This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more VA Specialty Pay Scale VA 25 The LPN is assigned to the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System . The LPN, Primary Care GS-7 is under the supervision of the Nurse Manager at the Primary Care clinic at the Nashville VA in Nashville, TN. yet demonstrates independent technical judgment without the need for readily available supervision. The LPN is technically proficient and self-directed in initiating, performing and completing complex practical nursing care to patients in the Primary Care and Telehealth Clinic The LPN GS-7 must demonstrate an exceptional degree of practical nursing knowledge and skills necessary for concentrated effort and self-direction in carrying out the most complex practical nursing care assignments within the Primary Care Clinics for a Veteran population with a variety of health care needs. The LPN GS-7 exhibits independent technical judgment, critical thinking skills, and the use of independent judgment to carry out complex practices and procedures. Employees at the GS-7 grade level demonstrate broader skill with respect to these responsibilities. The LPN demonstrates knowledge, experience, skill and self-motivation to carry out complex patient assignments, which include prioritization and coordination of clinical activities with minimal supervision. Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) members have independent duties within a team to ensure that the patients are receiving high quality care and have timely access to care. The LPN collaborates with a Specialty team to provide complex/specialized patient-centered care to patients' ages, cultural backgrounds, education level, and any other special needs. The panel population is multi-faceted, including geriatric patients, patients from all war-time eras, female patients, and patient with complex psychiatric needs. Performs direct patient care activities, as appropriate to assignment, (includes, but is not limited to): Manages patient care problems and deviations using self direction in accordance with VA Nursing Practice and LPN licensure standards. Assesses, records, and reports vital signs, neurological signs, weight, and blood glucose levels. Appropriately triages and prioritizes patient needs as routine, urgent, or emergent in the clinic setting and modifies patient care/treatment as needed. Serves as a resource for complex/specialized procedures (i.e. suture removal, staple removal, wound care, blood draws, and clinic specific procedures, such as ear irrigation, performing EKGs, nebulizer treatments or assisting for set up of joint injections). Assists with diagnostic procedures that include preparing the patient, setting up sterile field and instrumentation, and monitoring the patient's condition. Serves in a leadership role within the PACT team to promote holistic care and optimize clinic efficiency. Assists other staff to improve and advance their practical nursing practice as appropriate. Serves as a resource person and Super User for frequently used equipment in the clinic setting ( i.e. PYXIS, EKG and Car Lift) and utilizes appropriate protocol for equipment repair and maintenance. Functions as a role model for co-workers in guiding clinical practice. Coordinates clinical work assignments with the RN to ensure patient care needs are met. Assist in completing staff competencies on frequently used equipment. Active participant in quality improvement projects/hospital committees/Unit Based Council to promote evidence-based practice and performance improvement in the clinic setting. Demonstrates engagement by regular attendance at committee meetings and providing committee updates during monthly staff meetings. Serves as a resource for frequently used equipment in the clinic setting and uses appropriate procedures for equipment repair and maintenance. Leads PACT huddles effectively and serves as a resource for new clinical and administrative staff members re: PACT principles. Reviews and revises PACT schedule in advance of scheduled appointments and in conjunction with Data Warehouse/VSSC reports to optimize use of face-to-face, telephone, Nurse Health Maintenance, and other treatment modalities to improve patient outcomes. Functions as a team leader for other LPNs and non-licensed staff (as needed). Provides feedback to NM or designee including but not limited to observations of care provided by team members. Other Duties as assigned Work Schedule: Monday-Friday (Days) Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact , the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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