LPN Licensed Practical Nurse

Bear Lake Memorial Hospital

Job Description

Reports To: Director of Nursing Services (Skilled Nursing Facility)

Experience: 1-2 years preferred

Desired Education: LPN License in the State of Idaho

The Licensed Practical Nurse with basic nursing education preparation provides nursing care at the direction of a Registered Professional Nurse, Licensed Physician, and under guidelines established by Bear Lake Memorial Hospital. The Licensed Practical nurse shall be personally accountable and responsible for all actions taken in carrying out nursing activities.


At Bear Lake Memorial Hospital, the Licensed Practical Nurse may perform the following functions generally recognized for a Licensed Practical Nurse prepared at the basic level of education.

Direct Patient Care

In direct patient care the LPN shall:
Record and report to the appropriate person observations, assessments, and nursing activities pertinent to the physical and mental conditions of the patient with specific reference to signs and symptoms which are indicative of change and status.
Based on the requisite knowledge of the cause and effect of the order be responsible for taking and execution of legal orders of a Licensed Physician or Dentist or other legally authorized person. This includes telephone orders. This includes verifying that the order is accurate, and that there are no documented contraindications to carrying out the order.
Carry out therapeutic treatment and procedures, which provide for emotional and physical comfort and well being of the patient. These may include:
Assisting the patient with activities of daily living and encouraging appropriate self-help.
Protecting patients from behavior that would damage their self-esteem or relationships with other people.
Recognizing, understanding, and respecting cultural backgrounds, spiritual needs, and religious beliefs.
Assisting with rehabilitation of patients through knowledge and application of the principles of prevention of deformities, i.e. the normal range of motion exercises, body mechanics, and body alignment.
Applying principles of asepsis and infection control as necessary. They may catheterize male or female patients.
Assisting with patient teaching.
Initiating appropriate standard emergency procedures until a Registered Professional Nurse or Licensed Physician or Dentist is available.
Administer prescribed medications (except by intravenous route) based on knowledge of the drugs and their effect. LPNs may hang medicated intravenous solutions if mixed by the pharmacist or discontinue IV therapy.

Expanded Practice for LPNs

Under direct supervision the LPN is qualified to assume greater responsibilities. These include:
Supervising other nursing and health related personnel in areas in which the patient condition is relatively stable.
Irrigating Jackson-Pratt drains after mixed by Registered Professional Nurse or pharmacist.
Act as charge nurse in an extended care facility after completing approved course A management role for LPNs pertinent to skilled nursing facility.
LPNs may, after exercising nursing judgment, and upon Physicians orders, remove drains and packing in selected circumstances.
LPNs with proper training and supervision may remove sutures upon Physician orders.
LPNs may do IPPB treatment, give intradermal injections, or perform endotracheal tube care.
Performing intravenous therapy functions as delegated and supervised by a Registered Professional Nurse, after completing authorized IV course.

Consistently work cooperatively with patients, residents, residents representatives, facility staff, physicians, consultants and ancillary service providers.
Consistently supports compliance and the principles of responsibility by maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of information, protecting the assets of the organization, acting with ethics and integrity, reporting non compliance, and adhering to applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, accreditation and licenser requirements (if applicable), and Bear Lake Memorials policies and procedures.
Willing and able to be flexible and to work various rotating shifts/hours/days between SNF and the acute care.
Excellent service and communication skills when interacting with employees, members and visitors.
Must have strict adherence to confidentiality requirements.
Must be able to lift 50 pounds with assistance or appropriate mechanical lifts.
May require excessive time standing and walking.
Will require time sitting, writing/documenting.
Will require bending, twisting, stooping and lifting.
Must be able to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
Must have good organizational skills.
Must be kind and compassionate.
Must have the ability to contribute to the vision/culture of the most caring hospital.

To apply: Please submit your application to the HR Dept., Bear Lake Memorial Hospital, 164 South 5th Street, Montpelier, ID, 83254 or you may fax it to (208) 847-4334. Applications are available at www.blmhospital.com.

Expiration: Applications will be accepted through until position is filled.

Bear Lake Memorial Hospital is an equal opportunity employer and all applicants will be given fair consideration based on their academic credentials and applicable work experience.

Employment Type

Full Time (40 hours)