• North Star Recovery

Work Hours

  • 72 Hours
  • Full Time


  • Patient Direct Care

Summary of Position

The Licensed Practical Nurse is responsible for promoting and maintaining quality patient care through effective management of activities on that designated unit for that assigned shift. The Licensed Practical Nurse acts as a mentor, resource, educator and leader at bedside.


  • Education:
    • Graduated from an accredited School of Nursing and currently registered with the Indiana State Board of Nurses Registration and Nursing Education.
    • Obtain BLS and ACLS certification within 3 months of hire.
  • Training and experience:
    • Demonstrated skills, knowledge and ability in personnel management, administrative coordination, policies and committee activities.
    • Knowledge and skill to review workload standards and staffing needs based on productivity.
    • Skill in cost containment measures.
    • Ability to collaborate with medical staff in a day-to-day environment to establish coordinated department function and program development.
    • Excellent oral and written communication, which allow preparation of correspondence, reports, oral presentations, etc.
    • Comprehensive knowledge of general nursing theory and practice.
    • Knowledge of the procedures and techniques required for the competent performance of the duties of the unit.
    • Knowledge and understanding of the nursing process.
    • Basic knowledge and understanding of addiction and other psychiatric concerns.

Essential Functions

Performance Expectations:

  • The Licensed Practical Nurse will adhere to the following five KRAs when performing job duties.
    • Service
    • Financial
    • Work Force Excellence
    • Heath Care Quality
    • Growth/Innovation

Nursing Characteristics of the Synergy Model

Clinical Judgment

  • Collect and interpret complex patient data. Make clinical judgments based on an immediate grasp of the whole picture for common or routine patient populations.
  • Recognize limits and seeks appropriate help.
  • Focus on key elements of care, while sorting out extraneous details.

Advocacy/Moral Agent: 

  • Work on behalf of patient and family.
  • Consider patient values and incorporates in care, even when differing from personal values.
  • Support colleagues in ethical and clinical issues.
  • Moral decision-making can deviate from rules.
  • Allow patients to represent themselves when possible.
  • Awareness of patient and family rights.

Caring Practices:

  • Respond to subtle patient and family changes.
  • Recognize and tailor caring practices to the individuality of patient and family.
  • Domesticate the patient’s and family’s environment.
  • Recognize that death may be an acceptable outcome.


  • Seek opportunities to be taught, coached, or mentored.
  • Elicit other’s advice and perspectives.
  • Initiate and participate in team meetings and discussions regarding patient care.
  • Recognize and suggest various team members’ participation.

System Thinking: 

  • Develop strategies based on needs and strengths of patient and their family.
  • Able to make connections within components.
  • Seek opportunities to negotiate but may not have strategies.
  • Developing a view of the patient/family transition process.
  • Recognize how to obtain resources beyond self.

Response to Diversity: 

  • Inquire about cultural differences and considers their impact on care.
  • Accommodate personal and professional differences in the plan of care.
  • Help patients and their families understand the culture of the healthcare system.

Facilitation of Learning: 

  • Adapt planned educational programs.
  • Recognize and integrate diverse ways of teaching into delivery of care.
  • Incorporate patient’s understanding into practice.
  • See the overlapping of educational plans from different healthcare providers’ perspective.
  • See the patient as having input into goals.
  • See individualism.

Clinical Inquiry:   

  • Question appropriateness of policies and guidelines.
  • Question current practice.
  • Seek advice, resources, or information to improve patient care.

Nursing Process


  • Collect and analyze data related to the patient’s condition.
  • Assist with completion and documentation of initial assessment within 2-hours.
  • Complete and document head-to-toe assessments at minimum every shift.
  • Complete and document focus assessments at minimum every 4-hours in between head-to-toe assessments.
  • Report abnormal findings to appropriate disciplines timely.


  • Follow and make recommendations towards nursing plans of care.
  • Review nursing plans of care at minimum every 24-hours and as needed.


  • Assist the RN with the Formulation of a daily plan of care for each patient based on assessment findings and patient needs.
  • Use evidence-based practice to develop nursing plans.


  • Knowledgeable of disease processes and competent in psychomotor skills required to care for this population of patients as evidenced by observation of his/her performance in the clinical setting or simulation.
  • Assume accountability for personal job performance and tasks delegated by the Team Leader.
  • Knowledgeable in, and follows all department policies and procedures.
  • Provide direct patient care, or assists with the delivery of care consistent with the plan.
  • Perform necessary quality checks within the department as delegated by the Team Leader.
  • Administer medications safely by following the established policy and procedures, including the five rights of administration, while seeking clarification or guidance when needed.


  • Measure patient response to nursing and medical interventions against the expected outcome and reports inappropriate or unexpected responses.

Other Position Specific Criteria


  • Documentation is complete and thorough in conjunction with the department’s standard of care.
  • Performs quality documentation that contains descriptive, objective information.
  • Use correct spelling, and demonstrate a level of competency and attention to detail while using only hospital accepted abbreviations and symbols.
  • Sign, date, and time all orders and performs chart checks within a timely manner, complying with hospital policies.


  • Communicate essential information to other healthcare providers as the patient moves through the continuum of care.
  • Inform other nursing staff, physicians, other healthcare team members and family of significant changes in patient’s condition.
  • Interact and communicate with others in a way that promotes a positive and cooperative work environment.

Team Building: 

  • Foster a sense of teamwork and collaboration within the department and hospital.
  • Actively participate in department meetings providing positive suggestions and input.
  • Demonstrate respect for the values and dignity of all team members, promoting trust and enhancing communication.
  • Exhibit a willingness to adjust personal schedule in case of workload fluctuations or other departmental needs.