The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) will work under the direction of a Registered Nurse (RN) in charge and will report to the Nurse Manager. The LPN works in collaboration with the RN on the unit to perform duties which include the collection of health assessment data for patient screening, planning, implementation, and evaluating assigned duties. He/she is accountable for all patient care they provide. The incumbent's duties will include but are not limited to supporting the various clinics within the Specialty Care Clinic. Examples of these clinics are Urology, Wound Care, Dermatology, Telemetry, and Foot Care. In addition to rooming and gathering vital signs on clients oft he Specialty Care Clinic, the LPN will be expected to be proficient in the application of complex wound dressings, gather specimens for pathology, setup procedure rooms form in or and invasive procedures (i.e. wound care, cystoscopies, and prostate biopsies), and insert straight catheters and Foley catheters. The LPN will also be proficient in the handling, setting up, and the appropriate cleaning of complex medical equipment in accordance with facility SOP's and manufacturer's instructions. The LPN initiates, performs, and completes assigned duties including implementing orders and providing care to variable patient populations. He/she recognizes the unique needs of different patients and how these vary according to age and/or illness. The LPN performs support duties for complex diagnostic tests and/or specialized practices or procedures. These include preparing the patient, assisting in the diagnostic examination, preparing and handling specialized instruments and/or equipment, and monitoring the patient's condition before, during, and after invasive procedures. He/she demonstrates knowledge to identify and respond to the patient's needs for care including medication, patient safety, equipment- assisted care, patient/family education, and documents per policy. The incumbent functions as a technical expert in the use of the Specialty Care Clinic equipment and the procedures for set up, cleaning, reprocessing and storage of Cystoscopes according to the manufacturer's instructions and VA policy and procedure: Functions as assistant for complex Specialty Care Unit procedures. Functions as a primary staff responsible for handling the instruments, supplies and equipment during procedures. Prepares procedural rooms for urology, dermatology, and wound procedures. Sets up sterile fields with all required items for each procedure Performs non-technical maintenance of equipment to prevent malfunctions. Identifies equipment needing preventive maintenance or repair and takes appropriate action. Assesses equipment needs and maintains adequate stock of supplies and materials. The LPN (GS) is responsible for assisting the SCC team with ongoing, continuous care of Veterans. This LPN is responsible for basic LPN duties and higher skill level as listed below: Functioning at the full extent of the team member's scope of practice based on experience/training. Participates in team performance improvement and sustainment activities to enhance care delivery. Participates in and process improvements that enhance the care for the Veteran, access Veteran centered care, etc. Manage communications and facilitate safe transitions of the Veteran between the SCC and other health care settings using warm hand-off communication either in person or by telephone. Provide health education on wellness, disease prevention, chronic care management and self-management skills to patients and caregiver, based on the documented expertise and/or professional training. Encouraging patients to engage personal support persons, in care and receive input from patients and personal support persons regarding VA care. Also responsible for specific role assignments, including: a. Participates in SCC team huddles b. Participates in SCC team meetings c. Participates in process improvements d. Promotes personal, pro-active, Veteran Centered care e. Understands and uses shared decision making f. Assists with pre-visit phone calls to Veterans to complete reminders as appropriate and obtains reason for appointment if indicated. g. Reviews daily clinic schedule for patient care needs h. Uses motivational interviewing and applies TEACH techniques to guide patients in setting goals. Manages clinic flow which includes the following: a. Vital signs and treatments as indicated/appropriate b. Assisting the provider with exam/procedures c. Administering and tracking immunizations (per licensure) d. Preparing and administering medications (per licensure and protocol e. Completes orders per provider or protocol f. Keep providers on schedule g. Keep Veterans advised of delays/wait times h. Observes, records and reports patient's response or changes in patient's condition i. Promptly recognizes and responds to urgent or emergent situations j. Assists with orientation of new employees. k. Checks daily equipment/supplies and restocks the exam rooms I. Follows medical center policies m. Acts as patient advocate; assuring patient understands content of visit and when to return to clinic, as well as how to contact team between visits. n. Promotes patient and personal safety. Work Schedule: M-F 0800-1630 Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 598131500
About Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
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.