The LPN - Specialty Clinic located at the Allentown CBOC, Wilkes Barre VA. Under the direction of the RN the LPN, the incumbent will be closely supervised when providing safe, effective care to patients/residents. The incumbent has basic knowledge and skills necessary for a concentrated effort and is somewhat independent in carrying out standardized procedures of limited complexity. The incumbent is responsible to deliver fundamental, knowledge-based care to assigned patients while developing technical competencies. This position may entail other duties as assigned and travel duties as assigned and travel to the community level clinics a. Participates in the interdisciplinary team in the development, implementation and evaluation of the patient's treatment plan. b. Interacts with patients in groups in accordance with the patient's treatment plan. c. Observes, identifies and responds to the patients' needs for nursing, medication, and equipment assisted care and recognizes deviations from normal. d. Uses practical knowledge of human behavior, motivations and reactions to situations in working effectively with patients, family and other staff members. e. Demonstrates the knowledge, skill and ability to recognize and respond appropriately to emergency situations The Licensed Practical Nurse in this position in the Specialty Care Clinic: Maintains current/active Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) Certification. Completes required Talent Management System (TMS) training. Administers immunizations and documents appropriately. Provides immediate nursing intervention in emergency situations. Is responsible for ordering/maintaining/stocking supplies in the clinical area. Responds to secure messages within 2 business days. Responds to Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) messages as appropriate to scope of practice. Interviews patient, obtains vital signs, and prepares patient for visits with Specialty Care Provider. Works with Primary Care Nurses in completing clinical reminders on required Specialty Clinics (Pulmonology, Cardiology, Nephrology, Diabetes, and Endocrinology). Provides immediate nursing intervention in all emergency situations. Adheres to Nursing Documentation guidelines per Medical Center Policy. Works as a team player in providing care to the Veterans as directed by the Nurse Manager (covering staff call-offs, ALs (vacation), etc.) Monitors and records temperatures for refrigerators if appropriate, and reports out of range temperatures. Completes weekly Environment Of Care (EOC) checklist in the assigned clinic area. Completes diabetic and at-risk foot examinations. Maintains competency for all clinically appropriate procedures. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Physical Standards: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/.invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. Please Note: In accordance with Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM) bulletin (dated 10/1/2019), Human Resources Management Letter NO. 05-19-12, although hybrid title 38 occupations follow title 5 Veterans' preference rules, as required by the Merit Systems Protection Board (Graves v. VA, 117 M.S.P.R. 697 (2012)), 38 U.S.C. § 7412 waives the requirement to apply Veterans' preference to external applicants for appointments made during FY 2020 to hybrid title 38 occupations reported among the occupations with the largest staffing shortages. FY 2020 VHA Shortage Occupations Approved for Waiver of Veterans' Preference are as follows: Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist, 0647; Medical Instrument Technician, 0649; Medical Records Technician, 0675; Medical Supply Aide and Technician, 0622; Medical Support Assistant, 0679; Medical Technologist, 0644; Practical Nurse, 0620; Psychologist, 0180.
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.