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This is advanced technical nursing work in supervising the care and treatment of the physically and mentally ill.

Work involves responsibility for planning and supervising the work of subordinate and technical nursing service personnel in a patient unit. Work includes responsibility for making patient rounds to review and participate in the work of subordinates and give required instruction. Unusual problems in patient care and treatment are referred to a professional nursing or medical superior. Employees receive general instructions regarding institutional policies and practices from professional nursing and medical superiors and work is subject to review by observation of results obtained.


Supervises and participates in the care and treatment of physically and mentally ill patients on an assigned unit or station; makes rounds with nursing and medical superiors; prepares and administers medications orally, rectally, hypodermically, and intra-muscularly as ordered by licensed physicians.

Makes periodic rounds of unit; checks to see that subordinates are on duty, that patients are properly cared for, and that quarters are in good condition; makes assignments according to demands for service and gives instructions concerning changes in working policy.

Plans for and admits new patients, orienting them to hospital services and routines.

Investigates complaints regarding the conduct, attitude, and performance of employees supervised.

Assists subordinates and oversees their work in preparing and serving trays, shifting and moving patients, giving bed baths and rubs, giving irrigations and catheterization, and preparing and giving other medications and treatments.

Maintains a variety of records and prepares required reports.

Interviews new patients and orients them to the services of the family planning program; assists the physician in the physical examination of patients.

Performs Pap smears and string checks on follow-up patients as indicated; performs the routine lab experience in the care and treatment of patients.

Performs related work as required.

Graduation from a standard high school, supplemented by completion of an approved training program in practical nursing AND minimum 1 year applicable clinical nursing experience; OR any equivalent combination of experience and training.

Employees in this classification must be registered as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the State of Georgia.

Considerable knowledge of modern theory and practice in practical nursing.

Considerable knowledge of human anatomy as it relates to the administration of hypodermic injections and to treatments and therapies.

Some knowledge of the more common physical illnesses, obvious symptoms, and appropriate medical terminology.

Ability to follow oral and written directions in exact detail.

Ability to respond to each patient empathetically and respectfully while carrying out the treatment prescribed for him.

Ability to maintain and interpret nursing records and reports.

Skill in the application of practical nursing techniques.



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