The LPN is assigned to the Podiatry Department within the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service line (Specialty Care) at VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics (VASORCC). The LPN functions as team member under the guidance of the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, but must be able to function independently and autonomously, according to established policies, procedures and practices. Serves as a member of the health care team with those select patients in the Podiatry clinic and provides care to them on a regular and recurring basis. Initial visit/return visits: Document's nursing care provided. Completes any clinical reminders that is due. Reviews consults, ensures appropriate scheduling. Reviews cancelled/no-showed appointments and ensures rescheduling as appropriate. Responsible for podiatry patients scheduled in Podiatry Clinic. Participates in ongoing wound care. Prepares patient, set up equipment and assists in or performs the following tests/procedures: Wound Care, Dressing changes. Assists with minor in-office surgical procedures, as trained and/or otherwise deemed competent to perform (i.e. tenotomies, toe nail removals, etc). Triage nurse for walk-in patients to Podiatry. IM injections Staple/suture removal Diabetic foot care to include use of/documentation of Monofilament and Doppler pulse tests. Foot assessment principles: sensory assessment, touch, proprioception, pulses, mobility, vibratory, presence of hammer toes, bunion, chariot joints, tropic skin, lesions, calluses, corns & fungus. Foot care of nails (cutting), calluses, lesions, footwear assessment, socks-shoes, etc. Placing and removing casts/splints, Unna Boot, or cam walker per physicians written orders. Assist/obtain samples of scrapings, smears, biopsies. Prepare to send to lab, and then follow up on results. Conducts all tests associated with the EPRP clinical reminder. Assisting with minor surgical procedures. Must know sterile (to include surgical) technique. Provides, demonstrates, and documents patient treatment and/or family education regarding: Pre- and post-procedure care. Knowledge as per the LPN scope of practice as specified by the nursing practice act and satisfactorrily functions within this scope; consistently works to the top of one's licensure. Safeguards the confidential information acquired from any source about the patient. Provides health care to all patients regardless of race, creed, cultural background, disease, or lifestyle. Upholds the highest standards in personal appearance, language, dress, and demeanor. Remains informed about issues affecting the practice of nursing and delivery of health care and, were appropriate, participate in government and policy decisions. Accept the responsibility for safe nursing by keeping oneself mentally and physically fit and educationally prepared to practice. Shall know the scope of nursing practice authorized by the Nursing Practice Act in the state wherein employed. Shall have a personal commitment to fulfill the legal responsibilities inherent in good nursing practice. Shall take responsible actions in situations wherein there is unprofessional conduct by a peer or other health care provider. Shall recognize and have a commitment to meet the ethical and moral obligations of the practice of nursing. Shall not accept or perform professional responsibilities which the individual knows he or she is not competent to perform. Shall accept assigned responsibilities as an accountable member of the health care team. Shall function within the limits of educational preparation and experience as related to the assigned duties. Shall function with other members of the health care team in promoting and maintaining health, preventing disease and disability, caring for and rehabilitating individuals who are experiencing an altered health state, and contributing to the ultimate quality of life until death. Shall know and utilize the nursing process in planning, implementing, and evaluating health services and nursing care for the individual patient or group. Planning: The planning of nursing includes: 1) Assessment/data collection of health status of the individual patient, the family and community groups. 2) Reporting information gained from assessment/data collection. 3) The identification of health goals. Implementation: The plan for nursing care is put into practice to achieve the stated goals and includes: 1) Observing, recording and reporting significant changes which require intervention or different goals. 2) Applying nursing knowledge and skills to promote and maintain health, to prevent disease and disability and to optimize functional capabilities of an individual patient. 3) Assisting the patient and family with activities of daily living and encouraging self-care as appropriate. 4) Carrying out therapeutic regimens and protocols prescribed by personnel pursuant to authorized state law. Work Schedule: Monda-Friday, 08:00 to 16:30 Compressed/Flexible: No Telework: Yes Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Licensed Practical Nurse-Podiatry Specialty Care/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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