The Department of Veterans Affairs Albany Health Care System is seeking to hire 1 Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to work in their CBOC located in the Catskills. **Please note: this position is located in the Catskills LPN duties include, but are not limited to: The LPN, GS-6 participates in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating patient care by interviewing patients of variable populations, performing a general systems appraisal of the patient's condition, collecting objective and subjective data. Collaborating with the Registered Nurse/Provider in developing and implementing a plan of care individualized to carry out the needs of the patient. Contributing to the interdisciplinary team in the development, implementation and evaluation of the patient's treatment and follow-up health care. Collaborating with members of other services regarding changes in patients' condition, laboratory results, responses to treatment plan and other pertinent parameters of care. Knowledge and skill in performing support duties for complex diagnostic tests and/or specialized practices or procedures, which include preparing the patient, assisting in the diagnostic examination, preparing and handling specialized instruments or other specialized equipment, and monitoring the patient's condition before, during, and following the procedure. Meeting patients' needs by direct physical care and psychosocial intervention and by assuming responsibility for nursing management of unstable patients whose nursing care needs are not predictable. Knowledge and 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. Making necessary judgments prior to preparing and administering prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous), recognizing side effects and contraindications, and promptly and accurately documenting noted changes, and reporting any deviations from normal to RN or MD/DO. Providing patient/significant other instruction regarding common medications. . Performing support duties for diagnostic procedures, which include preparing the patient, patient education, assisting in the diagnostic examination, preparing specimens, preparing and passing instruments, and monitoring the patient's condition. Recognizing emergency situations, responding promptly and instituting appropriate actions. Supporting the patient and/or family members/significant other in the integration of the patient care plan toward achievement of discharge objectives. Establishes 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. Serves as a preceptor in orienting, educating, and training less experienced LPNs/LVNs or NAs/HTs and actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge gained with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice. Work Schedule: Days, Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm 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.