The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) will function as a member of the Primary Care Team at the Fargo, North Dakota VA Health Care Facility. The (LPN/LVN) performs nursing care for adult and geriatric patients with a variety of physical, mental, behavioral or psychological needs by applying practical nursing knowledge and skills. The LPN is guided in practice and requires intermittent supervision from the Nurse Manager. The LPN will possess the required clinical knowledge necessary for the following duties: Carry out assigned patient care based on the patients' conditions Use judgment in selecting the appropriate order and sequence of procedures and treatments Accurately recognize, report and record relevant patient information. Ability to observe, identify and respond to the patient's needs for care, including medication, equipment-assisted care and patient/family education In organizing and delivering care, the LPN/LVN recognizes and considers emotional, cultural, spiritual, socio-economic, and age-related factors Ability to serve as a responsible member of the nursing team Ability to interact in an appropriate manner with patients, family, members, professional and other support personnel involved in the delivery of patient care Incorporate acceptable established customer service standards into practice. Provide effective education to patients and/or family members in relation to disease processes, medication and/or prescribed treatment regiments after collaboration with RN and/or health care team Document in CPRS; documentation will include patient's response to medication and/or prescribed treatment regimens and the reporting of any unexpected change in patient's condition to RN or provided Prepare, administer and document prescribed medication and/or prescribed treatment regimens as permitted by approved policies and procedures of the facility Recognize urgent or emergent patient care situations, seek assistance of the RN and/or provider, and initiate appropriate emergency interventions as direct Understanding of human behavior, patient motivations and reactions to situations, and ability to appropriately utilize this knowledge in working effectively with patients, family members, and other staff Establish constructive relationships with individual patients and their families to elicit feelings and attitudes, and to promote positive relationships, communication and socialization skills. Fosters an environment of respect for individual patient and family rights to privacy and dignity in all aspects of care delivery. Effectively incorporates knowledge and understanding of established customer service standards in all interactions with patients, family members, and/or other internal/external customers Perform treatments, procedures and the use and reprocessing of reusable medical equipment appropriate to assigned duties Actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge gained with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice Understand practices to eliminate, minimize or mitigate adverse environmental impacts Familiarizes self with how work activities impact VA's goal to implement sound stewardship practices that are protective of air, water, land and other natural and cultural resources. Shall be a good steward of the environment by preventing pollution, minimizing waste, and continually improving environmental programs. (GEMS) Other duties as assigned Physical Requirements: Must be able to perform occasional heavy lifting and carrying of 45 lbs. and over. Straight pulling is required for intermittent hours as well as pushing and reaching above shoulder. Must be able to stand and walk for an extended period of time, use of both hands and legs is required. Ability to kneel and repeatedly bend as well as ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 amd tp 20/40 in the other as well as color vision; specific hearing requirements. Duty Station: Fargo VA Main Campus Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 7:30-4:30pm - on an Intermittent basis * Position is Permanent, Intermittent hours * 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.