CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT

4B11
PRACTICAL NURSE

Specialties
( General ) ( Bilingual )

GENERAL DEFINITION

  This is direct patient care nursing work of limited scope in a district health center. An employee in this class assists registered nurses and medical personnel in providing direct patient care; Employees serve as lead worker in the absence of higher level nursing supervisor, providing direction to medical assistants and other lower level employees. Work is performed under supervision of a nursing supervisor and may involve some disagreeable conditions and moderate physical effort.

ALLOCATING FACTORS: (The following conditions must be met for a position to be allocated to this class.)


TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)

BILINGUAL SPECIALTY

  Performs the duties described below with English language speaking and designated non-English speaking populations.

BOTH SPECIALTIES

  Interviews patients, obtaining reasons for their visit and insurance information; reviews and records patient history; signs off on information entered in patient chart; returns patient chart to the record room at the end of the day; may engage in obtaining outside patient medical history.

  Performs vital signs on patient; takes temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure, etc, and records in patient chart; insures that patient medical history, laboratory tests results and prescribed treatments are accurately entered in chart; may perform pregnancy test; conducts and records the results of eye chart vision, audiometer and other basic diagnostic or screening test.

  Assists in specimen collection and preparation; prepares specimen labels; instructs patient on collection of urine, feces and sputum specimens; performs finger sticks for blood specimens, veni-puncture for blood testing, EKG for heart rate and centrifuge; draws patient blood for a recommended blood work.

  Administers medications and treatments as directed; administers injections and other treatments; participates in the facility’s instructional or rehabilitative diabetes and high blood pressure medication programs; instructs and monitors patient on appropriate medication or dosage; follows-up with treatment; may assist clinic physician in GYN exams; may assist in any ambulatory emergency situation; Administers vaccines under standing order; enters and retrieves data into a patient information data base.

  Cleans instruments, equipment and furnishings; arranges dressings, instrument packs and treatment trays; operates autoclaves; cleans and restocks cabinets, closets and clinic supply room; sets up and arranges clinic trays and charts; notifies nursing superiors of medical emergencies or patient injuries; fills out patient medical emergency or incident report.

  Performs related work as required.


REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES


MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
(The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 7/90.)

PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND/OR CERTIFICATES

Eligibility for licensure by examination as a Licensed Practical Nurse as issued by the State Board of Nurse Examiners of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the time of application and possession of such license within time limits specified by the department.


PAY RANGE: 13

Class Established: 12/52

Spec. Revision: 3/94

Latest Spec. Revision:
CSC: 11/07, Ad Board: 3/08

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END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 4B11