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Licensed Practical Nurse (Float Pool)

VA Medical Center


Location:
Beckley, WV 25801
Date:
11/28/2017
2017-11-282017-12-28
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Job Details


Duties include, but are not limited to:

- Demonstrates performance based competency in providing nursing care,
based on age-specific needs, which requires knowledge and skills representative of a highly proficient LPN/LVN.
- Observes and reports on patient status and records objective and subjective
data in the patient's electronic record as well as the implementation and
evaluation of nursing care given.
- Demonstrates knowledge of various computer programs (CPRSNISTA).
- Demonstrates knowledge of documentation requirements including use
of electronic nursing templates and various flow sheets.
- Demonstrates knowledge and skill in the preparation and administration of
selected medications according to medical center policy.
- Demonstrates knowledge of BCMA and BCMA policy, with the skills to
identify and report problems to appropriate staff.
- Demonstrates knowledge and skill in the initiation, administration and
monitoring of IV therapy per medical center policy and procedure.
- Demonstrates the ability to vary the order and sequence of assigned
procedures on a wide variety of patient care assignments.
- Contributes to modifying patient care plans, considering physical, emotional
and social factors
- Contributes to the interdisciplinary team in the development, implementation
and evaluation of the patient's treatment plan, and discharge goals to
promote patient participation in the therapeutic community by fostering selfreliance
and independence.
- Establishes constructive relationships with individual patients promoting
positive relationships, communication and socialization skills.
- Performs support duties for diagnostic procedures which may include
preparing the patient, assisting in the diagnostic examination, preparing and
passing instruments and monitoring the patient's condition and
documenting in the non-OR computer software.
Anticipates potential safety hazards, reporting and/or initiating appropriate
action.

Work Schedule: This is an intermittent float position. The schedule can be constantly shifting to address the needs for coverage across a variety of departments. Duty schedules will be assigned by the supervisor or designee.

Functional Statement Title/#: Licensed Practical Nurse








graph of estimated pay ranges
$33,681

$47,254





Job Details



Application Open Date

12/10/2016



Application Close Date

11/30/2017




Organization

Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide



Who May Apply

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)



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

    • Basic Requirements:

      • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may 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 [Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)] at the time the program was completed by the applicant.
      • 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 Proficiency. 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).

      Preferred Experience: at least 1 year in-patient LPN experience.

      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:

      GS-5

      (a) Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent.

      (b) 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.]

      (c) 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.

      (d) 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.

      (e) 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.

      (f) Recognizes and appropriately responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action.

      (g) 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

      [(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.

      (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:VAHandbook 5005, PART II, SectionB, Appendix G-13This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.





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  • 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 Thursday, November 30, 2017to 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.

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  • Additional DetailsOpen Additional Details SectionClose Additional Details Section

    • Series: 0620-Practical Nurse


      Job Pay Type: Per Year


      Job Openings: 3


      Job Position: VHA-517-17-JAB-1871471BUOCA




      Duties include, but are not limited to:

      - Demonstrates performance based competency in providing nursing care,
      based on age-specific needs, which requires knowledge and skills representative of a highly proficient LPN/LVN.
      - Observes and reports on patient status and records objective and subjective
      data in the patient's electronic record as well as the implementation and
      evaluation of nursing care given.
      - Demonstrates knowledge of various computer programs (CPRSNISTA).
      - Demonstrates knowledge of documentation requirements including use
      of electronic nursing templates and various flow sheets.
      - Demonstrates knowledge and skill in the preparation and administration of
      selected medications according to medical center policy.
      - Demonstrates knowledge of BCMA and BCMA policy, with the skills to
      identify and report problems to appropriate staff.
      - Demonstrates knowledge and skill in the initiation, administration and
      monitoring of IV therapy per medical center policy and procedure.
      - Demonstrates the ability to vary the order and sequence of assigned
      procedures on a wide variety of patient care assignments.
      - Contributes to modifying patient care plans, considering physical, emotional
      and social factors
      - Contributes to the interdisciplinary team in the development, implementation
      and evaluation of the patient's treatment plan, and discharge goals to
      promote patient participation in the therapeutic community by fostering selfreliance
      and independence.
      - Establishes constructive relationships with individual patients promoting
      positive relationships, communication and socialization skills.
      - Performs support duties for diagnostic procedures which may include
      preparing the patient, assisting in the diagnostic examination, preparing and
      passing instruments and monitoring the patient's condition and
      documenting in the non-OR computer software.
      Anticipates potential safety hazards, reporting and/or initiating appropriate
      action.

      Work Schedule: This is an intermittent float position. The schedule can be constantly shifting to address the needs for coverage across a variety of departments. Duty schedules will be assigned by the supervisor or designee.

      Functional Statement Title/#: Licensed Practical Nurse







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