Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Bellingham/Mount Vernon - Washington /
Health Services /
Part Time
Who We Are
 
Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood (MBPP) is a non-profit family planning agency and a leader in sexual and reproductive healthcare, advocacy, and education in the state of Washington. We provide high-quality, affordable sexual and reproductive health care for people in 3 health centers in Northwest Washington.
 
At MBPP, care is much more than the services we provide; it’s the way we approach our world.  We care with respect and are passionate about helping people lead healthy lives.  MBPP also provides the opportunity to contribute to a powerful mission and perform meaningful work. This means a commitment to providing the absolute best in patient care and education. Our exceptional staff drives our mission forward by upholding our acclaimed customer service & confidentiality standards, and working to create a safe, judgment-free space for anyone seeking Planned Parenthood services. As an organization, we are focused on equity, diversity and inclusion.  We believe our employees should reflect the diversity of the populations we serve, including racial and ethnic diversity. We strongly encourage all persons to apply, including people of color and members of the LGBTQ community.


Basic Responsibilities
The LPN is responsible for providing technical and clinical support to medical providers, providing patient education, performing routine and specialized lab tests, monitoring post-surgical patient recovery, adhering to referral follow-up procedures, completing phone triage and abnormal lab result follow up, and coordinating patient flow.

Essential Functions
The LPN may hold some or all of the responsibilities outlined below. Those responsibilities include:

Patient Care
Provides high quality nursing care in accordance with infection and exposure control procedures, Planned Parenthood standards and guidelines, all applicable regulatory guidelines, accepted standards of nursing care and MBPP policies and procedures.

Provides non-discriminatory medical service to all patients regardless of race, color, creed, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, or HIV status.

Provides culturally and linguistically competent care.

Participate in health center efforts to achieve established goals for productivity

Adhere to affiliate goals and policies on professionalism, wait time in-clinic and on the phone, and the system for addressing client complaints

Participate in health center/affiliate efforts to achieve established revenue cycle goals

Informs patients in a non-directive manner of all options available to them in the event of an unintended pregnancy and makes a referral for service based on the patient need.

Describes the difference between medication and surgical abortion services.

Educates patients on all FDA approved birth control methods including Emergency Contraception. Provides specific instruction on the clients selected birth control method.

Prepares patients for exam and any MBPP procedure performed by a clinician; includes performance of appropriate tests and measures, completion of forms, chart documentation, and appropriate patient education.

Administers injections, performs phlebotomy, and conducts routine lab tests, under direction of clinician.

Assists clinician during surgical procedures including abortion, vasectomy, colposcopy, and LEEP, Implanon, and IUD inserts. Maintains a sterile field.

Assists with provision of medication abortions.

Follows all state laws governing abortion services.

Performs macroscopic exam of tissue post-surgery.

Provides patient care during nursing visits and to post-surgical patients.

Furnishes post-abortion medications and contraceptive methods, and discharges patients from facility.

Prepares medications used during surgical procedures.

Assures that a licensed staff monitors post-abortion recovery of patient, assesses patients and reports adverse reactions.

Provides patient education, pregnancy options counseling, HIV pre and post test counseling, surgical and medication abortion counseling, and sterilization counseling.

Triages patient telephone calls, completes abnormal lab notification, and coordinates patient refill and prescription transfer requests, under direction of clinician and in a timely manner.

Provides referrals and follow-up in accordance with MBPP policies and procedures and under clinician guidance.

Assists with emergency response as directed by lead clinician, leads emergency response if / when most senior member of clinical team on site.

Initiates emergency nursing procedures as required by the patient's condition.

Ensures safe opening and closing of clinic as assigned.

Participates in the orientation and training of medical support staff as assigned.

Ensures appropriate logs and forms are completed at all times and prepare reports as assigned.

Sterilizes instruments, disinfects equipment, and performs routine equipment tests in accordance with MBPP policies and procedures.

Stocks and cleans exam rooms.

Counts controlled medications in accordance to MBPP protocols.

Assists with Quality Assurance, Risk Management, safety and security as assigned.

Compiles supply orders and submits to appropriate staff to ensure all needed supplies are on-site at all times.

Ensures smooth flow of clinic operations, including troubleshooting of backlogs and proposal of ideas to improve clinic operations.

Reads agency email daily and responds appropriately.

Keeps management informed of needs and concerns.





Qualifications

    • Current Washington State LPN license and CPR certification.
    • GED or High school diploma Required
    • Two years of nursing experience preferred.
    • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and at any of MBPP's facilities as assigned.
    • Valid Washington state driver's license, reliable transportation, automobile insurance, and good driving record required for travel between clinics.
    • Successful completion of background check.
    • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
    • Commitment to quality healthcare and excellent customer service.
    • Support of the mission and philosophy of Planned Parenthood.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities

    • Knowledge of basic nursing principles.
    • Knowledge of infection control, universal precautions, safety, and patient confidentiality.
    • Knowledge of medical charting.
    • Knowledge of family planning and reproductive health topics.
    • Skill at basic nursing tests and measures to include patient vital signs, venipuncture and finger stick blood draw, pregnancy tests, spun and dipstick urinalysis, injections, and others needed.
    • Skill in triaging patient calls for acuity.
    • Skill in providing patient education in caring, unbiased manner.
    • Skill in set and maintenance of sterile field.
    • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize work appropriately.
    • Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
    • Ability to work efficiently in a fast paced, stressful, and dynamic environment.
    • Ability to respond quickly in an emergency.
    • Ability to read, write, understand and communicate clearly in English.
    • Ability to communicate knowledge of profession in caring, substantive manner.
    • Skill in surgical assisting preferred.

Working Conditions/Physical Demands

    • Medical office environment with exposure to illness.
    • Requires standing and walking for majority of the work day.
    • Reaching, twisting, stooping, lifting, climbing, visual acuity, hand-eye coordination, grasping with fingers, hearing, sense of touch, gripping tightly required for operation of tests and measures and performance of other essential functions.
    • Lifting objects to 50 pounds. Support of and moving of child and adult patients.
Why Work at MBPP?
 
Being part of the MBPP team means providing all Washingtonians with the opportunity to move through their sexual and reproductive lives as safely, confidently, and healthily as possible. In addition, we offer competitive wages and comprehensive benefits. Our benefit offerings include medical, dental, vision, income protection (w/o cost share for full time employees), 10 holidays, 17-20 paid time off days/year, and much more!

MBPP is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and seeks to recruit persons of diverse backgrounds. We are committed to fostering a workplace culture inclusive of people with respect to their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, age, veterans’ status, genetic information, disability, pregnancy, or any other status protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. MBPP is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.