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Licensed Practical Nurse Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

VA Medical Center


Location:
Richmond, VA
Date:
04/26/2018
2018-04-262018-06-09
Categories:
  • Medical/Surgical
  • Nurse Manager
  • LPN/LVN
  • Operating Room/PACU
  • Infection Control
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • IV Therapy
  • Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation
  • Emergency Services
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Job Details


Summary

Work Schedule: Various rotating tours of duty. Assignment of available tours among staff to be equitable and based on patient care needs. Management reserves the right to determine and/or change tour of duty.
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Non-Exempt
Supervisory Position: No
Bargaining Unit Position: Yes
Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: Not Authorized
Relocation expenses: Not Authorized
Probationary period: May be required
Financial Disclosure: Not Required




Duties

The LPN will assist patients with rehabilitation and medical/surgical needs for acute and chronic diagnoses. Perform daily therapies to include wound care, medication administration, teaching patient and nutritional assessments. Assures a safe patient environment. The LPN is directly accountable to the registered professional nurse who has been assigned as the Charge Nurse. The Nurse Manager has overall administrative responsibility for the supervision and guidance of the LPN.

Functional Statement Title: Licensed Practical Nurse/Licensed Vocational Nurse (LPN/LVN) GS 6.








graph of estimated pay ranges
$38,326

$49,819





Job Details



Application Open Date

4/24/2018



Application Close Date

5/14/2018




Organization

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration



Who May Apply

None



Status

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

    • Physical Requirements: The physical requirements of this position include lifting, prolonged standing and sitting, frequent bending, walking (distance), climbing (steps, ladder, etc, reaching (overhead, extensive/repetitive), repetitive motion and stooping. The mental/sensory requirements include recall, reasoning, problem-solving, hearing, speaking clearly, writing legibly, keyboarding, reading and logical thinking. The environment's pace can vary from steady to a sometimes fast pace requiring handling of multiple priorities, frequent, sometimes intense customer interactions, and the ability to adapt to frequent changes in a sometimes noisy environment. There may be the need to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to disease, illness and hazardous materials. Eligible applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others. Depending on the essential duties of a specific position, usable vision, color vision, hearing, or speech may be required. However, in most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant for appointment. The loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid.

      Selected applicants will be required to complete an on boarding process.

      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 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. Exceptions include: Health care education in the military service or training in the military service which is accepted by the licensing body in the jurisdiction in which the individual is licensed as qualifying for full LPN/LVN licensure will be accepted as meeting the education requirements for VHA employment; Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school.
      • Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a licensed practical or vocational nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia.
      Preferred Experience: N/A

      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:
      Grade Determination. In addition to the basic requirements stated above, the following qualification criteria must be met for the GS-6. The candidate's qualifications must clearly demonstrate the level of competence required for the grade.
      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.

      To be creditable, practical nursing experience (as an LPN or LVN) must be documented on the application and verified in an employment reference or through other [independent] means.

      Part-time experience is credited according to the relationship it bears to the full-time work week (e.g., an LPN/LVN who worked 20 hours per week, i.e., half-time, would receive 1 full-time work week of credit for each 2 weeks of such service).

      NOTE: Candidate's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.

      BLS/ACLS Requirements: Current certification in BLS is required for all staff providing direct patient care, and police. Additionally, current ACLS is required for patient care staff that work in specified or high risk areas (SICU/ICU/CCU/MICU/PACU/ED/and all procedure suites using moderate sedation, etc.). If you are selected for a position which requires BLS/ACLS certification, you will be required to have proof of certification prior to being boarded for appointment with VA. If selected, obtain such certification in order to avoid any delays in the hiring process.

      References: VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G-13 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 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 " src="/images/placeholder.png?txt=Close Date" />" src="/images/placeholder.png?txt=Close Date" />" src="/images/placeholder.png?txt=Close Date" />" src="/images/placeholder.png?txt=Close Date" />" src="/images/placeholder.png?txt=Close Date" />" src="/images/placeholder.png?txt=Close Date" />" src="/images/placeholder.png?txt=Close Date" />" src="/images/placeholder.png?txt=Close Date" /> to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10188049" src="/images/placeholder.png?txt=Application Preview" />" src="/images/placeholder.png?txt=Application Preview" />" src="/images/placeholder.png?txt=Application Preview" />" src="/images/placeholder.png?txt=Application Preview" />" src="/images/placeholder.png?txt=Application Preview" />" src="/images/placeholder.png?txt=Application Preview" />" src="/images/placeholder.png?txt=Application Preview" />" src="/images/placeholder.png?txt=Application Preview" />" src="/images/placeholder.png?txt=Application Preview" />.
      1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS 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 Application 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: 7


      Job Position: CBBX-10188049-18-RB




      The LPN will assist patients with rehabilitation and medical/surgical needs for acute and chronic diagnoses. Perform daily therapies to include wound care, medication administration, teaching patient and nutritional assessments. Assures a safe patient environment. The LPN is directly accountable to the registered professional nurse who has been assigned as the Charge Nurse. The Nurse Manager has overall administrative responsibility for the supervision and guidance of the LPN.

      Functional Statement Title: Licensed Practical Nurse/Licensed Vocational Nurse (LPN/LVN) GS 6.







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 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.

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Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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