JOB SUMMARY: Works under the direction of the licensed healthcare team members to develop, implement and evaluate systems that promote cost effective, quality patient care. Functions as a leader of the patient care team to include delivery of patient care, collection of ongoing patient response to care, discharge planning and patient family education. The Lead LPN works in close collaboration with the licensed healthcare team member to evaluate the patient's plan of care and progress toward goal attainment. All patient care activities are undertaken with the delegation/supervision of a licensed professional.
Provides leadership in collaboration with patient/families and health care providers in the delivery of health care services.
Provides leadership within the healthcare team by following established plan of care to ensure patient progress for effective outcomes.
Provides leadership to promote health and a safe and healthy environment.
The responsibilities listed are a general overview of the position and additional duties may be assigned.
TECHNICAL CAPABILITIES: LPN PATIENT EDUCATION (ADVANCED): - Demonstrates the uppermost levels of expertise in applying patient education in challenging and complex situations. Often takes a lead role in highly pressurized situation when there is a need to achieve results. Consistently delivers patient education services in a creative and imaginative manner while setting a standard for others. Contributes to the development of patient education best practices for the work area.
LPN CARE PLANNING (ADVANCED): - Demonstrates ability to forecast complex resource needs, identify discrete tasks, set priorities, schedule activities, meet deadlines, organize work and lead a team. Plans for and anticipates events outside of immediate responsibility and escalates for problem-solving and decision-making as needed. Anticipates problems and obstacles before they arise. Able to absorb changes to major assignments while maintaining a high level of performance. Competently handles multiple assignments and projects simultaneously. Sets priorities with a proper sense of urgency and importance. Leads team to develop creative ideas and takes innovative action to achieve planned goals and objectives.
CLINICAL PATIENT DOCUMENTATION (ADVANCED): - Demonstrates the uppermost levels of expertise in applying patient documentation standards in challenging and complex situations. Consistently delivers patient documentation, trains, monitors, and sets a standard for others. Contributes to the development of patient documentation best practices for the work area. Leads team in the implementation of improved documentation processes.
CLINICAL COMPETENCY (ADVANCED): - Demonstrates the uppermost levels of nursing interventions (such as wound care, point of care testing, vitals signs, etc.) in practical applications of a difficult nature. Consistently delivers clinical competencies, trains, monitors, and sets a standard for others. Contributes to the development of clinical competency best practices for the work area. Leads team in the implementation of improved clinical competency processes.
Organizational Impact: Independently performs non-routine tasks that significantly impact team and other related teams.
Problem Solving/ Complexity of work: Gathers and analyzes data to solve problems that arise with little or no precedent.
Breadth of Knowledge: Applies advanced job knowledge and has developed a breadth of skills in other areas.
Team Interaction: Serves as a lead for the team by providing expertise and guidance to team members.
SUPPORTING COLLEAGUES (S4):
- Develops Self and Others: Invests time, energy and enthusiasm in developing self/others to help improve performance and gain knowledge in new areas.
- Builds and Maintains Relationships: Maintains regular contact with key colleagues and stakeholders using formal and informal opportunities to expand and strengthen relationships.
- Communicates Effectively: Recognizes group interactions and modifies one's own communication style to suit different situations and audiences.
DELIVERING EXCELLENT SERVICES (S4):
- Serves Others with Compassion: Seeks to understand current and future needs of relevant stakeholders and customizes services to better address them.
- Solves Complex Problems Approaches problems from different angles; Identifies new possibilities to interpret opportunities and develop concrete solutions.
- Offers Meaningful Advice and Support: Provides ongoing support and coaching in a constructive manner to increase employees' effectiveness.
ENSURING HIGH QUALITY (S4):
- Performs Excellent Work: Engages regularly in formal and informal dialogue about quality; directly addresses quality issues promptly.
- Ensures Continuous Improvement: Applies various learning experiences by looking beyond symptoms to uncover underlying causes of problems and identifies ways to resolve them.
- Fulfills Safety and Regulatory Requirements: Understands all aspects of providing a safe environment and performs routine safety checks to prevent safety hazards from occurring.
MANAGING RESOURCES EFFECTIVELY (S4):
- Demonstrates Accountability: Demonstrates a sense of ownership, focusing on and driving critical issues to closure.
- Stewards Organizational Resources: Applies understanding of the departmental work to effectively manage resources for a department/area.
- Makes Data Driven Decisions: Demonstrates strong understanding of the information or data to identify and elevate opportunities.
FOSTERING INNOVATION (S4):
- Generates New Ideas: Proactively identifies new ideas/opportunities from multiple sources or methods to improve processes beyond conventional approaches.
- Applies Technology: Demonstrates an enthusiasm for learning new technologies, tools, and procedures to address short-term challenges
- Adapts to Change: Views difficult situations and/or problems as opportunities for improvement; actively embraces change instead of emphasizing negative elements.
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