Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: S0042 / Licensed Prctcl Nurse
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 09

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Provides general patient care and basic patient education. Performs duties which indirectly support patient care such as scheduling, recordkeeping, and maintaining supplies inventories.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Schedules and coordinates paperwork for patient/doctor appointments and surgeries.
  2. Assists doctors, registered nurses, and therapists with examinations, treatments, special tests, and procedures.
  3. Reviews patient charts, checks patients in, obtains and records patients' weight, blood pressure, urine samples, blood samples, and medical history, and assesses reasons for patient visits.
  4. Records and reports observed symptoms, reactions, treatments, and changes in the patients' conditions.
  5. As appropriate to the operating environment of the position, assists patients with hygiene and daily living activities such as bathing, oral care, skin care, meals, and turning in bed; transports patients to and from appointments, clinics, laboratories, and/or other locations via wheelchairs.
  6. Administers medications; applies sterile dressings.
  7. Maintains and stocks inventory of office and/or clinical supplies, as appropriate to the position.
  8. Educates patients regarding health-related issues.
  9. Coordinates labeling, delivery, and receipt of laboratory specimens and results; provides information and coordinates follow-up visits regarding laboratory results.
  10. Practices safety, environmental, and/or infection control methods.
  11. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Vocational/technical training in Nursing; no previous experience required. Certification/Licensure State of New Mexico Licensed Practical Nurse.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
  • Ability to observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress.
  • Knowledge of supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control.
  • Knowledge of clinical and/or surgical operations and documentation.
  • Knowledge of patient evaluation and triage procedures.
  • Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
  • Skill in performing clinical and medical procedures.
  • Ability to maintain calendars and schedule appointments.
  • Ability to educate patients and/or families as to the nature of disease and to provide instruction on proper care and treatment.
  • Ability to safely lift, and physically manipulate patients.
  • Knowledge of patient care charts and patient histories.
  • Knowledge of appropriate procedures and standards for the administration of medications and patient care aids.
  • Ability to prepare and process laboratory samples using established protocols.

Conditions of Employment

  • CPR Certified.
  • All regular, non-temporary positions assigned to this classification are represented by a labor union and subject to the terms and conditions of the CWA Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Considerable physical activity. Requires heavy physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to 50 pounds. Physical work is a primary part (more than 70%) of job.
  • Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 05/02/2021