OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans. The Specialty Clinic (SC), Medicine, LPN is responsible for the evidence-based care of a group of patients as follows: The duties and assignments of this position include interviewing patients, performing a general systems appraisal of the patient's condition, collecting objective and subjective data. Duties also include collaboration with the RN in developing, selecting the appropriate sequence of procedures and implementing a plan of care individualized to carry out the nursing needs of the patient. Contributes to the interdisciplinary team (IDT) in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the patient's outpatient treatment and discharge plan if applicable. Collaborates with members of other services regarding changes in patient's condition, laboratory results, responses to treatment plan, and other pertinent parameters of care. Promotes positive patient/family/staff relationship by utilizing appropriate communication skills. Prepares and administers commonly prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/ or intravenous) as permitted by approved local facility policies and procedures. Observes patient's response to medication administered and reports any noted change in patient's condition to RN or MD/DO. Performs support duties for common diagnostic tests and or practices or procedures, which include preparing the patient, assisting in the diagnostic examination, preparing specimens, preparing and passing instruments, and monitoring the patient's condition before, during, and after the procedure. Works with the RN and/ or MD/DO to appropriately orient/ train less experienced LPNs/ licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) or nursing assistants (NAs), or health technicians (HTs) in relation to acceptable standards of practice in promoting optimal patient care delivery. Recognizes and appropriately responds to breakage/ malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action. Recognizes the need for and institutes emergency measures when indicated, promptly seeks the assistance of the RN or MD/DO, and assists in resuscitation procedures in cardiac and/ or pulmonary arrest. Educates patients and significant others in relation to common disease processes, medication, and/ or prescribed treatment regimes. Documents patient education and patient's response. Safeguards the patient's right to privacy by protecting information of a confidential nature. Congruent to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1966, maintains information security management. Provides one-to-one interactions to explore feelings and behavior and promote interpersonal relationships, communication, and socialization skills in accordance with the patient's plan of care. Participates in unit quality management (QM) programs. Follows established safety practices and, reporting to the supervisor or RN, unsafe conditions, unsafe practices, or any occupational illness or injury. Adheres to all safety and health standards, regulations and work practices. Additional duties as assigned. Work Schedule: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday Financial Disclosure Report: Not required. Physical Requirements: The population of male and female Veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18 to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. Lebanon VA Medical Center is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical and surgical inpatients and outpatients. 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.
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.