The LPN is assigned to the Surgical Service Line and provides professional nursing care to Perioperative patients throughout the perioperative period. S/he has the knowledge and skills necessary for concentrated effort and self-direction in carrying out practical nursing assignments. S/he is assigned to patients who require the use of specialized skills, perceptive judgment and observation. The surgical LPN is assigned duties that include but aren't limited to: Varies the order and sequence of assignments based on patients' conditions. Utilizes the knowledge of physical, social, and emotional factors when planning patient care, and uses this knowledge effectively in day-to-day interactions with patients and families. Recognizes deviations from patient's baseline. Demonstrates ability to respond to patient's immediate and long-term needs. Prepares and administers medications correctly and understands the action and side effects of all medications administered. 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. Performs complex treatments and procedures with exceptional skill and knowledge, to include venipuncture as defined in policy. Applies knowledge of Medical Center Policies and Procedures to his/her daily clinical functions and responsibilities. Age differences - delivers nursing care that reflects the various phases of the life cycle from 18 to 85 years and over. Distinguishes individual age need differences, considers maturation changes, promotes health in all phases, differentiates the need for special equipment, and considers the young adults and older adults' exposure to substance abuse problems. Participates in Interdisciplinary Team meets to develop the patients' care plan goals. Documents patient's responses to interdisciplinary plans for group care, group therapy, patient teaching and planned activities. Performs escort duties based upon the care needs of the Veteran. Assists in the performance of diagnostic procedures and treatments. Demonstrates proficiency in performing perioperative surgical procedures along with endoscopy and minor procedures. Demonstrates proficiency in operating equipment safely in accordance with VA BHHCS policies and procedures and/or manufacture's instructions. Demonstrates proficiency in setting up and maintaining a sterile field for surgical procedures. Practices and ensures aseptic technique in the preoperative and perioperative settings. Demonstrates knowledge and ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of surgical needs. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4pm, with rotating on call shifts Telework: 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.