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Colorado State LPN - Health Care Tech III at Fitzsimons Veterans Living Center in Aurora, Colorado

LPN - Health Care Tech III at Fitzsimons Veterans Living Center

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LPN - Health Care Tech III at Fitzsimons Veterans Living Center

Salary

$23.88 Hourly

Location

Aurora, CO

Job Type

Full Time

Department

Colorado Department of Human Services

Job Number

ILG 00281 08/19/2020

Closing

Continuous

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Department Information

A residency waiver has been granted for this announcement. Applications will be considered from residents and non-residents of Colorado.

About Us

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). Our professionals strive to design and deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado. In addition to a great location and rewarding and meaningful work, we offer:

  • Employee wellness programs

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans

  • Medical and dental health plans

  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short and long-term disability coverage

  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave

  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training opportunities, and more

Office of Long Term Care

CO State Veterans Community Living Center at Fitzsimons

Visit us online at: www.colorado.gov/cdhs/veteranshomes/fitzsimons

Take a virtual tour of our facility: http://www.fitzveterans.com/

The Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home at Fitzsimons, located on 15 acres of the former Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, is a state-of-the-art nursing home serving veterans and their spouses. We are committed to caring for the whole person by addressing the personal and social needs of each resident, as well as their physical and medical requirements. All staff members of Fitzsimons are committed to providing a life of quality and dignity for every resident. We offer free employee parking and easy access to RTD routes.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Description of Job

Plan and coordinate basic nursing care and provide skilled level of nursing to residents by assigning tasks to nursing assistants, administering medications and treatments as prescribed by physician.

Primary Job Duties

Direct Nursing Care

  • Plans and coordinates basic nursing care and provides skilled level of nursing to residents.

  • Reviews and audits specific care activities to determine compliance with policies and standards of care as part of a department quality assurance activity.

  • Provides a broad range of medical and nursing treatments to residents as prescribed within scope of practice and determines most effective methods to ensure optimal outcomes.

  • Utilizes supplies and resources judiciously.

  • Notes changes in resident condition that need to be assessed by a registered nurse.

  • Documents treatments and gathers data to determine response to treatment.

  • Participates in work teams to establish best practice protocols for common treatments or procedures.

  • Administers specialized and routine nursing services such as medication and treatments.

  • Documents care provided in the medical record and other appropriate documents.

  • Evaluates residents upon admission and throughout the clinical stay when critical incidents, emergencies, change of condition or acute illness and behavior changes to identify nursing interventions.

  • Administer IV fluids (If IV certified) as prescribed by a physician.

  • Assess and evaluates the effectiveness of the care /treatment given.

  • Explaining patient care before, during and after contacts; answering call lights; and assessing basic resident care needs; updating noted resident changes; recommending routines for patient and family.

  • Provide input and orientation for new employees.

Medication Administration and Assessments

  • Competently administers medications to residents within scope of practice while observing the five rights of safe medication administration, resident rights, infection control standards, and appropriate nursing policies.

  • Documents all medications given and justification for scheduled medications not given.

  • Appropriately identifies changes in resident’s conditions that need to be assessed by a registered nurse.

Infection Control

  • Provide infection control, implementing/using universal precautions, disposal of waste.

  • Clean linen room and equipment, stock supplies, complete supply forms.

  • Identifies high-risk residents for falls, skin breakdown, or other potentially harmful situations and assures appropriate interventions are initiated to correct problems.

Devices and Training

  • Correct use of safety/positioning devices, side rails, transfer belts, proper use of equipment, attend on-going staff education programs.

  • Maintain updated skills, knowledge, abilities and competencies necessary to the position through continuing education, clinical supervision, literature review and participating in discipline and team development.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education: A high school diploma or GED; And

  • License: Must possess valid Licensed Practical Nurse License from the State of Colorado or any state participating in the Nurse Licensure Compact; And

  • Work Experience: At least two (2) years of professional experience as a LPN.

**Note, nothing in these Minimum Qualifications alleviates the criteria to transfer licensing or any

requirements by the respective board under the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in long term care or assisted living facility.

Substitution:

  • College course work appropriate to the assignment may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Skill in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to residents.

  • Skill in preparing and administering prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous) performs treatments according to established policies/procedures.

  • Knowledge and ability to appropriately carry out assigned resident care based on the residents' conditions; to use judgment in selecting the appropriate order and sequence of procedures and treatments; and to accurately recognize, report and record relevant resident information.

  • Knowledge and ability to recognize urgent or emergent resident care situations, seek assistance of the RN and/or MD/DON, and initiate appropriate emergency interventions as directed.

  • Ability to observe, identify and respond to the resident's needs for care, including medication, equipment-assisted care and patient/family education.

  • Superior verbal, listening and written communication skills with all health care providers, residents, families and general public.

  • Demonstrated ability to display professional conduct at all times when dealing with fellow staff members, patients, families and the general public.

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.

This position requires the following as conditions of employment:

  • Must pass a Colorado Bureau of Investigations and a Federal Bureau of Investigations background check as a condition of employment. Included in the background check is a current and/or previous employer check. Your current and/or previous employers within the past 10 years at a minimum must be listed on your job application (most recent in descending order), even if the job or duties are unrelated to the position for which you are applying. Incomplete employer information (address, phone number, and supervisor) or omission of former employers may result in a disqualification of your application.

  • Must pass a Drug Screen, including a screen for marijuana.

  • Must pass TB test.

  • Must possess a Colorado Driver's License.

  • Must maintain a current and active CNA License.

  • Must maintain a current CPR Card and perform CPR adequate compressions and ventilations per CPR guidelines.

  • This position is "Essential Service Designation": you will be required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare.

  • May handle medications defined as biohazardous ie: Chemotheraputic medication ie: Tamoxifen

  • Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position. Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.

Appeal Rights

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at https://spb.colorado.gov/.

A standard appeal form is available at: https://spb.colorado.gov/. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Information

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Please note that ONLY your State of Colorado job application will be reviewed during the initial screening; if you submit a resume and cover letter, they will be reviewed in later stages of the selection process. Therefore, it is paramount that you clearly describe all of your relevant experience on the application itself, this includes completing the job history of the application. Applications left blank, do not include your work history or marked "SEE RESUME" will not be considered in the minimum qualifications review.

Your application will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications for the position. If your application demonstrates that you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be invited to the comparative analysis process, which is described below.

Note: Current and former employees (transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements) are required to apply and participate in the comparative analysis process. Former employees of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on your application and may not be eligible for employment at CDHS.

Comparative Analysis Process:

The comparative analysis process for this position may consist of a structured application review, telephone interview and/or structured interview. Candidates who most closely meet the job requirements will move through successive stages of the process. Applicants will be notified of their status via email following each stage. Please make sure that your email remains up-to-date since all notifications regarding this position will be via email.

For Recruiting questions, please contact tawni.albers@state.co.us

ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact by phone 1-800-929-0791 or email cdhs_ada@state.co.us at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

Toll Free Applicant Technical Support: If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV technical support at 855-524-5627 Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time). Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application first, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files, and second, close the document before you attempt upload (attach) it.

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