At the Wilkes-Barre VAMC, The Licensed Practical Nurse is responsible to deliver fundamental, knowledge-based care to assigned patients while developing technical competencies. Uses practical knowledge of human behavior, motivations and reactions to situations in working effectively with patients, family and other staff members. Demonstrates the knowledge, skill and ability to recognize and respond appropriately to emergency situations. The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in this position: Assists with maintaining a safe and hazard free environment. Monitors patients on safety watch.. Has knowledge of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in partnership of medical facility policies; this knowledge helps the LPN in this role to play an active part within the mental health population. Is responsible for triaging scheduled Veterans for routine administration of antipsychotic injections, walk in, and crisis patients. Follows facility policy on the use of psychotropic medication. Assists with monitoring lab values of Lithium, Depakote, and Naltrexone, ensuring the veteran gets the required monitors done in a timely manner. Assists with Voluntary and Involuntary commitments to the in-patient psychiatric unit, in accordance of facility policy and Pennsylvania Chapter 5001.71 to 5001.90A. Ensures adequate 1:1 coverage for the S/H Veteran while in the MHC and often times remains with the Veteran in the Emergency Department (ED) while medical clearances are being obtained. Educates the Veteran about Mental Health Clinic (MHC) services offered in the MHC to include: Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), Military Sexual Trauma (MST), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anger Management, Wellness Groups and Community programs. Meets weekly with their assigned Behavioral Health Integration Program (BHIP) team to discuss and seek guidance with any high risk patients or to address possible ethical issues. Work Schedule: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday Financial Disclosure Report: Not required. Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; pushing; reaching above shoulders; use of fingers; use of both hands required; walking 8 hours; standing 8 hours; repeated bending; climbing legs only; both legs required; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; both eyes required; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted); emotional stability; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other. May be required to work with assaultive or combative patients.
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.