OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans. The Float LPN reports to the Resource Nurse Manager. The LPN delivers fundamental, knowledge-based care to assigned patients while developing technical competencies. The primary purpose of this position is to perform a very wide range of patient personal care, support diagnostic services, and chart activities on a regular and continual basis on a surgical, medical, rehabilitation, psychiatric, or long-term care ward or clinic. The incumbent performs duties in such a way as to promote a sense of worth and dignity within each individual. The Float LPN is responsible for the evidence-based care of a group of patients as follows: Assists the RN, charge LPN, and other members of the interdisciplinary team (IDT) with providing input in the development of care plan based on the Veterans care needs Administration of medications within the LPN scope of practice Under the direction of the RN or charge LPN, provides health care services to the Veteran to include, but not limited to: Foley Catheter insertion/discontinuation/care; obtaining the Veteran's vital signs, blood glucose, or EKG; activities of daily living(ADL); and post-mortem care. Takes appropriate action when indicated regarding equipment safety (Wanderguard unit, crash cart, refrigerators, etc.).Communicates to appropriate staff when immediate intervention is needed for safe care. Initiates and maintains standards of cleanliness and safety in Veteran environment and exercises proper use and maintenance of equipment. Monitors Veterans' risks for behaviors including, but not limited to: Elopement, wandering, suicide, fall, behavior, and pressure ulcer and taking action, when indicated, to include communicating to appropriate personnel, when further intervention is needed, and completing necessary documentation. Sits with patient on 1:1 for safety, as needed. Under the direction of the RN or charge LPN, monitor bladder and bowel functioning, tracking of input and output (I&O)and hydration. Performs nursing care, as applicable to the Veteran, including all aspects of personal care and grooming. Consistently follows policies, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and procedures as applicable to reusable medical equipment (RME) and infection control. Observes Veterans and reports changes in Veteran behavior and condition to the unit charge nurse. Under the direction of the RN or charge LPN, educates the Veterans on their care needs, as appropriate to LPN skill level. Communicates with families and significant others, as appropriate. Promptly reports any deviations from normal practice patterns to the charge nurse, NM, or the nursing supervisor. Responds during emergencies, assisting during fire drills, and responding to any safety issues as they arise. Demonstrates self-direction in applying knowledge of fire, safety, and disaster regulations, practices, and procedures, and communicates expectations to staff. Additional duties as assigned. Work Schedule: 4:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. to include every other weekend and holiday. (1 vacancy) 7:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. to include every other weekend and holiday. (1 vacancy) Telework: Not available. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Licensed Practical Nurse - Float Pool/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required. Physical Requirements: The population of male and female Veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18 to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. Lebanon VA Medical Center is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical and surgical inpatients and outpatients. The incumbent must be physically and mentally able to perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others. This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, pushing, lifting 45 pounds or more, reaching above the shoulder, frequent pushing medication carts; and use finger and both and hand and legs. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. The incumbent must be able to navigate all areas of the facility, use a keyboard, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when necessary, as well as direct others to perform it, and perform other activities of the position without any restrictions.
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.