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Licensed Practical Nurse (Multiple Locations of the GCVHCS/ Standing Register)

VA Medical Center


Location:
Mobile, AL
Date:
11/28/2017
2017-11-282018-01-09
Categories:
  • Medical/Surgical
  • Cardiology
  • Hospice/Palliative Care
  • Long Term Care
  • LPN/LVN
  • Neurology/Neurosurgery
  • Nurse Manager
  • Psychiatric/Behavioral Health
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Job Details


Responsibilities:
Gulf Coast Health CareSystem is seeking innovative Licensed Practical Nurses to become part of our Healthcare Team. This is an open and continuous posting in which you will identify the areas in which you are interested in working. Areas include inpatient and outpatient areas to provide care to our Nation's Veterans. The incumbent, under the supervision of the Nurse Manager/Charge Nurse/Team Leader, provides nursing care to the Veteran patient with consideration to psychosocial, cultural, and age specific needs. He/she demonstrates the knowledge and ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavior problems, and knowledge of age specific differences from the adult or older population. The incumbent acceptable standards within the health care setting and works under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse or Physician.

This is a Standing Register(Open Continuous Announcement) in which applicants can specify which department in the Gulf Coast Veterans Health CareSystemthey wish to be considered.

Eligible applicants will be referred based on answers to the Occupational Questionnaire (Area of Specialty).The different departments are, but not limited to,the following:


Community Living Center: The Community Living Center (CLC) is a 96 bed facility with a combination of long term care, rehabilitation, skilled nursing, memory impaired and hospice and palliative care residents.

Acute Care: The Acute Care Staff Nurse possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively apply all aspects of the nursing process within collaborative and interdisciplinary practice settings.

Specialty Clinics: Specialty Clinic is an outpatient clinic that consists of both Medical and Surgical Clinics. Medical Clinics include: Hematology, Oncology, Gastroenterology, Hepatitis C, Neurology, Dermatology, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)/Polytrauma Surgical Clinics include: Orthopedics, Podiatry, and General, Thoracic, Colorectal, Vascularand Plastic Surgery.

Behavioral Health: Functions include but not limited operates independently as the staff nurse, charge nurse on a 32 bed Acute Mental Health Unit Care for Veterans treated for Suicide Ideations, Psychosis, Homicidal Ideations, PTSD, depression and Substance Abuse and others. The nurse is primarily responsible for applying the nursing process to the care of Veteran. The RN participate in the interdisciplinary and daily huddle teammeeting, conducts groups, admit and discharge Veterans. Veterans' care is documented in a computerized program system.

Primary CareClinic:The Registered nurse successfully integrates the sciences and arts in establishing a systematic plan in caring for patients and their families. The incumbent promotes and restores patients health by utilizing the nursing process an evidence-based practice tool; collaborating with physicians and multidisciplinary healthcare team members; providing physical and psychological support to patients, friends, and families; supervising assigned team members.

Blind Rehabilitation: The Blind Rehabilitation Center (BRC) located in Biloxi, Mississippi provides services across the continuum of care for veterans or service members with vision loss in Southeast Alabama, Southwest Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana. The VA Gulf Coast Blind Rehabilitation Center (GCBRC) a 26-bed facility was added to the list of 12 VA Central Office Comprehensive Blind Rehabilitation Centers that is composed of both inpatient and outpatient programs that are comprehensive for veterans and active duty service members.

Work Schedule: Work Schedules will vary based upon the current vacancy and the needs of the Service.
Functional Statement Title/#:
Licensed Practical Nurse GS 3/4/5/6








graph of estimated pay ranges
$26,150

$52,893





Job Details



Application Open Date

10/24/2017



Application Close Date

10/1/2018




Organization

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration



Who May Apply

US Citizens and Status Candidates



Status

Multiple Schedules




























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    • 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. Citizen of the United States. Non citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens.
      . 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, 61B roadway, 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.
      . Physical Standards. Must be able to pass a Pre-Employment Medical Examination.
      . English Language Proficiency. Must be proficient in both written and spoken English [as required by 38 USC 7402(d) and 7407(d)].Grade Determinations:

      Preferred Experience:
      In addition to the basic qualification requirements, applicants must have demonstrated evidence of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities determined to be essential for satisfactory performance in the position. The preferred experience is strongly desired by selecting officials.
      1. Ability to practice cooperative and professional interpersonal communications with diverse multi-disciplinary teams.
      2. Ability to work with patients exhibiting a variety of physical problems.
      3. Ability to collect and record a variety of patient data in a computer based electronic medical record system.
      4. Ability to perform direct nursing care in compliance with organizational standards, policies, procedures, and guidelines.
      5. Skilled in patient and family education for patient medications and disease processes.
      6. Ability to work with Mental Health patients with behavioral problems
      7. Current BLS Certification.

