A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) within this organization is responsible for the delivery of care in a variety of settings including outpatient clinic, acute inpatient unit, psychiatry, and long-term care. Duties Include but are not limited to: 1. Clinical and Technical: Demonstrates knowledge and skills to perform non-standard and specialized practical nursing activities. Demonstrates a high level of ability to vary order and sequence of assigned procedures and interventions based on patient's conditions. Uses judgment in selecting the most appropriate application of procedures and guidelines. Accurately reports and records significant patient assessment and teach reflecting progress toward identified nursing goals. Demonstrates ability to observe, identify and respond to the patient's needs for nursing, medication and equipment-assisted care; and to recognize deviations from normal. Takes initiative in identifying the need to modify patient care plans and considers physical, emotional and social factors. Demonstrates knowledge, skill and ability to recognize and respond appropriately to emergency situations. Performs support duties for diagnostic procedures including preparing the patient, assisting in the diagnostic examination and monitoring the patient's condition. Administers medications in accordance with VAMC Policy and Procedures. Has increased knowledge of untoward effects and desired effects of drugs administered; monitors patients accordingly. Counts narcotics with the RN at the beginning and/or end of tour of duty. Sets up and assists in the operation of special equipment. Orients staff and patients in the use of this equipment. Shares responsibility for ensuring that medical equipment is functional and safe; reports any evidence of malfunctioning. Assists in the coordination of patient care activities with other departments/services Monitors and adds IV solution in accordance with State Nurse Practice Act. Complies with VHA Directives related to scheduling of appointments including correct identification of desired date, priority veteran groups, and identification of veterans to be placed on the Electronic Waiting List. 2. Customer Service: Identifies and resolves patient problems. Consistently responds to veterans, families, significant others and staff in a positive manner. Acts as patient advocate in maintaining patient rights and responsibilities, including protection of confidentiality. 3. Communication: Practical knowledge of human behavior, motivations and reactions to situations. Demonstrated ability to use this knowledge in working effectively with patients, family and other staff members. Establishes constructive relationships with individual patients to elicit feelings and attitudes and to promote positive relationships, communications and socialization skills. Communication, both oral and/or written, is provided promptly and is responsive to the customer's needs. 4. Environment of Care: Encourages patients/residents/staff to adhere to policies and procedures related to safety/infection control. Maintains a safe, clean environment. Recognizes, reports and acts upon any situation that may be potentially dangerous to patients/residents, staff or visitors. Shares responsibility for ensuring that medical equipment is functional and safe; Reports any evidence of malfunctioning. Consistently utilizes proper body mechanics, client transfer techniques and safety measures in performance of duty. Contributes to a safe and therapeutic environment in the patient care unit. Understands and applies principles of infection control and standard precautions while giving care to all patients. Uses correct techniques, assistive devices and equipment when physically assisting patients or when assisting in physically restraining patients. Observes for and reports safety hazards, and assists in correction of hazardous conditions. Observes and monitors activities of patients at risk. Reports to the registered nurse any behaviors that may be potentially harmful to the patient or others, and when a patient at risk cannot be accounted for. 5. Growth and Development: Actively participates in unit level, service/product line, medical center and organizational educational/performance improvement activities. Identifies own educational needs and accepts responsibility for maintaining clinical competence and knowledge of current nursing practices. Assists new staff in orientation activities, as it applies to own nursing unit, through shared knowledge and clinical expertise. Participates on committees as appropriate. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm; with occasional extended hours Financial Disclosure Report: Not required ***This occupational series is eligible for the Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP). Repayment is limited to $10,000 annually, up to $60,000 in lifetime awards. Participants must sign a service agreement and maintain an acceptable level of performance to remain eligible for this program.***
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.