Licensed Practical Nurse-Specialty Care Virtual Consult
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Erie, Pennsylvania
Internal Number: 613281800
The Licensed Practical Nurse selected for this position will report directly to the Manager, Medical Specialty Clinics. Duties will primarily be performed in the Medical Specialty Clinics; however, re-assignment may be required based on patient care needs. The LPN selected for this position will be required to collaborate with Western Market to enhance Specialty Care (SC) consults virtually. Training will be conducted under medical providers who practice in the identified specialty service. The LPN will provide a full range of care to patients with a variety of physical and psychological needs including Medical Specialty Clinics including but not limited to cardiology, gastroenterology, orthopedics, rheumatology, neurology, renal, and more. The clinical specialty care needs may pivot. Duties include but not limited to the following: Ability to work under general supervision and provide modalities to Veterans that have multiple complex medical and or emotional conditions. Demonstrate adherence to VA and Nursing policies/procedures and standards and maintains competencies consistent with role responsibilities. Assists the RN/HCP and other staff in proactively identifying and addresses the Veteran's needs and is able to readily recognize the more subtle signs & symptoms of changes in the Veteran's condition and takes appropriate action. Participates in the development of educational material for providing Veteran, family and caregiver teaching. Teaches and documents health concepts to Veteran, including learning needs and readiness to learn. Is given general direction for seeking out and participating in learning opportunities for the Veteran. Demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary for concentrated effort and general supervision when carrying out nursing assignments, including assignments for selected acute care, long-term or ambulatory care, or psychiatric patients requiring skilled nursing care. Completes assigned duties and responsibilities and performs other related duties as assigned by the team leader/designee. Use independent judgment in selecting the most appropriate application of procedures and guidelines, varying the order and sequence of assigned procedures based on the patients' condition. Prepare and administer prescribed oral, topical, subcutaneous, controlled substances, intravenous piggybacks, continuous intravenous infusions, and injectable medications according to policy and procedure. Correctly document medications given or omitted in Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA) according to established policy and procedures. Documents effects of medications. Provide/reinforce patient teaching related to medications, disease process, procedures, and self-care activities. Participate in more complex teaching for patient self-care. Adhere to and utilize the Safe Patient Handling Program standards, practices, and recommendations. Lift, transfer, and reposition patients safely, according to policy and procedure, seeking assistance when appropriate, to prevent injury to the patient/resident and self. Demonstrate ability to observe, identify and respond to the patient needs for nursing, medication, and equipment-assisted care and to recognize deviations from normal. Provide cultural, spiritual, socio-economic and age-related factors. Utilize telehealth technology to service Veterans in assigned areas. Knowledge and skills in performing support duties for complex diagnostic tests and/or specialized practices or procedures, which include 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. Serves as a preceptor in orienting, educating, and training less experienced LPNs or NAs/HTs related to support duties for these more complex, specialized tests/procedures. Recognize test results outside established parameters and expedites timely notification to Provider. Perform diagnostic studies as ordered and along specialty service guidelines, policy, and procedures, utilizing manual recommendations. Performing other specialized testing as directed by specialty service providers and veteran's needs. Contribute to the interdisciplinary team in the development, implementation and evaluation of the patient treatment plan and promotes patient participation in the therapeutic community by fostering self-reliance and independence. Accurately use appropriate senses in collecting patient data and providing care. Provide competent care which is safe for both self and others under adverse conditions, including patient care situations, exposure to communicable diseases, exposure to constant noise and working protracted or irregular hours. Demonstrate ability to serve as a responsible member of the nursing team and interact with patients, family members, professional and supportive personnel. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 0730-1600 or 0800-1630 Telework: Not available Virtual: This is a virtual position. 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.