This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more Work consists of personal nursing care duties, treatments, diagnostic support, recording, patient teaching and rehabilitation. Recurring duties are carried out independently and employee is able to vary basic procedures to meet the individual needs and capabilities of the patient in the Cardiology clinic and other work areas as assigned by the Nurse Manager or designee. Follows safe practices and procedures to guard patient and personal safety as well as the safety of other individuals in the Medical Center. He/she will assist with sharing information with new staff and will assist the professional staff in quality improvement activities as directed. Provides various support functions as directed including, but not limited to, providing information on where patients are located, recording and maintaining unit records and obtaining all necessary monitor supplies. Performs Alarm check per policy. Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient population. Knowledge and ability to appropriately carry out assigned patient care based on the patients' conditions; to use judgment in selecting the appropriate order and sequence of procedures and treatments; and to accurately recognize report and record relevant patient information. Completed work should need only a general review by a registered nurse (RN) or physician (MD/DO) for appropriateness and conformity with established policies/procedures. Ability to observe, identify and respond to the patient's needs for care, including medication, equipment-assisted care and patient/family education. In organizing and delivering care, the LPN recognizes and considers emotional, cultural, spiritual, socio-economic, and age-related factors. Is consistently aware and responsive to special needs arising from the age and/or cultural needs of patients cared for, treated or served. Consistently displays appropriate respect, age level and/or cultural background. Is sensitive to any special needs which may come from age or culturally-related factors. Prepares and administers selected 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 medication/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 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 socializations skills. Fosters an environment of respect for individual patient and family rights to privacy and dignity in all respects of care delivery. Promotes and participates in patient and family health teaching. Effectively incorporates knowledge and understanding of established customer service standards in all interactions with patients, family members, and/or other internal/external customers. Participates with other team members in planning for total patient care. Demonstrates ability to observe, identify, and respond to the patient's need for nursing, medications, and equipment-assisted care. Considers physical, emotional and social factors when contributing to the modification of nursing care in an outpatient setting. Knowledge and skill 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. Actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice. Keeps medical staff well informed and promotes regulations pertaining to Nursing Service. Supports the mission and philosophy of Nursing Service. Promptly recognizes and reports signs and symptoms which indicate subtle physical and/or emotional changes in the patient's condition. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00am-4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 600256500
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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.