The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is responsible and accountable for the delivery of nursing care to Veterans in the Lexington VA Outpatient Clinic located in Morehead, Kentucky and is an essential component of the PACT Initiative (Patient Aligned Care Team). The role of the LPN/Tele-health Clinical Technician (TCT) is to support and manage tele-health clinical encounters from the patient and provider location. The LPN (PACT): Provides float coverage for PACT LPN staff relief during times of vacancy, scheduled, or unscheduled absences. Provides care to veterans requiring complex practical nursing care. Demonstrates sufficient skill to resolve a range of nursing problems. Displays a professional appearance and attitude while interacting with patients, visitors, and other VAMC personnel. Operates with technical soundness, appropriateness, and conformity within policy and procedures. Possesses the ability to observe, identify, and respond to patient's needs for care including medication, equipment-assisted care, and patient/family education. Possesses the knowledge and ability to recognize urgent or emergent patient care situations, notify the Registered Nurse and/or preceptor and/or physician provider, and initiate appropriate emergency interventions. Possesses knowledge and understanding of human behavior, patient motivations/reactions to situations, and the ability to appropriately utilize this knowledge in working effectively with patients, family members, and other staff. Actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge gained with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice. Possesses the knowledge and ability to carry out patient care duties, including assignments in selected inpatient and/or outpatient care settings. Demonstrates effective communication, problem solving skills, and judgment. The LPN (TCT): Assesses and provides treatment to general medical patients. Carries out patient care duties, including assignments in selected inpatient and/or outpatient care settings. Performs and completes assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations. Observes for physical and/or emotional changes in patient's condition from prescribed medications/treatments. Documents noted changes in patient's condition and reports any deviations to the registered nurse, preceptor, or MD. Recognizes urgent or emergent patient care situations. Performs support duties for complex diagnostic tests and/or specialized procedures. Prepares the patient assisting in the diagnostic examination. Prepares and handles specialized instruments or other specialized equipment. Monitors the patient's condition before, during, and following procedures. Performs tele-health imaging and other tele-health services as programming becomes available. Provides administrative support for tele-health programs. Serves as a liaison between image readers, primary care providers, specialty care providers, patients and other VA personnel. Performs quality control, maintains, and inventories all video conferencing equipment. Performs patient screening through utilization of the clinical reminder system. Orients patients and explains all tele-health services and processes. Ensures electronic encounters and coding is accurate and complete for billing purposes. Maintains and coordinates clinic space and staff availability for tele-health visits. Coordinates, schedules, and notifies patients of tele-health appointments. Performs tele-health imaging, tele-retinal screening, tele-dermatology, telewound care, and other tele-health programming as technology becomes available. Maintains knowledge of computers to include Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS), Microsoft Outlook, VistA, VA Intranet, and Sharepoint. Performs other related duties as assigned. Pay Schedule: V744 Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, DTOD 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.