Licensed Pratical Nurse I

Website Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

Healthy People in Healthy Communities

Your practical nursing skills and positive energy will make a difference in the quality of life for our patients. Join our professional Treatment Services clinical team as a Licensed Practical Nurse I.  Our Strengthening Families Division is currently looking to hire a Licensed Practical Nurse to support our Treatment Services program.

This is a Regular, Part-time (.80 FTE) position, 32 hours per week.

Some of what you’ll do:Dispense oral methadone in accordance with DEA regulations and prescribed orders given, written and made a part of patient record by a licensed physician or medical practitioner.
Order and maintain medical supplies.
Maintain electronic health records.
Assist RN or LPN II with examinations, chart preparation and patient compliance.
Perform practical nurse assessments and health screening of patients using established, standardized protocols to collect vital signs.
Obtain blood for routine laboratory procedures.

What you bring to the table:
• Knowledge of basic 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.

Who should apply:
Completion of an approved course of study in practical nursing.

Prior experience in a methadone clinic or mental health nursing setting preferred.

Required Certifications and Licensure
• Possession of a current State of Washington Practical Nurse’s License.

Working Conditions & Physical Requirements:
Work Setting
The potential for dealing with dissatisfied or angry customers exists, requiring skills in conflict resolution.
Work is stressful due to the nature of the job, i.e. counseling, handling of biohazards, blood, etc.
Exposure to hazardous materials, chemicals, or waste, which if not handled or disposed of appropriately, could cause significant repercussions to the safety and health of the public.
Working with bodily fluids where exposure to disease and illness requires proper safety precautions.

Physical Demands
Physical agility and stamina – work requires large portion of day standing and walking within the clinic.
Tools and Equipment
Duties require the use of standard office furniture and equipment (e.g., desk, filing cabinet, computer, printer, telephone, fax machine, copy machine, etc.)
Some travel is required, and is typically local or regional, to meet with clients, conduct business, or attend or provide training.


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.

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