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Practical Nurse-Western Market Specialty Care Clinic
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Internal Number: 612165000
This is a Practical Nurse vacancy for the Western Market Specialty Care Clinic in the Medicine service line, to be located at the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center. This position is for the Kidney Medicine/Dialysis PACT and assigned to one of the specialty outpatient clinics at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. This Practical Nurse will report directly to the Dialysis Nurse Manager. This Practical Nurse will be required to demonstrate the knowledge and ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of medical conditions. Have a detailed working knowledge of practical nursing skills and procedures. Function as a member of the healthcare team by participating in planning, implementing and evaluation of nursing care using a focused assessment. Function as preceptor to new LPNs or Nursing Assistants (NAs). Administer medications, monitors patients' response to medication and treatments, reports changes and documents effectiveness. Participate in providing or reinforcing patient education to both patient and their family in relation to disease process, medications and treatments, procedures, equipment and devices or any education deemed necessary and documents the effectiveness of the education. Assist the patient in activities of daily living towards the attainment of rehabilitative/ restorative goals. Perform duties based upon the care needs of the Veteran. Responsible to have knowledge of Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) and for knowing what reusable instruments, equipment, medical devices or supplies are used (inventory). Duties also include but not limited to the following: 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/LVN recognizes and considers emotional, cultural, spiritual, socio-economic, and age-related factors. Observes for physical and/or emotional changes in patient's condition from prescribed medications/treatments. Promptly and accurately documenting noted changes, and reports 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. Effectively incorporates knowledge and understanding of established customer service standards in all interactions with patients, family members, and/or other internal/external customers. Actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge gained with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM Telework: This position is telework eligible but it is not a 100% telework/virtual position. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: 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.