This Licensed Practical Nurse position is located in Batavia, which is attached to the VA Western New York HealthCare System. This position is assigned to the Geriatrics and Extended Care Community Living Center (Maple Lodge) . The practical nurse functions as a member of the interdisciplinary team, participates in providing holistic care to patients in acute, sub-acute or chronic stages of illness with changing nursing needs that are predictable and require periodic assessment by the registered nurse. The incumbent carries out all functions and duties outlined for the practical nurse GS-5, but on a regular and recurring basis performs aspects of nursing care that require: (1) a basic understanding of the total patient program; (2) understanding of simple scientific facts and principles; (3) a broad spectrum of technical skills; (4) adaptation of procedures to meet individual patient needs, and (5) recognition of the relatedness of patients' behavior and physical condition. The functions under the supervision of the RN and in accordance with policies and procedures. They must display emotional stability and possess interpersonal relationship skills. Functions and responsibilities are assigned on a progressive range to enable the employee to acquire additional technical skills to function as a Licensed Practical Nurse in a long term community living Duties Include However Are Not Limited to The Following: Maintaining positive patient/family/staff relationships by utilizing appropriate communication skills. Assisting in the collection and documentation of objective and subjective data relative to more complex patient situations. Participating in patient centered conferences/shift reports, and contributing information for the development and review of nursing's plan of care. Collaborating with the Registered Nurse in developing, selecting the appropriate sequence of procedures and implementing a plan of care individualized to carry out the nursing needs of the patient. Maintaining a clean, safe and therapeutic environment and reporting potential and actual hazards to the registered nurse. Adhering to all safety and health standards, regulations, and work practices. Assisting with routine diagnostic measures, such as lumbar puncture, preparation for radiological or operative procedure, etc. Recognizing emergent situations and initiating appropriate intervention. Initiates CPR when indicated and maintains BLS certification. Providing a full range of practical nursing care as appropriate to area of assignment. Assisting with monitoring prescribed therapies (e.g. oxygen therapy), and implementation of the treatment program Administering selected medications, including psychotropic drugs, seeking clarification of orders as necessary. Identifying the need for PRN medications and recognizing, reporting and documenting effects of medications. Documenting administration of all medications in the Medical Record following established policies. Documenting the response to prn medications in the Medical Record according to policy and procedure. Assisting in orienting patients/family/staff to unit routines and pertinent VAWNYHS and Network 2 policies. Completes all mandatory requirements and appropriate competencies before the due date for the areas in which they are assigned. All other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Full Time Evenings 3:30 PM - 12:00 AM to include weekend and holiday coverage. (Tour will be discussed at interview) Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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