Licensed Practical Nurse
Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities for performing technical direct and indirect nursing care in a clinic, hospital, institution, or home setting for individuals under the supervision or direction of a registered nurse, licensed physician, or dentist. This includes taking temperatures, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure, and various other technical nursing tasks in providing health care to patients and others.
The functions performed by employees in this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:
- Performs nursing procedures or specialized functions in accordance with knowledge, skills and licensure.
- Participates in the evaluation of responses to interventions.
- Teaches basic nursing skills and related principles. Delegates nursing care tasks such as: taking temperature, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure, giving enemas, douches, and sitz baths, collecting specimens, and measuring intake and output.
- Assists in assessing, reporting, and recording health status of patients, families, and groups in a variety of settings.
- Participates in developing and implementing appropriate aspects of a plan of care.
- Administers medications as ordered.
- Reports appropriate patient information to supervisor or appropriate health team member.
- Serves as Charge Nurse on a unit, supervising staff performing medication administration and patient care.
The Licensed Practical Nurse job family has three levels that are distinguished based on the level of skill required, responsibility and complexity of specific assignments, and responsibility for providing leadership to others.
Level I: Code: Y11A Salary Band: G
This is the basic level of the job family where employees perform routine entry-level tasks under close professional supervision and in a training status to build their skills in providing nursing care as a licensed practical nurse.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of nursing techniques, procedures, practices, and theory, of medical terminology, and of infection control measures. Ability is required to exercise sound judgment; to follow detailed oral or written instructions; and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of possession of a valid permanent Oklahoma license as a licensed practical nurse as approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing or, Licensed Practical Nurse License recognized by the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC).
Level II: Code: Y11B Salary Band: H
This is the career level of this job family where employees are assigned responsibility for performing a full range of nursing assignments as a Licensed Practical Nurse and perform nursing tasks at the full performance level in providing care to patients or clients. Responsibilities will include providing guidance and training to others in completing routine nursing tasks and activities.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level consist of those identified in Level I plus demonstrated ability to provide nursing care to patients or clients.
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level I plus one year of practical nursing experience.
Level III: Code: Y11C Salary Band: I
This is the specialist level of the job family where employees are assigned responsibility for performing the more complex nursing tasks and may serve as lead worker. This includes tasks involving the assignment and review of work, providing required training, and insuring that the quality of care meets established standards. Responsibilities will also include providing guidance and training to others in completing the more complex nursing tasks and activities.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level II plus ability to monitor and direct the work of others.
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level I plus two years of practical nursing experience.
Level IV: Code: Y11D Salary Band: J
This is the leadership level of the job family where employees are responsible for providing supervision to Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in the care and treatment of patients. This also includes supervising Patient Care Assistants (PCA) serving as Certified Nurse Aides (CNA) and Certified Medication Aides (CMA).
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level III plus ability to monitor and direct the work of others.
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level I plus three years of practical nursing experience.
Some positions may require that applicants be willing and able to fulfill all job-related travel normally associated with the position.
Upon a conditional offer of employment, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services applicants must submit to a physical examination and shall meet the physical examination requirements of occasionally lifting/carrying 50 pounds and able to push and pull a maximum force of 25 pounds.
Applicants with the Department of Corrections must be willing and able to work any assigned shift or day of the week, and additional shifts as required.