The Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center (TVAMC) in Tuscaloosa, Alabama is seeking Licensed Practical Nurses located in Mental Health - RRTP. An innovative individual with sound administrative skills is needed to provide leadership to our dynamic team of dedicated professionals who provide outstanding care to our nation's veterans. The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) GS-7 is one who meets all the requirements for the LPN 3,4,5 and 6 and performs a wide range of patient care and supportive duties throughout the medical center. To be advanced, employees must meet ALL of the following standards: Demonstrate independent technical judgment without the need for readily available supervision. Work independent of a shift supervisor and is considered the lead LPN for the shift initiating emergency care, assessing work area needed and ensuring coverage through the ward. Serve as unit leader in the absence of a RN during weekends, holidays, evenings and night assignments Knowledge and skill necessary to carry out more specialized patient care duties including assignments in selected, more complex inpatient/outpatient settings. Incorporate current patient care data by actively contributing to the development of the patient's overall health plan and in carrying out assigned nursing interventions. Independently facilitates group meetings for a specific group of patients or in other identified locations requiring the utilization of independent judgment. Responsible for documenting and observing medical care and treatment. Function autonomously in the workplace and in the community setting while recognizing when to contact the MHRRTP RN, MD/DO and/or Program Coordinator relating to the resident's physical or mental functioning. Proactively assist the RN or MD/MO in addressing patients need for medication/treatments accurately administering prescribed medications. Observe changes in patients' condition and initiate appropriate prescribed interventions. Performs work of considerable difficulty and responsibility under very general supervision. Provide accurate observations of newly admitted, immediate post-operative, post traumatic and unstable patients. Observe and interview patients/significant Assist in the maintenance of a safe, clean and therapeutic environment Participate in the team process for improvement and implementation of change Perform skilled nursing care on a regular and re-occurring basis for critically ill Veterans. The patients may exhibit a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems. Provide Veteran/Family Centered Care throughout the assignment. Demonstrate communication skills that promote rapport and trust in Mental Health Recovery. Exhibit de-escalation communication skills to prevent unsafe situations. Assure the assignment of special observation status, including restraint and seclusion is completed according to policy. Maintain a therapeutic environment, milieu, and cultural transformation. Complete assigned duties and responsibilities which involve performing nonstandard and specialized practical nursing activities, requiring broad work experience and demonstrated skill sufficient to resolve a range of complex nursing problems Prepare and perform a wide range of nursing tasks consistent with policies and procedures, such as personal nursing care, medication/treatment, support for diagnostic services, documentation, teaching, leadership and environmental duties. All other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Full Time/Rotating shifts, including weekends, holidays, nights and evenings. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 598580100
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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.