LVN - Licensed Vocational Nurse
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Job Description:Licensed Vocational Nurse II Provides routine vocational nursing work. Work involves providing for the care, treatment, and general welfare of patients. May train others. Works under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Works under the direction and supervision of the Registered Nurse, and performs Nursing duties within the assigned areas and assigned shift. The LVN performs basic and complex nursing tasks to fulfill the health needs of the individuals. The LVN keeps informed of and follows all agency, facility and unit policies and procedures. Essential Job Functions:1. Administers medications and treatments orally, rectally, internally, or by injection. 2. Performs technical Nursing procedures according to facility and state regulations after demonstration for competency. 3. Documents and reports pertinent observations. 4. Communicates orally and in writing to other team members pertinent information. Documents according to facility policy. 5. Responds to emergency situations to ensure safety of individuals. Follows safety and Infection Control Procedures of facility. 6. Monitors patients for treatments and procedures. 7. Collects samples for laboratory examination and performs routine lab tests on samples, as required. 8. Counsels patients with specific health goals. 9. LVN II assists other staff in turning/repositioning individuals to administer treatments. 10. Ensures that supplies are available. 11. Locates, transports and handles client record. 12. Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned. Knowledge Skills Abilities:Experience in nursing work. Knowledge of nursing procedures and techniques and the principles and process used in providing patient care. Ability to provide patient care and to prepare and maintain records, to communicate effectively and to train others. Ability to apply principles and practices to assess, prevent and control diseases. Skills in using reasoning to identify problems, in considering appropriate resolution of situations, and in the operation of computers and applicable computer software. Must maintain current CPR certification. Must have strength and flexibility to safely perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).Must be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of emergency procedures and emergency equipment. Registration or Licensure Requirements:Licensed to practice as a licensed vocation nurse in the state of Texas (or a state that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse Licensure Compact); Initial Selection Criteria:1. Graduation from a vocational or practical nursing education program; 2. AND Licensed to practice as a licensed vocation nurse in the state of Texas (or a state that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse Licensure Compact); Additional Information:All applicants must pass: pre-employment drug screen, fingerprint criminal background check, and Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Employee Misconduct Registry and Nurse/Aide Registry checks. Males between the ages of 18 25 must be registered with the Selective Service. All State Supported Living Center employees are subject to Random Drug Testing. Flexibility in work hours may be required for this position. The position may be required to work overtime and/or extended hours. Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include: 68C, 290X, 46FX, 46NX, 46SX, 46YX. HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work. I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.
DADS Organizational Structure
The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) was created to administer long-term services and supports for people who are aging as well as for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. DADS also licenses and regulates providers of these services, and administers the state's Guardianship program. DADS began formal operations on Sept. 1, 2004.
DADS is under the leadership of a commissioner who is appointed by the executive commissioner for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) with the approval of the governor.
The agency is divided into the following programmatic and support divisions that report to the commissioner.
Office of the Associate Commissioner
The associate commissioner provides direction and guidance in strategic operations, planning and executive support to the DADS commissioner, while overseeing the Center for Consumer and External Affairs (CCEA) and the Office of the State Long-term Care Ombudsman. CCEA is responsible for ensuring accurate and timely internal and external communications, outreach to agency stakeholders, acting as the agency liaison to the Texas Legislature, and coordinating volunteer activities and community partnerships. The State Long-term Care Ombudsman advocates for quality of life and care for residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Office of the Deputy Commissioner
The deputy commissioner oversees the Center for Policy and Innovation (CPI), the Special Advisor for Policy and Promoting Independence, and the Senior Policy Advisor. CPI is responsible for conducting research, developing grants, establishing non-regulatory policy and identifying innovations and best practices. Through the Promoting Independence initiative, the Special Advisor helps people with disabilities live in the most appropriate care setting possible.
Internal Audit is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve DADS operations. It helps DADS accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes. This provides assurance that DADS is operating in the most effective and efficient manner possible; is complying with written policies, procedures, laws and regulations; is properly safeguarding assets; and is complying with contracts and achieving fiscal integrity. Internal Audit reports directly to the commissioner to ensure independence.
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
The chief operating officer oversees Legal Services, Consumer Rights and Services, Information Technology, Contract Oversight and Support, and Executive and Staff Operations. The COO is also responsible for some program and service-related administrative support activities and for coordination with HHSC to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of administrative support services to other health and human service departments.
Chief Financial Officer
The chief financial officer is responsible for Budget and Data Management, Accounting and Claims Management.
Access and Intake (A&I)
The assistant commissioner for Access and Intake (A&I) is responsible for contracting and oversight for community services, and initiatives carried out within the A&I division. The division includes Strategic Operations and Grants, Area Agencies on Aging, Local Authorities, Community Services and Program Operations, Guardianship Services, Community Services Contracts, and Utilization and Management Review.
The assistant commissioner for Regulatory Services is responsible for Survey Operations, Enforcement, Licensing and Credentialing, and Policy, Rules and Curriculum.
State Supported Living Centers
The assistant commissioner for state supported living