The Community Living Center Wound Care/Ostomy LPN will cover the CLC and inpatient and outpatient clinic areas Under the supervision of a licensed registered nurse (RN), the licensed practical nurse (LPN) is a highly functioning member of the nursing team and is restricted to individuals in complex work assignments. The LPN is expected to be self-directed. The LPN works under the guidance of the certified wound care nurses and is responsible for his/her individual nursing actions within the scope of their assignments. The nurse provides; specialized treatment, testing, scheduling, education and emotional support to the Veterans receiving care in wound and ostomy care in the Community Living Center (CLC), Medical Center, and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). The Community Living Center Wound Care/Ostomy LPN is responsible for the evidence-based care of a group of residents as follows: a. Functions under the direction of the Wound Care RN for completing patient/resident assignments. Care provided will be safe, effective, and timely. The LPN is expected to accept and support the guiding principle of the Medical Center. He/She should perform their duties in a manner that promotes quality health care, outstanding customer service, and the maintenance of an environment committed to serving the veteran. The LPN performs within this functional statement with a general review per nursing leadership. The LPN reports to the ACNS GEC. Wound and Ostomy Care including but not limited to: Performs complex technical procedures utilizing sterile and/or aseptic technique. i.e.: changing dressings, administration of oxygen, colostomy care and change, and wound care to pressure related skin injuries, arterial, venous, diabetic, traumatic, burns and skin tears. Wound care including picture taking and uploading photos into CPRS. Complete negative pressure wound therapy dressing changes. Participate in new employee orientation programs and staff education. Ostomy care with pre and post op education. Pressure injuries Provide direct nursing care as necessary. Travels to the Allentown Outpatient Clinic for wound-care clinic once a week. Utilizes facility resources in a cost-effective manner. Maintains Excel data for tracking and follow up. Appropriately carries out assigned patient/resident care based on the patient/resident conditions; to use judgment in selecting the appropriate order and sequence of procedures and treatments; and to accurately recognize, report and record relevant patient information. Observes, identifies and responds to the resident/patient's needs for care, including medication, equipment-assisted care and patient/family education. In organizing and delivering care, the LPN recognizes and considers emotional, cultural, spiritual, socio-economic, and age-related factors. Prepares and administers prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous) and performs treatments according to established policies/procedures. Observes for physical and/or emotional changes in resident/patient's condition from prescribed medications/treatments, promptly and accurately documenting noted changes, and reporting any deviations from normal to RN. Initiates appropriate emergency interventions as directed. Knowledge and understanding of human behavior, patient/resident motivations and reactions to situations, and ability to appropriately utilize this knowledge in working effectively with resident, patients, family members, and other staff. Establishes constructive relationships with individual residents/patients and their families to elicit feelings and attitudes, and to promote positive relationships, communication and socialization skills. Fosters an environment of respect for individual resident/patient and family rights to privacy and dignity in all aspects of care delivery. Effectively incorporates knowledge and understanding of established customer service standards in all interactions with patients. family members, and/or other internal/external customers. Knowledge and skill in performing support duties for complex diagnostic tests and/or specialized practices or procedures, which include preparing the resident/patient, assisting in the diagnostic examination, preparing and handling specialized instruments or other specialized equipment, and monitoring the patient's condition before, during, and following the procedure. Serves as a preceptor in orienting, educating, and training less experienced LPNs or NAs related to support duties for these more complex, specialized tests/procedures. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, Dayshift 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.