Graduate Practical Nurse (GPN) - Mary, Queen and Mother Center

St. Louis, MO 63119

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Position Description

Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, one of South County’s largest independent, assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation community nonprofit senior living communities, seeks compassionate and experienced Graduate Practical Nurse to join our growing team.

At Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, our mission is simple: we create communities that promote the dignity of human life and reflect the spirit of Jesus Christ. We proudly provide the best possible physical, social, and spiritual care for our older adult residents...but we need your help.

Functions as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) for Mary, Queen and Mother Center (MQMC).  The LPN is responsible for supervising assigned staff and providing quality care to the residents in keeping with CRSS mission and philosophy.  

Available Shifts:




Duties & Responsibilities

  • Uses the Nursing process of assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation to determine and respond to resident needs in a holistic manner.
  • Supervises, instructs, and assists, Certified Medication Technicians (CMTs) and Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs) in the care of their assigned residents, ensuring appropriate care is being provided.  This includes maintaining current assignment sheets to caregivers under the direction of an LPN/RN. 
  • Promotes the individualized and maximum care level for each resident, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • Supervises and/or administers prescribed medications and treatments according to physician orders, MQMC policy and procedures, and the Nurse Practice Act.
  • Observes residents reactions to medications and treatments, and records and reports reaction, and other significant incidents to Nursing Supervisor, resident’s physician, and responsible party.  Documents this information in the resident’s chart and on the 24 Hour Report.
  • Coach, Mentor, and or Develop CNAs and CMTs as necessary to maintain a positive cohesive team environment that delivers high Quality Care to all Residents.
  • Conducts multiple Rounds to ensure that all staff is performing their work assignments in accordance with acceptable Nursing Standards. This includes monitoring and managing Resident Call Lights Response Times.
  • Utilizes Matrix System to ensure Nursing Practices are compliant with State and Federal Guidelines. This is to include but not limited to the following daily review: Open Events, Dashboard, and Facility Report.
  • Interfaces in a positive and professional manner with all departments within CRSS and maintaining Positive employee morale.
  • Completes employee performance appraisals on designated Due Date for Staff directly supervised.
  • Reports immediately to the DON and Administrator if there is Abuse & Neglect of a Resident.
  • Responsible for ensuring staff follows HR policies and procedures.
  • Gives a complete, accurate report about residents to the next shift.
  • Assists in completing the Minimum Data Set (MDS) in a timely manner, utilizing the information for individualized care plans by attending resident care conferences as scheduled.
  • Maintains the medical record, documenting all pertinent and routine information, i.e., change in condition, monthly summaries, Medicare notation, physician visits, skin conditions, cognitive status, etc.
  • Makes Rounds with physicians noting changes in resident status.  Completes all required documentation and physician orders according to policies and procedures.
  • Completes all duties necessary for the care of the resident, i.e., labs, xrays, pharmacy requisitions, and consulting with other departments and other personnel or professionals as needed.
  • Assists in the delivery and feeding of residents during meals, ensuring that each resident is properly fed.
  • Completes Incident Reports as needed for residents, staff, or visitors.  Follows through with notification of physician and responsible party in a timely manner.
  • Notifies the responsible party in the event of a change in resident’s condition, Incident Reports, adverse reactions to medication or treatment, lab or xray permissions, consult permissions, transfers, discharges, changes in orders, or death.
  • Secures and makes provisions for the proper care, use, storage, and billing of supplies and equipment. 
  • Assists in orienting and teaching new staff.
  • Provides performance counseling and evaluations in cooperation with the Nursing Supervisor and according to policies and procedures.
  • Maintains professional growth and development by participating in inservices, seminars, workshops, and professional organizations.
  • Maintains communication between shifts by verbal, written, or taped reports.  Communicates to the Nursing Supervisor any unusual incidents or changes in condition involving residents, families, visitors, or staff.
  • Performs all duties in a professional manner, showing kindness, consideration, and cooperation in regards to residents, families, visitors, and staff.
  • Starts IVs (must be IV Certified) and may monitor IV fluids and site once started by an IV Certified Nurse.
  • Maintains the Nursing Communication log.
  • Completes new admissions/transfers in a timely manner (verifies physician orders, fax prescripions to pharmacy, notifies appropriate departments of arrival of new resident, and makes appropriate documentation notes).
  • Destroys unused medications according to procedure.
  • Responsible for ensuring staff follows HR Policies and Procedures.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge & Experience Requirements

  • Must become licensed and complete graduate nursing program within 90-days of start date
  • Knowledge in the proper use of equipment necessary to fulfill physician’s orders and facility policies.
  • Must possess a specialized interest and experience in geriatrics and Nursing care of the chronically ill and convalescent adults.
  • Must possess a knowledge or regulations governing extended care facilities.

Skills & Attitudes Required for Success in Job

  • Must be flexible and tolerant in circumstances as they arise.
  • Must be able to assume responsibility, supervise, and delegate duties in a fair and organized manner.
  • Must be organized, tactful, courteous, and possess good communication skills.
  • Must maintain confidentiality with all pertinent resident care information to assure residents rights are protected.
  • Must be willing to advocate resident rights to ensure fair and equitable treatment, self-determinations, individuality, privacy, property and civil rights, and the right to wage a grievance.
  • Must set an example for staff in regards to promptness, manner, professionalism, dress/appearance, demeanor, safety, cooperation, customer service, Nursing Service, etc.
  • Must be able to perform the physical/mental functions/requirements of the position (see attached).

Pre-Employment Screening

All candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening. The screenings will include criminal background check and other background checks (as needed), drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, and Covid-19 vaccination. Various positions will require physical examination, Tuberculosis screening and Hepatitis A. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.


Cardinal Ritter Senior Services does not discriminate on the basis of handicapped status in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its federally assisted programs and activities.


CRSS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.