The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System is seeking a Licensed Practical Nurse to be a member of our staff at the Lenawee Community Based Outpatient Clinic. The Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse works under the direction of a RN and reports to the Nurse Manager. The incumbent is responsible for observing, recording and reporting changes in the patient's condition, assisting in the development and revision of the patient-driven holistic care plan for life; requires a general review of their work by an RN for appropriateness and conformity with license, policies and procedures; makes observations and thoroughly documents care and the patient's response; and seeks assistance and guidance by informing RN or medical provider of changes in the patient's condition requiring higher-level intervention. The LPN performs, reports, and records the assigned nursing care in the Lenawee Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) including but not limited to: Vital Signs including pulse, blood pressure, respirations, temperature, pain level, and obtaining pulse oximetry Administers influenza, pneumococcal and tetanus vaccinations Refers patients to appropriate resources including social work, dietitian, speech pathology, SAC, smoking cessation and physical and occupational therapy after screening Glucometer measurements Neurological vital signs Recognizes urgent/emergent patient care situations and initiates assistance effectively intervening as appropriate Provides patient/family education reinforces health teaching and takes an active role in promoting healthy lifestyles Maintains precise adherence to basic principles of asepsis, safety, and universal precautions to provide a safe environment for patients, families, and employees Incumbent possesses knowledge of proper handling of intruments including the cleaning of reusable medical equipment Utilizes special equipment such as IV infusion pumps, Doppler units, pulse oximetry, dermatology instruments needed to perform job duties including computer terminal and printer Provides 1:1 nursing care to assigned outpatients whose care requires close observation during procedures Follows policy and procedures related to fire and disaster drills, safety and security measures Interprets Medical Center Regulations and policies to other staff, patients, relatives, and visitors Proactively assists the medical provider and/or nurse with therapeutic or diagnostic procedures, including biopsies and minor surgeries Work Schedule: Primarily Monday-Friday; 8/10/12 hour TOD may be required; occasional Saturdays 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.