To provide primary skin care to residents under the medical direction and supervision of the residents’ attending physician, the Director of Nursing, Nursing Supervisor or the Medical Director of the facility, with an emphasis on treatment and therapy of skin disorders and prevention. Assist in modifying the treatment regimen to meet the physical and psychosocial needs of the residents, in accordance with established medical practices and the requirements and the policies and procedures of the facility.
- Graduate of an approved Practical Nursing program with a current license and in good standing with the Board of Nursing.
- Must have patience, tact, enthusiasm, and positive attitude toward the elderly and disabled.
- Must be at least 18 years old.
- Must be able to speak, read, write, and understand English.
- Must be capable of performing the Essential Job Functions and Physical and Sensory Requirements for all job functions as outlined below.
- One year of nursing experience in long-term care preferred.
- Additional training in prevention and treatment of skin care issues preferred.
- Support the Mission, Values, and Vision of American Health Corporation and the facility.
- Knowledgeable of resident rights and ensures an atmosphere, which allows for privacy, dignity, and well-being of all residents in a safe and secure environment.
- Report to management immediately all instances of abuse, neglect, misappropriation of resident property, or any other concerns.
- Support, cooperate with, and implement specific procedures and programs for:
- Safety, including universal precautions and safe work practices, established fire/safety/disaster plans, risk management, and security, report and/or correct unsafe working conditions, equipment repair and maintenance needs.
- Maintain confidentiality of all data, including resident, employee and operations data.
- Comply with all Quality Assurance and regulatory requirements.
- Comply with current law and policy to provide a work environment free from harassment, and all legal and discriminatory behavior.
- Support and participate in common teamwork:
- Cooperate and work together with all co-workers; plans and complete job duties with minimal supervisory direction, including appropriate judgment.
- Use tactful appropriate communication in sensitive and emotional situations.
- Follow up as appropriate with supervisor, co-worker or residents regarding reported complaints, problems, and concerns.
- Promote positive public relations with residents, family members and guests.
- Complete requirements for in-service training, acceptable attendance, uniform and dress code including personal hygiene, and other work duties as assigned.
Essential Job Functions
- Work under direct supervision using the Nurse Practice Act, American Health Corporation Standards, Policies and procedures and nursing judgment.
- Assist to plan and develop, organize, implement, evaluate, and direct preventative programs related to skin care services, as well as its program to personnel, residents, family members, etc, as necessary.
- Interprets policies, protocols, and programs to personnel, residents, family members, etc., as necessary.
- Participates in discharge planning, development and implementation of resident care plans, resident assessments, etc.
- Assist in the Quality Assurance Committee in developing, implementation, and maintaining an ongoing quality assurance program.
- Provides oral and/or written reports of the skin care programs, concerns and activities as required.
- Provides guidance and training for new employees and ongoing training to nursing staff throughout the year as necessary or directed.
- Attend and participate in workshops, seminars, etc., to keep abreast of current changes in the health care field as well as to maintain a professional status.
- Assists with other administrative duties that may include: annual performance evaluations, develops work assignments and schedule duty hours, and/or assist staff in completing and performing such tasks, as applicable.
- Actively involved in the survey process.
- Delivers nursing care to residents requiring long-term care or rehabilitative care.
- Assess residents and makes observations and reports pertinent information related to the care of the resident.
- Implements the resident’s plan of care and evaluates the response of the resident.
- Directs and supervises care given by other nursing personnel in selected situations.
- Maintains knowledge of necessary documentation requirements.
- Maintains knowledge of equipment set-up. Maintenance and use (monitors, pumps, etc.)
- Maintains confidentiality and resident rights regarding all resident/personal information.
- Conducts self in a professional manner in compliance with unit and facility policies.
- Works rotating shifts, holidays and weekends in certain situations.
- Initiates the emergency support system as needed (CPR, protection, etc.)
- Participates in the identification of staff educational needs.
- Practice universal precautions at all times and other safety and infection control procedures including hand-washing, use of disposable gloves where indicated and proper disposal of soiled materials.
- Maintain the comfort, privacy, and dignity of each resident in the delivery services to them.
Interact with residents in a manner that displays warmth and promotes a caring environment.
- Fully understand all aspects of residents’ rights, including the right to be free of restraints and free of abuse. Responsible for promptly reporting to the charge nurse or administrator staff incidents or evidence of resident abuse or violation of residents’ rights.
- Assist in maintaining a safe, neat, and clean environment; report environment deficiencies to the charge nurse such as lighting or equipment problems.
- Protect the personal belongings of each resident including eyeglasses, dentures, hearing aids, furnishings, jewelry, clothing, memorabilia, etc. promptly report missing items according to established policy and participate in efforts to locate missing items.
- Serves as a “mentor”, preceptor as delegated for new nursing staff.
- Maintains resident care supplies, equipment and environment.
- Participates in the development of treatment objectives.
- Provides input in the formulation and evaluation of standards of care.
- May serve on various committees.
- Assure Resident Safety at all times.
- Interacts with residents, family members, staff, visitors, government agencies/personnel, etc. under all conditions/circumstances.
- May be subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, staff, visitors etc. under all conditions/circumstances.
- May be subject to frustrations in meeting work demands due to frequent interruptions.
- May be exposed to infectious diseases, conditions, etc. including exposure to AIDS and Hepatitis B viruses.
Physical and Sensory Requirements for all Job Functions
- Walk, sit, and stand frequently alternating throughout the workday.
- Ability to lift, carry, push, bend, grasp, perform fine manipulations, etc., necessary to perform job duties.
- Ability to remain calm under stress.
- Obtain annual TB skin test.
- Knowledgeable of Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement QAPI program.
- Must participate in QAPI.
- Knowledgeable of Person Centered Care.
- Implements Person Centered Care Philosophy.
- Promotes and Practices safety within the work place.