The Licensed Practical Nurse works under the direction of an RN and reports to the primary care manager. The LPN is responsible for observing, recording and reporting changes in the patient's condition, as well as assisting in the development and revision of the patient-driven holistic care plan for life. Duties may include: Makes observations and thoroughly documents care and the patient's response. Appropriately seeks assistance and guidance by informing RN or medical provider of changes in the patient's condition requiring higher-level intervention The LPN performs, reports, and records assigned nursing care in the Primary Care Clinics, including, but not limited to: oxygen therapy; medication administration to include IV medication if certified; clinical reminders with appropriate consults and alerts as indicated; check expiration dates of meds and supplies; delegated procedures and treatments; documentation; assists with minor procedures including obtaining and arranging necessary equipment, positioning patient, ensuring comfort and privacy, monitoring patient during procedure. Adheres to standards of practice and safe technique in preparation and administration of medication. Demonstrates understanding of age- and population-specific characteristics that affect the health care needs of the Veteran. Promptly recognizes urgent or emergent patient care situations, seeks assistance and effectively intervenes as directed when appropriate. Based on the patient's goals, provides patient and family health education, to include self-management, prevention and wellness. Interacts and communicates appropriately with patients and family members. Demonstrates professional behavior (e.e., respect, civility, ability to accept constructive criticism), effective communication and interpersonal skills. Adheres to principles of infection control, safety, and universal precautions. Incumbent possesses knowledge of proper handling and pre-cleaning of reusable medical equipment. Demonstrates competence utilizing special equipment needed to perform job duties. Follows policy and procedures related to fire and disaster drills, safety and security measures. Demonstrates initiative in assisting the core and expanded teams. Assists in the orientation and competency validation of students, peers and clerical staff. Maintains confidentiality of electronic, written, and/or verbal patient information. Maintains a work environment that honors diversity. Serves as a resource and advocate in the protection of patient and family rights. Completes mandatory reviews, including motivational interviewing, in order to promote patient self management toward individualized life plan and care. Supports patient-driven care in safe, efficient and cost-effective manner, using evidence-based principles. Promotes patient and personal safety. Work Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday days Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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.