The Licensed Practical Nurse/Licensed Vocational Nurse (LPN/LVN) assigned to the VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) Specialty Clinics, under the Division of Hospital and Specialty Medicine (DHSM). The duties of this position include but are not limited to the following. Knowledge and ability to appropriately carry out assigned patient care based on the patients' conditions. Use judgment in selecting the appropriate order and sequence of procedures and treatments. Accurately recognize, 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. Recognizes and considers emotional, cultural, spiritual, socio-economic, and age-related factors. Prepares and administers prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous) and performs treatments according to established policies/procedures. Observes for physical and/or emotional changes in patient's condition from prescribed medications/treatments, promptly and accurately documenting noted changes, and reporting any deviations from normal to RN or MD/DO. Knowledge and ability to recognize urgent or emergent patient care situations, seek assistance of the RN and/or MD/DO, and initiate appropriate emergency interventions as directed. Knowledge and understanding of human behavior, patient motivations and reactions to situations, and ability to appropriately utilize this knowledge in working effectively with patients, family members, and other staff. Establishes constructive relationships with individual patients and their families to elicit feelings and attitudes, and to promote positive relationships, communication and socialization skills. Fosters an environment of respect for individual patient and family rights to privacy and dignity in all aspects of care delivery. Incorporates knowledge and understanding of established customer service standards in all interactions with patients, family members, and/or other internal/external customers Work Schedule: Variable tours within 7am - 6pm, Monday through Friday. Telework: Not available. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Licensed Practical Nurse (Specialty Clinics)/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity, potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing, transferring patients and objects, mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. May be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. May occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. Capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. May be required to complete screening or testing through Employee Health. May be required to drive and/or ride in GSA-vehicles.
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.