LPN | Gainesville or Lake City | Various Schedules and PRN | 12.18


Location: Gainesville or Lake City, Florida
Schedule: Various
Rate of Pay:

$18.00-$20.00 / Hour - Detox
$19.00-$21.00 / Hour - CSU


Position Summary:

This position is responsible for the provision of direct client care and interaction under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN), Nurse Manager or physician. The LPN provides medication administration, wound care, patient and family education and historical data collection. Documents care provided in the clinical record. The population served includes children and adults. OSHA Statement: This position has potential for exposure to blood and body fluids.

Medications prn's and scheduled, orders, therapeutic activities - ensures completion, shift note, medication inventory and ordering (night shift), provide input to physician, obtain patients for MD, peer evaluations to assist Nurse Manager/Charge RN.

Willing to be an active participant in client restraints, as needed.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Clear/Active license to practice as an LPN in the State of Florida.

  • Experience in an inpatient psychiatric unit preferred.

Qualifications to determine pay: 

  • 3 years of experience with Mental Health population, Crisis Units, Corrections or psych settings will be eligible for higher end of pay scale.  Substance abuse experience will count for Residential/OTP/Detox only.  Experience must be met while utilizing respective license, this must be verified.

  • Employment of Agency work or PRN elsewhere will not count toward total length of service experience.  PRN at Meridian DOES count towards experience if working as LPN.

  • Note:  Our PRN's who work both CSU/Detox will receive higher rate.  Those who only work PRN in Detox will receive lower rate.


Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

Clinical Responsibilities

  • Assists the RN/Physician in the admission process by gathering baseline data of client's current health status.
  • Transcribes verbal or telephone orders received from the physician and verifies such by "read-back".
  • Transcribes physician orders to the medication administration record (MAR).
  • Performs fingerstick for glucose evaluation.
  • Evaluates point-of-care urine drug screens.
  • Administers medications as ordered by a physician.
  • Provides wound care as ordered by a physician.
  • Educates and orients client and family to the unit milieu and structure.
  • Provides confidentiality in all interactions with clients, to the extent possible, in the clinical setting.
  • Provides for interactions with family, to the extent possible, under HIPAA regulations.
  • Ensures that necessary safety precautions are taken based on the client's condition and facility policy.
  • Intervenes as necessary to prevent injury to staff or other clients.
  • Provides accurate documentation of client interactions and interventions.
  • Assists the RN/Physician in the use of seclusion and restraint.
  • Provides courteous, respectful interactions with clients, their family members, and other staff.
  • Provides reports to the RN Shift Manager, ADON, DON, QI staff as indicated.
  • Performs other necessary tasks as assigned by the RN, physician, or RN Shift Supervisor.
  • Keeps current with continuing education as required by license or as required by the position.

Staff is required to stay over shift until appropriate and sufficient staff has arrived.  At times, in circumstances of staff call-outs, increased client acuity or supervisor requests, staff is required to stay until dismissed by RN Shift Manager, Staffing Department or Administrator on-call.  Violation of this may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination.


Clinical Responsibilities

  • Transcribes verbal or telephone orders received from the physician and verifies such by "read-back".

  • Transcribes physician orders to the medication administration record (MAR).

  • Performs Nursing Physical assessment.

  • Performs breath testing for alcohol.

  • Performs vital signs.

  • Performs fingerstick for glucose evaluation.

  • Evaluates point-of-care urine drug screens.

  • Administers medications as ordered by a physician.

  • Provides wound care as ordered by a physician.

  • Educates and orients client and family to the unit milieu and structure.

  • Provides confidentiality in all interactions with clients, to the extent possible, in the clinical setting.

  • Provides for interactions with family, to the extent possible, under HIPPA regulations.

  • Ensures that necessary safety precautions are taken based on the client's condition and facility policy.

  • Intervenes as necessary to prevent injury to staff or other clients.

  • Provides accurate documentation of client interactions and interventions.

  • Initiates upon admission, and updates EMR & Shift Report.

  • Utilizes seclusion and restraint as warranted and provided for in the Baker Act.

  • Staff is required to stay over shift until appropriate and sufficient staff has arrived.  At times, in circumstances of staff call-outs, increased client acuity or supervisor requests, staff is required to stay until dismissed by RN Shift Manager, Staffing Department or Administrator on-call.  Violation of this may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination.


