The Licensed Practical Nurse performs all duties within the scope of his/her license including medication administration. Completed work is under the general supervision of an RN or MD/DO. Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations. Completed work requires only a general review by a RN or MD/DO for appropriateness and conformity with established policies and procedures. Duties and or responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following: Carry out assigned patient care based on the patients' conditions; to use judgment in selecting the appropriate order and sequence of procedures and treatments and to accurately recognize, report and record relevant patient information. Works with the RN and/or MD/DO to appropriately orient/train less experienced LPNs, Nursing Assistants and Health Technicians in relation to acceptable standards of practice in promoting optimal patient care delivery. Serves as a preceptor to support training of less experienced LPN/LVNS, CNAs, and HTs related to support duties for complex specialized tests/procedures. Observes, identify and respond to the patient's needs for care, medication, equipment assisted care and patient/family education. Establishes constructive relationships with individual patients and their families to elicit feelings and attitudes, and to promote positive relationships, communication and socialization skills. Fosters an environment of respect for individual patient and family rights to privacy and dignity in all aspects of care delivery. Effectively incorporates knowledge and understanding of established customer service standards in all interactions with patients, family members, and/or other internal/external customers. Performs support duties for complex diagnostic tests and/or specialized practices or procedures, which include preparing the patient, assisting in the diagnostic examination, preparing and handling specialized instruments or other specialized equipment, and monitoring the patient's condition before, during, and following the procedure. Provides care of patients/residents and their environment contributing to optimizing patient/resident outcomes as a member of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team. Provides reporting, communication and documentation in the computerized patient record system with other members of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team. Maintains licensure, BCLS, and currency in required education and training as identified by regulating agencies, the PVAMC, VISN and National Agency. Demonstrates competency and consistency in the technical use of equipment, application of technical standards and performance of administrative support duties. Demonstrates knowledge of and compliance with standard operating procedures for the maintenance of reusable medical equipment. Recognizes and appropriately responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action. Attends unit level and Medical Center meetings and develops as an employee to support committee participation. Perform other duties as assigned. PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification preferred. Two years of long term care experience preferred. One year of End of Life Care experience preferred. Work Schedule: Evening Shift: 03:30 PM - 12 Midnight (Weekends & Holidays As Needed). Financial Disclosure Report: Not required. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The incumbent must be physically and mentally able to perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others. This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, pushing, lifting 45 pounds or more, reaching above the shoulder, frequent pushing medication carts; and use finger and both and hand and legs. Transferring patients and objects may be required. 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 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 must be able to navigate all areas of the facility, use a keyboard, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when necessary, as well as direct others to perform it, and perform other activities of the position without any restrictions.
Internal Number: 599947200
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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.