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LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE

ORGANIZATION SUMMARY

Us Helping Us is a mission-driven nonprofit known for its work at the intersection of culturally appropriate service delivery, community education and mobilization, advocacy, and research. For the past 30 years, Us Helping Us has provided innovative services, programs, and activities to improve the health and wellbeing of racial, sexual, and gender minorities, especially Black sexual minority men, people with HIV (PWH), and persons with substance use and mental health disorders. As it exists today, we currently operate two office locations in the greater Washington, DC area and offer a variety of clinical, behavioral health, and social services in a trusting, compassionate and non-judgmental environment. We are currently hiring for a Licensed Practical Nurse and looking for a compassionate, committed and independently motivated person to join our healthcare team.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Licensed Practical Nurse will assess treatment plans and, in collaboration with the Coordinated Care Team (CCT), deliver care for PWH, including the provision of geriatric principles for aging PWH, people receiving pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) therapy, and those receiving treatment for sexually transmitted infections. Additionally, the Licensed Practical Nurse will therapeutic communication work together with patients and their families/support systems, medical providers, case managers, and other care coordination team members (e.g., Community Health Workers) to develop and implement individualized care plans to achieve optimal health outcomes for the clients served.

 

Reporting to the Registered Nurse, the Licensed Practical Nurse will have the following responsibilities:

Care Coordination:

  • Serve on a care coordination team (i.e., clinicians, therapists, community health workers, pharmacists, case managers, etc.) for the provision of comprehensive care for PWH and those vulnerable to acquiring HIV and other chronic conditions.

  • Supervision of Community Health Workers, particularly in the provision of vaccinations and injections considering staff is fully trained and tasks are approved by the appropriate parties.

  • In collaboration with the care coordination team, assist in the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of patient's individualized care plans.

  • Assist PWH and vulnerable for acquiring HIV and other chronic conditions to identify and address barriers and bridge service gaps to accomplish the individualized care plans.

  • Assess physical and behavioral health and social service needs.

  • Provide patient consultations and assess patient's medication adherence, as applicable.

  • Educate patients, significant others/partners, and family members on how to support and execute individualized care plans.

  • Make internal and external referrals for other preventive care services (e.g., psychosocial support groups, emergency financial assistance, behavioral interventions).

  • Perform other position-related duties as assigned.

Direct Primary Care:

  • Conduct comprehensive health screenings and other procedures such as immunizations and basic wound care which should be guided under the direction of the Nurse Practitioner.

  • Perform venipuncture and laboratory testing (i.e. urine dip, pregnancy test, strep screen), as ordered by clinicians, as well as maintain all laboratory/diagnostic test logs.

  • Collect and document assessment data as well subjective data [chief complaint(s) and allergies] and objective data (vital signs).

  • Complete appropriate treatment questionnaires and protocols.

  • Develop and maintain medical records and conduct necessary counseling with patients to support treatment plans.

  • Administer medication (e.g., treatment) as prescribed by the Nurse Practitioner, according to prescription order, dispense medication, record dosage and communicate any potential discrepancies.

  • Assist in the development of standing orders for the delivery of various clinical services.

  • Communicate with insurance companies on behalf of clients, as appropriate.

  • Write prescriptions, as ordered by medical providers.

  • Perform other position-related duties as assigned.

Experience and Education:

  • Current licensure as an LPN in DC, Maryland, and/or Virginia required; preference will be given to applicants with licensure in all three jurisdictions but we will work with the incumbent to secure licensure in all three jurisdictions.

  • Minimum three (3) years of nursing experience as an LPN; two (2) years of experience in community health nursing with LGBTQ+ adults and/or youth preferred.

  • Experience and proficient knowledge of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (e.g., Chlamydia, gonorrhea) and chronic conditions (e.g., diabetes, hypertension).

  • Current First Aid and CPR certifications.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Experience working with LGBTQ individuals and racial minorities and respects the cultural and religious practices of patients.

  • Familiarity with the implementation of individualized treatment and care plans in a coordinated care team setting.

  • Solid understanding of regulatory practices including medical standards and safety, prescriptions, and procurement/transmission of lab requests and phlebotomy.

  • Experience using electronic health record systems (e.g., eClinicalWorks) and knowledge of CPT and ICD-10-CM codes.

  • Perform accurate, legal, and ethical documentation at all times and follows facility and OSHA safety standards, procedures and regulations.

  • Ability to perform fieldwork, including in-home health care and screenings.

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, self-motivated, enthusiastic, and ability to interpret and promote project goals.

  • Have a proficient knowledge and capacity to utilize the Microsoft Office suite.

  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment and provide caring and non-judgmental client-centered services.

  • Bilingual English/Spanish and/or other languages strongly preferred.

Specifications:

  • Salary range $57,500-72,500 (based on experience) plus a generous benefits package, including an 80/20 employer/employee-paid health insurance benefits package and a 5% employer-matched contribution to a 401(k) retirement plan.

  • This is a full-time position (40 hours per week) that includes occasional evenings and weekends, with the ability to work independently, but cohesively, with the CCT.

  • A valid U.S. work permit and driver’s license are required.

  • Must submit to and successfully complete a background investigation and drug test.

  • Us Helping Us has a smoke-free environment and non-smokers are preferred. Excellent personal hygiene is a must.

To apply, send cover letter and resume with LPN – Last Name in the subject line to: communications@uhupil.org or click here.

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