be re-ordered.

  26. Report any hazards or repairs needed to maintenance or housekeeping department.

  27. Promote inter and extra-departmental relationships.

  28. If acting as the Homes Charge Nurse:

    1. Ensure assigned staff are on-duty, where scheduled.

    2. Communicate with staff when staffing problems occur to cover needed shifts.

    3. Answer telephone calls after office hours.

    4. Notify Nursing Administration during instances that require the on-call personnel to intervene.

    5. Notify the Sisters in case of emergency, resident death or illness, or as required.
  29. Complies with St. Josephs Employee Handbook, its policies, rules and regulations.
  30. Performs all other duties as assigned.



  1. Current Illinois License and a graduate of an accredited school of nursing.

  2. At least six months preferred experience as a licensed practical nurse in a long-term care facility.

  3. Occasionally transfers up to 50 pounds with assistance while lifting, positioning and transferring residents.

  4. Pushes/ pulls medication carts requiring for of 50 to 80 pounds.

  5. Pushes/ pulls residents weighing up to 300 pounds in wheel chairs or geriatric-chairs.

  6. Repositions residents weighing up to 300 pounds in bed for treatments, nursing procedures, and as needed.

  7. Stands and walks up to 75 percent of shift.

  8. Stoops, bends, and squats as required reaching lower drawers on medication carts, adjust resident items, etc.

  9. Possesses skills for continuous handling, fingering, and feeling required for palpitation, operating and maintaining equipment, and providing medical treatments for abnormal conditions.

  10. Possesses necessary skills to continuously comprehend and communicate with residents and co-workers to follow written plans of care and to respond to emergency alarms.

  11. Identifies residents, call lights, and unusual occurrences on unit at a distance of 50 feet.

  12. Read small print in typed and written materials, thermometers, assess changes in residents condition, and monitor equipment.

  13. Concentrate on moderate and/ or fine detail with frequent interruptions.

  14. Remember multiple messages, information and assignments from 8 hours to long periods of time.

  15. Possess good eye-hand coordination.

  16. Ability to read and write fluently in English.

  17. Ability to remain calm under stress.  

  18. Deals tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, volunteers, visitors, and general public.


  1. Occasional exposure to blood/ bodily fluids as required for invasive procedures and treatments.

  2. Frequent exposure to microbial bacteria and other infectious agents inherent to care of ill/ dying residents.

  3. Frequent exposure to chemical compounds of medication and treatments.

  4. Continuous exposure to hazardous chemicals such as disinfectants, cleansers, soap, etc. as identified by MSDS manual.

  5. Continuous exposure to latex, plastic and/ or materials which are used for personal protective equipment.  

  6. Occasional exposure to bodily injuries due to unpredictable behaviors of residents.

  7. Occasional exposure to loud and unpleasant noises due to unpredictable behaviors of residents.
  8. Seasonal exposure to heat and high humidity due to residents option to control their environment.

  9. May be required to wear additional items as part of uniform; gait belts, back supports, etc.


I have reviewed this job description in detail and understand what is expected of me within this position description.


Employee Signature: _____________________________  Date: ____________________

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