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Licensed Practical Nurse-SCI/PACT-HCT

VA Medical Center


Location:
Syracuse, NY
Date:
01/26/2018
2018-01-262018-03-01
Categories:
  • Medical/Surgical
  • Cardiology
  • Home Health
  • Infection Control
  • Long Term Care
  • LPN/LVN
  • Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation
  • IV Therapy
  • Emergency Services
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Job Details


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?

This position is located at the VA Medical Center in the SCI/Rehab department, under the Medical & Therapeutic Care Line.





Duties


Provides for patient personal hygiene. Feeds and/or encourages nourishment and fluids, PO and enteral. Assists patient in elimination by promoting bowel and bladder evacuation, including placement of external and indwelling urinary catheters, giving enemas and/or rectal suppositories, changes dressing/pouches and irrigates established ostomies. Provides catheter care and irrigates indwelling catheters.
Administers medications (PO, subcutaneous, IM, peripheral IV, rectal and topical). Monitors and discontinues peripheral IV's.
Measures and documents vital signs, intake and output and finger stick glucose testing.
Collects specimens of body excretions and/or secretions; uses universal precautions and follows infection control policies and procedures in providing care and in specimen collection.
Demonstrates knowledge, skill and ability to recognize and respond to emergency situations.
Performs peripheral venipuncture for the purpose of obtaining blood samples or establishing IV access. Performs electrocardiograms and submits for interpretation.
Assists in patient discharge, packing personal belongings and preventing removal of hospital property. Check patients for IV or other types of devices which may require removal.
Demonstrates knowledge of human behavior, motivations and reactions to situations. 9. Works effectively with patients, families and other staff members.
Performs support duties for diagnostic procedures, which includes preparing the patient, assisting in the diagnostic examination, preparing and passing instruments, and monitoring the patient's condition.
After completing own assignment, assists co-workers or performs other unit related duties as assigned.
Treats all customers (patients, visitors and employees) with respect and relates to them in a courteous and helpful manner. Works and interacts cooperatively with others.
Provides limited Home Care. A valid driving license is required.

Work Schedule: M-F, 1st Shift.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required






graph of estimated pay ranges
$29,957

$48,385





Job Details



Application Open Date

1/26/2018



Application Close Date

2/1/2018




Organization

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration



Who May Apply

This job announcement is only open to all current, permanent employees of the Syracuse VA Medical Center and Syracuse VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics.



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:
      U.S. Citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
      Graduate of an approved LPN school, health care education in the military service this is accepted by the licensing board in the jurisdiction in which licensed as qualifying for full LPN/LVN licensure meets the education requirements or individual granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved LPN school.
      Current LPN/LVN State License.
      English Language Proficiency.Preferred Experience: Minimum of two years of significant experience in SCI/Rehab.

      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-3: None beyond the basic requirements.
      GS-4: Experience: Six (6) months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN. -OR- Education: Graduation from an approved school and one (1) 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.
      GS-5: Experience: Completion of at least one (1) year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent. -Plus- 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. 2. 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 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.
      GS-6: Experience: Completion of at least one (1) year of qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent, fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN/LVN. -Plus- 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 patient's 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 only need a general review by a RN or 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.

      References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, 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 02/01/2018 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 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: 1


      Job Position: CBAL-10123783-18-GT





      Provides for patient personal hygiene. Feeds and/or encourages nourishment and fluids, PO and enteral. Assists patient in elimination by promoting bowel and bladder evacuation, including placement of external and indwelling urinary catheters, giving enemas and/or rectal suppositories, changes dressing/pouches and irrigates established ostomies. Provides catheter care and irrigates indwelling catheters.
      Administers medications (PO, subcutaneous, IM, peripheral IV, rectal and topical). Monitors and discontinues peripheral IV's.
      Measures and documents vital signs, intake and output and finger stick glucose testing.
      Collects specimens of body excretions and/or secretions; uses universal precautions and follows infection control policies and procedures in providing care and in specimen collection.
      Demonstrates knowledge, skill and ability to recognize and respond to emergency situations.
      Performs peripheral venipuncture for the purpose of obtaining blood samples or establishing IV access. Performs electrocardiograms and submits for interpretation.
      Assists in patient discharge, packing personal belongings and preventing removal of hospital property. Check patients for IV or other types of devices which may require removal.
      Demonstrates knowledge of human behavior, motivations and reactions to situations. 9. Works effectively with patients, families and other staff members.
      Performs support duties for diagnostic procedures, which includes preparing the patient, assisting in the diagnostic examination, preparing and passing instruments, and monitoring the patient's condition.
      After completing own assignment, assists co-workers or performs other unit related duties as assigned.
      Treats all customers (patients, visitors and employees) with respect and relates to them in a courteous and helpful manner. Works and interacts cooperatively with others.
      Provides limited Home Care. A valid driving license is required.

      Work Schedule: M-F, 1st Shift.
      Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required





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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