The James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center consists of a parent site, located in Altoona, PA and 5 community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) located in DuBois, Huntingdon, Indiana, Johnstown & State College, PA. The medical center serves Veterans from a 14 county area in Central PA, providing exceptional health care in the areas of Acute Care, Behavioral Health, Diagnostic Services, Urgent Care, Long Term Care, Pharmacy, Primary Care, Social Services, Specialty Care & Women's Health. The purpose of this position is to serve as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) assigned to the Community Living Center, Acute and Long Term Care Service. The position will provide nursing care for adult and geriatric patients/residents according to assignment and training. The LPN implements nursing orders per established policy and procedure, as directed by the Registered Nurse.Duties include but are not limited to:a. Participates in the interdisciplinary team in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the patient's/resident's treatment plan.b. Interacts with patients in groups in accordance with the patient's treatment plan.c. Observes, identifies, and responds to the patient's needs for nursing, medication, and equipment assisted care and recognizes deviations from normal.d. Uses practical nursing knowledge of human behavior, motivations, and reactions to situations in working with patients, family, and other staff members.e. Demonstrates knowledge, skill, and ability to recognize and respond appropriately to emergency situations.f. Responsible for delivering patient/resident care in a variety of settings.g. Utilizes a Veteran-Centered Care approach to gain an understanding of the Veterans needs and desires.h. Member of the team and may collaborate with services internal and external to the VA to facilitate care transition in order to effectively meet the patient's/resident's needs. The LPN performs health education and basic health coaching to promote patient-driven goal setting and patient/resident activation for self-care and self-management.i. He/She advocates for patients/residents, is a team member who promotes his/her own professional growth, development and practice. The LPN maintains flexibility in order to manage additional duties as assigned.j. Responsible for demonstrating the knowledge and practice of providing nursing care based on the four (4) performance standards/competencies, nursing care; safety; interpersonal communication; and customer service.k. Maintains confidentiality of electronic, written, and/or verbal information.I. Performs, reports, and records assigned nursing care including, but not limited to: policy orders, order in suspense, protocols, completion of clinical reminders, appropriate consults and alerts as indicated.m. Observes and provides care for patients/residents through the implementation of assigned interventions. These interventions are targeted toward maximizing self-care management abilities. Work Schedule: The tour of duty for this position is rotating shifts, which includes weekends and holidays. 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.