LPN-Telehealth Clinical Technician- West Lafayette CBOC

Location
West Lafayette, IN
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Sep 08, 2017
Closes
Sep 27, 2017
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

The Licensed Practical Nurse works under the direction of an Registered Nurse and reports to the Telehealth Unit Manager. The LPN is responsible for observing, recording and reporting changes in the patient's condition, as well as assisting in the development and revision of the patient driven holistic care plan for life.

The LPN is a member of the larger Team and an extension of the Telehealth department as supports all three (3) Telehealth modalities (clinical video, store and forward, and home Telehealth). The LPN provides effective education to patients and/or family members in relation to common disease processes, medication, and/or prescribed regimes. The LPN demonstrates active collaboration and communication with the Teamlet (Patient, Primary Care Provider, RN Care Manager and Clinical Support Technicians) and a Larger Team (family/caregiver, internal and community based services and disciplines involved in providing care to the patient).

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm

Functional Statement Title/#: Licensed Practical Nurse Telehealth, GS-06

Duties included but are not limited to:

1. Makes observations and thoroughly documents care and the patient's response. Appropriately seeks assistance and guidance by informing RN or medical provider of changes in the patient's condition requiring higher-level intervention.

2. The LPN performs, reports, and records assigned nursing care in the Primary Care Clinics, the following

a. Vital signs and clinical reminders with appropriate consults and alerts as indicated

b. Check expiration dates of meds and supplies

c. Delegated procedures and treatments, including but not limited to: venipuncture, EKG, bladder scan, ear irrigations, wound care, medication administration, oxygen administration, accudata, Doppler, pulse oximetry, Foley catheterization, weights, and other procedures requested by provider within the LPN scope of practice

d. Electronic record documentation, including documentation of procedures, medication administration and effectiveness, clinical information obtained during patient calls/visits, vital signs, clinical reminders, and other pertinent clinical information

e. Assists with minor procedures, including obtaining and arranging necessary equipment, positioning patient, ensuring comfort and privacy. Monitors patient during the procedure

f. Completion of tasks designated by policies/procedures/protocols and/or assigned by supervisor, including but not limited to: pending access lists, EARR reports, and other assigned tasks/projects

g. Rooms patients in a timely and efficient manner using correct patient identifiers

h. Keeps exam rooms stocked with appropriate equipment/supplies needed for patient care

i. Maintains BLS and TB Certification

3. Adheres to standards of practice and safe technique in preparation and administration of medication.

4. Demonstrates understanding of age- and population-specific characteristics that affect the health care needs of the Veteran. The nurse will provide culture specific care to patients in Caucasian, African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American and all other cultures.

5. Promptly recognizes urgent or emergent patient care situations, seeks assistance and effectively intervenes as directed when appropriate.

6. Based on the patient's goals, provides patient and family health education, to include self-management, prevention and wellness.

7. Interacts and communicates appropriately with patients and family members.

8. Demonstrates professional behavior (i.e., respect, civility, ability to accept constructive criticism), effective communication and interpersonal skills.

9. Adheres to principles of infection control, safety, and universal precautions.

10. Demonstrates initiative in assisting the Teamlet and larger Teams.

11. Supports patient driven care in a safe, efficient, and cost effective manner, using evidence based principles.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Candidate 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 (2) years of experience that involves nursing care work in a hospital, outpatient clinic, nursing home, or other supervised medical nursing or patient care facility.

GS-6: Must have completed at least (1) one year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent and fully meets all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN and demonstrates the following:

* Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations.

* Knowledge and ability to appropriately carry out assigned patient care based on the patients'conditions; to use judgment in selecting 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.

* 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 considers emotional, cultural, spiritual, socio-economic, and age-related factors.

* 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.

* 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.

* 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.

* 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.

* 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.

* Actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge gained with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice.

References:

VA Handbook 5005/5, Part II, Appendix G13, Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard, dated April 10, 2003.

Physical Requirements:

This position involves considerable amount of standing, walking, stooping, bending, reaching, lifting, and turning. It requires restraining confused clients, repositioning patients, assisting with transfers from wheel chairs/stretchers and transporting them to other departments or facilities. Mechanical devices are available and are required to be used for heavy or difficult to lift clients. The work may involve pushing or lifting in excess of 50 pounds and going up and down flights of stairs. The position requires visual and auditory acuity at a level to provide safe and effective nursing care. The position requires the nurse to work for periods of time with arms above shoulder level or with neck in a fully flexed or extended position and the ability to physically control or defend against emotionally ill clients. The position also requires ability to work on computers for extended periods of time.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Other(10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations)
*Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

*Cover Letter
*DD-214
*OF-306
*Other Veterans Document
*SF-15
*SF-50
*Transcript

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

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 2008635.

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.