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Licensed Practical Nurse - Med/Surg

VA Medical Center


Location:
New Orleans, LA
Date:
07/10/2018
2018-07-102018-08-09
Categories:
  • Medical/Surgical
  • LPN/LVN
  • Long Term Care
  • Infection Control
  • Operating Room/PACU
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Job Details

Summary

Residents of Greater New Orleans enjoy one of the highest qualities of life in the United States. While we are known to enjoy many of the best restaurants in the world, more than 300 festivals, vibrant nightlife, not to mention Mardi Gras, that's just the beginning of what we have to offer. We treasure family and community, our children have access to high-quality education, we enjoy an incredible abundance of the arts, and so much more!

The Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, provides quality, patient-centered health care to Veterans throughout 23 parishes in southeast Louisiana. We meet the needs of Veterans through seven community-based outpatient clinics located in Slidell, Hammond, St. John Parish, Houma, Franklin, Bogalusa and Baton Rouge, as well as a new Veterans Medical Center in New Orleans.

Our new Veterans Medical Center is a 200-bed level 1b medical center including an acute mental health unit, inpatient medicine, surgery, and intensive care units, and a community living center. We serve as a tertiary care regional referral center for Veterans across the Gulf coast from the Florida panhandle to the Louisiana/Texas state line for specialized acute care services. SLVHCS has a specialized imaging center including PET/CT, 3 CT scanners, and 2 MRI as well as 8 operating rooms and six procedure rooms. The medical center is designed to meet the full array of VA missions: health care to America's heroes, education, research, and national preparedness and assistance and serves as a cornerstone for the emerging biosciences industry in New Orleans.

SLVHCS serves as an educational medical center. As a medical center surrounded by education institutions, we have academic affiliations with Louisiana State University and Tulane University Medical School's. We also have relationships with University of New Orleans, Dillard University, Xavier University of Louisiana, Tulane University Graduate Program in Health Administration and Loyola University to recruit and grow our staff of allied health and administrative professionals. These relationships help us to provide excellent primary, specialty and mental health services to our Veterans. For more information, like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VANewOrleans and follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/VANewOrleans.

Duties

A Licensed Practical Nurse performs age specific nursing care for inpatients with a variety of medical, physical, mental, behavioral or psychological needs. Duties include the following:

  • Assists with data collection for outpatients and new admissions.
  • Completes specific sections of the Nursing Admission Record.
  • Observes, reports and documents signs and symptoms of patient's general condition.
  • Participates in patient care conferences, exchanging information about patients' needs and condition;
  • Provides input into the Nursing Care Plan and/or the Interdisciplinary Plan of Care.
  • Bathing
  • Collecting and labeling specimens, e.g. sputum, emesis, urine, stool.
  • Performing enterostomal care, perinea) care, administering enemas and colostomy irrigations, while considering age specific needs, e.g. the patients' need for a bedpan
  • Providing bowel/bladder training, applying external urinary devices, performing bladder catheterization.
  • Providing oral, nasopharyngeal and tracheal suctioning, tracheostomy care, administering oxygen.
  • Providing physical/emotional care to respirator dependent patients.
  • Administering enteral feedings.
  • Providing wound care, dressing changes (sterile and nonsterile), and reporting any changes and/or progress to the
  • Applying abdominal binders, anti-embolic stockings, ace bandages and alternating pressure boots.
  • Providing for lifting, moving, transferring, and/or transporting patients.
  • Using patient lifting devices, pressure relief mattresses, hyper/hypothermia blankets, electronic scales, feeding pumps.
  • Applying protective/supporting devices, restraints.
  • Providing post mortem care.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday and Weekends (as patient care dictates) 8 hour shifts

Functional Statement Title/#: Licensed Practical Nurse Medical-Surgical
Functional Statement Available in Human Resources Office

Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
This is a bargaining unit position
This vacancy is located in the Medical Surgical unit.
graph of estimated pay ranges
$26,587
$48,385
Job Details
Application Open Date
5/10/2018

Application Close Date
12/28/2018
Organization
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Who May Apply
None

Status
None


  • More About VAOpen More About VA SectionClose More About VA Section
    • Physical Requirements: Heavy Lifting (45 lbs. and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs. and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 - 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 6 hours); Standing (up to 8 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Hearing (aid permitted).

      Influenza Prevention Program Statement: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities

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

      Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

      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.

      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 view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
  • QualificationsOpen Qualifications SectionClose Qualifications Section
    • Basic Requirements:
      • Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
      • 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. Verification can be obtained from the State approving agency [or] the National League for Nursing [Accrediting Commission], 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10006. [Additional information may also be obtained from the NLNAC Website.
      • 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. An LPN[/LVN] who has or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions in chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16 of this part.
      • Physical Standards: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
      • 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: 1-2 years of current Medical Surgical experience

      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 in paragraphs (a) through (c) below: (a) Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or (b) 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 (c) Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.
      • GS-5: 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: Completion of at least 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 or physician 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 , Part II, Appendix G13, Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standards.

      The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-03 to GS-06.
  • 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 12/28/2018 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: CBDX-629-18-10199617-RH-BU

      A Licensed Practical Nurse performs age specific nursing care for inpatients with a variety of medical, physical, mental, behavioral or psychological needs. Duties include the following:

      • Assists with data collection for outpatients and new admissions.
      • Completes specific sections of the Nursing Admission Record.
      • Observes, reports and documents signs and symptoms of patient's general condition.
      • Participates in patient care conferences, exchanging information about patients' needs and condition;
      • Provides input into the Nursing Care Plan and/or the Interdisciplinary Plan of Care.
      • Bathing
      • Collecting and labeling specimens, e.g. sputum, emesis, urine, stool.
      • Performing enterostomal care, perinea) care, administering enemas and colostomy irrigations, while considering age specific needs, e.g. the patients' need for a bedpan
      • Providing bowel/bladder training, applying external urinary devices, performing bladder catheterization.
      • Providing oral, nasopharyngeal and tracheal suctioning, tracheostomy care, administering oxygen.
      • Providing physical/emotional care to respirator dependent patients.
      • Administering enteral feedings.
      • Providing wound care, dressing changes (sterile and nonsterile), and reporting any changes and/or progress to the
      • Applying abdominal binders, anti-embolic stockings, ace bandages and alternating pressure boots.
      • Providing for lifting, moving, transferring, and/or transporting patients.
      • Using patient lifting devices, pressure relief mattresses, hyper/hypothermia blankets, electronic scales, feeding pumps.
      • Applying protective/supporting devices, restraints.
      • Providing post mortem care.

      Work Schedule: Monday - Friday and Weekends (as patient care dictates) 8 hour shifts

      Functional Statement Title/#: Licensed Practical Nurse Medical-Surgical
      Functional Statement Available in Human Resources Office

      Telework: Not Available
      Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
      Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
      This is a bargaining unit position
      This vacancy is located in the Medical Surgical unit.

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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