The License Practical Nurse (LPN) is located within Community Based Care at the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center. The LPN takes part in Recovery Education Groups, supporting residents with recovery goals, and provides day-to-day resident treatment planning. In an effort to improve program and residents outcomes, the LPN contributes to all nursing improvement initiatives. Provide care to variable patient populations, family members, and staff. Carry out assigned patient care based on the patients' conditions, using judgment in selecting the appropriate order and sequence of procedures and treatments, accurately report and record relevant patient information Observe, identify, and respond to the patient's needs for care, including medication, equipment-assisted care, and patient/family education. Prepare and administer prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenously) and perform treatments according to established policies/procedures. Observe for physical and/or emotional changes in patient's condition from prescribed medications/treatments, promptly and accurately document noted changes, and reporting any deviations from normal to RN or Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) / Doctor of Osteopathic (D.O.). Seek RN and/or MD/DO assistance for urgent or emergent patient care situations and initiate appropriate emergency interventions as directed. Respond to situations related to human behavior, patient motivations, and reactions to situations. Establish constructive relationships with individual patients and their families to elicit feelings, attitudes to promote positive relationships, communication, and socialization skills. Perform support duties for complex diagnostic tests and/or specialized practices or procedures (e.g. preparing the patient, assisting in the diagnostic examination, preparing and handling specialized instruments or other specialized equipment, and monitoring the patient's condition before, during, and following the procedure). Serve as a preceptor in orienting, educating, and training less experienced LPNs/LVNs or NA/SSA related to support duties for these more complex, specialized tests/procedures. Seek educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge & skills, share knowledge gained with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice. Work Schedule: Night Tour (Midnight to 8:00 AM) rotating occasional Day Tour (7:30 AM to 4:00 PM) Telework: No Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized 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.