The Licensed Practical Nurse at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle, Washington provides patient care in accordance with established clinical nursing practices under the direction of an RN or physician The inpatient LPN may be assigned to one of the following units: Spinal Cord Injury unit provides care for medically complex patients including vent dependent patients, and provides acute SCI rehabilitation, medical rehospitalizations, post-op care, pressure ulcer treatment, annual evaluations, and outpatient treatment. Blind Rehabilitation provides rehabilitative skills and residential training to Veterans with impaired vision. The patient population includes all ranges of age (young adult through geriatric) and all ranges of medical conditions (fully healthy through multiple chronic medical conditions). LPN Duties include but are not limited to: Delivers care to patients in a respectful non-judgmental manner and according to Patient Care Plan Demonstrates understanding of age - and population - specific characteristics that affect the health care needs of the veteran. Performs aspects of admission /discharge procedures as directed Collects patient data including observations of patient status (i.e. vital signs, intake/output, skin condition, mental status, etc.). Accurately reports patient/client information. Recognizes subtle and significant changes in the patient in response to nursing care. Promptly recognizes urgent or emergent patient care situations, seeks assistance and effectively intervenes as directed when appropriate. Communicates changes in patient condition/response to nursing care. Organizes/ prioritizes routine and non-routine nursing care activities (ADLs, medication administration, wound care, EKG, foley catheter insertion, bladder scan, etc.) Provides care to patients/clients appropriate to their cognitive, physical, emotional and chronological maturation. Accurately documents and retrieves patient/clinical information using electronic medical record. Provides effective education to patients and/or family members in relation to common disease processes, medications, and/or prescribed diagnostic and/or treatment regimes, as directed. Adheres to standards of practice and safe technique in preparation and administration of medicine, documents administration in BCMA. Observes patient for adverse effects from medication and reports to the team RN. Work Schedule: Blind Rehab: Days Shift 0700-1530, Night Shifts 2330-0800 To be determined by managers upon hire, based on needs of the unit. Spinal Cord Injury - Rotating 8 and 12 hour Day/Evening/Night shifts to cover 24/7 inpatient unit; Seattle, WA 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.