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Licensed Practical Nurse II, Tacoma, WA

Organization: Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
Category: LPN/LVN
Location: Tacoma, WA
Date Job Posted: August 22, 2022
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Licensed Practical Nurse II - Extended

Salary $54,142.40 - $69,763.20 Annually
Location Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, WA
Job Type Regular
Division Strengthening Families
Job Number 22-00108
Closing date and time Continuous

Job Summary

Licensed Practical Nurse II - Extended description imageYour practical nursing skills and positive energy will make a difference in the quality of life for our patients. Join our professional Substance Abuse Services clinical team as a Licensed Practical Nurse II. This is Regular, Full-Time (1.0 FTE) position within the Strengthening Families Division.

Some of what you'll do:

  • Schedule medical appointments.
  • Coordinate with phlebotomy nurse for scheduling labwork.
  • Perform complex practical nursing assessments and health screening of clients using established, standardized protocols to collect client vital signs.
  • Assist physician or ARNP with examinations as needed.
  • Provide instructions to patients regarding the course of treatment outlined by the physician and/or to educate about services, health problems, etc.
  • Review dose and take-home status change requests before routing to provider for orders, then enter orders in the electronic health record.
  • Manage multiple take-home schedule spreadsheets and maintain pre-pour bag system.
  • Manage multiple spreadsheets including but not limited to: breathalyzer schedule, pregnant patients/appointments, medication registration.
  • Manage monthly medication orders expiring list.
  • Manage scanning of medical paperwork into electronic health record and train LPN I staff in proper scanning protocol.
  • Coordinate with front desk and assessment staff for medical induction appointments.
  • Enter courtesy dosing orders and diagnosis codes.
  • Run PMP reports for annual physicals, monthly DOC patients, and as needed.
  • Track patients on benzodiazepine agreements to include medication registration and pill count.
  • Take turns being on-call after hours for hospitals to verify patient methadone doses.
  • Assist the RN in training new medical staff to policy, procedure and protocol.
  • Dispense oral methadone in accordance with physician orders and DEA regulation.
  • Accurately read PPD test results.
  • Pre-pour doses for patients with 1x/month and 2x/month take-home status.
  • Accurate record keeping of methadone received from supplier and dispensed to patients to include logging in new methadone stock and properly numbering/stacking bottles in safe, running/printing end-of-day reports, putting them in correct order and signing them.
  • Maintain a clean and orderly examination room and dispensary.
  • Re-stock medical supplies as needed and notify RN Supervisor when medical supplies need to be re-ordered.
  • Attend mandatory staff meetings and complete required trainings.
  • Backup duties when RN Supervisor is unavailable - attend weekly Medical Staffing; e-mail medical induction synopses to clinic coordinator; order medical supplies and methadone from supplier.
  • Provide emergency care for clients in medical distress until emergency medical responders arrive.
  • Additional duties as assigned, includes emergency planning and response. The work you do might require you to participate in the Title XIX Medicaid Claiming Program.

Click here for a detailed Classification Specification.

What you bring to the table

  • Knowledge of practical nursing principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of fundamental concepts of health laws and regulations.
  • Skill in providing oral presentations to groups.
  • Ability to understand and interpret health laws and regulations.
  • Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written directions.
  • Ability to maintain records and reports of services provided.
  • Ability to pay attention to detail in patient care, documentation, and following policies and procedures.

Who should apply

Certification as a Licensed Practical Nurse and related medical certifications in CPR, AED, and one years' experience providing nursing care in hospital, doctor's clinic, or equivalent combination of education and experience to perform the essential functions of work.


  • Previous experience in a lead capacity.
  • Prior experience in a methadone clinic or mental health nursing setting.

Required Certifications and Licensure

  • Possession of a valid driver's license and an acceptable driver's abstract prior to employment.
  • Possession of a current State of Washington Practical Nurse's License is required.

Working Conditions & Physical Requirements

Work Setting:

  • Work is performed in a indoor clinical setting with periodic outdoor "curbside" dosing throughout the day.
  • Your office will be set up to provide personal safety, including social distancing, screening, sanitation, disinfection, and masks.

Physical Demands:

  • Sitting/standing/walking; fine motor dexterity; ability to lift, push and pull up to 50 pounds.

Tools and Equipment:

  • Ability to operate a computer with Windows 10 products (Word, Excel, Outlook) and electronic health records.
  • Duties require the use of standard office furniture and equipment (e.g., desk, filing cabinet, computer, printer, telephone, fax machine, copy machine, etc.)
  • Ability to use standard medical equipment (thermometer, scale, blood pressure cuff, breathalyzer, O2 sat monitor, stethoscope) to perform assessments.
  • Medication dispensing equipment (electronic pump/tubing, hand-pump, electronic sealer).


  • Some travel may be required, and is typically local or regional, to attend training.
  • Driving a vehicle requiring a license.

When public health responds to an emergency you may be assigned duties that are outside your regular job description. This may involve responding at any time, including nights and weekends, with possible deployment to locations other than the department.


Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
3629 South D St.
Tacoma, Washington, 98418
Phone 253-649-1551

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