The Licensed Practical Nurse is responsible for providing care to a veteran population with widely diverse medical, skilled, mental health and end-of-life needs. The incumbent is responsible for direct patient care activities under the supervision of the Registered Nurse. This position is in the Extended Care and Rehabilitation service line. Duties include, but are not limited to the following: Use clinical knowledge to vary the order and sequence of assignments based on patients' conditions. Utilize knowledge of physical, social, and emotional factors when planning patient care, and use this knowledge effectively in day-to-day interactions with patients and families. Recognizes deviations from patient's baseline. Prepare and administer medications correctly and understand the action and side effects of all medications administered. Observe for physical and/or emotional changes in patient's condition from prescribed medications/treatments, promptly and accurately documenting noted changes, and report any deviations from normal to RN or MD/DO. Perform basic treatments and procedures, to include venipuncture as defined in policy. Learn Medical Center Policies and Procedures to apply to his/her daily clinical functions and responsibilities. Deliver nursing care that reflects the various phases of the life cycle from 18 to 85 years and over. Identify individual age need differences, consider maturation changes, promote health in all phases, differentiate the need for special equipment, and consider the young adults and older adult's exposure to substance abuse problems. Participate in Interdisciplinary Team meetings to develop the patients' care plan goals. Perform escort duties based upon the care needs of the veteran. Administer standard intravenous solution via peripheral line as defined in policy. Recognize and report unsafe situations. Initiate appropriate emergency interventions. Assess acute and subtle changes and consistency in patients' mental and physical condition and intervene appropriately. Recognize and report signs of physical and emotional abuse of patient, family and significant others. Conduct group meetings to help patients share feelings, improve socialization skills and enhance their self-esteem. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the various degrees of physical and mental impairment, is able to modify patient/family teaching methods. Assist the professional nurse in planning and implementation of patient educational or recreational activities. Motivate patients to participate in learning and recreational activities to improve their quality of life. Observe a patient while on the unit and more frequently as directed in accordance with facility policies. Maintain courtesy during telephone and direct verbal interactions with patients, families, and visitors. Work Schedule: Rotating schedule to include evening, nights, weekends, and holidays. 8 and 12 hour shifts available. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 598395000
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.