Currently recruiting a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) to work at the Lactation Counselor Services area within Naval Hospital, 29 Palms, in Twenty Nine Palms, California. The Licensed Vocational Nurse position is full-time, Monday - Friday, normally between the hours of 7:30AM - 4:30PM, with full benefits and including 17 days of paid vacation & sick leave, plus 10 paid federal holidays.
DUTIES OF THE LICENSED VOCATIONAL NURSE (LVN):
- Ensure patient care is carried out in accordance with the Standards of Nursing Care and the policies and procedures of the clinic.
- Check patients into the clinic and triage using clinic guidelines.
- Obtain and document patient and pertinent family history.
- Perform a full range of diagnostic support duties which include taking vital signs, collecting specimens, obtaining, recording and tracking results of diagnostic tools.
- Assist the physician in a variety of diagnostic examinations such as lumbar punctures, colposcopies and sigmoidoscopies, by preparing, positioning and monitoring patients, and setting out and handling instruments and equipment.
- Perform laboratory tests such as checking urine for sugar and stool for blood. Record and report results of test.
- Perform a range of treatment procedures that include sterile dressing changes, applying compresses, monitoring IV fluids, inserting catheters and suctions, inserting nasogastric tubes, administering medications, giving enemas, setting up and giving treatment that requires auxiliary equipment such as oxygen and suction.
- Prepare patients for tests, examinations, treatments, and/or surgery. Collect specimens such as urine, sputum and stool. Label specimens for laboratory examinations and follow up by using CHCS/AHLTA or calling the laboratory for reports.
- Prepare, start, monitor and discontinue intravenous fluids with accuracy and in accordance with established procedures.
- Observe, report and document all observed symptoms, reactions, treatments and changes in the patient condition to the registered nurse or physician.
- Perform routine nursing care activities such as taking blood pressures, temperatures, baths and hygiene care, passing and removal of trays, changing of linen, and otherwise assist in the care of the physical needs of the patient.
- Operate basic equipment required in delivery of patient care such as pumps, IV pumps, oxygen administration apparatus and incentive spirometers.
- Execute physician’s orders within the guidelines of standard nursing practice.
- Maintain records of nursing care, dose and time of medication administered, and indicate if the medication was not administered and the reason.
- Administer immunizations in a safe and accurate manner with strict adherence to all Military/Medical and DoD Treatment Facilities and CDC Immunization policies.
- Recognize conditions which require isolation. Ensure universal precautions are used in all patient encounters.
- Recognize emergency situations and assist with, or institute emergency measures for sudden adverse developments in patients such as cardiac arrests.
- Handle telephone information requests with courtesy, accuracy and respect for patient confidentiality.
- Ensure maintenance and re-supply of pharmaceuticals in the clinic.
- Ensure upkeep and perform checks of emergency equipment
- Communicate with patients utilizing Secure Messaging to improve communication and facilitate care through non-traditional means.
- The position may require after hours work at various educational settings (health fairs) and compensatory time off equal to the time spent at the health fairs will be given to LVN/LPN.
- Actively promotes breastfeeding and assisting mothers in reaching their own goals in breastfeeding. Develops and implements standard of care and guidelines for assisting breastfeeding mothers in all areas of the organization.
- Coordinate with appropriate personnel to promote health fairs and other community awareness programs both on and off base. Actively participate in base publications to enhance awareness.
- Act as the primary point of contact for providers, nurses, and other hospital personnel for lactation/breastfeeding issues. Utilize command public health data to support breastfeeding and establish follow up care as required.
- Provide 24-72 hour hospital discharge newborn follow-up care services to include direct lactation assessment, breastfeeding support, and routine nursing assessment of the newborn.
QUALIFICATIONS OF THE LICENSED VOCATIONAL NURSE (LVN):
- Graduate from an accredited community college, junior college, college, university or vocational nursing education program
- One year of practical or vocational nurse experience after graduation.
- Possess and maintain a current unrestricted license to practice as an LPN/LVN in any one of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam or the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- Possess a minimum of 1 year of full-time clinical experience within the last 2 years as a LPN/LVN.
- U.S. Citizen (for access to Government computer systems)
- Possess 45 hours of continuing education in lactation counseling.
- Have a minimum of two years of the last three years in a clinical setting with at least one year experience performing independent breast feeding support services to families in an outpatient and inpatient setting.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
- Competitive salary
- 17 days paid vacation/sick leave per year
- 10 paid Federal holidays per year
- Health & Welfare allowance contributes towards cost of health, short-term and long-term disability insurance.
- 401(k) savings plan
ABOUT THE ARORA GROUP
The Arora Group is an award-winning, Joint Commission-certified nationwide healthcare services company that, for over 30 years, has provided medical care for the men and women who serve our country in the U.S. Armed Forces. Our mission is to provide world-class care and give our over healthcare professionals opportunities to improve their skills, learn from the best, and serve the needs of active duty service members, their families, and veterans.
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