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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 4121 - Licensed Practical Nurse

Job Description

GRADE: 110

Under general supervision: performs work of moderate difficulty in administering nursing care to residents on an assigned shift; performs related work as required.

The work of this class involves the performance of general nursing tasks under supervision of Head Nurse or Nursing Supervisor. Whenever nursing care not involving the exercise of advanced medical judgment is required, it may be performed by an employee in this class on specific instructions from a physician, Registered Nurse, or the Director of Nursing Services.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Responds to resident's call and renders service
• Prepares, administers, and records all medications
• Prepares and administers gastric tube feeding
• Prepares, applies and changes simple and complicated dressings
• Irrigates catheters
• Takes temperatures, pulses, and blood pressures
• Helps prepare residents for special treatments and examinations
• Prepares daily and monthly chartings of resident's conditions and medications given
• Assists in cleaning and sterilizing equipment
• Operates the suction machine
• Observes residents under oxygen and regulates oxygen as needed
• Assists with weekly drug and supply orders
• Keeps medicine cabinet in order
• Accompanies visiting doctors on rounds and writes up doctors' orders
• Keeps progress report book complete and up-to-date
• Supervises and guides Certified Nursing Assistants in performance of routine tasks
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment, may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Narcotics and other medications
• The effects and possible reactions to specific drugs and pharmaceuticals
• Nursing techniques and their relation to medical and surgical practices
• Health care sanitation, hygiene and medical treatment
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes
• Management and leadership principles

Skill in:
• Maintaining accurate records
• Performing general duty nursing tasks
• Applying therapeutic treatments as prescribed
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases,
email, etc
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the
assigned office
• Planning, scheduling and supervising the work of others

Ability to:
• Work effectively with others
• Act as a team leader
• Understand and carry out detailed verbal and written instructions
• Establish and maintain working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, residents and their families, other county personnel and the public
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other
departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality
• Monitor and evaluate employees
• Prioritize and assign work
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
• Plan, analyze, and evaluate programs and services, operational needs, and fiscal constraints
• Provide leadership to effectively resolve issues

Exercises supervision over and provides assistance to Certified Nursing Assistants.

Completion of a course of study in Practical Nursing and successful completion of a pharmaceutical course from an accredited college or university; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Lifting ( light, moderate or heavy loads) Requirement to lift up to 50 lbs.
Example: Transfer and reposition residents. Mechanical lifts are used for residents unable to bear any weight. Lifting boxes and supplies.

Pushing ( light, moderate or heavy loads) Moderate to Heavy Pushing.
Example: medication carts, supply carts, pushing residents in mechanical lifts or wheelchairs. 

Carrying (light, moderate or heavy loads) Light to Moderate
Example: Carrying food trays, full bed pans, medical equipment, boxes, supplies, full laundry bags, etc.

Sitting ( number of hours) Up to 1 ½ hours over an 8 hour shift.
Continuous sitting not likely. Sitting during break times, feeding residents and completing required documentation.

Reaching (how high) Reaching overhead up to a distance of 6 feet.
Example: Placing or removing items from shelves. May need to crouch or stoop.
Use of fingers ( how many)
All fingers are needed for both hands.

Use of hands (right, left or both) Both right and left hands are needed for lifting, carrying, feeding, bathing, turning and positioning, etc.
Walking (how far, number of hours)

Standing (number of hours)

Use of legs (right, left or both) Both right and left hands are needed for lifting, carrying, feeding, bathing, turning and positioning, etc.
Intact hearing, smell and sight.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment for this position regularly includes working with residents and attending to their daily needs. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to quiet.

This position requires possession of an Illinois Certificate to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse.