The Department of Family Medicine of the Keck School of Medicine of USC provides care for every member of the family, across generations and over lifetimes. We aim to enhance the quality of life for underserved and vulnerable patients, while educating future generations of highly skilled, compassionate primary care specialists. Our goal is to combine education, patient advocacy, and evidence-based research to advance family medicine and geriatrics.
Our Department is seeking a Licensed Vocational Nurse to work on a multi-disciplinary team to provide transitional primary care to the unsheltered homeless individuals living within Los Angelesâ Service Planning Area 3, San Gabriel Valley. The ideal candidate must have a commitment to providing high-quality care for complex patients, dedicated to working and developing a collaborative team model of care, and experience working with both physical and behavioral health diagnoses.
Street Medicine Licensed Vocational Nurseâs duties include but not limited to:
Provides outreach, information and referral, care coordination, and case management services as appropriate for Street Medicine
Conducts follow-ups with patients via phone calls, encampment visits, and visits to other settings where patients can be found.Â
Uses multiple electronic platforms to gather patient information; documents appropriately and maintains medical records
Provides client care in a manner that is both non-discriminatory and non-judgmental
Works cooperatively with other clinical personnel and exhibits excellent working relations with patients, visitors, and staff, effectively communicating Street Medicine's mission
Act as a patient advocate and liaison between the patient and community agencies (i.e., Housing for Health, Department Human Services, hospitals, etc.) and ensures that patient needs are met with rights maintained; consults and collaborates with community providers to ensure continuity of care.
Works closely with Street Medicine Registered Nurse, Nursing Supervisor and Clinical Coordinator, Physician/ Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner and several team members of the multi-disciplinary team
Assists in medical services, office procedures, and a variety of hands-on patient care tasks and relays all appropriate health information to necessary personnel
Ability to schedule patient appointments and encounter patients using the EMR Appointment Scheduling/Encounter Registration Programs.
Must know normal and abnormal symptomology and life-threatening medical problems, skills to perform venipuncture and specimen collection, medication administration (Oral, IM, topical), immunization administration, perform physical examinations and TB screenings all based on established policies and protocols.
Preferred experience: Working at least (1) year with the homeless population
Preferred Experience: at least (3) years as a Licensed Vocational Nurse
Preferred Field of Expertise: California Licensed Vocational Nurse Nurse, current BCLS certification, and clinical experience in a directly related field. Demonstrated knowledge of utilization management, discharge planning, transfer coordination, Nurse Practice ACT, JCAHO and other federal/state/local regulations.
Minimum Education: High School or equivalent, Specialized/Technical TrainingMinimum Experience: 1 YearMinimum Field of Expertise: Graduation from an accredited vocational nursing program or equivalent. Current California Licensed Vocational Nurse status required. Must have passed the NCLEX-PN licensing examination. Demonstrated interpersonal skills and knowledge of patient care and/or needs. Must have keen observational, decision-making, and communication skills. Ability to follow orders and work under close supervision.
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