General Organizational Responsibilities:

Customer Service:

  • Greets clients as soon as possible after screening and provides welcoming atmosphere.
  • Provides confidentiality by during assessment/injection.
  • When not engaged in work-related tasks or activities, keeps personal conversation quiet to avoid being misinterpreted by clients.
  • Treats all customers clients, staff, other departments with courtesy.

Communication:

  • Documents clearly and effectively utilizing appropriate forms.
  • Seeks information as needed.
  • Attends all mandatory staff meetings.
  • Coordinates breaks with other staff members as appropriate.
  • Requests time off with required notice and notifies the Staffing Department as soon as possible if calling off for illness or emergency and adheres to the Absenteeism/Tardy Policy.

Team Work:

  • Orients and mentors new staff members as needed and as appropriate.
  • Considerate of other team members.
  • Channels questions, suggestions, and constructive criticism appropriately.
  • Works with the team to identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Flexible. Adapts well to change. Infection Control and Employee Health
  • Reports communicable illnesses in clients to the RN Shift Manager or Administrator On-Call.
  • Practices effective hand hygiene, hand washing, and cough etiquette.
  • Reports to Employee Health for pre-employment tuberculin skin test and annual skin testing.

Enforces Standard Precautions and Transmission-based Precautions in all aspects of client care.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

Specific competencies required are identified on a department/program specific basis and identified in each employee's Competency Checklist.  The following are general and apply to all positions with this title.

Language Skills:

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization.

Mathematical Skills:

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Physical Demand:

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


Summaries of our Nursing Departments throughout Meridian are listed below. Various Part-Time, Full-Time & PRN positions will be discussed with your recruiter based on your preferences.

Requirements:

Licensed Practical Nurse in Florida

CSU

Locations in Lake City and Gainesville (Pay $19-$21 depending on Experience)

Meridian's Crisis Stabilization Units (CSUs) provide short-term stabilization for crisis and serious mental health issues for adults (40 beds) and children (10 beds). Each unit serves as a Baker Act Receiving Facility, accepting any patient that meets Baker Act criteria. CSUs provide physical and psychiatric evaluations, medication, counseling and discharge planning. CSUs may also petition the court for longer-term treatment as needed. Follow-up psychiatric and clinical services may be provided in the office of the client's county of residence, either at Meridian or a provider of the patient's choice.



Detox

Gainesville (Pay $18-$20 depending on Experience)

Alcohol and opioid detoxification services are relatively short term, with an emphasis on safe withdrawal, reducing discomfort and education to encourage movement along the treatment continuum. The choice to live drug-free is often a series of choices and relapses. Our Detox Team offers a non-judgmental approach to helping clients explore issues relating to their substance use and its consequences.



OTP/MAT

Locations in Lake City and Gainesville (Pay $18-$20 depending on Experience)

The Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) is an outpatient substance use treatment to help individuals with opioid use or addiction (such as heroin and oral pain medications). Services include medication assisted treatment (MAT) and counseling.


Bridge House

Gainesville (Pay $18-$20 depending on Experience)

The Bridge House is a 44-bed residential substance abuse treatment program in Gainesville offering 28-90 days of service. Our treatment philosophy is based on the 12 Step model of recovery. Clients are required to attend 12 Step meetings and work with a sponsor while in residence. Treatment approach of a Therapeutic Community is that the community itself, through self-help and mutual support, is the principal means for promoting personal change. There is a focus on social, psychological and behavioral dimensions of substance use, with the community helping to heal individuals emotionally, and to support the development of behaviors, attitudes and values of health living.


SAPP

Gainesville (Pay $18-$20 depending on Experience)

Meridian's Substance Abuse PICC Program (SAPP) is a diversion program that allows for patients in hospitals who have a history of IV drug use and a current severe infection that requires antibiotics through a PICC line to come to this specialized unit for services.

Instead of the patient being admitted to an expensive hospital bed for 4-6 weeks, they can receive 24/7, monitored treatment in the SAPP clinic, as well as case management services relating to their condition for a fraction of the cost.  IV Certification Required within 6 months of hire.