This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program. To participate in the program in the program, you must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with the VHA Policy and submit your application within four months of appointment. The final award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) is determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office. The Licensed Practical Nurse GS-6 is fully proficient and meets all performance requirements for the LPN/L VN GS-5. The LPN/LVN GS-6 demonstrates technical proficiency in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to patient populations at all complexity levels and care settings. Uses judgment in selecting the appropriate order and sequence of procedures and treatments, and accurately recognize, report, and record relevant patient information. This individual requires minimal supervision. The LPN GS -6 works with the RN and/or MD/DO to appropriately orient/train less experienced LPNs/L VNs and/or Nursing Assistants (NAs) /Health Technicians (HTs). LPN Duties include but are not limited to: provides care that is consistent with the Annual Skills Competency Checklist such as appropriate performance of vital signs, glucometer checks, etc. Performs a wide range of treatments and procedures with skill and timeliness such as diabetic blood glucose monitoring (finger sticks) and foot checks. Recognizes and communicates to the RN all acute changes in the patient medical status. Recognizes emergencies, intervenes appropriately, including initiation of CPR and use of AED, and take measures to avert potentially life-threatening situations. Assists the RN in determining the learning needs of patients and families and provides accurate information and instructions. Recognizes and monitors age-specific and/or cultural needs of patients, and modifies approach in delivering care. Demonstrates advanced knowledge of equipment safety, i.e., with wheelchairs, stretchers, and other medical equipment. Complies with and implements hospital wide and unit based infection control policies, including the use of Standard Precautions and other infection control measures such as good hand hygiene. Promotes compliance with infection control procedures for patients with suspected communicable disease, utilization of personal protective equipment, etc. Maintains confidentiality of all information accessed through VA computer system and complies with computer (ADP) security policy and procedures. Documents pertinent patient information according to V APSHCS and Nursing Service policies. Contributes to a safe, clean, therapeutic environment for patients and staff by cleaning and organizing equipment and unit area; following policy related to fire, disaster, safety, security, and infection control. Assists with care of chronically or acutely ill patients that present to the Same Day Unit during the perianesthesia/perioperative period who may have a variety of stable medical/psychiatric diagnoses, in addition to any other problems. Serves as the primary contact and nursing advocate for the Same Day Unit surgical and procedural patients assigned to them for documentation of care provided. Work Schedule: 0700 - 1600, Seattle Division Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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