The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) shall provide health care in accordance with the terms and conditions of this contract/Performance Work Statement (PWS), and professional standards of the Joint Commission. Contractor care shall cover the range of services provided in a civilian Medical Treatment Facility (MTF). The LPN shall coordinate patient care through a continuum and facilitates the achievement of optimal outcomes in relation to clinical care, quality and cost-effectiveness. The contracted LPN shall be required to assist in treating patients seen in their assigned clinic in the MTF, when required by the Flight Commander, to ensure access standards are met during deployments, unscheduled absences, or when limited staffing dictates.
Comply with standards of care and practice in accordance with all established policies, procedures, and guidelines used in the medical treatment facility. Provides care within ethical and legal boundaries. Synthesize data from a variety of sources and make appropriate clinical decisions.
Carry out patient care assignments based on the scope of practice and skill level of assigned personnel and with direct oversight of a Licensed Practical Nurse; Assess patients, and recognize adverse signs and symptoms and quickly react in emergency situations, to include the determination of optimal time and location for patient management (ER, clinic, home care) and follow-up care as required.
Communicate treatment plans and patient teaching in accordance with established protocols. Collects and assesses significant patient history information and performs all necessary patient teaching.
Communicate and collaborate with a diverse group of people for the purpose of informing the healthcare team of plans/actions, for teaching/education to benefit the patient/family and organization. Effectively uses appropriate communication format in addressing professional issues.
Demonstrate skill in setting up, operating and monitoring specialized medical equipment such as cardiac monitoring devices, EKG units, oxygen analyzers, nebulizers, and other clinic specific equipment. Performs/assists with procedures such as bladder catheterizations, administration of oxygen, visual acuity tests, EKGs, irrigation of eyes and ears, tympanograms, splinting, phlebotomy and other clinic specific procedures, in accordance with established protocols.
Clean and store equipment properly at the end of each work shift. Ensures preventive maintenance and routine cleaning are performed as directed. Ensures medication/supplies are replenished.
Participate in the orientation, training, and evaluation of duty performance of newly assigned personnel, as appropriate.
Ensure a safe work environment, employee safe work habits and patient safety IAW regulatory agencies, infection control policies, and process improvement initiatives.
Complete orientation and competency verification programs in accordance with (IAW) unit guidelines.
Perform accurate documentation, both written and electronic, of all activity, including telephone contacts, in accordance with requirements.
Maintain open communication lines, both intra-departmentally and inter-departmentally, to provide for total needs of the patient.
Possess ability to acquire and use basic computer skills to enter patient data and extract patient's information, from a variety of sources to include Composite Health Care System (CHCS), Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application (ALTHA) and Integrated Clinical Database (ICDB).
Administer medications, electrolytes, fluids, blood, and blood products.
Adhere to perioperative, infection control and safety policies and procedures.
Possess knowledge of medical privacy and confidentiality (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act [HIPAA]), and accreditation standards of Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), The Joint Commission (TJC), and Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs).
Possess knowledge and experience in Patient Advocacy, Patient Privacy, and Customer Relation. Release medical information obtained during the course of this contract to other MTF staff involved in the care and treatment of that individual patient.
Education: Must be a graduate from an accredited school of nursing, and have taken NCLEX-PN boards and passed
License: Must have a current, valid, unrestricted nursing license to practice as an LPN from any jurisdiction of the U.S.
Experience: The nurse shall have at least 12 months of experience within the last 24 months. This experience shall have been in a primary care clinic setting.
Current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) is required.
Provide documentation / certification of IV therapy training from one or more of the following educational alternatives:
Post-graduate level course
Credit for Previous Education