Job Opportunities

Staff Nurse (LVN)

La Esperanza Clinic is looking for LVN to work in our Primary Care Department. Come join our team! 

Job Summary

The Staff Nurse is an integral part of the health care team. The Staff Nurse assists the health care team in a professional manner in the community health center setting.

Responsibilities include:

  • Administering quality nursing care

  • Immunizations and health education to patients of all ages in accordance with established nursing standard

  • Assisting in the lab as appropriate

  • Working with all health center personnel to ensure an efficient and safe environment of care.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Staff Nurse performs the following duties as assigned.

  1. Provide clinical services.

    • ​​ Maintain clinical expertise and competency (to include age specific competency) as well as demonstrates thorough knowledge of procedures to deliver quality primary health care.

    • Document delivery of health care and nursing process in accordance with the Center’s policies and procedures in a timely, accurate, and consistent manner.

    • Educate the patient and family/significant others about the plan of care. Acts as a resource for facilitating communication when necessary.

    • Coordinate the delivery of patient care provided by the health care team.

    • Interact with health center personnel and assist providers to ensure optimal patient care and to obtain optimum patient flow and increased patient satisfaction.

    • Identify and respond promptly to changes in patient’s condition and/or clinic environment.

    • Coordinate and provide follow-ups related to the timely processing of patient referrals, fill prescription request for medications, and other identified needs of the patient.

    • Act as a resource within the clinic to other staff members in regards to patient care.

    • Participate as a team member and promote teamwork by assisting others with patient care and department activities.

    • Maintain adequate inventory of medical forms, supplies, in-house medications, STD medications and immunizations and complete monthly inventory reports as required.

    • Perform maintenance and controls on medical equipment and document results.

    • Supervise the administration of all medications accurately using the five (5) rights of medication administration, ensuring proper documentation of medications according to health center policy and procedures.

    • Upon completion of laboratory skill assessment, perform all laboratory functions according to Provider orders.

    • Demonstrate flexibility, enthusiasm and willingness to cooperate while working with others in assigned inter-professional care teams to support PCMH programmatic activities.

  2. Ensure appropriate inventory of medical supplies including vaccines.

    • Maintain an adequate inventory of medications and prepare medication orders for refills.

    • Ensure medication is stored as recommended by the manufacturer.

    • Ensure medication refills are properly processed in a timely manner.

    • Verify patient’s medications with provider’s orders.

    • Respond to patient and outside pharmacy calls for refills and clarification of orders.

  3. Fulfill administrative duties.

    • Assist in maintaining an efficient, safe, secure, orderly, and aseptic environment of care for all patients and employees.

    • Be familiar with and abide by OSHA Standards, Hazardous Materials, Universal Precautions, use of personal protective equipment, Evacuation, Fire, Disaster, and Safety Plans.

    • If bilingual in Spanish, translate between non-Spanish speaking staff and Spanish speaking patients as requested.

  4. Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Required

  • Knowledge of

    • Basic principles of health promotion, prevention and motivation

    • Protocols in general and an ability to quickly gain specific knowledge of the Center’s current operational protocols

    • Medical terminology and appropriate abbreviations

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Texas Nursing Practice Act

  • Ability to

    • Read and comprehend medical instructions, short correspondence, and memos

    • Document, with clarity, all information relevant to a patient’s needs

    • Effectively present information in small group situations to patients, Center staff, and the general public

    • Prepare statistical and administrative reports

    • Work cooperatively with community agency personnel to coordinate services for patients

    • Use a glucometer and interpret the results

    • Use office equipment including but not limited to computers, fax machines, telephones and copiers

    • Prioritize and allocate resources

Preferred

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish is preferred but not required.

Credentials and Experience

Required 

  • Licensed Vocational Nurse degree from an accredited school of nursing.

  • Current unrestricted license from the Texas Board of Vocational Nurse Examiners to practice as an LVN in the State of Texas

  • Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Healthcare Professionals Certification

Preferred

  • Five (5) years of practice experience as an LVN giving direct patient care