The Atlanta VA is seeking Licensed Practical Nurses for the COVID Vaccine Center. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders The LPN contributes to the provision of optimum nursing care under the supervision of the professional nurse, by carrying out the following activities: Meets ongoing requirements as stated in Atlanta VAMC Licensed Practical Nurse job description. Maintains good communication with the Nurse Manager and Registered nurses. Communicates and interacts appropriately and courteously with internal and external customers. Demonstrates interdepartmental teamwork. Participates in interviewing, orientation, training, and mentoring of new LPN employees. Provides nursing care to patients including bathing, feeding, shaving, administering enemas, suppositories, warm and cold compresses and simple medicated dressings. Takes and records patients' blood pressure, temperature, pulse, respiration, weight, and collects specimens. Provides and assists with lifting and positioning of patients, utilizing proper body mechanics and lifting devices as appropriate. Assists the Physician, Nurse Practitioner, or Registered Nurse with diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Follows and maintain knowledge of policies/procedures of standard/universal precautions. Applies external urinary devices, safety devices, and other supportive devices as indicated or prescribed including restraints. Responds to patient call lights in a timely and courteous manner. Administers oral, topical, subcutaneous/intramuscular and intradermal medications, may calculate medication dosages, observe effectiveness of medications, and document in the patient's record. Assists the RN with admitting, transferring and discharging patients. Reports and records potentially unsafe unit and patient activities/equipment. Makes scheduled and continuous comfort and safety rounds to check on all patients. Makes environmental, mental health environment of care and safety rounds, ensuring prompt actions are taken if any hazardous items are noted. Maintains all annual TMS and skills competencies for LPN and mental health. Performs other duties as assigned by the Nurse Manager, charge, or Team RN.
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.