LPN Nurse (Back Office) - Gastroenterology (General GI)

companyWashington University In St. Louis School of Arts&Sciences
location1 Barnes Jewish Hospital Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA
PublishedPublished: 2/3/2024
Health and Medical Services
Full Time

Scheduled Hours


Position Summary

Most WashU Licensed Practical Nurse jobs hold regular clinic hours — no nights or weekends — and all are within an environment characterized by innovation and excellence.

Position functions as an LPN to physicians in the Gastroenterology Division helping to ensure the orderly and timely provision of excellent inpatient and outpatient medical care. Position functions within a team environment in the Gastroenterology Division. Fast-paced medical office work environment with work deadlines, periodic crisis management, patient/family interaction, potential exposure to infectious materials in the clinic setting. Extensive time spent on the phones and computer terminals.

This is a great opportunity for the LPN with exceptional phone skills, prioritizes patient education, has Epic or like electronic charting and keen communication and organizational skills.

Washington University School of Medicine LPN jobs offer a competitive salary and exceptional employee benefits. Enjoy 20 vacation days & 10 paid holidays a year, a 7-10% matching 403(b), dependent tuition and so much more! This St. Louis LPN role is a premier position for life work balance.

Job Description

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Acts as a liaison between physicians and patients, fielding phone calls, follow-up with patients, referring physicians and their support staff, clinical justification for insurance reimbursement of patient medication, answering questions, scheduling outpatient office visit appointments, and communicating lab results.
  • Schedules tests and procedures; coordinating schedules with inpatient and outpatient nursing staffs, patients, and physicians. Completes necessary paperwork accurately and thoroughly. Makes appropriate phone calls and coordinates those involved in successfully providing outpatient as well as inpatient care.
  • Explains pre- and postoperative instructions to patients and calls patients with test results.
  • Occasionally assists physician in outpatient office setting and assists in supporting the physician follow-up plan for the patient during their office hours.
  • Aids in the updating and data entry in electronic medical records.
  • Promptly alerts physicians of abnormal test results.
  • Assists in the assessment, monitoring, and termination of prescribed tests.
  • Observes, monitors, and responds appropriately to changes in patient treatments.
  • Reviews patient data and communicates pertinent information to superior in a timely manner, charting entries appropriately.
  • Administers medications as prescribed within state and facility guidelines and performs CPR when required.
  • Participates in development, implementation, and evaluation of patient care plans with other members of the patient care team.

Essential Administrative Functions

  • Answers phone, screens and routes calls providing information in accordance with Division policy.
  • Provides assistance in the day-to-day administration of physician practices.
  • Arranges and coordinates meetings as requested.

Other Functions

  • May be asked to help cover in the absence of other supportive staff in the Gastroenterology Division.
  • Maintains a physician clinical and administrative schedule.
  • Occasional clinic work with direct patient care may be required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

  • One year of related medical experience.
  • Epic experience.
  • Interactive communication skills with ability to work with physicians, patients and support staff.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, a professional demeanor, and discretion.
  • Working knowledge of fundamentals of medical assisting, including anatomy, physiology and medical terminology.
  • Willingness to develop computer skills.
  • Working knowledge of general nursing theory and practice with ability to recognize and interpret symptoms/conditions and assist in emergency or adverse situations.

Required Qualifications

  • Graduate of LPN program.
  • REQUIRED LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION/REGISTRATION: Current LPN licensure in the state of Missouri and/or Illinois depending on location or received within three months from date of hire; Basic Life Support certification (Online BLS certifications, those without a skills assessment component, are not sufficient to meet the BLS requirements).



Salary Range

$20.17 - $30.24 / HourlyThe salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.


If you are unable to use our online application system and would like an accommodation, please emailCandidateQuestions@wustl.eduor call the dedicated accommodation inquiry number at 314-935-1149 and leave a voicemail with the nature of your request.

Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Benefits Statement


  • Up to 22 days of vacation, 10 recognized holidays, and sick time.
  • Competitive health insurance packages with priority appointments and lower copays/coinsurance.
  • Want to Live Near Your Work and/or improve your commute? Take advantage of our free Metro transit U-Pass for eligible employees. We also offer a forgivable home loan of up to $12,500 for closing costs and a down payment for homes in eligible neighborhoods.
  • WashU provides eligible employees with a defined contribution (403(b)) Retirement Savings Plan, which combines employee contributions and university contributions starting at 7%.


  • Wellness challenges, annual health screenings, mental health resources, mindfulness programs and courses, employee assistance program (EAP), financial resources, access to dietitians, and more!


  • We offer 4 weeks of caregiver leave to bond with your new child. Family care resources are also available for your continued childcare needs. Need adult care? We’ve got you covered.
  • WashU covers the cost of tuition for you and your family, including dependent undergraduate-level college tuition up to 100% at WashU and 40% elsewhere after seven years with us.

For policies, detailed benefits, and eligibility, please visit: https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/

EEO/AA Statement

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the University’s policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.

Diversity Statement

Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.