      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:

      In addition to the basic requirements, the following qualification criteria must be met for each grade. The candidate's qualifications must clearly demonstrate the level of competence required for the grade.

      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 3b(2)(a) through (c) below:
      1. Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or
      2. 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
      3. Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.
      4. 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.

      1.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.
      2. 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.
      3. 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.
      4. 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.
      5. Recognizes and appropriately responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action.
      6. 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.
      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. Prepares and administers prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous) and performs treatments according to established policies/procedures.
      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. Establishes constructive relationships with individual patients and their families to elicit feelings and attitudes, and to promote positive relationships, communication and socialization skills.





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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 Monday, October 01, 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 USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

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

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  • Additional DetailsOpen Additional Details SectionClose Additional Details Section

    • Series: 0620-Practical Nurse


      Job Pay Type: Per Year


      Job Openings: Few


      Job Position: RV-18-2019055BU-OC




      Responsibilities:
      Gulf Coast Health CareSystem is seeking innovative Licensed Practical Nurses to become part of our Healthcare Team. This is an open and continuous posting in which you will identify the areas in which you are interested in working. Areas include inpatient and outpatient areas to provide care to our Nation's Veterans. The incumbent, under the supervision of the Nurse Manager/Charge Nurse/Team Leader, provides nursing care to the Veteran patient with consideration to psychosocial, cultural, and age specific needs. He/she demonstrates the knowledge and ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavior problems, and knowledge of age specific differences from the adult or older population. The incumbent acceptable standards within the health care setting and works under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse or Physician.

      This is a Standing Register(Open Continuous Announcement) in which applicants can specify which department in the Gulf Coast Veterans Health CareSystemthey wish to be considered.

      Eligible applicants will be referred based on answers to the Occupational Questionnaire (Area of Specialty).The different departments are, but not limited to,the following:


      Community Living Center: The Community Living Center (CLC) is a 96 bed facility with a combination of long term care, rehabilitation, skilled nursing, memory impaired and hospice and palliative care residents.

      Acute Care: The Acute Care Staff Nurse possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively apply all aspects of the nursing process within collaborative and interdisciplinary practice settings.

      Specialty Clinics: Specialty Clinic is an outpatient clinic that consists of both Medical and Surgical Clinics. Medical Clinics include: Hematology, Oncology, Gastroenterology, Hepatitis C, Neurology, Dermatology, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)/Polytrauma Surgical Clinics include: Orthopedics, Podiatry, and General, Thoracic, Colorectal, Vascularand Plastic Surgery.

      Behavioral Health: Functions include but not limited operates independently as the staff nurse, charge nurse on a 32 bed Acute Mental Health Unit Care for Veterans treated for Suicide Ideations, Psychosis, Homicidal Ideations, PTSD, depression and Substance Abuse and others. The nurse is primarily responsible for applying the nursing process to the care of Veteran. The RN participate in the interdisciplinary and daily huddle teammeeting, conducts groups, admit and discharge Veterans. Veterans' care is documented in a computerized program system.

      Primary CareClinic:The Registered nurse successfully integrates the sciences and arts in establishing a systematic plan in caring for patients and their families. The incumbent promotes and restores patients health by utilizing the nursing process an evidence-based practice tool; collaborating with physicians and multidisciplinary healthcare team members; providing physical and psychological support to patients, friends, and families; supervising assigned team members.

      Blind Rehabilitation: The Blind Rehabilitation Center (BRC) located in Biloxi, Mississippi provides services across the continuum of care for veterans or service members with vision loss in Southeast Alabama, Southwest Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana. The VA Gulf Coast Blind Rehabilitation Center (GCBRC) a 26-bed facility was added to the list of 12 VA Central Office Comprehensive Blind Rehabilitation Centers that is composed of both inpatient and outpatient programs that are comprehensive for veterans and active duty service members.

      Work Schedule: Work Schedules will vary based upon the current vacancy and the needs of the Service.
      Functional Statement Title/#:
      Licensed Practical Nurse GS 3/4/5/6







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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