The LPN position is located in the Surgical Clinic at the Wilkes-Barre VA. At the Wilkes-Barre VAMC, under the direction of the RN, 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. Participates in the interdisciplinary team in the development, implementation and evaluation of the patient's treatment plan. Interacts with patients in groups in accordance with the patient's treatment plan. Observes, identifies and responds to the patients' needs for nursing, medication, and equipment assisted care and recognizes deviations from normal. Uses practical knowledge of human behavior, motivations and reactions to situations in working effectively with patients, family and other staff members. Demonstrates the knowledge, skill and ability to recognize and respond appropriately to emergency situations Maintains current/active BCLS certification. Functions as a patient educator with emphasis on preoperative, postoperative, and surgical procedures in accordance with the educational level of the patient/family. Prepare patient for visit with the provider by obtaining test results, xrays, and MRI results/films when applicable. Obtain supplies needed for minor surgical procedures & assist the Provider during the procedure. Document vital signs into CPRS and Pain note per policy. Complete Nursing Surgical Clinic Note when applicable to provider. Nursing documentation per Medical Center Policy. Provides immediate nursing intervention in all emergency situations. Responsible for ordering and maintaining supplies in the surgical clinic. Responsible for checking all clinic rooms for monthly medication outdates and ensure all open vials are dated. Provides appropriate hand off communication using SBAR format. Witness consent signed by the patient. Practices Universal Precautions related to infection control. Follow Standard Operating Procedures for all reusable medical equipment. Confirms provider order and pharmacy verification before administering medication with the exception of influenza vaccine based on the annual influenza clinical reminder. The LPN also assists in the Operating Room and Pain Room, as needed. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, Dayshift 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.
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