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Licensed Practical Nurse LPN (Podiatric Extender)

VA Medical Center


Location:
Detroit, MI
Date:
12/12/2017
2017-12-122018-01-31
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Summary

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?





Duties

Major Duties And Responsibilities include:

The LPN will complete a training course in podiatric foot care and obtain certification as a Podiatric
Extender. After training/certification the individual will be able to perform the following tasks:

-Debridement of toenails and calluses.

-Application and removal of fiberglass casts.

-Application and removal of Profore 4-layer compressive dressings.

-Wound dressing changes- removal and application/ use of specific wound healing modalities including negative
pressure devices.

-Patient education in foot care and protection including diabetic foot education.

The LPN will be involved in the Prevention of Amputation in Veterans Everywhere (PAVE) program. The LPN
responsibilities in the PAVE clinic under the supervision of the podiatrist include:

-Completing PAVE assessments on all new diabetic patients consulted to the Podiatry clinic establishing their Foot
Risk Score (FRS) and eligibility for enrollment in the PAVE program.

-Coordinating wound care for patients in the Podiatry service, coordinating supplies, follow-up and
interdisciplinary care and appointments.

-Participating in the PAVE clinic and seeing a designated grid of patients under the direct supervision of the staff
Podiatrist.

-Assisting the Podiatry staff in the other Podiatry clinics as part of being a Podiatric Physician Extender.

-Assisting in patient flow and movement in the Podiatry clinic area as well as coordinating patients for dopplers, pre-admission, inpatient patient appointment for patients on the various units i.e., 4th, 5th & 6th floors and dialysis.

-Assisting in set up of rooms in anticipation for procedures: i.e., minor surgeries, VAC dressings, graft placements. Ensuring the completion of vital signs on all patients in the Podiatry clinics and documentation in the CARS encounter.

-Coordinating completion of Labs and testing including appropriate contacts with transportation for lab and patient pick as well as contacts with Micro and Pathology labs and Radiology & Nuclear Medicine.

-All LPN's must maintain BLS certification.

-Checks patients into the clinic; interviews patient and/or significant other and documents intake data as per policy.

-Scheduling to include the following: scheduling (appointment) practices: patient provider desired date, next available, overbook, cancelation of appointment, utilization of EWL (daily review), consult origination, consult action (completion, discontinue and cancel) and other info comments.

-The LPN will be crossed trained to work in other clinical areas within surgery services to accommodate unplanned
leave and vacation schedules.

Work Schedule: M-F 8am - 4:30pm








graph of estimated pay ranges
$34,855

$51,991





Job Details



Application Open Date

12/12/2017



Application Close Date

1/3/2018




Organization

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration



Who May Apply

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)



Status

Full-Time




























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

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

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

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

      United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

      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.

      Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

      If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.





  • QualificationsOpen Qualifications SectionClose Qualifications Section

    • 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 [Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)] at the time the program was completed by the applicant.
        t-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.
        t-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).



      Grade Determinations:
      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:
      Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or
      Graduation from an approved school (which may be waived as provided in paragraph 4 of Section C) 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.
      LPNs at the GS-4 grade 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.
      GS-5. Completion of at least 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. 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.
      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 1 year of 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.

      References: VA Handbook 5005/3, Appendix G13. Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard.
      This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.




  • BenefitsOpen Benefits SectionClose Benefits Section





  • 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 full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 01/03/2018 to 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 USA JOBS 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 USA JOBS 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 USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS 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:


      Job Position: ST-10095847-18-LLL




      Major Duties And Responsibilities include:

      The LPN will complete a training course in podiatric foot care and obtain certification as a Podiatric
      Extender. After training/certification the individual will be able to perform the following tasks:

      -Debridement of toenails and calluses.

      -Application and removal of fiberglass casts.

      -Application and removal of Profore 4-layer compressive dressings.

      -Wound dressing changes- removal and application/ use of specific wound healing modalities including negative
      pressure devices.

      -Patient education in foot care and protection including diabetic foot education.

      The LPN will be involved in the Prevention of Amputation in Veterans Everywhere (PAVE) program. The LPN
      responsibilities in the PAVE clinic under the supervision of the podiatrist include:

      -Completing PAVE assessments on all new diabetic patients consulted to the Podiatry clinic establishing their Foot
      Risk Score (FRS) and eligibility for enrollment in the PAVE program.

      -Coordinating wound care for patients in the Podiatry service, coordinating supplies, follow-up and
      interdisciplinary care and appointments.

      -Participating in the PAVE clinic and seeing a designated grid of patients under the direct supervision of the staff
      Podiatrist.

      -Assisting the Podiatry staff in the other Podiatry clinics as part of being a Podiatric Physician Extender.

      -Assisting in patient flow and movement in the Podiatry clinic area as well as coordinating patients for dopplers, pre-admission, inpatient patient appointment for patients on the various units i.e., 4th, 5th & 6th floors and dialysis.

      -Assisting in set up of rooms in anticipation for procedures: i.e., minor surgeries, VAC dressings, graft placements. Ensuring the completion of vital signs on all patients in the Podiatry clinics and documentation in the CARS encounter.

      -Coordinating completion of Labs and testing including appropriate contacts with transportation for lab and patient pick as well as contacts with Micro and Pathology labs and Radiology & Nuclear Medicine.

      -All LPN's must maintain BLS certification.

      -Checks patients into the clinic; interviews patient and/or significant other and documents intake data as per policy.

      -Scheduling to include the following: scheduling (appointment) practices: patient provider desired date, next available, overbook, cancelation of appointment, utilization of EWL (daily review), consult origination, consult action (completion, discontinue and cancel) and other info comments.

      -The LPN will be crossed trained to work in other clinical areas within surgery services to accommodate unplanned
      leave and vacation schedules.

      Work Schedule: M-F 8am - 4:30pm







Best Care / Best Careers

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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