Recruitment/Relocation incentives are not authorized. The Licensed Practical Nurse, GS-6, in the Primary Care area is a graduate of a school of practical nursing approved by the state accrediting agency and/or the National League of Nursing at the time the program was completed. He/she has a current licensure in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or District of Columbia. Conducts a variety of clinics effectively including, but not limited to, general medicine, women wellness, using self-direction in problem solving and priority setting. Utilizes appropriate organization and priority setting to maintain quality care in clinics with increasing numbers of patients scheduled during a defined time frame. Prepares and assists with various examinations including general exams, gynecological exams, and minor surgical procedures. Maintains aseptic techniques. Performs EKG's and phlebotomy Assists with tele health as needed Proficiency in providing all basic nursing care for a variety of patients in the Primary Care setting. Demonstrates competency in a number of complicated skills and procedures including but not limited to skin suture and staple removal, culture specimen collection, dressing changes, etc. Participates in orientation and training of new staff members to policy and procedures and work methodologies of Primary Care. Records and accurately documents patient information such as patient's physical condition, emotional response, and results of procedures. Makes sure that the clinical reminders are addressed appropriately. Notes changes in a patient's condition which warrants notification of a physician prior to appointment times. Informs members of the patient's primary care team of cultural preferences, religious preferences and changes that have occurred with aging. Recognizes and responds appropriately in emergency situations. Initiates CPR in critical emergencies. Recognizes and accurately communicates individual patient needs to the health care provider, such as variance in normative lab results, physical symptoms and/or vital signs. Provides education to patients and family members regarding preparations for diagnostic tests, X-rays, and endoscopic procedures as well as general patient information about upcoming appointments and medications. Presents information to patients and significant others in a non threatening therapeutic manner. Facilitates a complimentary working relationship with Primary Care Service, assuming the liaison role when the health care provider raises questions regarding eligibility, clinic appointment availability, and procedure scheduling. Aware of and refers/or obtains referrals to support services according to their needs. Can complete paperwork independently or with minimal assistance. Demonstrates knowledge and skill sufficient to provide environmental safety, security, and privacy of the patient. In the performance of official duties has regular access to printed and electronic files containing sensitive data which must be protected under the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 and other applicable laws, federal regulations, VA statutes and policy, and VHA policy. The employee will be responsible for: Protecting that data from unauthorized deletion Following applicable regulations and instructions regarding access to computerized files, release of access codes, etc., as set out in a computer access agreement which the employee signs. Answers phone in a courteous and tactful manner. Takes messages and provides accurate information to appropriate staff member. Follows up to see that patient issues are resolved and returns calls as indicated. Demonstrates knowledge and skill sufficient to maintain infection control measure in environment. Follows and documents daily, weekly, monthly cleaning as directed. Inventory and stocks supplies daily. Demonstrates Patient Centered Care (PCC) through the use of effective communication with patients, families, visitors, and members of the interdisciplinary team, including the patient in mutual goal setting, and providing patient advocacy when appropriate. Visibly demonstrates the ICARE (Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, Excellence) Core Values in interactions with Veterans, staff, and other stakeholders. Utilizes safe work practices including body mechanics Utilizes protective and safety devices This position is not eligible for telework Work Schedule: Part-Time .5 FTE 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.