A recruitment/relocation incentive is not authorized. The Specialty Care Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) GS-7 functions as a member of the health care team by demonstrating an exceptional degree of practical nursing knowledge and skills necessary for self-direction in carrying out complex practical nursing care assignments within the Primary and Specialty Clinics for a Veteran population with a variety of health care needs. The LPNs successfully and consistently demonstrate independent technical judgment as well as comprehensive and thorough working knowledge of complex practices and procedures. Incumbent demonstrates knowledge, experience, skill, and self-motivation to carry out complex patient assignments, which include prioritization and coordination of clinical activities with minimal supervision. Major Duties: Provides patient care and assistance for complex, specialized patients including such measures as personal hygiene, positioning, elimination, and socialization in the completion of all direct patient care in the clinic setting. Initiates and collects patient data including MC reminders, vital signs, weights, oximetry, accuchecks and the collection of specimens. Initiates and performs specialized nonstandard and complex procedures including urinary bladder scanning, oxygen therapy, ostomy care, EKG, and spirometry. Initiates procedure preparation, adapting them to the patient's physical and emotional needs before, during and after procedures, observing and managing therapeutic or possible complications resulting from the procedure. Knowledgeably initiates and performs nursing measures to prevent complications by recognizing deviations and/or changes in patient conditions. Knowledgeably recognizes and responds/initiates emergency measures. Responds promptly to emergency situations in the clinic. Provides safe administration of medications in accordance with Medical Center's and Nursing Service policy and monitors side effects. Continues to keep updated on new medications. Prioritizes effectively and manages time productively in the clinical setting. Works effectively with others and communicates in an appropriate, tactful and courteous manner. Demonstrates knowledge and application of interpersonal skills as a responsible member of the nursing and health care team. Explains to the patient and family treatment measures, tests and procedure preparations, and proper administration of medications. Provides patients with encouragement needed to comply with treatment plan and reassurance to assist in coping with illness. Documents in the patient's medical record observations of patient's physical and emotional status as well as responses to procedures performed and treatments rendered. Documents all data collected and nursing care provided. Reports all relevant patient information to clinic RN or provider. Demonstrates knowledge and application of the computer system. Communicates accurate, concise, and complete information to the providers in an independent and timely manner. Utilizes all communication methods as available with the PACT model on the assigned team. Actively participates in PACT team huddles, meetings and PACT functions when assigned to a PACT team. Exhibits willingness to accept additional responsibilities. Exhibits knowledge and judgment in recognizing changes in the patient's condition and initiates corrective interventions. Assists with rehabilitative aspects of patient care. Reinforcement of patient teaching. Actively contributes to the development and updating of patient CPRS records and promotes patient participation in his treatment plan. Assists with clinic orientation of new employees, participates on Committee(s), and demonstrates constructive problem solving skills. Offers assistance to co-workers when needed and when own assignment has been completed. Initiates unit maintenance duties, and keeps a safe, clean area. Practices proper body mechanics, acting to prevent injury to self and others. Operates all specialized equipment in a safe manner, identifies and reports any potential safety hazards. Removes unsafe equipment from use. Initiates protective and safety measures, including recognition of patients exhibiting signs of confusion, sedation, and/or behaviors which are potentially dangerous to self and others. Complies with established safety policy and procedures. Reports to supervisory personnel potential or actual unit problems that impact on the overall function of the clinic. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 600040300
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.