Licensed Practical Nurse (HHS)

Position Title: Licensed Practical Nurse

Any individual who receives an offer of employment or will receive a payroll check are required to submit to a drug and alcohol test as a condition of obtaining employment.
Mille Lacs Band Member/American Indian preference applies

SUMMARY:
The Licensed Practical Nurse performs a variety of patient care activities based on the needs of the individual patient, and assists with care planning and patient education.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Formal post-secondary education in nursing is required.
Current unrestricted Practical Nurse License required.
One to three (1-3) years of prior experience in a clinic setting required.
Knowledge of and experience in performing simple lab tests.
Knowledge of practical application of infection control, exposure control and quality assurance practices.
Experience with and understanding of Native American culture and is able to demonstrate cultural sensitivity.
Knowledge of the Data Privacy Act and ability to maintain strict confidentiality of all patient, Clinic and Band information.
Excellent oral and written communication skills required. Fluency in Ojibwe language preferred.
Ability to work cooperatively with others and take direction.
Ability to keep detailed records.
Must have current driver’s license, reliable personal transportation, proof of current insurance coverage, and insurability under the Band’s Auto Insurance Policy.
Must pass a pre-employment drug & alcohol test and a criminal background check.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Take and record patient vital signs, medications, smoking status and other information on PCC.
• Prepare patient for physician exam and notify provider when patient is ready.
• Assist physician with patient exam at the providers’ request.
• Prepare and administer injections and/or other treatments at the physician's direction.
• Draw/collect and at times analyze lab specimens as back up to lab personnel.
• Assist with dressing changes, cast revisions, etc. as directed.
• Instruct and advise patient or his/her significant others regarding home care, follow-through on Drs. orders, diet management, referrals to other health care, medications, etc.
• Make arrangements for necessary testing and/or treatment to be delivered outside the Clinic.
• Document all services rendered by nursing and patients’ response to treatment using appropriate charting methods.
• Participate with others in developing and/or revising the patient plan of care.
• Check expiration dates on refrigerated medications and serums. Destroy as needed.
• Comply with infection and exposure control program.
• Dispose of needles, contaminated instruments, other sharps exposure in accordance with OSHA requirements.
• Assure all internal and external pharmaceuticals and sterile and non-sterile supplies are kept separated in refrigerator or other storage areas.
• Following each patient exam, sterilizes exam room, equipment and instruments before next patient being seen. Stores instruments.
• Maintain nursing station according to standards.
• Order necessary medical supplies to keep Clinic inventory at standardized levels in accordance with Band and Clinic policy and procedure. Documents orders as appropriate.
• Assure proper care and storage of specimens.
• Assure that all patients referred to contract providers are seen by the CHS Manager before leaving the Clinic.
• Actively participate in various committees, including Infection Control, Safety, Managed Care and Diabetes committees.
• Assist, as directed, with all Clinic quality assurance activities/ surveys.
• Maintain knowledge of policies, procedures, protocols and regulations governing the provision of nursing/medical services in a 638 Clinic. Advise others as needed.
• Other duties as assigned.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
Work exposes incumbent to biohazard, chemical hazard, and other hazards. Proper protective procedures and equipment must be utilized to minimize the associated risks.
Work exposes incumbent to hazardous chemicals.
Work is performed indoors in a controlled climate area.
Work requires use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, or gloves.
Nature of work is such that the incumbent experiences infrequent periods of moderate to high stress levels while dealing with clients, family members, and others.
Hours are typically 8-5, but possibly with some extra hours. May involve some evening or weekend work and occasionally an 'on call' system covering emergency situations.
Local travel may be required.

Submit resume, cover letter, and employment application to:
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Employment Coordinator
43408 Oodena Dr.
Onamia, MN 56359
Fax # (320) 532-7492
hr@millelacsband.com