Licensed Vocational Nurse I (LVN I) Employee Health/TB Nurse works with the Infection Control Registered Nurse and Hansen's Disease Clinic Manager under the direct supervision of the Case Manager. General responsibilities include providing for the care treatment and general welfare of patients and staff. Direct responsibilities are in support of the TB Surveillance, Hansen's Disease (HD) Clinic, and Immunization Programs of the hospital. The Employee Health/TB Nurse ensures the timely screening of patients and staff for tuberculosis. Additionally, the nurse provides influenza, tetanus, and hepatitis immunizations in accordance with hospital infection control and CDC policies and procedures. The Employee Health/TB Nurse maintains accurate and up-to-date immunization records for both patients and participating staff of the hospital. Attends work as scheduled, may be required to implement educational in-service and quality assurance programs to improve compliance. Completion of work requires moderate supervision with significant latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
Essential Job Functions:
1. Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.
2. Performs patient and employee tuberculosis skin test screening and immunization according to national, state, agency and facility policies and procedures, and existing standard of care. This usually includes giving intramuscular or subcutaneous injections to patients and staff of the hospital utilizing universally recognized sites and aseptic technique.
3. Develops and maintains filing systems that support the employee health and patient immunization programs. Maintains patient and employee personal information in a secure manner.
4. Uses the facility electronic medical record for scheduling, recording patient immunization history, status and physician-ordered interventions. Uses the department employee health database for recording employee health data collected in the support of hospital infection control surveillance programs.
5. Performs all nursing actions pertinent to infection control surveillance programs according to manufacturer, facility and agency procedures, guidelines and recommendations.
6. Educates individuals about various aspects of disease epidemiology. Serves as consultant to numerous facility support services and departments regarding disease epidemiology and disease control.
7. Serves as liaison between facility and legacy health departments personnel using online databases. Reports to local and state community agencies regarding the health status of those individuals necessitating community follow-up.
8. Assists the Case Manager with collecting, collating, and updating the Person-Centered Recovery Plan (PCRP) flowsheets, Master Care Plan, and Interdisciplinary Case Conference forms weekly. Communicates with all disciplines to assure completion and compliance with regulatory requirements.
9. Undertakes special projects, at the discretion of the department director.
10. Maintains all mandatory training and continuing education current at all times.
11.Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
1. Knowledge of nursing procedures and techniques and of the principles and processes used in providing appropriate patient care.
2. Knowledge of principles of biological, physical and social science as acquired in vocational nursing school.
3. Knowledge of medication transcription and administration.
4. Skill in using reasoning to identify problems, in considering appropriate resolution of situations.
5. Skill in the use of a desktop or laptop computer and the following office software applications: Microsoft Office Products, Outlook, Excel, including word-processing, accounting, presentation software and Electronic Health Record.
6. Ability to provide patient medical care, to provide educational and safety training; to prepare and maintain records.
7. Ability to communicate effectively, and to supervise the work of others. Successful in building good working relationships with others.
8. Ability to learn other computer software applications.
9. Ability to interpret and apply rules and regulations in practical situations; ability to analyze data and process it into usable information.
10. Ability to exercise sound professional judgment and tact always.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Must be licensed as a licensed vocational nurse by the State of Texas or a state that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse Licensure Compact.
Initial Selection Criteria:
1. Licensed as a licensed vocational nurse by the State of Texas.
Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aid, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct, and HHS OIG list of Excluded Individuals/Entities. Males between the ages of 18-25 must be registered with the Selective Service.
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthcare workers are considered to be at significant risk for acquiring or transmitting hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and influenza. All of these diseases are vaccine-preventable. As a result, state hospital policy requires employees be vaccinated according to their level of contact with patients. In the event you choose to not be immunized for the influenza virus, you may be required to wear a mask and take other protective measures.
Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: 68C, 290X, 46FX, 46NX, 46SX, 46YX. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx.
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