In a state facility this class is accountable for rendering bedside care or mental health services to individuals with physical disabilities and/or an intellectual disability in instances where the services of a registered nurse are not required.
Works under the general supervision of a registered nurse, physician or other professional of higher grade.
May lead lower level employees as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Assists doctors and nurses in the general care and treatment of individuals;
Measures doses and administers medications including insulin injections;
Documents medications using appropriate forms;
Performs narcotic counts;
Checks and may administer intravenous medications;
Reports changes in individuals to doctors;
Ensures that restraints are applied correctly;
Transcribes doctors medication orders;
Dispenses certain medications in doctor’s absence;
Applies topical medication;
Takes and charts temperatures, pulses and respirations;
Performs simple nursing treatments;
Monitors general individual needs including personal hygiene;
Reports on individual conditions and behavior;
Keeps the unit safe and healthy;
Administers enemas or suppositories;
Performs Foley catheterization care;
Orients individuals concerning medications and their use;
May perform emergency first aid;
May drive individuals to necessary appointments/outings;
Performs related duties as required.
DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES:
Performs the full range of duties as described in the class specification for the Lead Developmental Services Worker.
DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SERVICES:
Performs the full range of duties as described in class specifications for the Mental Health Assistant 1 or Mental Health Assistant 2.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
practical nursing specialties and bedside care;
various medications used in conjunction for the care of individuals who have physical disabilities and/or an intellectual disability;
infection control practices;
nutrition and diets;
medical and lab sciences;
oral communication and written skills;
License or temporary permit to practice nursing in Connecticut by the State Board of Examiners for Nursing.
DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES: Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator's license, Public Passenger Endorsement or Commercial Driver's license for designated positions.
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift/restrain individuals; may have some exposure to communicable/infectious diseases and to some risk of injury from assaultive/abusive individuals; may be exposed to disagreeable conditions.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(25)-Patient and Inmate Care
As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.
This replaces the
existing specification for the class of Licensed Practical Nurse in Salary
Group HN 18 approved effective July 05, 2019. (Revised to update terminology,
modernize format and add an Acknowledgement section) Final No. 23-220