LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE
The VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network Office VISN 6 is currently recruiting forONE (1) full-time License Practical Nurse (LPN/LVN). Position is located at theRichmond VA Medical Center, Richmond, Virginia.
The LPN Neurology performs a range of treatment procedures according to hospital policy and procedures. Incumbent is responsible for collecting data from patients during their visit and communicating with providers, patients, and other members of the health care team.Observes, reports and documents all pertinent data. Prepares and assists with special procedures. Contributes to the interdisciplinary team in the development, implementation and evaluation of the patient's treatment plan. The incumbent will observe, recordand report changes in the patients condition. Prepares, administers, and documents medications. Communicates with customers in a manner which effectively projects a positive, cooperative image of the organization.He/she will assist patients to identify and establish health goals, performs assigned nursing care responsibilities requiring the use of advanced equipment technology.Provides information and services in a thorough and timely manner. Recognizes and reports potential and/or existing safety hazards. Performs official duties related to the access of sensitive material and/or electronicfiles in a confidential manner. Works in other clinics of the Medical Specialty Clinics.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, extended hours, weekends, and holidays may be required for coverage. **Management reserves the right to determine and/or change tour of duty.**
Bargaining Unit Position: Yes.
Supervisory Position: No.
Functional Statement Title: Licensed Practical Nurse/Licensed Vocational Nurse, GS-0620-06, dated December 2016.
U.S. citizenship. 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 accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) at the time the program was completed by the applicant. Exceptions include: 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; Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school.
Licensure: Full, active, current and unrestricted licensure as a licensed practical or vocational nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or District of Columbia.
English Language Proficiency: Licensed practical or vocational nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in [both] spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
Preferred Experience:Three (3) years experience working in a Specialty Clinicis strongly preferred.
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.
GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Grade Determination. In addition to the basic requirements stated above, the following qualification criteria must be met for the GS-6. The candidate's qualifications must clearly demonstrate the level of competence required for the grade. (MUST BE ANNOTATED WITHIN YOUR RESUME)
(a) Completion of at least one (1) year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent, fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN/LVN.
(b) Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations.
(c)Knowledge and ability to appropriately carry out assigned patient care based on the patients' conditions; to use judgment in electing 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.
(d) Ability to observe, identify and respond to the patient's needs for care, including medication,equipment-assisted care and patient/family education.In organizing and delivering care, the LPN/LVN recognizes and considersemotional, cultural,spiritual, socio-economic, and age-related factors.
(e) Prepares and administers prescribed medications (oral, topical,subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous) and performs treatments according to established policies/procedures. Observes for physical and/or emotional changes in patient's condition from prescribed medications/treatments, promptly and accurately documenting noted changes, and reporting any deviations from normal to RN or MD/DO.
(f) Knowledge and ability to recognize urgent or emergent patient care situations, seek assistance of the RN and/or MD/DO, and initiate appropriate emergency interventions as directed.
(g) 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.
(h) Establishes constructive relationships with individual patients and their families to elicit feelings and attitudes, and to promote positive relationships, communication and socialization skills.Fosters an environment of respect for individual patient and family rights to privacy and dignity in all aspects of care delivery.Effectively incorporates knowledge and understanding of established customer service standards in all interactions with patients, family members, and/or other internal/external customers.
(i) Knowledge and skill in performing support duties for complex diagnostic tests and/or specialized practices or procedures, which include preparing the patient, assisting in the diagnostic examination, preparing and handling specialized instruments or other specialized equipment, and monitoring the patient's condition before, during, and following the procedure.Serves as a preceptor in orienting,educating, and training less experienced LPNs/LVNs or NAs/HTs related to support duties for these more complex, specialized tests/procedures.
(j) Actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge gained with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice.
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.
Part-time experience is credited according to the relationship it bears to the full-time work week (e.g., an LPN/LVN who worked 20 hours per week, i.e., half-time, would receive 1 full-time work week of credit for each 2 weeks of such service).
BLS/ACLS REQUIREMENTS: Current certification in BLS is required for all staff providing direct patient care, and police. Additionally, current ACLS is required for patient care staff that work in specified or high risk areas (SICU/ICU/CCU/MICU/PACU/ED/and all procedure suites using moderate sedation, etc.). If you are selected for a position which requires BLS/ACLS certification, you will be required to have proof of certification prior to being boarded for appointment with VA. If selected, obtain such certification in order to avoid any delays in the hiring process.
REFERENCE: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2, Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated April 2003, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0600/practical-nurse-series-0620/
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical requirements of this position include lifting, prolonged standing and sitting, frequent bending, walking (distance), climbing (steps, ladder, etc., reaching (overhead, extensive/repetitive), repetitive motion and stooping. The mental/sensory requirements include recall, reasoning, problem-solving, hearing, speaking clearly, writing legibly, keyboarding, reading and logical thinking. The environment's pace can vary from steady to a sometimes fast pace requiring handling of multiple priorities, frequent, sometimes intense customer interactions, and the ability to adapt to frequent changes in a sometimes noisy environment. There may be the need to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to disease, illness and hazardous materials. Eligible applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others. Depending on the essential duties of a specific position, usable vision, color vision, hearing, or speech may be required. However, in most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant for appointment. The loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid.All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Other(VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations )
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:*Cover Letter
*Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
*Other Veterans Document
VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). Available at the VA Forms website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey=&Action=Search
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