The LPN works under the direction and supervision of the registered nurse and displays knowledge and ability in providing a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems. The LPN serves as a responsible member of the nursing team and interacts with patients, family members, professional and supportive personnel who provide patient care, and w(th members of other services. Duties May Include However Are Not Limited to The Following: The expectations of the LPN/ LVN include participation in data collected, planning, implementing and evaluating: 1. Maintaining positive patient/family relationships. 2. Assisting in the collection of objective and subjective data relative to more complex patient situations including: a. Identifying and reporting subtle changes in patients' behavior or condition. b. Identify and report variances related to neurological signs, l&O, IV flow rate, vital signs and other parameters. 3. Participating in patient centered conference/shift reports and contributing information for the development and modification of the patient care plan. 4. Anticipating a clean, safe and therapeutic environment and taking appropriate actions. Maintains & promotes safe waking practices in patient care. 5. Identifying the need for obtaining non-routine supplies and equipment. 6. Providing physical/psychosocial & spiritual support and instructions relative to diagnostic procedures. 7: Performing aspects of nursing care in a variety of situations to meet patients' needs for: a. personal hygiene b. physical comfort c. activity, exercise, rest d. nutrition e. elimination f. prevention of skin breakdown g. rehabilitation aspects of care h. socialization 8. Anticipating emergent situations and initiating appropriate action. 9. Performing complex treatments relevant in a variety of situations. 10. Knowledge and skill sufficient to make judgments prior to preparing and administering medications and to recognize side effects and/or untoward reactions. 11. Assisting with monitoring prescribed therapies such oxygen and IV therapy. 12. Reporting patient status to a registered nurse and documenting information in the medical record including current status and/or subtle changes in patient's physical, psychosocial and spiritual status. 13. Assisting in orienting patients/family to unit routines and pertinent medical center policies and participating in patient / family teaching conference. 14. Working as a cooperative courteous member of the interdisciplinary team and promoting team efforts in the improvement of patient care. Utilizes effective communication techniques. 15. Displaying respect for human dignity and the uniqueness of the patient unrestricted by consideration of social or economic status, personal attributes or nature of health problems. 16. Safeguarding the patient's right to privacy by judiciously protecting information of a confidential nature. 17. Legibly and accurately documents pertinent information in the medical record including current status and/or changes in patients' physical, psychosocial and spiritual status. 18. Consistently applies principles of asepsis to prevent infections and maintain a clean environment. 19. Consistently uses proper body mechanics. Appropriately utilizes lifting/transport equipment, protective devices and staff assistance as indicated according to the patient care plan. 20. Consistently identifies and reports potentially hazardous environmental factors and initiates appropriate actions according to policy to prevent injury. Work Schedule: Many. To be discussed at time of interview. 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.