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2017-12-062018-01-10

Licensed Practical Nurse (Inpatient Psychiatry Unit)

Northampton, MA

The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN-7) supports clinical nursing practice in the Inpatient Psychiatry unit and functions as a generalist at the point of care and manages and coordinates care of individuals and clinical groups. The LPN has advanced knowledge and skills required for this role to include expertise in mental health inpatient nursing, evidence-based practice and research, education, consultation and leadership. Responsible and accountable for the coordination of care focused on patient transition through the continuum of care, patient and family education, patient self-management after discharge, and supporting factors that impact customer satisfaction. The LPN applies the nursing process and care management principles within a collaborative, interdisciplinary practice setting, which will then enable effective implementation of health promotion and prevention practices, management of acute and chronic illnesses, and attainment of appropriate lengths of stay and the effective level of care. Core functions include daily assessment of patient care needs to determine the most appropriate use of expertise in clinical coordination, patient and staff education, attention to systems issues that require intervention, and quality and performance measures and assists the nursing staff in the provision of complex patient care.

Additional Duties:

Provides a variety of physical and/or behavioral nursing care duties which include but are not limited to: assisting with activities of Daily Living (ADL) i.e., bathing, toileting, ambulating, feeding, positioning, assist with oral hygiene care, takes vital signs, measures intake and output, height, weight, leads nursing groups and unit level therapeutic activities (If applicable to clinical setting/unit)
Accountable to learn and adhere to external-reviewer standards (Joint Commission, Long Term Care Institute and CARF), policies, procedures, standard of care, standards of patient, resident centered care guidelines, and cultural transformation.
Demonstrates current comprehensive evidence-based knowledge of psychiatric medications including actions, expected effects, side effects/toxicity, and dosage standards, potential interactions with other medications and/or diet and safe administration of all medications.
Demonstrates knowledge of risk factors to suicide documentation of on-going suicide risk assessment, application of appropriate risk reduction interventions and management.
Completes pain assessment recognizing the impact of mental illness on pain perception and treatment. Identifies chronic pain as an influence on Veteran's sense of well-being and impact on psychiatric symptoms.
Practice proper body mechanics in order to prevent injury to self and patients/residents.

Work Schedule: Shifts will be discussed during the selection process. Primary schedule is days with rotations to nights and evening. Weekends and Holidays are required.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required for this position.








graph of estimated pay ranges
$46,320

$60,221





Job Details



Application Open Date

12/6/2017



Application Close Date

12/20/2017




Organization

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration



Who May Apply

Agency Employees Only - Appearing on USAJOBS



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:
      • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
      • Education. Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State agency and/oraccredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) at the time the program was completed bythe applicant. Exceptions include: (1) Health care education in the military service or training in the military service which is accepted by the licensing body. (2) VHA employees who were converted to appointments under 38 U.S.C. 7401(3) and 38 U.S.C. 7405. The waiver will not apply to persons appointed under 38 U.S.C. 7401(3) or 7405 after these conversions. (3) Appointing officials may waive the education requirement if an LPN/LVN was licensed in a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school, provided the individual has demonstrated successful practice as an LPN/LVN. (4) One year of successful practice is considered the equivalent of graduation from an approved school of 12 months duration.
      • 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.
      • English Language Proficiency. LPN/LVN appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in [both] spoken
        tand written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
      Preferred Experience: 2-3 years of experience on Inpatient Mental Health Unit, Nursing Home Facility and/or Ambulatory Care setting. Excellent Communication skills and ability to work with interdisciplinary Team.

      Grade Determinations: Completion of at least one (1) year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-6 level or equivalent, fully meeting all of the performance requirements for the GS-6 LPN/LVN.

      References: VA Handbook 5005, Licensed Practical Nurse Qualifications. This can be found in the local Human Resources
      Office.

      The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-07.




  • 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 12/20/2017 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: CBAX-10093924-18-ZKR




      The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN-7) supports clinical nursing practice in the Inpatient Psychiatry unit and functions as a generalist at the point of care and manages and coordinates care of individuals and clinical groups. The LPN has advanced knowledge and skills required for this role to include expertise in mental health inpatient nursing, evidence-based practice and research, education, consultation and leadership. Responsible and accountable for the coordination of care focused on patient transition through the continuum of care, patient and family education, patient self-management after discharge, and supporting factors that impact customer satisfaction. The LPN applies the nursing process and care management principles within a collaborative, interdisciplinary practice setting, which will then enable effective implementation of health promotion and prevention practices, management of acute and chronic illnesses, and attainment of appropriate lengths of stay and the effective level of care. Core functions include daily assessment of patient care needs to determine the most appropriate use of expertise in clinical coordination, patient and staff education, attention to systems issues that require intervention, and quality and performance measures and assists the nursing staff in the provision of complex patient care.

      Additional Duties:

      Provides a variety of physical and/or behavioral nursing care duties which include but are not limited to: assisting with activities of Daily Living (ADL) i.e., bathing, toileting, ambulating, feeding, positioning, assist with oral hygiene care, takes vital signs, measures intake and output, height, weight, leads nursing groups and unit level therapeutic activities (If applicable to clinical setting/unit)
      Accountable to learn and adhere to external-reviewer standards (Joint Commission, Long Term Care Institute and CARF), policies, procedures, standard of care, standards of patient, resident centered care guidelines, and cultural transformation.
      Demonstrates current comprehensive evidence-based knowledge of psychiatric medications including actions, expected effects, side effects/toxicity, and dosage standards, potential interactions with other medications and/or diet and safe administration of all medications.
      Demonstrates knowledge of risk factors to suicide documentation of on-going suicide risk assessment, application of appropriate risk reduction interventions and management.
      Completes pain assessment recognizing the impact of mental illness on pain perception and treatment. Identifies chronic pain as an influence on Veteran's sense of well-being and impact on psychiatric symptoms.
      Practice proper body mechanics in order to prevent injury to self and patients/residents.

      Work Schedule: Shifts will be discussed during the selection process. Primary schedule is days with rotations to nights and evening. Weekends and Holidays are required.
      Financial Disclosure Report: Not required for this position.







Categories

  • Healthcare
  • Managed Care
  • Nursing - LPN and LVN
  • Psychiatry
  • Therapy - Others

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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VA Medical Center
Northampton, MA

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