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Licensed Vocational Nurse

VA Medical Center


Location:
Los Angeles, CA
Date:
12/30/2017
2017-12-302018-01-31
Categories:
  • Medical/Surgical
  • Cardiology
  • Long Term Care
  • LPN/LVN
  • Operating Room/PACU
  • Psychiatric/Behavioral Health
  • IV Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • Emergency Services
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Job Details


Summary

WHO MAY APPLY: The Area of Consideration for this position US Citizens.

The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) is one of the largest health care facilities within the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is one component of the VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network (VISN22) offering services to Veterans residing in Southern California, New Mexico and Arizona. VAGLAHS consists of two ambulatory care centers, a tertiary care facility and 8 community based outpatient clinics. VAGLAHS serves Veterans residing throughout five counties: Los Angeles, Ventura, Kern, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. There are 1.4 million Veterans in the VAGLAHS service area. VAGLAHS is affiliated with both UCLA School of Medicine and USC School of Medicine, as well as more than 45 colleges, universities and vocational schools in 17 different medical, nursing, paramedical and administrative programs.

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.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are a current VA or Federal employee, please submit your application for this position to the internal recruitment, announcement number RN-18-CRO-2026954-HT38-BU.

This position is covered by AFGE bargaining unit. Per the AFGE Master Agreement, the Area of Consideration will be:

First Facility-wide (including satellites) Best Qualified Candidates.

Second Any promotion candidate or candidate required to compete from other VA facilities.

Third All other candidates.




Duties

This position is located with the Greater Los Angeles Health Care System (GLAHCS) within Community Engagement and Reintegration Service (CERS) in Los Angeles, CA. In this position you will be working with a team of professionals who work with chronically homeless Veterans with chronic medical problems and mental illness. Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

Provides wrap around services to Veterans who need housing, medical, social, and mental health service eligible for care;

Practices in a direct patient care setting under the direction and supervision of the Medical provider or Nurse Practitioner;

Participates in daily team huddles, calling scheduled patients and ensuring labs and tests ordered have been completed;

Assists with exams and procedures (EKG, Wound Care, Ear lavage, vaccinations, catheterizations, nebulizers, etc.);

Provides clinical support including checking equipment and exam rooms for needed supplies, restocking rooms, etc.;

Recognizes emergency patient care situations and initiates appropriate emergency interventions;

Recognizes and considers emotional, cultural, spiritual, socio-economic, and age-related factors; and

Effectively incorporates knowledge and understanding of established customer service standards in all interactions with patients, family members, and all staff.

Work Schedule: This is a 24/7 program with the following shifts Sunday through Saturday: Day 0730-1600; Evening 1530- Midnight; and NOC 2330-0800.

Functional Statement Title: Licensed Vocational Nurse, GS-620-3/4/5/6

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives are not authorized.

PCS expenses are not authorized.








graph of estimated pay ranges
$29,466

$53,634





Job Details



Application Open Date

12/14/2017



Application Close Date

1/5/2018




Organization

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration



Who May Apply

United States Citizens



Status

Full Time




























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

    • 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- Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

      Education- Must be a graduate of a vocational nursing program fully accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLNAC). NOTE: 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. (Transcripts/documentation required with your application).

      License/Registration- 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. (Copy of your license/registration is required with your application).

      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: The following experience is preferred, but not required. Please be sure to note this experience on your resume.

      Basic Life Support Certification (BLS)

      Experience working with detox patients.

      Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment (CIWA) experience

      Experience working with inpatients.

      Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements listed above, the following criteria must be met for each grade.

      GS-03- No requirements beyond the basic above listed 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-04- Grade level requirements: Six (6) 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, Appendix G13) 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-05- Grade level requirements: Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent. Qualifying experience includes: *Demonstrated knowledge and ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems; *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; *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-06- Grade level requirements: 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. Qualifying experience includes: *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. *Ability to observe, identify and respond to the patient's needs for care, including medication, equipment-assisted care and patient/family education. *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. *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.

      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.





  • BenefitsOpen Benefits SectionClose Benefits Section

    • VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

      Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.




  • 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 Friday, January 05, 2018to 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.

      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 USAJOBS 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 USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS 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: 9


      Job Position: RN-18-CRO-2026970-HT38-BU




      This position is located with the Greater Los Angeles Health Care System (GLAHCS) within Community Engagement and Reintegration Service (CERS) in Los Angeles, CA. In this position you will be working with a team of professionals who work with chronically homeless Veterans with chronic medical problems and mental illness. Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

      Provides wrap around services to Veterans who need housing, medical, social, and mental health service eligible for care;

      Practices in a direct patient care setting under the direction and supervision of the Medical provider or Nurse Practitioner;

      Participates in daily team huddles, calling scheduled patients and ensuring labs and tests ordered have been completed;

      Assists with exams and procedures (EKG, Wound Care, Ear lavage, vaccinations, catheterizations, nebulizers, etc.);

      Provides clinical support including checking equipment and exam rooms for needed supplies, restocking rooms, etc.;

      Recognizes emergency patient care situations and initiates appropriate emergency interventions;

      Recognizes and considers emotional, cultural, spiritual, socio-economic, and age-related factors; and

      Effectively incorporates knowledge and understanding of established customer service standards in all interactions with patients, family members, and all staff.

      Work Schedule: This is a 24/7 program with the following shifts Sunday through Saturday: Day 0730-1600; Evening 1530- Midnight; and NOC 2330-0800.

      Functional Statement Title: Licensed Vocational Nurse, GS-620-3/4/5/6

      Relocation/Recruitment Incentives are not authorized.

      PCS expenses are not authorized.







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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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