The LPN/LVN performs all duties within the scope of his/her license including medication administration. Completed work is under the general supervision of an RN or MD/DO. Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations. Completed work requires only a general review by a RN or MD/DO for appropriateness and conformity with established policies and procedures. This summary is neither inclusive nor exclusive of duties and responsibilities of the LPN/LVN as a recognized essential member of the health care team duties and responsibilities assigned are consistent with the licensure, skill and knowledge of the LPN . Knowledge and ability to appropriately carry out assigned patient care based on the patients' conditions; to use judgment in selecting the appropriate order and sequence of procedures and treatments and to accurately recognize, report and record relevant patient information. Works with the RN and/or MD/DO to appropriately orient/train less experienced LPN/LNs, Nursing Assistants and Health Technicians in relation to acceptable standards of practice in promoting optimal patient care delivery. Serves as a preceptor to support training of less experienced LPN/LVNS, CNAs, and HTs related to support duties for complex specialized tests/procedures. Ability to observe, identify and respond to the patient's needs for care, medication, equipment assisted care and patient/family education. In organizing and delivering care the LPN/LVN recognizes and considers emotional, cultural, spiritual, socio-economic and age related factors. Knowledge and understanding of human behavior, patient motivations and reactions to situation and ability to appropriately utilize this knowledge in working effectively with patients, family members, and other staff. Establishes constructive relationships with individual patients and their families to elicit feelings and attitudes, and to promote positive relationships, communication and socialization skills. Fosters an environment of respect for individual patient and family rights to privacy and dignity in all aspects of care delivery. Effectively incorporates knowledge and understanding of established customer service standards in all interactions with patients, family members, and/or other internal/external customers. Provides effective education to patients and/or family members in relation to common disease processes, medication and/or prescribed treatment regimes. Performs support duties for complex diagnostic tests and/or specialized practices or procedures, which include preparing the patient, assisting in the diagnostic examination, preparing and handling specialized instruments or other specialized equipment, and monitoring the patient's condition before, during, and following the procedure. The LPN/LVN provides reporting, communication and documentation in the computerized patient record system with other members of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team. The LPN/LVN demonstrates competency and consistency in the technical use of equipment, application of technical standards and performance of administrative support duties. The LPN/LVN demonstrates knowledge of and compliance with standard operating procedures for the maintenance of reusable medical equipment. Recognizes and appropriately responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action. Actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge gained with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice. The LPN/LVN maintains patient/resident safety standards assuring patient /resident privacy, patient/resident physical safety, and patient/resident psychological safety. The LPN/LVN provides assistance and support to the Registered Nurse and/or provider within the scope of the LPN/LVN license and consistent with Medical Center policy. The LPN/LVN demonstrates the knowledge and skills to provide care and services consistent with Infection Control Standards of Practice providing optimal outcomes for patients, residents, visitors and employees. The LPN/LVN recognizes, responds and initiates appropriate level response to medical emergency such as cardiac and/or respiratory failure. Work Schedule: 7:30am-4pm with occasional evenings and weekends Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Physical Requirements: You must be able to perform work that requires regular and recurrent bending, lifting 45 pounds or more, stooping, climbing, reaching above the shoulder, stretching, and similar activities supporting various weights; walking and standing for 8 hours; frequent pushing medication carts, wheelchairs, litters, beds; use of fingers, both hands and both legs; emotional stability (you must be able to care for Veterans with various medical and psychiatric illnesses who at times may exhibit unpredictable behavior and may have the potential to be physically or verbally assaultive); near vision correctable at 13" to 16" / far vision correctable in one eye to 20/50 and to 20/100 in the other / both eyes required with ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted).
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.