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Licensed Practical Nurse (Ambulatory Surgery Facility)

VA Medical Center


Location:
Birmingham, AL
Date:
12/18/2017
2017-12-182018-01-28
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Summary

Re-announcement. If you previously applied under VIN 2020002, you must reapply to this vacancy to receive further consideration.

If youare not a current permanent Department of Veterans Affairsemployee,you should apply under theexternal job vacancyannouncement OB-18-JSt-2027475-BU from 12/18/2017 to 01/02/2018. The announcement is located on www.USAJobs.gov.

Read the announcement before you apply. Your resume should address required and/or preferred experience. Focus on the following sections to understand if you qualify for the position, or not:

-Who May Apply

- Duties, Qualifications, Education, and Requirements

- How to Apply

- Required Documents

The Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (BVAMC) is an integral part of the Medical community that provides acute, tertiary, medical, and surgical care to Veterans of Alabama. The Medical Center provides care to a veteran population of 420,000 in Alabama and treats approximately 60,000 to 65,000 unique veterans annually. The medical center serves as a referral center for this area with 131 operating beds with care provided in almost all medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties. Birmingham Alabamais located in the heart of the Southeastern United States and is a progressive center for medical research, banking, music, technology, art, engineering, and higher education.

VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

As a VA Licensed Practical Nurse, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.




Duties

The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) position is located in Patient Care Services-Ambulatory Surgery Facility. The duties are performed in a 24/hospital setting, primarily clinic setting.The LPN is under the direct supervision of the Nurse Manager, Ambulatory Surgery Facility. The LPN's duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Serves as a member of the nursing team, care for male and female veterans ranging in age from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over, incorporating pertinent physical, psychological, and social /cultural needs.
  • Provides personal care to patients and performs assigned treatments and procedures.
  • Performs nursing procedures as appropriate to grade level as delineated in procedures, such as bladder catheterizations / irrigations, gastrostromy and naso-gastric tube feeds including instillation of medications via both tubes, oxygen therapy to patient using cannula or mask, complete tracheostomy care including suctioning, cleaning, inner cannula change, and cuff deflation, complete ostomy care, application and / or removal of simple to complex dressings on all types of wounds, wound irrigations, removal of fecal impactions, bowel and bladders raining and application and / or removal of braces,of braces, splints and slings, insertion of nasogastric tube. Performs 12-lead electrocardiogram tracings.
  • Demonstrates infection control practices for disease prevention, i.e., hand washing, standard precautions, and isolation procedures, including TB requirements/precautions.
  • Considers all characteristics of the individual, including age and life stages, state of health, race and culture, values, and previous experiences.
  • Practices good customer service in all work activities, treating veterans, their families/representatives, visitors, and other employees in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner.
  • Utilizes mechanicaldevices and / or requests help when needed in moving, lifting, or transferring patients.
  • Escorts the patient to a designated treatment areas, assistances with prescribed treatment/procedures, and measure/document vital signs, height, weight and pain scores
  • Completes orientation and on-going mandatory education.
  • Consistently protects printed and electronic files containing sensitive data in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 and other applicable laws, federal regulations, VA statues and policy, and Veterans Health Administration policy.
  • Follows Life Safety management (fire protection) procedures.
  • Ensures his/her actions contribute to a mode of continued accreditation readiness regarding Joint Commission (TJC), Office of Inspector General, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), VA surveyors, Laboratory College of American Pathologists (CAP) , and other survey teams.

Work Schedule: Day and Evening Tours Available, including 12 Noon-8:30 p.m. Selectee's specific tour will be determined by Supervisor/Manager upon hire, and will be based on the needs of the unit. Must be able to change schedule to accommodate the needs of the service.

Functional Statement Title/#: LPN GS-3; LPN GS-4; LPN GS-5; LPN GS-6 /000000. Full Performance Level: GS-6.








graph of estimated pay ranges
$28,033

$47,598





Job Details



Application Open Date

12/18/2017



Application Close Date

1/2/2018




Organization

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration



Who May Apply

Current, Permanent Department of Veterans Employees Only



Status

Full Time




























  • More About VAOpen More About VA SectionClose More About VA Section

    • It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

      This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

      This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.




  • QualificationsOpen Qualifications SectionClose Qualifications Section

    • Grade Determinations: In addition to the Basic Requirements stated above, the following qualification criteria must be met for each grade. the candidate's qualifications mustclearly demonstrate the level of competence required for the grade.

      *Qualifying Experience: Successful nursing practice as an LPN/LVN, maintaining acceptable standards within a health care setting under the direction of a registered nurse (RN) or physician (MD/DO). This may include experience as a GPN or GVN (graduate practical or vocational nurse) provided the candidate was utilized as a practical or vocational nurse and passed the State licensure examination on the first attempt.

      GS-3: None beyond the Basic Requirements. LPNs at this grade level are expected to perform all duties within the scope of their license (e.g., medication administration); however, completed work may require routine or detailed higher level review depending upon the complexity of the duties involved.

