Licensed Vocational Nurse - Oceanside Specialty Clinics
The Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) of the Nursing and Patient Care Services in VA San Diego Healthcare System may be located at the the North County Clinic, Oceanside Specialty Clinics. The LVN functions as a member of the multidisciplinary team assisting with the delivery of care to patients. The primary purpose of the LVN is to provide a full range of services and nursing care to patients who present for or request assistance with a variety of mental, physical and/or behavioral problems. The scope of functions and the variety of tasks depend on the area of assignment. The LVN performs services requiring technical and manual skills and obtains basic patient data, i.e. vital signs, weight, medication taken, participates in planning executes interventions in accordance with the treatment plan, and contributes to evaluation of individualized interventions related to treatment plan. The LVN is able to recognize and report potential safety hazards and life threatening emergencies and respond appropriately. As an active member of multidisciplinary care team this nurse understands the importance of reporting and recording, in the patient's computerized medical record, the care provided, pertinent interaction(s) and communication(s), with patients, family members, professional and supportive personnel.
Work Schedule: 40 hours per two weeks period. Overtime, weekends and holidays may be require to meet patient care needs. Specific hours will be discussed during the interview process.
This is a mobile position between 3 clinic locations (Oceanside/ Sorrento Valley CBOC and La Jolla)
Functional Statement Title: Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Oceanside Specialty Clinics
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
- U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.?,Ã?
- Education. Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State agency and/or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) at the time the program was completed by the applicant. Full, active, current and unrestricted licensure as a licensed practical or vocational nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth.
- Physical Standards
- Proficient in both written and spoken English.
Grade Determinations: Health care education in the military service or training in the military service which is accepted by the licensing body in the jurisdiction in which the individual is licensed as qualifying for full LPN/LVN licensure will be accepted as meeting the education requirements for VHA employment.
GS-6 (Full Performance Level): Completion of at least one (1) year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent. The applicant must demonstrate the
1. Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Prepare and administer prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous) and perform treatments according to established policies/procedures. Observe 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Establish constructive relationships with individual patients and their families to elicit feelings and attitudes, and to promote positive relationships, communication and socialization skills. Foster an environment of respect for individual patient and family rights to privacy and dignity in all aspects of care delivery. Effectively incorporate knowledge and understanding of established customer service standards in all interactions with patients, family members, and/or other internal/external customers.
8. 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. Serve as a preceptor in orienting, educating, and training less experienced LPNs/LVNs or Nursing Assistants/Health Technicians related to support duties for these more complex, specialized tests/procedures.
9. Actively seek 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
Physical Requirements: Heavy Lifting and Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling, Pushing, Walking, Standing, Kneeling, Repeated bending, Keyboarding, Viewing computer screen (8-12 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands and legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); and Emotional/Mental Stability.
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:
1. Completed Online Questionnaire
2. CV or Resume - It must include sufficient experience and/or education. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position. Your resume MUST include the following: the month and year for each position held, and the number of work hours per week, e.g., 03/09 - 06/11 (or Present), 40 hrs/week.
3. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations.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), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
- DD-214 - If claiming Veteran's Preference
- Other Veterans Document - VA Rating Letter
- SF-50 - If current Federal Employee
- Cover Letter - Optional
- SF-15 - Optional
- Transcript - optional
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.