A recruitment/relocation incentive is NOT authorized for this position. The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) serves at the point of care for Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and its Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). Under supervision from a higher grade LPN, registered nurse (RN), or Licensed Independent Practitioners (LIP), the LPN provides quality nursing care to a culturally diverse Veteran population of varying complexity in a variety of settings - acute care, residential, mental health, rehabilitation, palliative, and hospice. The LPN is accountable for adhering to established policies, procedures, standards of care and standards of practice and, for maintaining competencies consistence with role and responsibilities. The incumbent documents care in the medical record and reports observations and findings to the registered nurse and if appropriate the clinical provider. The LPN performs complex age specific nursing care for adult and geriatric patients with a variety of physical, mental, behavioral and/or psychological needs and is limited to situations demanding a degree of practical nursing knowledge and skills, according to assignment and training. The LPN engages in nursing care which requires the knowledge and skills of an individual qualified as a licensed practical nurse. The nurse's primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, or community (ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses). Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital is a Level 1a major interdisciplinary teaching facility with service-lines serving medical, surgical, and neurological inpatients and outpatients, with a comprehensive adult Emergency Department, and multiple community-based outpatient clinics (CBOC). There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with admissions for medical co-morbidities. The Hines VA Hospital Blind Rehabilitation Center provides services in a residential setting. Home-Based Primary Care is provided in the veteran's home. The incumbent is expected to develop administrative, clinical and technical skills as assigned to support patient needs. In some cases, the incumbent may be asked to cover a location that is outside the assigned primary work station. The LPN applies the nursing process to systems or processes at the unit/team/work/group level to improve care. The LPN demonstrates leadership by involving others in improving care and provides age appropriate care in a culturally and ethnically sensitive manner. S/he administers medications and procedures per established policies and guidelines. The goals of the LPN at this level are to gain experience in executing position responsibilities that demonstrate leadership, experience, and creativity in performing a variety of duties in a variety of health care settings; outpatient, inpatient, community living care, residential, acute, or sub-acute. The LPN will care for patients/ residents with acute to chronic conditions. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8 hour shifts with alternating weekends. Temporary NTE 13 months. Full time/part time positions are available. You will be expected to travel to Hines CBOC's. Government vehicle can be issued for travel upon request. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Physical Requirements: Walking, bending, stooping, and some lifting in the direct care of patients. There may also be extended periods of sitting.
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.