Serves as an LPN at the Dakota Dune, SD VA and is organizationally responsible to the assigned Nurse Manager. The LPN uses knowledge and skills to complete assigned duties which involve performing standard LPN activities at the assigned level with supervision by the Registered Nurse Duties include but not limited to: Demonstrate knowledge and skill sufficient to complete assigned duties/responsibilities which involve performing standard Licensed Practical Nurse activities. Completed work may require routine or detailed higher level review depending upon the complexity of the duties involved by the Registered Nurse. Demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide care to patients requiring skilled nursing care on a regular and recurring basis. Demonstrate knowledge of medical terminology and skill sufficient to gather, report, and record observations and information related to the care of the patient. Perform a moderately difficult range of nursing care activities, which have been acquired through training and experience. Contribute to the assessment planning, implementation, and evaluation of the nursing care that expedites the patient's return to, or maintenance of, optimal functioning. Possess the ability to observe patient's status and interpret the appropriate information to identify each patient's age-specific needs and to provide the identified care. Serve as a responsible member of the patient care team requiring interaction with patients, family members, professional personnel, supportive personnel, and members of other services incorporating acceptable customer service standards into practice. Treats all Veterans, and families with dignity and respect. Listens to, and acknowledges Veteran and family perspectives and choices. Ensure Veteran and family knowledge, values, beliefs, and cultural customs are incorporated into the planning and delivery of care in a non-judgmental, and non-discriminatory manner. Check equipment, supplies, and containers to ensure products are not outdated and are stocked appropriately according to unit procedure. Prepare and administer prescribed medications and performs treatments according to established policies and procedures. Observe for physical and/or emotional changes in patient's condition from prescribed medications/treatments, promptly and accurately documenting noted changes, and reporting any deviations from normal to RN or provider. Manage a group of patients for diagnostic testing results, return appointment notification, and follow up telephone calls as necessary. Participate in patient/family teaching programs related to health promotion and reinforces instructions provided by the Registered Nurse and provider and documents in approved format. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required This occupational series is eligible for the Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP). Repayment is limited to $10,000 annually, up to $60,000 in lifetime awards. Participants must sign a service agreement and maintain an acceptable level of performance to remain eligible for this program.
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