Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Surgical Technologist, Obstetrics

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Decatur, IL



Provides care to post partum, labor and delivery, and nursery patients as assigned by the registered nurse.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


  • Current CPR card.
  • Hepatitis b vaccination.
  • Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Competency in skills identified in the unit-specific competence plan and skills list. 
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing. 
  • Ability to adjust actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Ability to consider the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Ability to watch gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Ability to maintain sterile technique.


Education and/or Other Requirements

Graduate of an accredited school of practical nursing or a recognized surgery technician school.  LPN’s must have current registration in Illinois for practice as a licensed practical nurse.  Must have successfully completed OB OR Surgical Tech training at DMH.  Must be CPR certified.  Six months experience preferred. One-on-one care training required.


Environmental Factors

This position is performed within an environment of frequent exposure to blood and body fluids.  


Physical Demands

The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required walk, stand, stoop to floor level, kneel and assist in lifting patient; to assist patients and/or adjust equipment at floor level; to reach, change and read IV’s 5 feet from the floor unaided; to support weight of persons 200 pounds or more in emergency situations.
  • The employee will frequently be required to lift, push or pull weight of at least 5 to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to read 5 feet from the floor unaided.
  • Ability to communicate orally.
  • Ability to attend to visual demands.
  • Ability to make precise arm/hand movements.
  • The employee will be required to use step stools to gain height for satisfactory performance.

Mental Demands

  • Ability to work under stress and adapt to changing conditions.
  • Analyze information or data.
  • Plan sequence of operations or actions.
  • Make decisions of moderate to substantial effects, with a variety of alternatives and moderate to substantial consequences.
  • Use logic to define problems, collect information, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, interpret information, deal with abstract variables.
  • Comprehend written basic instructions, safety rules, office memoranda at a high school graduate level.
  • Ability to compose written communication using standard business English at a high school graduate level.
  • Ability to comprehend verbal sentences and instructions at a high school graduate level.
  • Ability to converse in Standard English at a high school graduate level.


Essential Functions and Job Duties


  • Admits patients, collects data (vital signs, admission, and assessment) initially and periodically within the clinical standards; reports significant variances to registered nurse.
  • Establishes workload priorities and offers input into plan of care for patients; encourages patient participation in plan of care.
  • Provides and documents care within standards of practice, policies, procedures and protocols consistent with the patient plan of care under the supervision of an RN.
  • Identifies expected outcomes individualized to mother, baby and other patient needs under RN guidance.
  • Demonstrates competency in all required areas, including department-specific, age-specific, OB OR specific, medication administration, and use of equipment.
  • Assumes responsibility for professional development by:
  • Maintaining ongoing continuing education,
  • Contributing to professional development of peers, and
  • Participating in CQI.
  • Maintains sterile environment and applies sterile and safe techniques.
  • Assists in preparation and draping of the patient.
  • Wears lead aprons, eye protection and personal protection equipment.
  • Reports unsafe conditions.
  • Disassembles and decontaminates setup.
  • Performs as a scrub nurse, anticipating surgeon’s needs throughout.
  • Plans for procedures by reviewing case cart set-up.
  • Sets up and passes instruments, sutures and supplies during surgical procedures.
  • First assist physician with delivery of C-section infants.
  • Set up and assist physician with vaginal delivery.
  • Identifies specimens with the surgeon and the circulating nurse.
  • Transports surgery patients.
  • Utilizes supplies and equipment in cost-effective manner.
  • Maintains and orders adequate supplies.
  • Updates procedure/preference cards.
  • When assigned one-on-one care to a patient that is perceived to be harmful to themselves or others, positions self in patient room at bedside to maintain constant visual observation of the patient and remain within arm’s length of patient.  Never leaves the patient alone or out of sight unless specifically instructed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


General Skill Requirements

In addition to the Essential Functions and Qualifications listed above, to perform the job successfully an individual must also possess the following General Skill Requirements.

  • Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Accepts criticism and feedback; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; ability to work with frustrating situations; work under pressure and on an irregular schedule such as unscheduled overtime, unanticipated changes in work pace; Works with numerous distractions.
  • Attendance and Punctuality – Schedules time off in advance; Begins working on time; Keeps absences within guidelines; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
  • Communications – Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; Expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; Exhibits good listening and comprehension; Keeps others adequately informed; Selects and uses appropriate communication methods.
  • Cooperation – Establishes and maintains effective relations; Exhibits tact and consideration; Displays positive outlook and pleasant manner; Offers assistance and support to co-workers; Works cooperatively in group situations; Works actively to resolve conflicts.
  • Job Knowledge – Competent in required job skills and knowledge; Exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills; Keeps abreast of current developments; Requires minimal supervision; Displays understanding of how job relates to others; Uses resources effectively.
  • Judgment – displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions; ability to work with and maintain confidential information.
  • Problem solving – Identifies problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Resolves problems in early stages; Works well in group problem solving situations.
  • Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Displays commitment to excellence; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Quantity – Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly; Achieves established goals.
  • Concentration – Maintains attention to detail over extended period of time; continually aware of variations in changing situations.
  • Supervision – ability to perform work independently or with minimal supervision; ability to assign and/or review work; train and/or evaluate other employees.

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