      GS-4:Employees may be appointed at or advanced to GS-4 if they meet any of the criteria below. LPNs at the GS-4grade level perform all duties expected of employees at the GS-3 grade level; however, they are expected to exercise greater judgment, require less supervision, and to operate in accordance with all established policies, procedure, and techniques.

      • Six (6) months of Qualifying Experience* as an LPN or LVN. ~OR~
      • Graduation from an approved school and 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. ~OR~
      • Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.

      GS-5:

      • Completion of at least one (1) year of Qualifying Experience* at the GS-4 level or equivalent.
      • 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.
      • 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:

      • 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.
      • 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.




  • BenefitsOpen Benefits SectionClose Benefits Section

    • VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

      Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.




  • How To ApplyOpen How To Apply SectionClose How To Apply Section

    • All applicants are encouraged to apply online.


      To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

      The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, January 02, 2018to receive consideration.

      1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

      2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

      NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

      To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

      To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.





  • Additional DetailsOpen Additional Details SectionClose Additional Details Section

    • Series: 0620-Practical Nurse


      Job Pay Type: Per Year


      Job Openings: 1


      Job Position: OB-18-JSt-2027474-BU




      The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) position is located in Patient Care Services-Ambulatory Surgery Facility. The duties are performed in a 24/hospital setting, primarily clinic setting.The LPN is under the direct supervision of the Nurse Manager, Ambulatory Surgery Facility. The LPN's duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

      • Serves as a member of the nursing team, care for male and female veterans ranging in age from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over, incorporating pertinent physical, psychological, and social /cultural needs.
      • Provides personal care to patients and performs assigned treatments and procedures.
      • Performs nursing procedures as appropriate to grade level as delineated in procedures, such as bladder catheterizations / irrigations, gastrostromy and naso-gastric tube feeds including instillation of medications via both tubes, oxygen therapy to patient using cannula or mask, complete tracheostomy care including suctioning, cleaning, inner cannula change, and cuff deflation, complete ostomy care, application and / or removal of simple to complex dressings on all types of wounds, wound irrigations, removal of fecal impactions, bowel and bladders raining and application and / or removal of braces,of braces, splints and slings, insertion of nasogastric tube. Performs 12-lead electrocardiogram tracings.
      • Demonstrates infection control practices for disease prevention, i.e., hand washing, standard precautions, and isolation procedures, including TB requirements/precautions.
      • Considers all characteristics of the individual, including age and life stages, state of health, race and culture, values, and previous experiences.
      • Practices good customer service in all work activities, treating veterans, their families/representatives, visitors, and other employees in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner.
      • Utilizes mechanicaldevices and / or requests help when needed in moving, lifting, or transferring patients.
      • Escorts the patient to a designated treatment areas, assistances with prescribed treatment/procedures, and measure/document vital signs, height, weight and pain scores
      • Completes orientation and on-going mandatory education.
      • Consistently protects printed and electronic files containing sensitive data in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 and other applicable laws, federal regulations, VA statues and policy, and Veterans Health Administration policy.
      • Follows Life Safety management (fire protection) procedures.
      • Ensures his/her actions contribute to a mode of continued accreditation readiness regarding Joint Commission (TJC), Office of Inspector General, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), VA surveyors, Laboratory College of American Pathologists (CAP) , and other survey teams.

      Work Schedule: Day and Evening Tours Available, including 12 Noon-8:30 p.m. Selectee's specific tour will be determined by Supervisor/Manager upon hire, and will be based on the needs of the unit. Must be able to change schedule to accommodate the needs of the service.

      Functional Statement Title/#: LPN GS-3; LPN GS-4; LPN GS-5; LPN GS-6 /000000. Full Performance Level: GS-6.







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To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan." These words, spoken by Abraham Lincoln during his Second Inaugural Address, reflect the philosophy and principles that guide VA in everything we do, and are the focus of our endeavors to serve our Nation's veterans and their families.

 The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has one of the most diverse, challenging, and rewarding missions in the United States Government. We strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans and their families today and in the future.

VA manages one of the largest health care systems in the world and the nation's leading employer of registered nurses. Nurses in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) are engaged in a variety of roles and have multiple opportunities for career and professional development. The VHA provides veterans and their dependents with many other services such as benefits and education, and also provides burial benefits.

Our goal is to provide excellence in patient care, veterans' benefits and customer satisfaction. We can provide you with challenging, interesting, meaningful work to care for the veterans who have risked their lives to protect our freedom.

 As the Department of Veterans Affairs heads into the 21st century, we will strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans today and tomorrow. We are a more customer-focused organization, functioning as "One-VA" and delivering seamless service to our customers.

We benchmark our service with the best in business. We use innovative means and high technology to deliver "World-Class Customer Service". We foster partnerships with our customers and stakeholders, making them part of the decision-making process.

Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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