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Lake Villa, Illinois

Post Date: 04/11/2017 Job ID: 1431 Job Category: Healthcare

Our client in the Northern Suburbs is looking for an RN or Licensed Practical Nurse:

Job Responsibilities:
  • Administers, or supervises client self-administration of medications according to nursing policy and procedure, and as prescribed by physician.  In doing so, measures or counts required dosage, selects and sterilizes appropriate injection site, and documents administration in client chart.  Notifies appropriate medical or nursing personnel of contraindications, and withholds further medications until otherwise directed.
  • Assists in conducting initial health screenings and assessment of clients’ condition, and contributes information to aid in planning and evaluating care to meet identified medical needs.
  • Provides direct technical nursing care and performs treatments according to physician orders or established protocols and nursing policies.  Such treatments could include applying compresses or bandages, cleansing or irrigating wounds, changing dressings, and so forth.
  • Conducts triage of clients presenting symptoms or complaints, and performs treatments for minor illnesses or injuries according to established protocols.  Refers more complex injuries or illnesses to appropriate health-care professionals.
  • Charts clients’ vital signs, symptoms, reactions and progress; as well as developmentally appropriate treatments performed, nursing care received, and other information pertinent to assessment, planning, and evaluation of clients’ medical needs and care.
  • Schedules client appointments for diagnostic procedures, treatments, or follow-ups as instructed.
  • Assists physicians with examinations and treatments.  Prepares client and examination room according to scheduled procedure; obtains and passes instruments, equipment and supplies, and performs other tasks as requested.
  • Depending on program assigned, performs variety of related technical or administrative duties such as maintaining infection control log and assisting in surveillance clarification when needed; conducting standard client education classes concerning HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, or tuberculosis; or assuming on-call responsibility as assigned.
  • Maintains work, storage, and client care areas in neat and orderly condition.  Requisitions approved supplies, and ensures proper storage and security of inventory and equipment.
  • Participates in performance improvement activities as appropriate.

Qualifications/ Requirements:
  • Knowledge of nursing treatment, planning and assessment as acquired through completion of twelve to eighteen months post-high school training at an approved, accredited school of practical or vocational nursing; as well as successful completion of pharmacology coursework necessary to administer medications.
  • Current state license as a Practical Nurse.
  • Demonstrated skills and knowledge of the principles of physical growth and development and psychosocial development; the ability to assess and interpret client data and identify individual needs; the ability to communicate and to provide health-related care appropriate to the developmental stage and client population as outlined below:
    • Adolescent Clients: Ability to apply the principles of adolescent growth and development to an individualized treatment plan, e.g. understanding of sexual maturation, and its impact on the client’ s body image and self-esteem, demonstrating sensitivity to client’ s discomfort with aspects of the physical exam, familiarity with common health risks and concerns of adolescents, etc.
    • Adult Clients:  Knowledge of common health risks in adulthood as related to a history of substance abuse.
    • Geriatric Clients:  Knowledge of the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial changes associated with later adulthood (e.g. multiple health issues, living with chronic pain, depression, cognitive deficits, etc.) and to understand the impact of medications and medication interactions on the cognitive and behavioral functioning of the client.
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision in administering medications, conducting assessments, and performing treatments; and knowledge of health problems related to substance abuse and recovery; at a level normally acquired through one to two years related experience.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to interact with clients, families, staff and physicians; and to demonstrate empathy and sensitivity necessary to elicit clients’ cooperation and minimize apprehensions.
  • Analytical abilities necessary to gather and interpret assessment data, provide treatment in accordance with established protocols, complete necessary documentation, and determine need for appropriate referrals.

Colleen Eddy
Senior Recruiter

Colleen brings high energy and a focus on service to her role as Senior Executive Recruiter at The Steely Group. She believes regard for others begins by actively listening to understand which, in turn, builds trust (the bedrock of relationships). Throughout her distinguished career, Colleen has demonstrated success developing talent; building, leading and managing teams; recruiting, training and mentoring executives; and helping employees embrace change and achieve goals.
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