The Syracuse VAMC is recruiting for one (1) full-time Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse (LPN/LVN) for the Community Living Center (CLC) Delivers fundamental, knowledge-based care to assigned patients in acute care; however, the incumbent may receive other assignments based on the needs of the service. The LPN demonstrates unit/department specific competencies, and competency in caring for adult and geriatric patients. The LPN provides care to the patient under the direction of the Registered Nurse assigned to care for the patient. Duties May Include However Are Not Limited to The Following: 1. Explains procedures to patients, using language which they understand and displaying consideration of individual patient needs. 2. Ensures that the physical and emotional environment is consistent with the vision for patient-centered care. 3. Maintains self-control and responds consistently to the requirements of the work situation. 4. Maintains a positive attitude in accepting temporary reassignment to meet patient care needs. 5. Responds to patient calls for assistance promptly and interacts with the patient in a tactful, courteous manner, making customer service the focus of all interactions. 6. Communicates respectfully and works effectively with administrative staff, the health care team, unit staff, patients, and visitors. 7. Provides emotional support to patients and families/significant others to assist them in adjusting to changes brought about by illness or change in health status. Establishes constructive relationship with individual patients to elicit feelings and attitudes and to promote positive relationships, communication and socialization skills. Hospice/Palliative care needs are supported as needed based on patient self-determination. 8. Fosters an environment of respect for individual patient and family/significant other rights to privacy and dignity in all aspects of care delivery. Serves as Veteran's/family/significant others' advocate. Effectively incorporates knowledge and understanding of established customer service standards in all interactions with patients, family members/significant others and/or internal/external customers. 9. Demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary for concentrated effort and self-direction in carrying out the most complex practical nursing assignments, including assignments for long-term, short-term rehabilitation, respite, hospice/palliative care, and psychiatric patients requiring skilled nursing care. 10. Demonstrates ability to use judgment in selecting the most appropriate application of procedures and guidelines, varying the order and sequence of assigned procedures based on the patient's condition. Completed work needs only a general review by a RN for technical soundness, appropriateness and conformity with policy and nursing assignments. 11. Prepares and administers prescribed oral, topical, subcutaneous, inhaled medications, controlled substances, intravenous piggybacks, continuous intravenous infusions, and injectable medications and suppositories according to policy and procedure. Correctly documents medications given or omitted in Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA) according to established policy and procedures. Documents effects of medications. 12. Initiates, maintains, and discontinues IV therapy and intermittent intravenous devices. Administers IV piggyback medications via continuous infusion or intermittent infusion device according to hospital policy and procedure. 13. Observes and documents patient changes in condition; examples such as bleeding, vomiting, fainting, skin changes, behavioral concerns, etc. to the Charge Nurse or RN. 14. Promptly reports untoward patient incidents; examples medication errors, falls, etc. to Charge Nurse/Nursing Supervisor, and initiates incident report. 15. Appropriately initiates emergency response teams: Rapid Response Team (RRT), Code Blue, Stroke-Cardiac alerts and responds to emergency situations including cardiopulmonary arrest, choking, and disaster or fire drills. 16. Demonstrates practical knowledge of human behavior, motivations and reactions to situations. Uses this knowledge in working effectively with patients, family and other staff members. Work Schedule: Evenings/Nights; including weekends and holidays Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Practical Nurse - Community Living Center (CLC)/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized 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.