This position will support the Federal Government's response efforts to COVID-19. It has been designated as Mission Critical and selected candidates must be able to start immediately. This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until September 30, 2021 or until the position is filled. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be October 21, 2020, with subsequent cut-off dates of every Wednesday until position is filled. This LPN position is located in Primary Care Clinics and are an integral part of a team of nursing staff. Duties include and are not limited to: Provides safe, individualized quality nursing care to patients with varying medical/emotional needs. Performs patient care according to age-specific and cultural needs of patients. Observes and reports changes in patients' conditions to RN or MD; responds to changes in patients' condition. Safeguards confidential information regarding patients and personnel. Fully participates in the admission, orientation and discharge procedures. Observes, gathers, initiates, complies and records telemetry data. Reports cardiac rhythm changes and information on monitored patients. Gathers data as assigned by the RN and communicates this data verbally and/or in writing according to established procedures Performs a wide range diagnostic support duties; handles specialized equipment after completing skills checklists. Performs treatments and procedures within the scope of license and facility policies and procedures. Transcribes medication orders. Prepares, administers and documents medications with alertness to actions, side effects, adverse reactions and contraindication following Medical Center policies/procedures. Performs venipuncture. Prepares and administers selected intravenous fluids and medications via the peripheral route and via central intravenous lines with continuous intravenous fluid in progress (as per policy). Monitors IVs. Assists in verifying blood for hanging prior to transfusion. Establishes constructive interpersonal relationships with patients, families/significant others, professional personnel who provide patient care, and with members of other disciplines. Uses effective communication skills. Uses knowledge of human behavior, motivations, and reactions to situations in dealing with others in difficult situations. Fully participates as a member of the team providing patient care. Contributes to the interdisciplinary team in the development, implementation and evaluation of the patient's treatment plan, and promotes patient participation in the therapeutic community by fostering self-reliance and independence. Uses patient care equipment in a safe and appropriate manner and assures proper maintenance seeking assistance as necessary. Uses the computer to access patient information and enter information regarding surveys and screens, and education provided to patients and family members. Performs work in a safe manner providing a safe environment for patients, self and other staff, for example, using universal precautions, isolation procedures, and body mechanics. Recognizes and reports potentially hazardous practices and environmental conditions. Seeks opportunities to present in-service education as staff learning needs are identified. Participates in/ leads work groups, teams and /or committees and supports the Center QM/QI activities. Attends in-service education for all new equipment and procedures and disseminates information to others on the unit or other areas as needed. Complies and adheres to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for reprocessing/cleaning Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) as defined by Medical Center policies/procedures. Performs documentation to standards set by the VISN and National leadership, to help in meeting the benchmarks for performance indicators. Updates immunization status according to protocol and using proper documentation. Assumes responsibility for completing orientation and skills checklists. Open to learning new skills and new ways of doing things. Supports others who are trying new approaches to patient care. Works with RN and/or MD to orient/train less experienced LPNs/NAs/HCTs in relation to acceptable standards of practice. Accountable for work obligations and responsibilities. Accountable for and learns from mistakes. Comfortable with changing demands of job and environment. Reports punctually on and off duty. Observes dress code policy; maintains neat, clean appearance. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 7:30am to 4:00pm with occasional evening and Saturday work 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.