Licensed Practical Nurse

Licensed Practical Nurse

Northwest Indian Treatment Center, Elma, WA         

Reports To:
NWITC Director, June O’Brien

TS Range:
8/9 ($23.39-$25.17 hourly DOQ)

Time Status:

FLSA Status:

Opening Date:
February 9, 2018

Closing Date:
February 23, 2018


Works under the director of the Northwest Indian Treatment Center. Participates in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of nursing care for NWITC patients.

(Other duties may be assigned.)

  • Ensure appropriate admissions including obtaining information regarding patient’s health and mental health. Review referral packet to include medical history, physical and all lab work.
  • Identify patients who will require ongoing medical care after admissions and assist with appropriate referrals and follow up care. Interact with regular pre-admissions medical care providers as appropriate.
  • Coordinate and document medical care.
  • Arrange transportation for admissions, discharges and medical appointments as appropriate.
  • Stores inappropriate medications as per NWITC Policy. Disposes of medications as appropriate as per NWITC policies and DOH requirements.
  • Develop a medication sheet for each patient and review weekly to ensure medication provided is correct and documentation is thorough.
  • Provide each patient with a medical discharge plan and send a copy to the on-going provider.
  • Interact with psychiatric nurse practitioner to coordinate psychotropic medication assessments and reviews. Including chart review to ensure ARNP documentation is complete and timely.
  • Ensure prescribed medication are received in a timely manner.
  • Develop ongoing productive relationships with local pharmacies so patient medication needs are met. Order non prescribed medications identified on the “standing orders” protocol.
  • Interacts with clinical team and treatment attendants to ensure all appropriate employees have relevant information regarding patient care.
  • Communicate any changes in medication which may impact patient progress.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings.
  • Informs Director or Clinical Coordinator of any problems potential or actual which affect the safety of health of patients and staff.
  • Maintains strict confidentiality regarding patient/client information.
  • Leaves detailed notes for NWITC nurse regarding any medical issues that clients had while filling in.
  • Collects lab specimens and reviews results with patients as necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in clinical assessments documentation and compliance with nursing care and policies and procedures.
  • Must not be under current investigation by the Department of Health or found in noncompliance with DOH ethical standards unless successfully participating in a correction program with DOH and the Squaxin Island Tribe is in agreeance.

Bachelors of Science degree in nursing and two years relevant experience OR Associates degree in nursing and be certified to work in Washington State as an LPN or RN and have four years relevant experience OR High School diploma and be certified to work in Washington State as an LPN and have six years of relevant experience. Experience providing direct care to chemically dependent patients preferred. Previous work with Native Americans is preferred.

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to a prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Current LPN license to practice in Washington State. Current CPR/ First Aid Certification, current CEU’s.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the essential duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear and to sit; frequently required to walk; reach with hands and arms; use hands to finger, handle or feel. Employee is occasionally required to stand, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, or taste or smell. While performing the duties of this position the employee may frequently be required to lift up to ten pounds and occasionally lift up to twenty-five pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision; distance vision; peripheral vision; and depth perception.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise of the work environment for this position is usually moderate.

Applicants who have been a patient of the NWITC programs must have completed services for a minimum of two years and should have three years of sustained recovery

The successful candidate will be required to have a urinalysis for drug and alcohol screening in accordance with the Tribe’s Drug Free Workplace policy.

Indian Preference will be exercised in the hiring of this position in accordance with the Tribe’s Personnel Policies.

Human Resources Department (360) 426-9781