The James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center consists of a parent site, located in Altoona, PA and 5 community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) located in DuBois, Huntingdon, Indiana, Johnstown & State College, PA. The medical center serves Veterans from a 14 county area in Central PA, providing exceptional health care in the areas of Acute Care, Behavioral Health, Diagnostic Services, Urgent Care, Long Term Care, Pharmacy, Primary Care, Social Services, Specialty Care & Women's Health. Duties include but are not limited to: Responsible for delivering patient/resident care in a variety of settings. Utilizes a Veteran-Centered Care approach to gain an understanding of the Veterans needs and desires. Accurately transcribes the practitioner's encounter with the patient/resident as dictated by the practitioner. In documenting and using this approach, he/she is responsible for observing, recording and reporting changes in the patient's/resident's condition as well as assisting the PACT teamlet in the development and revision of the patient-driven, holistic, longitudinal care plan. Member of the core team and may collaborate with services internal and external to the VA to facilitate care transition in order to effectively meet the patient's/resident's needs. Performs health education and basic health coaching to promote patient-driven goal setting and patient/resident activation for self-care and self-management using TEACH and Motivational Interviewing. advocates for patients/residents, is a team member who promotes his/her own professional growth, development and practice. Maintains flexibility in order to manage additional duties as assigned. Responsible for demonstrating the knowledge and practice of providing Nursing Care based on the four performance standards/competencies, nursing care; safety; interpersonal communication; and customer service. Accompanies the practitioner into the examination room, transcribes history and physical; clinical symptoms and findings; plan of care and follow-up instructions; patient/resident orders including lab tests, radiology tests, medications, etc., as dictated by the practitioner and for practitioner signature. Maintains confidentiality of electronic, written, and/or verbal information. Performs, reports, and records assigned nursing care including, but not limited to: policy orders, orders in suspense, protocols, completion of clinical reminders, appropriate consults and alerts as indicated. Observes and provides care for patients/residents through the implementation of assigned interventions. These interventions are targeted toward maximizing self-care management abilities. Correctly dispenses medication and performs treatments in accordance with published policies, protocols, and procedures. Demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge of medication action, dosage, and potential adverse reaction. Demonstrates awareness in providing nursing care and identifies specific needs of the adult and geriatric patient/resident. Provide patient, resident, and family education as outlined in the established plan of care. Documents accurately in the medical record in accordance with published medical center policies. Adheres to all established policies regarding confidentiality of patient/resident information. Completes other duties as assigned. Demonstrates knowledge of culture change and patient/resident centered care including patient/resident choices, control with preferred routines in all aspects of daily living.nThe LPN may have the role of assisting in Clinical Video Telehealth (CVT) as a tele-presenter, who assists the provider in the presentation of a CVT visit. The tele-presenter assists with the clinical aspects of the intervention, assessment, diagnosis, and evaluation and assists with the physical examination of the patient/resident for the primary care or specialty provider who is located in the distant site. Maintains a safe environment at all times for patients/residents using knowledge of patient/resident risk score, assuring accurate identification of patient/resident at all times, etc. Demonstrates knowledge of reusable medical equipment (RME) that is in use in the work area and follows all Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) on the use of this RME. Recognizes and appropriately responds to breakage and malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action. Assures communication of information related to patient/resident care to the RN. Recognizes the potential for patient/resident injury and initiates appropriate action to prevent incidents. Consistently observes significant patient/resident conditions, both physical and emotional, obvious or subtle, which have relevance to health status and adapts nursing care to meet patient/resident needs assuring timely communication to the RN. Recognizes emergency situations and initiates appropriate protocols. Applies infection control principles to patient/resident care delivery. Work Schedule: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday; however, weekend and evening hours may occur when Veteran needs arise. Travel to Altoona VAMC and other CBOCs as needed if staffing needs arise but at the time of travel the individual will be reimbursed according to local guidelines. State College and Huntingdon CBOCs provide coverage for one another. 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.