Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Location
Georgetown, DE
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jan 26, 2018
Closes
Feb 25, 2018
Specialty
LPN / LVN
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) position located at a Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), provides medical and administrative support to the care management team in order to ensure coordinated, timely and cost-efficient care of patients receiving care in the community (CITC). Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Gathers data from the medical record and contractor portal and works collaboratively with the voucher examiner to ensure patients care is coordinated appropriately.
  • Interacts with patients, providers and Choice Program staff via telephone and works with case management team to facilitate communication and track consults and/or episode of care outcomes.
  • Provides skilled and individualized practical nursing care to all levels of patients including most complex patients who are acutely and/or chronically ill in the outpatient care setting.
  • Knowledge and skills necessary for self-direction in carrying out simple to the most complex practical nursing care and community coordination in care.
  • Recognizes the need for and seeks guidance when necessary to ensure quality patient care.
  • Recognizes and considers emotional, cultural, spiritual, and age-related factors.
  • Actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge gained with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice.
  • Accountable for all patient care given and functions within the LPN scope of practice as it relates to medical center policies.
  • 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 llife care plan.
  • Demonstrates active collaboration and communication with the Core Team (Patient, Primary Care Provider, RN Case Manager, and Clerical Associate) and Expanded Team (family/caregiver, internal and community-based services involved in providing care to the patient.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Functional Statement Title: GS-06, Licensed Practical NurseBasic Requirements:
- U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- Must be a graduate of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State accrediting agency and/or the National League for Nursing at the time the program was completed by the applicant. Additional information may also be obtained from the NLNAC website.
- Must have a full, current, active and unrestricted license as a graduate licensed practical or vocational nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or District of Columbia.
- Must be proficient in both spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
- Must pass a pre-employment examination if selected.

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 DETERMINATIONS:
In addition to the basic requirements stated above, the following qualification criteria must be met. Your qualifications must clearly demonstrate the level of competence required:
GS-6: Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent, including:
- 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 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G-13 Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.Physical Requirements: This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, 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.

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:

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Application 10-2850a is required to be considered for this position. Please complete form in its entirety. If you answer "YES" to questions item # 15 and/or item # 30 through # 39, please attach a separate sheet of paper with a brief explanation for each question to which you answered "Yes". Information must current not older than a year. Outdated and/or incomplete applications will be ineligible for consideration.

Other - VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (required). https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850a-091998-fill.pdf - Information must be current not older than a year. Outdated and/or incomplete applications will be considered ineligible.

Resume: Your resume must include the following information for each job you list: Job title; Complete Work Place Addresses ; Duties (be as detailed as possible); Month and year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008); Full-time or part-time status, PRN (include hours worked per week) Information must be current not older than a year.

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

*DD-214 - If claiming Veteran's Preference
*Other Veterans Document - VA Rating Letter
*SF-50 - If current Federal Employee
*Cover Letter - Optional
*OF-306 - Optional
*SF-15 - Optional
*Transcript - optional

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, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

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.

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