Licensed Vocational Nurse Perianesthesia - Same Day Surgery - Full Time/Days

Company: Antelope Valley Hospital ( Learn More )

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Job Objective: The Licensed Vocational Nurse provides quality care to patients in the perianesthesia setting under the supervision of a registered nurse.  The LVN will demonstrate a strong ability to assist in preparing the patient for the surgical and/or procedural experience.  The LVN will strive to maintain a steady level of productivity and provide care that reflects the mission, goals, and ethics of the organization.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Scope of Practice
    1. Functions within the scope of LVN practice as outlined by the California State board of Vocational Nursing 
  2.  Nursing Process Under a Team based Model of Care
    1. Assists the Registered Nurse in direct patient care
    2. Documents observations and care provided in the patient’s medical record
    3.  Adheres to policies and procedures in providing care and treatments, including but not limited to the following:
      1. Medication Administration
      2. Treatment Modalities
      3. Blood Draws for laboratory testing
      4. Assisting with treatments
  3.  Pre-Op Phase
    1.  Under supervision of registered nurse prepares and assess patients for procedures/surgery per department policies under the ASPAN guidelines
    2. Provides patient and family centered education
    3. Proactively contacts appropriate physician(s) with abnormal diagnostic test results and/or patient issues.
    4. Completes and reviews all relevant documentation.
    5. Actively keeps the team informed of diagnostic results

     1. During idle times, may be assigned to assist the IV team, in other areas of the Hospital

     2. Other duties as assigned by the Manager and/or Charge RN.

Non-Essential Duties:

              1.  Attends annual competencies and successfully completes them.

              2.  Reads and responds in a timely manner to email communications

              3.  Assist in performance improvement initiatives

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 


  • ASPAN standards
  • Core Measures
  • Pain and comfort management of the perianesthesia patient
  • Knowledge of evidenced based processes regarding efficient and effective patient flow in the perianesthesia setting.
  • Knowledge and ability to practice as defined by Vocational Nursing Practice Act
  • Demonstrates knowledge of legal and regulatory aspects of care, knowledge of legal documents pertinent to unit. 
  • Skills

  • Time management skills in providing excellent patient care and efficient patient flow
  • Skilled in the safe and effective usage of all equipment necessary to provide patient care.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Skilled in the nursing process and effective decision making when establishing a plan of care 
  • Abilities

  • Ability to follow direction, accept, and utilize constructive criticism
  • Ability to function effectively under pressure, stress, emotion, and physical conditions while meeting time parameters. 
  • Core Competencies: All AVH employees will effectively demonstrate these behaviors:


    Action Oriented

    Customer Focused


    Effective Communication 


    Ethics & Values

    Integrity & Trust 

    Education and Experience:


  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing
  • Current nurse licensure in the state of California 
  • Experience

  • 2 years nursing experience in acute care setting preferred
  • Basic computer knowledge
  • Required Licensure and/or Certifications:

  • Licensed Vocational Nurse for State of California
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support Certification
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification –Preferred
  • Intravenous Therapy Certification 
  • AVH Conduct/Compliance Expectations:

  • Ability to adhere with AVH Absenteeism and Tardiness Policy 
  • Ability to adhere with AVH Leaves of Absence Policy
  • Ability to adhere with AVH Paid Time Off (PTO) Policy
  • Ability to adhere with AVH Recording of Hours Worked Policy
  • Ability to adhere to the department dress code
  • Ability to organize work and establish priorities
  • Ability to expand on own initiative in performance of duties
  • Skill and ability to follow the telephone etiquette/standards
  • Conforms to AVH Standards of Excellence
  • Ability to function effectively under pressure and meet time parameters
  • Ability to communicate effectively while maintaining good working relationships with co-workers, managers and other hospital staff
  • Ability to adhere to the normal standards of courtesy and conduct as defined under the rules of hospitality at AVH
  • Ability to maintain the confidentiality of patient, hospital and department information
  • Ability to adhere to safety rules and regulations
  • Safely and effectively uses all equipment necessary to carry out duties
  • Ability to interpret and function under hospital and department policies and procedures
  • Conforms with required and appropriate JCAHO requirements
  • Conforms with and supports hospital quality assurance and improvement guidelines
  • Ability to participate effectively in department and hospital staff education
  • Display a willingness to work as a team player
  • Ability to give and support the highest level of patient/customer satisfaction at all times
  • Supports and adheres to the values and mission statement established by the AVH Board of Directors
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Compliance & Integrity Program and its established policies.
  • Ability to follow the Code of Conduct
  • Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

  • Mandatory weekend and holiday rotations
  • Required to take call shifts per department policy
  • A detailed description of the physical requirements of this job is maintained in the Employee Health Department.

    Closing Statement

    Looking for an opportunity to work in healthcare the way you always dreamed you could? At Antelope Valley Hospital, our employees are at the heart of what we do best – delivering high quality, patient-centered healthcare.

    Antelope Valley Hospital, a 420 bed acute care facility, located just 60 miles north of Los Angeles, the Antelope Valley is one of Southern California’s fasted growing communities. We are a Level II Trauma Center and Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Accredited. Serving the community for over 50 years, our non-profit hospital has grown to be the preeminent healthcare facility for our district’s nearly 1.2 million residents. 


    An Equal Opportunity Employer.

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