LVN - Wound Care
Applications are now being accepted for a Wound & Ostomy LVN in Nursing Service. The following is a list of required skills and characteristics considered essential assignment attributes:
a. Completion of LVN degree from an NLN accredited or State approved school of nursing.
b. A minimum of one year of recent nursing experience is preferred, including experience with IV therapies, wound care and rehab patients.
c. A certification in wound care (WCC or WOCN) or commitment to get certified within one year.
d. Effective oral and written communication skills and tact in dealing with patients, families, and professional staff.
e. Demonstrates self-direction and flexibility in managing assignments and have the ability to function effectively as a team leader and team member and ability to delegate and supervised unlicensed assistive personnel.
f. Must be effective in providing educational instructions to patients and others.
g. Highly effective interpersonal skills when dealing with patients, families, all staff, and management at a professional level.
h. Must be proficient in the use of Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS).
Must have the physical capabilities to initiate crisis intervention measures and the ability and willingness to accomplish satisfactory training and performance in nursing care emergencies.
Work Schedule:Various shifts with rotating weekends and holidays.
Duty Location:Dallas VAMC, Community Living Center, Wound Care.BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
* U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
* Must possess a current, full, active and unrestricted licensure as a licensed practical nurse or vocational nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or District of Columbia. This is required in order to hold a position as a Licensed Practical Nurse with the Federal Government
* Must be a graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing that was approved by the appropriate Sate agency and/or accredited by the National League for Nursing (Accrediting Commission, NLNAC) at the time you completed the program.
* Must be proficient in both spoken and written English. 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: Two years of recent nursing experience is preferred, including experience with wound care and rehab patients.
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.
GS-3: None beyond the basic requirements. LPNs at this grade level are expected to perform all duties within the scope of their license (e.g., medication administration); however, completed work may require routine or detailed higher level review depending upon the complexity of the duties involved.
GS-4: Employees may be appointed at or advanced to GS-4 if they meet any of the criteria below: (a) Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or (b) Graduation from an approved school (which may be waived as provided in paragraph 4 of Section C) and one year of experience that involved nursing care work in a hospital, outpatient clinic, nursing home, or other supervised medical, nursing, or patient care facility that provided a practical knowledge of human body structure and sterile techniques and procedures; or (c) Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.
GS-5: Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent.
GS-6: Completion of at least 1 year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent , fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN/LVN. Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations.
Physical Requirements: The work requires regular walking throughout the 10,000 sq. ft. Outpatient Clinic to facilitate patient care, meeting, training, and other administrative tasks as may be required. This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking (8 Hours), standing (8 Hours), repeated stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, lifting & carrying (15-45 pounds) and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.
***You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:***
2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://vaww4.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf (required).
3. The completed OPM 1203fx form (answers to questionnaire - only required if unable to apply on line).
4. Copy of LVN license which shows the expiration date. (required)
5. Most recent SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action (required if a current or former Federal employee)
6.Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf). This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
7. If claiming veteran's preference you must include the following documents:
a. All copies of your DD Forms 214, member 2 or 4 copy that shows your character of discharge
(required if claiming).
b. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, should also complete and submit a signed SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) required if claiming.
c. A copy of your disability rating letter (required if claiming).
***Current VANTHCS employees must submit the following documents***
1. Resume (required)
2. Copy of nursing license showing current expiration date (required)
3. Copy of your latest SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) required - Do not submit an award 50
4. Any other supporting documentation if desired
5. Occupational Questionnaire (only required if unable to apply on line)
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 2008087.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.