This LPN position is for the Allentown CBOC under Wilkes Barre VAMC. Interviews the patient, obtains vital signs, and prepares the patient for visits with her/his Primary Care Physician. Maintains current Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification status. Implements preventative health initiatives by conducting annual health screenings and education on all patients enrolled in Primary Care. Administers immunizations as needed and documents procedure(s). Provides immediate nursing intervention in emergency situations. Is responsible for ordering/maintaining supplies in the clinical area. Utilizes Veterans Health Information and Technology Architecture (VistA) options such as patient Inquiry and e-mail to perform daily functions. Completes clinical reminders on all patients enrolled in Primary Care. - Participates in outreach programs. - Adheres to Nursing Documentation guidelines per Medical Center Policy. - Performs EKGs, Phlebotomy, immunizations, & others (ie. Holter, pulse oximetry). Monitors and Records temperatures for refrigerators if appropriate and reports out of range temperatures. Completes Diabetic and At-Risk Foot examinations. Maintains competency for all clinically appropriate procedures. Completes all mandatory training timely and participates in PACT initiatives which include but are not limited to Secure Messaging, TEACH training, and Motivational Interviewing (MI) in order to promote patient self management toward individualized plan of care. Work Schedule: 7:30am-4:00pm Monday - Friday Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Physical Standards: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/.invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. Please Note: In accordance with Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM) bulletin (dated 10/1/2019), Human Resources Management Letter NO. 05-19-12, although hybrid title 38 occupations follow title 5 Veterans' preference rules, as required by the Merit Systems Protection Board (Graves v. VA, 117 M.S.P.R. 697 (2012)), 38 U.S.C. § 7412 waives the requirement to apply Veterans' preference to external applicants for appointments made during FY 2020 to hybrid title 38 occupations reported among the occupations with the largest staffing shortages. FY 2020 VHA Shortage Occupations Approved for Waiver of Veterans' Preference are as follows: Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist, 0647; Medical Instrument Technician, 0649; Medical Records Technician, 0675; Medical Supply Aide and Technician, 0622; Medical Support Assistant, 0679; Medical Technologist, 0644; Practical Nurse, 0620; Psychologist, 0180.
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