The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is responsible for the coordination and clinical care of Veterans admitted to the Serious Mental Ill/Geri-Psychiatric (SMI/GERI-PSYCH) Unit. LPN's are responsible for providing a wide range of patient care, treatments and charting activities throughout SMI/GERI-PSYCH Unit. Possessing knowledge and skills necessary for concentrated efforts and self-direction in carrying out complex assignments. TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION, YOU MUST SUBMIT A COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGE, OR YOU WILL RECEIVE AN ELECTRONIC NOTICE THAT YOU ARE RATED INELIGIBLE. SEE QUALIFICATIONS SECTION AND REQUIRED DOCUMENTS SECTION FOR DETAILS. KSAs MUST BE DEMONSTRATED IN YOUR RESUME. PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT AND REFER BACK TO IT OFTEN WHEN WRITING YOUR RESUME. Statement of Duties: The LPN performs duties in such a way as to encourage Veteran efforts towards goals for recovery and maintain a safe and therapeutic environment while promoting a sense of worth and dignity for the patient. Quality of Care is measured by Evidence-Based Clinical Reminders, and local Performance Measures. The LPN observes Veterans and prioritizes urgency of needs based on condition and information obtained from the patient. The LPN independently initiates emergency action in life threatening situations such as cardiac and/or respiratory arrest, disruptive behaviors, etc. and alerts others. The incumbent assists with admission of new Veterans to the unit (i.e. assist with new patient orientation, vital signs, height/weight, belongings inventory, breathalyzer, Urine Drug Screens (UDS), etc.). The incumbent is responsible for providing direct care and care coordination for Veterans, especially those receiving medication assisted treatments. The incumbent is responsible for observing, monitoring, reporting Vital Signs, Accu-Checks, symptoms; especially declines in physical, mental and emotional status to a Registered Nurse (RN) and/or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). The incumbent provides Veteran care within scope of practice by administering medications, treatments and procedures; attending to Veterans' concerns; and documenting each medication and/or care provided. The incumbent assists the SMI/GERI-PSYCH Interdisciplinary Treatment Teams in monitoring Veterans' adherence to treatment, symptoms/ clinical status, medication side effects, treatment preferences, and barriers to treatment. The incumbent conducts and documents Patient Count and Environmental Rounds for safety, documenting patient observations according to program guidelines. The incumbent, when necessary performs or assists with basic Nursing Care and Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) for Veterans with various Psychiatric or Mental Health and/or Substance Diagnoses. The incumbent is responsible to facilitate group activities and conduct appropriate individual conversation with the Veterans. Participates in patient education. Maintains appropriate professional boundaries. The incumbent assists with Environment of Care (EOC) Rounds, contraband searches, room checks; etc.; promoting a safe and therapeutic environment. The incumbent performs other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:30a.m. to 4:00p.m. w/ Rotation Required; Weekends, Holidays and Other Tours of Duty in Time of Need 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.