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The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) position is a Surgery Specialty Care position with assignments in various clinics and a variety of settings, e.g. Dermatology, Orthopedics, Audiology, Ophthalmology, Urology, and other outpatient clinics. He/she is responsible for direct patient care activities under the supervision of the Registered Nurse (RN). The LPN works in a self-directed manner which requires minimal supervision from the RN. Experience is successful nursing practice [as an LPN/LVN,] maintaining acceptable standards within a health care setting under the direction of a registered nurse [(RN)] or physician [(MD/DO)]. This may include experience as a GPN [or GVN] (graduate practical [or vocational] nurse) provided the candidate was utilized as a practical or vocational nurse and passed the State licensure examination on the first attempt. Creditable, practical nursing experience (as an LPN or LVN) must be documented on the application and verified in an employment reference or through other [independent] means. In the position of a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in a Surgery Specialty Care clinic such as: Audiology, Ophthalmology, Urology, and other outpatient clinics, duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:- Administer medications per proper procedures and protocol- Chart medications and patient reactions with technical accuracy- Recognize and respond to emergency situations per established protocol- Perform suture removals and wound care according to established guidelines- Perform clinic-based competencies such as: supra pubic tube change and specialized injections/procedures in Urology; phototherapy along with patch testing in Dermatology; nail clipping in Podiatry- Utilize reusable medical equipment per established medical and safety procedures-Utilize knowledge of human behavior, motivations and reactions to effectively work with patients, families, significant others, and staff. Major Duties Delivers safe, basic physical and emotional care to patients with simple needs while developing technical skills. Adheres to VA and Nursing policies, procedures and standards. Offers physiological, psychological and spiritual comfort to the dying patient, his/her family and/or significant others. Performs care of the body after death. Gathers data to provide input to the accountable nurse to assist in developing and updating plans of care. Obtains and records objective and subjective data relevant to a bio-psychosocial profile under the supervision of the accountable nurse. Performs 24-hour chart check for transcription/verification of all written, active medication and treatment orders. Cleans RME (Reusable Medical Equipment) per SOP (Standard Operating Procedure). Performs support duties for diagnostic procedures including preparing the patient, assisting in the diagnostic examination and monitoring the patient's condition Work Schedule: Full Time, Monday - Friday, days (more information available during the interview process) Financial Disclosure Report: Not required References: VA Handbook 5005/3 Part II, Appendix G-13 Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over, Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds, Reaching above shoulder, Both hands required, Walking and standing(8 hours), both legs required, Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4 Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, Specific hearing requirements (Color Hearing)
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.