Licensed Practical Nurse VA Community Care
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) positions are available for the VA Community Care Program at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. The VA Community Care Program is responsible for movement of patients outside the Medical Center to include patients in acute non-VA facilities within the community and those requiring triage or admissions from CBOCs. The main goal is to coordinate non-VA care to improve efficiency and timeliness with patient access to community care.
The incumbent's VACC duties include but are not limited to: coordinating and scheduling appointments for non-VA medical care and creating authorizations from consults for the Veterans and vendors; confirming eligibility and benefits; answering telephones; data and report preparation; miscellaneous clerical duties; interface with computer applications; appointment scheduling to include interpretation and verification of provider orders in accordance with VHA national scheduling guidelines; cancelling and rescheduling patient appointments and/or consults; entering no-show information; monitoring the electronic wait list; monitoring both inpatient and outpatient appointments for areas of responsibility; contacting Veterans to obtain provider preference; preparing clinic letters; monitoring VACC appointments with Veteran follow-up; monitors the open authorization list and communicates issues or backlogs to the Program Support Assistant supervisor; and all other tasks assigned.
Work Schedule: Day Shift (8:00 am to 4:30 pm)
Monday thru Friday
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only 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 State 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).
- Two years of current medical/surgical experience
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Experience with gathering data and preparing reports utilizing Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel)
- Ability to apply analytical and evaluative techniques
- Self-directed and rational problem solving
- Documented evidence of good communication skills written, oral, and computer
GS-3: None beyond the Basic Requirements.
GS-4: Must have completed at least (6) six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN.
GS-4:Must have graduated from an approved school and have (1) 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.
GS-4: Must have graduated from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.
GS-5: Must have completed at least (1) one year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent that has included:
*Demonstrated knowledge and ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems.Works with the RN and/or MD/DO to appropriately orient/train less experienced LPNs/LVNs and/or Nursing Assistants (NAs)/Health Technicians (HTs) in relation to acceptable standards of practice in promoting optimal patient care delivery.Provides effective education to patients and/or family members in relation to common disease processes, medication, and /or prescribed treatment regimes.
*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 medication 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 the 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.
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: http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf, VA HANDBOOK 5005/3 PART II APPENDIX G13
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-3 to GS-6.Physical Requirements: Walking, bending, stooping, and some lifting in the direct care of patients. There may also be extended periods of sitting.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
- Cover Letter