This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more The LPN is assigned to the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System . The LPN, Telehealth Clinical Technician GS-7 is under the supervision of the Nurse Manager at the Clarksville Outpatient Clinic in Clarksville, TN. yet demonstrates independent technical judgment without the need for readily available supervision. The LPN is technically proficient and self-directed in initiating, performing and completing complex practical nursing care to patients in the Telehealth Clinic. The LPN GS-7 must demonstrate an exceptional degree of practical nursing knowledge and skills necessary for concentrated effort and self-direction in carrying out the most complex practical nursing care assignments. The LPN exhibits independent technical judgment, critical thinking skills, and the use of independent judgment to carry out complex patient-assigned duties, which include prioritization and coordination of patients seen in the Telehealth clinic with minimal supervision. The LPN proactively assists the Physician in addressing patient's need for medication/treatments, accurately administering prescribed medications according to established policies/procedures. Performs direct patient care activities, as appropriate to assignment, (includes, but is not limited to): Telehealth equipment maintenance Scheduling Telehealth visits for both the provider side appointments and the patient side appointments Use data analysis, and performance/qualify improvement roles for the Telehealth program and clinics. Assesses, records, and reports vital signs, neurological signs, weight, and blood glucose level. Appropriately triages and prioritizes patient needs as routine, urgent, or emergent in the clinic setting and modifies patient care/treatment as needed. Checks patients into the clinic, introduce the patient to the Telehealth modality and to the Telehealth provider. Possesses comprehensive knowledge of VA and National Telehealth protocols and VHA/ National Telehealth directives related to clinic management, documentation, and computer and Telehealth equipment technology. Serves as a resource for complex/specialized procedures (i.e. non-complex suture removal, non-complex wound care, blood draws, and clinic specific procedures, such as ear irrigation). Performs venipuncture for blood draws, prepares specimens for transport and processing (centrifuge and serum separation), transcribes orders, accessions labels, provides patient education about lab tests, etc… Assists with diagnostic procedures that include preparing the patient, setting up sterile field and instrumentation, and monitoring the patient's condition. Demonstrates the knowledge and skill to interpret common test results and other medical data. Provides education to patients/families about preparation for procedures and/or diagnostic tests. Refer the patient for specialized Telehealth clinics to assist with disease prevention and health promotion. Demonstrates knowledge and skill to incorporate patient education into care and modifies as necessary to meet needs of the patient using TEACH for Success and other health coaching strategies. Collaborates with the Telehealth provider and other interdisciplinary services in the development, implementation, and evaluation of patient care. Serves in a leadership role within the Telehealth team to promote holistic care and optimize clinic efficiency. Assists other staff to improve and advance their practical nursing practice as appropriate. Serves as a resource person for frequently used Telehealth equipment in the clinic setting and utilizes appropriate protocol for equipment repair and maintenance. Functions as a role model for co-workers in guiding clinical practice. Active participant in quality improvement projects/hospital committees to promote evidence-based practice and performance improvement in the Telehealth setting. Screening, Pain Screening, Frail/Elderly Screening, etc… Develops and implements action plans, including educating nursing staff to address identified deficiencies. Enters orders in a timely and accurate manner within Expanded Scope of Practice and VA policy. Demonstrates proactive approach to health promotion/disease prevention by ordering Teleretinal consults per clinical reminders and downloading A1C for the Telehealth providers. Leads Telehealth huddles effectively and serves as a resource for new clinical and administrative staff members re: Telehealth principles. Demonstrates advanced knowledge and skill in preparation, administration, and documentation of commonly prescribed oral, topical, subcutaneous, and intramuscular medications permitted by facility policies and procedures and within the LPN Expanded Scope of Practice. Examples include administering immunizations, testosterone, influenza vaccinations, herpes zoster, pneumococcal, and Vitamin B12 injections. Ensures all follow-up results notes, future consults, peer reviews and completed using telemedicine protocols.
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.