Licensed Practical Nurse - Radiation Oncology - Casual

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Williamsport, PA
Job Description

Job Title: Licensed Practical Nurse - Radiation Oncology - Casual

Job ID: 696766

Status: Casual

Regular/Temporary: Limited

Hours:

Shift: Day Job

Facility: UPMC Susquehanna Divine Provid

Department: RADIATION ONCOLOGY

Location: 1100 Grampian Boulevard, Williamsport PA 17701

Description

UPMC Susquehanna is currently seeking a Licensed Practical Nurse to function in a casual status in the Radiation Oncology Department at the Divine Providence Campus!

The LPN will be responsible to provide care to patients receiving radiation therapy under the direction of the radiation oncologists.

Major Duties:

* Reviews charts and obtains patient history for physician before initial consultation; documents patient teaching, medications, appropriate nursing interventions and patient responses.

* Monitors patient response to treatment, side-effects, nutritional status, skin integrity and psychosocial needs.

* Completes vital signs and determines needs for nutritional, social services, or pastoral care consult on each new patient referred to the cancer center; discusses needs with physician.

* Completes appropriate referrals to ancillary services and community agencies based on need, physician's

* orders and discharge planning.

* Assists in scheduling of patients; facilitates smooth schedule flow by alleviating conflicting appointments.

* Educates patients, distributes patient teaching tools and answers questions as appropriate prior to treatment.

* Instructs patients and/or significant other regarding nursing care required. Encourages participation of family or significant other in developing the plan of care.

* Orders supplies for the department and individual patients as needed; responsible to see that the necessary equipment for examinations and procedures is available based on weekly check of equipment and supply cabinet.

* Assists physicians in exams and procedures; monitors the condition of patients receiving intracavitary or interstitial brachytherapy providing nursing care as needed.

* Reviews laboratory results, reports abnormal values to the physicians and carries out the physicians' orders regarding further testing or treatment changes that may be necessary

Responsibilities:

* Assist the RN and interdisciplinary team in evaluating, planning, and implementing plans of care. Provide appropriate, direct patient care. Give injections, take vital signs, perform basic diagnostic tests, observe patients, dress wounds and administer medication. Comply with established medication use policies. Observe and record patient's symptoms, condition, and/or reactions to medications and treatments and report results to the RN in charge. Communicate effectively with patients and families about hospital stay and home care concerns. Instruct and demonstrate care. Discuss any patient or family concerns with RN in charge so that issue can be appropriately addressed. Perform assigned work in a timely and productive manner. Strictly adhere to all policies and practices relative to patient care and hospital-related information. Comply with safety policies and procedures including standard precautions.

* Assure equipment malfunctions are reported to the appropriate department. Establish appropriate and effective communication strategies. Establish professional and respectful interpersonal relationships. Participate in health care conferences. Contribute to the universal unit activities including, but not limited to, responding to call lights and telephones, passing meal trays and transporting patients.

* Maintain current CPR certification at Health Care Provider level. Constructively receive feedback and direction. Identify and communicate learning needs to the unit director. Take action to improve knowledge, skills and performance based on feedback or on self-identified developmental needs. Serve as a resource for staff and other disciplines. Serve as a preceptor for new staff members. Request assistance and reviews relevant policies and procedures prior to performing new or challenging skills. Request assistance to help in planning and prioritizing activities as needed. Participate in self-review as requested by unit director. Participate in project and committee work.

* Suggest and support changes within the department. Assume responsibility for assignment and view problems as challenges. Demonstrate awareness of behavior on the efficient functioning of the department

Qualifications

Completion of a Practical Nursing Program approved by the State Board of Nursing. Excellent communication skills necessary to effectively interact with patients, family members, visitors and staff members. Basic computer skills necessary to input patient care orders and medical record documentation.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire

* Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal

* Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal

* Act 73 FBI Clearance

* Basic Life Support

* Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation

* Licensed Practical Nurse

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities Salary Range: $16.98 to $25.48

Union Position: No

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