This Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) position is located at the Ashtabula Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, one of the clinics associated with VA Erie. The LPN functions as a member of the health care team. Under the direction of the Registered Nurse, he/she is responsible for providing direct and/or indirect patient care. Explains procedures to patients, using language which they understand and displays consideration of individual age related and gender specific patient needs. Communicates respectfully and works effectively with administrative staff, the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT), patients, and visitors. Orients patients to the clinic. Provides emotional support to patients, and families/significant others to assist them in adjusting to changes brought about by illness or change in health status. Demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary for concentrated effort and self-direction in carrying out the most complex practical nursing assignments, including assignments for selected acute care, long-term or ambulatory care, or psychiatric patients requiring skilled nursing care. Completes assigned duties and responsibilities which involve performing non standard and specialized practical nursing activities, requiring broad work experience and demonstrated skill sufficient to resolve a range of nursing problems. Demonstrates ability to accurately report and record significant patient information and uses good judgment in selecting the most appropriate application of procedures and guidelines, varying the order and sequence of assigned procedures based on the patients' condition. Completed work needs only a general review by a Registered Nurse (RN) for technical soundness, appropriateness and conformity with policy and nursing assignments. Prepares and administers prescribed oral, topical, subcutaneous, inhaled, medications, injectable, and suppositories according to policy and procedure. Correctly documents medications given or omitted in Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) according to established policy and procedures. Documents effects of medications. Recognizes emergent or acute situations, responds appropriately, and reports to the RN or provider promptly. Reports untoward patient incidents, including medication errors, to Charge Nurse/Nursing Supervisor, and initiates incident report. Responds appropriately to emergency situations including cardiopulmonary arrest, choking, and disaster or fire drills. Applies assistive/protective devices such as, splints, binders, or prosthetic appliances. Documents observations, therapeutic measures performed, and care provided following established policy and procedure. Collects subjective and objective data which contributes to the RN assessment and/or the patient reassessment. 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. Provides patient/family education in modifying patient care plans, incumbent considers physical, emotional, cultural, spiritual, socio-economic and age-related factors. Contributes to the PACT interdisciplinary team in the development, implementation and evaluation of the patient treatment plan and promotes patient participation in the therapeutic Provides competent care which is safe for both self and others under adverse conditions, including patient care situations, exposure to communicable diseases, exposure to constant noise and working protracted or irregular hours. Functions as a team leader under the supervision of the RN. Conducts group meetings to help patients share feelings, interact and function in accordance with the patient's treatment plan. Demonstrates ability to serve as a responsible member of the nursing team and interact with patients, family members, professional and supportive personnel who provide patient care, and with members of other services. Consistently follows environmental policies and procedures related to the Erie VAMC GEMS program, recycling, and the safe use, handling and disposal of chemical products. Shall follow all policies and procedures to ensure compliance with all applicable environmental regulations and requirements and be good stewards of the environment through pollution prevention, waste minimization and resource conservation. Work Schedule: Full-time 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599668500
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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.