Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) - Specialty Outpatient Clinics - Amarillo VA Employees
- Full Time
The Amarillo VA Healthcare System is currently recruiting for Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) for theSpecialty Outpatient Clinics. Our facility is seeking individuals whowill possess the skills and attributes needed to successfully perform the major duties and responsibilities of the position to include but not limited to:
- Flexibility of assignments and the ability to float throughout the specialty outpatient clinics.
- Working supportively as a team member.
- Collecting and reporting patient information in a timely and effective manner.
- Performing complex practical nursing care assignments such as, but not limited to: insertion of foley catheter, bladder scan, perform ear lavage, wound care, superficial suture removal.
- Working potentially extended periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling and pushing.
- Assisting with specialty procedures in dermatology, urology, podiatry, surgery clinic, orthopedic clinic, or other specialty outpatient clinical areas.
- Assisting with the precleaning, transporting, and maintaining of instruments and equipment used for the specialized procedures to remain in compliance with facility mandates.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00AM to 4:30 pm. This position is full time 80 hours per pay period (every two weeks)
Functional Statement Title: Licensed Vocational Nurse - Specialty Outpatient Clinics
Bargaining Unit: Covered under AFGE.
- Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- Education. Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate state agency and/or the National League for Nursing (NLNAC) at the timethe program was completedOR Health care education in the military service or training in the military service which is accepted by the licensing body in the jurisdiction in which the individual is licensed as qualifying for full LPN/LVN licensure will be accepted as meeting the education requirements for VHA employment.
- Licensure. Full, active, current and unrestricted licensure as a licensed practical nurse or vocational nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the US or District of Columbia.
- Physical Standards. Be able tosubmit to and pass pre-employmentphysical, labs, screenings.
- English Language Proficiency. Must be proficient in both spoken and written English.
Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements stated in above, the following qualification criteria must be met for the GS-06.
1. Completion of at least (1) year of qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent, fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN/LN. - Individual's at this grade level are expected to have a broad working knowledge of practical nursing procedures. However, completion of more complex practices or procedures may be subject to closer higher-level review. AND, the following criteria must be met:
* Demonstrated knowledge and ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients.
* Demonstrated ability to serve as a responsible member of the nursing team and interact in an appropriate manner with patients, family members, professional and other supportive personnel involved in the delivery of patient care, incorporating acceptable, established customer service standards into practice.
* Knowledge and skill sufficient to prepare, administer, and appropriately document actions taken specific to commonly prescribed oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular, and/or intravenous medications as permitted by approved local facility policies and procedures. Observation and documentation will include patient's response to medical administered and the reporting of any noted change in patient's condition to RN or MD/DO.
* Knowledge and ability to recognize the need for and to institute emergency measures when indicated, promptly seek he assistance of the RN or MD/DO, and assist in resuscitation procedures in cardiac and/or pulmonary arrest.
* Recognizes and appropriately responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action.
* Completed work is under the general supervision of an RN or MD/DO. Individuals at this grade level are expected to have a broad working knowledge of practical nursing procedures. However, completion of more complex practices or procedures may be subject to closer higher-level review.
2. In addition, for the GS-06 grade level; the following criteria must be met:
1. Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations.
2. Knowledge and ability to appropriately carry out assigned patient care based on the patients' conditions; to use judgment in selection the appropriate order and sequence of procedures and treatments; and to accurately recognize, report and record relevant patient information. Completed work should need only a general review by a registered nurse (RN) or physician (MD/DO) for appropriateness and conformity with established policies/procedures.
3. Ability to observe, identify and respond to the patient's need for care, including medication, equipment-assisted care and patient/family education. In organizing and delivering care, the LPN/LVN recognizes and considers emotional, cultural, spiritual, socio-economic and age-related factors.
4. Prepares and administers prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous) and performs treatments according to established policies/procedures.
5. Observes for physical and/or emotional changes in patient's condition from prescribed medications/treatments, promptly and accurately documenting noted changes, and reporting any deviation from normal to RN or MD/DO.
5. Knowledge and ability to recognize urgent or emergent patient care situations, seek assistance of the RN and/or MD/DO, and initiated appropriate emergency interventions as directed.
6. Knowledge and understanding of human behavior, patient motivations and reactions to situations, and ability to appropriately utilize this knowledge in working effectively with patients, family members, and other staff.
7. Establishes constructive relations with individual patients and their families to elicit feelings and attitudes, and to promote positive relationships, communication and socialization skills.
8. Knowledge and skill in performing support duties for complex diagnostic tests and/or specialized practices or procedures, which preparing the patient, assisting in diagnostic examination, preparing and handling specialized instruments or other specialized equipment, and monitoring the patient's condition before, during, and following the procedures.
- Qualifying experience is successful nursing practice [as an LPN/LVN,] maintaining acceptable standards within a health care setting under the direction of a registered nurse [(RN)] or physician [(MD/DO)].
- To be creditable, practical nursing experience (as an LPN or LVN) must be documented on the application and verified in an employment reference or through other [independent] means.
- 2-3 years of LVN experience.
- Good communication & interpersonal skills.
- Able to work independently and in small groups.
- Possesses a "team attitude"
- Willingness to learn
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience: including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G13, Licensed Practical -OR- Licensed Vocational Nurse VA Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
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