The Licensed Practical Nurse functions as a member of the nursing team and assists the licensed Registered Nurse in the care of patients in acute, subacute, or chronic states of illness. The incumbent delivers fundamental, knowledge-based care to assigned patients while developing technical competencies. Duties And Or Responsibilities Of The Licensed Practical Nurse May Include But Are Not Limited To The Following: Support diagnostic procedures, performing support duties for complex diagnostic test and or specialized practices or procedures. Prepare patient; assist with diagnostic exam, preparing specimens; preparing and passing instruments; monitor the patient's condition before, during, and after the procedure; and perform phlebotomy. Assist with technical nursing treatments; master equipment used to stabilize and monitor patients, including: electrocardiogram (EKG) machines, oxygen tanks, nasal cannula tubing, blood pressure cuffs, pulse oximeter, ear flushes, administer a variety of injections in a timely manner, and ensure the procedure is documented. Provide care that incorporates the age, gender, culture, and learning needs of patients requiring basic planning and evaluation of care - Incorporates cultural sensitivity into the care of all Veterans, being cognizant of the diverse population of Veterans from all adult ages, eras, and conflicts. Apply infection control measures appropriately in delivering care. Practices hand hygiene per policy; using hand sanitizers; good hand washing; donning gloves for procedures, as appropriate; cleaning equipment, examination tables, and chairs with Cavi-wipes; and ensures masks are worn by Veteran when droplet precautions are warranted. Communicate with team members regarding patient care. Contributes to the interdisciplinary team (IDT) in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the patient's treatment and discharge plan. Collaborates with members of other services regarding changes in patient's condition, laboratory results, responses to treatment plan, and other pertinent parameters of care. Participates in Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) team huddles with provider, PACT RN, and clerk on a regular basis. Keeps provider on schedule with clinic appointments. Adhere to ethical and principles and standards in delivering care. Protect all patient information by securing documents and protecting computer screens from the view of others. Use effective communication skills with co-workers to achieve desired patient outcomes. Oversees health technician and reports pertinent information to appropriate staff, such as changes in the patient's condition that requires immediate attention. Provide teaching to patients. Educating patients and significant others in their medical condition, prescribed medications, equipment, treatments, and activity level. Documents patient education and patient response. Provides Veteran with contact information for the clinic, their team members, and access via secure messaging. Performs other duties as assigned. PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Basic Life Saving (BLS) Certification preferred. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday: 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM (With Weekend & Holiday Rotations). 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.