The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) selected for this position will be assigned to the Huntingdon and State College Community Based Outpatient Clinics, in support of the Outpatient Service at the James E Van Zandt VA Medical Center, Altoona ,PA. The James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center consists of a parent site, located in Altoona, PA and 5 community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) located in DuBois, Huntingdon, Indiana, Johnstown & State College, PA. The purpose of this position is to serve as the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) assigned to the Huntingdon and State College Community Based Outpatient Clinics, in support of the Outpatient/Pain Services at the James E Van Zandt VA Medical Center, Altoona ,PA. The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) performs age-specific nursing care for adult and geriatric patients/residents with physical, mental, behavioral, or psychosocial needs, according to assignment and training. The LPN implements nursing orders, as per established policy and procedure which have been developed by the Registered Nurse (RN) in providing nursing care to these patients/residents. The LPN is responsible for observing, recording, and reporting changes in the patient's/resident's condition, as well as assisting in the development and revision of the patient-driven holistic life care plan. Duties include but are not limited to: a. Technical proficiency in initiating, performing, and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient/resident populations. b. Knowledge and ability to appropriately carry out assigned patient/resident care based on the patients/residents conditions; to use sound judgment in selecting the appropriate sequence and order of procedures and treatments; and to accurately recognize, report, and record relevant patient/resident information. c. Ability to observe, identify, and respond to the patient's/resident's needs for care including medications and equipment assisted care and patient/family education. d. Recognizes and considers emotional, cultural, spiritual, socioeconomic, and age-related factors in care delivery. e. Prepares and administers prescribed medications and performs treatments according to established policies/procedures. Observes for physical and/or emotional changes in the patient's/resident's conditions from prescribed medications/treatments. Promptly and accurately documents noted changes and reports any deviations from normal to the RN or MD/DO. f .Knowledge and ability to recognize urgent or emergent situations, seek assistance of the RN and/or MD/DO, and initiate appropriate emergency interventions as directed. g. Knowledge and understanding of human behavior, patient/resident motivations, and reactions to situations, and ability to appropriately utilize this knowledge in working effectively with patients/residents, family members, and other staff. h. Established constructive relationships with individual patients/residents and their families to elicit feelings and attitudes, and to promote positive relationships, communication, and socialization skills. i. Fosters an environment of respect for individual patient/resident and family rights to privacy and dignity in all aspects of care delivery. j. Effectively incorporates knowledge and understanding of established customer service standards in all interactions with patients/residents, family members, and/or internal/external customers. k. Knowledge and skill in performing support duties for complex diagnostic tests and/or specialized procedures. I. Responsible for delivering patient/resident care in a variety of settings. m. Utilizes a Veteran-Centered Care approach to gain an understanding of the Veterans needs and desires. n. Member of the core team and may collaborate with services internal and external to the VA to facilitate care transition in order to effectively meet the patient's/resident's needs. The LPN performs health education and basic health coaching to promote patient-driven goal setting and patient/resident activation for self-care and self-management using TEACH and Motivational Interviewing. o. He/she advocates for patients/residents, is a team member who promotes his/her own professional growth, development and practice. The LPN maintains flexibility in order to manage additional duties as assigned. p. Responsible for demonstrating the knowledge and practice of providing Nursing Care based on the four performance standards/ competencies, nursing care; safety; interpersonal communication; and customer service. q. Maintains confidentiality of electronic, written, and /or verbal information. r. Performs, reports, and records assigned nursing care including, but not limited to: policy orders, orders in suspense, protocols, completion of clinical reminders, appropriate consults and alerts as indicated. s. Observes and provides care for patients/residents through the implementation of assigned interventions. These interventions are targeted toward maximizing self-care management abilities. Work Schedule: Tour of duty is varying daylight hours, Monday through Friday; however, weekend and evening hours may occur as needed in support of the mission. 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.