Practical Nurse- Newport VT

Location
Newport, VT
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Feb 01, 2018
Closes
Mar 01, 2018
Specialty
Cardiology
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

The LPN possesses the ability to carry out varied and complex nursing skills, while maintaining a safe environment.
Duties typically include:
1. Accurately administers and records medications and treatments.
2. Demonstrates knowledge of the nursing process in administering patient care by collecting data.
3. Contributes to the interdisciplinary team in the development, implementation and evaluation of the patient's treatment plan and promotes patient participation in the therapeutic community by fostering self-reliance and independence.
Identifies emergencies and intervenes appropriately.
4. Performs nursing procedures and therapies according to policies and procedures.
5. Performs technical nursing skills such as complex dressing changes and care of various tube and drainage systems.
6. Utilizes tehe nursing process the the knowledge of physiological, pharmacological, psychological, sociological principles and considers age specific variation and developmental needs.
7. Responsible for accurate and efficient documentation & reporting
8. Builds and maintains communication and interpersonal relationships with patients and staff.
9. Organizes group of patients through priority setting, monitoring of clinical status, and aged based factors.
maintains a safe environment.

Incumbent will perform other directly related duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM and Wednesday and Friday 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Basic Requirements:

United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only 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 [Accredit Commission (NLNAC)] at the time the program was completed by the applicant. Verification can be obtained from the State approving agency [or]the National League for Nursing [Accrediting Commission], 61 Broadway, 33 rd Floor,New York, NY 10006. [Additional information may also be obtained from the NLNACWebsite .
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: 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).Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements stated above, qualification criteria must be met for each grade. The candidate's qualifications must clearly demonstrate the level of competence required for the grade. (HANDBOOK 5005/3 PART II APPENDIX G13, April 10, 2003)

NOTE: To and From dates on your resume MUST be in MM/YYYY format, MUST include number of hours worked per week, and you MUST indicate Full or Part time status. Failure to include this information may impact the computation of specialized experience.

To qualify for the GS-6 level LPN, applicants must demonstrate:
(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. Specialized experience at the GS 5 level includes: Demonstrated knowledge and ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems; 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; Knowledge and skill sufficient to prepare, administer, and appropriately document actions taken specific to commonly prescribed oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular, and/or intravenous medications; 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.
(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 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.
(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 considers emotional, 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005/3 Part II Appendix G13, dated April 10, 2003.

This position is at the full performance level.

Current employees of the White River Junction VA Medical Center may be considered at all applicable grade levels, up to and including GS-6. All other applicants will be considered at only the GS-6 level.
Physical Requirements: This position requires walking, standing, stooping, lifting, bending, pushing, turning, and at times carry heavy loads. The work may require regular and recurring ability to to physically control or defend against emotionally ill patients. Must be able to utilize good body mechanics, and have stamina to withstand stress.

Participation in seasonal influenza program may be required.

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:

  • Resume
REQUIRED: VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations (can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.)

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), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
  • OF-306
  • Other
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

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