The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) position is located at the Community Living Center (CLC) in Erie, Pennsylvania. This position provides resident care and preforms duties may require routine or detailed higher level review depending on the complexity of the duties. The LPN reports to the CLC Manager directly. Explains procedures to residents, using language which they understand and displays consideration of individual age related and gender specific resident needs. Ensures that the physical and emotional environment is consistent with the vision for resident-centered care. Maintains self-control and responds consistently to the requirements of the work situation; shows flexibility. Responds to residents calls for assistance promptly and interacts with the resident in a tactful, courteous manner, making customer service the focus of all interactions. Communicates respectfully and works effectively with administrative staff, the health care team, unit staff, residents, and visitors. Provides emotional support to residents, and families/significant others to assist them in adjusting to changes brought about by illness or change in health status. Fosters an environment of respect for individual resident and family/significant other rights to privacy and dignity in all aspects of care delivery. Serves as Veteran's/family's/significant others' advocate. Effectively incorporates knowledge and understanding of established customer service standards in all interactions with residents, family/significant others, and/or internal/external customers. Demonstrates the ability to establish a work plan and re-prioritize plan based on changing resident care needs. Cares for residents, monitoring vital signs, level of consciousness, pain management, and resident safety. Observes intravenous (IVs) and IV therapy and reports any changes or concerns to the Charge Nurse, securing IV site if loose. Prepares and administers prescribed oral, topical, subcutaneous, inhaled, injectable medications, and suppositories according to policy and procedure. Correctly documents medications given or omitted in Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA) according to established policy and procedures. Documents effects of medications according to established guidelines. Counts controlled substances with a RN and verifies current count on the "Pyxis Inventory of Controlled Substances Record." Promptly reports all untoward resident incidents; examples: medication errors, falls, etc., to Charge Nurse/Nursing Manager, and initiates incident report. Performs a range of resident care activities which include, but are not limited to: Restorative Care, oral and enteral feeding, bathing, bed making, lifting, turning, positioning and ambulating residents; oral, hair, nail and related care; and other related care of similar complexity such as care of urinary drainage appliances. Collects specimens such as urine, sputum, and stool for laboratory analysis. Provides range of motion exercises for dependent residents at least once per shift. As an interdisciplinary team member, provides input into the care planning process, assists and provides teaching in activities of daily living (ADLs) to residents and encourages them to participate in ADLs leading to increase independence. Provides or reinforces resident/family/significant other teaching related to medications, disease process, procedures, and self-care activities. Considers physical, emotional, cultural, spiritual, socio-economic and age-related factors. Participates and reinforces teaching in anticipation of discharge. Participates in a restorative program based on the needs of resident. Performs a wide range of treatments and procedures utilizing established nursing care plans and auxiliary equipment according to policy, including but not limited to: application of heat and cold, wound care, changing sterile and clean dressings, administering suppositories, cleansing and retention enemas, tube feedings, weights, vital signs, glucose finger sticks, tracheostomy care, specimen collection, intake and output, urinary catheterization, oxygen, and colostomy irrigation, orthopedic traction, spirometry, nebulizer treatments, and standard 12 lead EKGs, and care of well-established tracheostomies and laryngectomies. Performs oropharyngeal, tracheostomy, and tracheal suctioning, and tracheostomy and laryngectomy care. Functions as a team leader under the supervision of the registered nurse. Demonstrates ability to serve as a responsible member of the nursing team and interact with residents, family members, professional and supportive personnel who provide resident care, and with members of other services. Work Schedule: Full-time 12:00 AM - 8:00 AM; may include evenings, days, weekends, and holidays shifts 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.