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The Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse works under the direction of an RN and reports to the Nurse Manager. The LPN/LVN is responsible for observing, recording and reporting changes in the patient's condition, as well as assisting in the development and revision of the patient-driven holistic care plan for life. The LPN/LVN is a member of the larger Team. The LPN/LVN requires a general review of their work by an RN for appropriateness and conformity with license, policies and procedures. The LPN is aligned under Ambulatory Care Services and will be assigned to various Primary Acute Care Teams (PACT) and/or Sub-Specialty Clinics. This is a float position with the official duty station designated as the Ann Arbor VAMC. To support overall health care delivery efforts of the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS), the LPN may be assigned to one or more clinical areas within the medical center, community-based outpatient clinic (CBOC), and/or offsite ancillary clinic to perform clinical roles, within the scope of their practice, when determined clinically necessary and appropriate. Some of the areas/clinics the incumbent would typically be assigned to, but are not limited to, are Primary Care (PACT), Hematology/Oncology (Hem/Onc), Integrative Pain, PM&R (Pain Management & Rehabilitation), Womens Health, Infectious Disease, Pulmonary, Neurology, Arthritis, Gastrointestinal (G.I.), and Renal. The LPN is directly responsible to the Ambulatory Care Nurse Manager. The LPN is the technical expert for performing, reporting, and recording assigned nursing care, including, but not limited to: 1. Technically proficient in initiating, performing, and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations. 2. Knowledge and ability to appropriately carry out assigned patient care based on the patents' 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. 3. Completed work should need only a general review by a registered nurse or physician for appropriateness and conformity with established policies/procedures. 4. Ability to observe and respond to the patient's needs for care, including medication and equipment-assisted care (patient/family education). In organizing and delivering care, the LPN recognized and considers several factors that impact the patient's care plan. 5. Prepares and administers prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, and/or intramuscular) and performs minor, non-surgical, treatments according to established policies/procedures. 6. Observes for physical and/or emotional changes in patient's condition from prescribed medication/treatments, promptly and accurately documents notable changes, and reports any deviations from normal to RN or MD/DO. 7. Knowledge and ability to recognize urgent and emergent patient care situation, seeksassistance of the RN and/or MD/DO, and initiates appropriate emergency interventions as directed. 8. Intermediate 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. 9. Establishes constructive relationships with individual patients and their families to elicit feelings and attitudes, and to promotes positive relationships, communication, and socialization skills. 10. Fosters an environment of respect for individual patient and family rights to privacy and dignity in all aspects of care delivery. 11. Effectively incorporates knowledge and understanding of established customer service standards in all interactions with patients, family members, and/or other inter/external customers/stakeholders. 12. Knowledge and skill in performing support duties for basic/standard diagnostic tests and/or practices or procedures, which include preparing the patients, assisting in the diagnostic examination, preparing and handling required equipment, within scope, and monitoring the patient's condition before, during and following the procedure, as deemed appropriate depending on clinic complexity. 13. Participates in orienting, educating, and training less experienced LPNs/Nursing Assistants (NAs)/or Health Technicians (HTs). 14. Participates in mandatory educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills to improve and advance own nursing practice. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm 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.