30 days old
2018-01-252018-03-11

LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE (LPN) - Telerehabilitation Enterprise Wide Initiative (TREWI) Program

Seattle, WA

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?

With a reputation for excellence, innovation and extraordinary care of our Nation's heroes, VA Puget Sound strives to lead the nation in terms of quality, efficiency and public service through its proven record of innovation and extraordinary care of Veterans. As the primary referral site for VA's northwest region, VA Puget Sound provides care for Veteran populations encompassing Alaska, Montana, Idaho and Oregon. Since 1923, VA Puget Sound Health Care System has distinguished itself as a leader in teaching, research and patient care while earning prestigious recognition as part of the largest health care network in the country. We consider it our privilege to serve the health care needs of more than 80,000 Veterans living in the Pacific Northwest. VA Puget Sound serves Veterans from a five-state area in the Pacific Northwest. We have two main divisions: American Lake and Seattle. In addition to our main medical centers we offer services to our patients in seven community-based outpatient clinics in Bellevue, Bremerton, Federal Way, Mount Vernon, North Seattle, South Sound and Port Angeles.


Duties

The LPN Telehealth ClinicalTechnician (TCT) is a member of the Telerehabilitation Enterprise Wide Initiative (TREWI) healthcare team that serves in a generalist role to support a wide range of clinical Telehealth programs and directly reports to the TREWI Program Manager. The LPN TCT independently provides day to day operations of a full range of functions under general, remote supervision to ensure Telehealth services are delivered seamlessly to the Veteran at VA Puget Sound Health Care System, partnering medical centers and CBOCs, or in the Veteran's home or other location while providing a wide range of clinical and technical judgment.
Duties include but are not limited to:

  • serving as the facilitator for real time Clinical Video Telehealth (CVT) encounters
  • assisting Home Telehealth (HT)
  • training clinicians on Telehealth equipment, peripherals and scheduling software and practices
  • assisting clinicians in facilitating the use of various equipment and software in clinical care
  • educating patients, families, and clinicians and interacting with clinical and administrative leadership at VA Puget Sound Health Care System, other facilities, and at the VISN level to assist with establishing or troubleshooting virtual administrative or clinical programs
  • serves as video teleconferencing system expert with in-depth knowledge of a wide array of Telehealth equipment and peripherals and assists OIT with v-tel equipment installations for clinical use as well as functioning as a consultative resource for patients and other nurses and clinical staff in the selection of Telehealth equipment and its feasibility for the desired clinical use including enhancing access to care, care coordination and proactive disease management
  • covers all CVT clinics scheduled for the day
  • assists provider with setting up room, escorts patients to the individual or group room, ensures connectivity with providers
  • makes reminder phone calls or sends reminder letters to the Veteran
  • verifies follow-up appointments
  • functions as Tele-presenter in the clinic - skills that may be necessary for practice include but are not limited to: oxygen saturation ambulation exam; audiology (hearing or hearing aid testing); dynamometer to evaluate strength and grip; assembly and troubleshooting for PT/OT/SLP equipment like walkers, canes, crutches, augmentative and alternative communication systems and TENS units; assist PT/OT with evaluation for mobility equipment, such as wheelchair measurements and fitting; evaluates Veteran at check in including checking vital signs or other specialty service specific assessments
  • uses clinical skills to perform physical evaluations during CVT visit for physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, psychologist, audiologist, speech pathologist, therapist, RN, and/or other provider located at distant sites
  • performs specialized procedures for CVT specialties and sub-specialties as needed for assessment and/or treatment of Veterans for which training has been completed including utilization of peripheral devices such as total exam cameras or equipment for testing hearing aids
  • administers medications and vaccines and performs treatments according to established policies/procedures and appropriately records administration and patient's response to medications/treatments received
  • responsible for completing appropriate clinical and administrative documentation in medical record for CVT visits; records significant observations and actions in a clear, thorough and timely manner


Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 0730-1600, may require travel to American Lake campus
Financial Disclosure Report: not required








graph of estimated pay ranges
$51,622

$67,102





Job Details



Application Open Date

1/25/2018



Application Close Date

2/13/2018




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

    • 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.
      • Graduate of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State accrediting agency and/or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing at the time the program was completed by the applicant. 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.
      • Full, active current and unrestricted LPN licensure in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e. Puerto Rico) of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.
      • Proficiency in spoken and written English (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:
      • previous telehealth experience using v-tel equipment and peripheral devices (total exam cameras, hearing aid testing equipment, etc.)
      Grade Determinations: GS-6: Must have completed at least (1) one year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent and fully meets all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN and demonstrates the following:
      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. 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.
      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.
      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 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.
      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.

      References: VA Handbook 5005. Part II, Chapter 3, Appendix G13, dated April 10, 2003

      The full performance level of this vacancy is GS 6.




  • 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 02/13/2018 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: CBBY-10123395-18-RET




      The LPN Telehealth ClinicalTechnician (TCT) is a member of the Telerehabilitation Enterprise Wide Initiative (TREWI) healthcare team that serves in a generalist role to support a wide range of clinical Telehealth programs and directly reports to the TREWI Program Manager. The LPN TCT independently provides day to day operations of a full range of functions under general, remote supervision to ensure Telehealth services are delivered seamlessly to the Veteran at VA Puget Sound Health Care System, partnering medical centers and CBOCs, or in the Veteran's home or other location while providing a wide range of clinical and technical judgment.
      Duties include but are not limited to:

      • serving as the facilitator for real time Clinical Video Telehealth (CVT) encounters
      • assisting Home Telehealth (HT)
      • training clinicians on Telehealth equipment, peripherals and scheduling software and practices
      • assisting clinicians in facilitating the use of various equipment and software in clinical care
      • educating patients, families, and clinicians and interacting with clinical and administrative leadership at VA Puget Sound Health Care System, other facilities, and at the VISN level to assist with establishing or troubleshooting virtual administrative or clinical programs
      • serves as video teleconferencing system expert with in-depth knowledge of a wide array of Telehealth equipment and peripherals and assists OIT with v-tel equipment installations for clinical use as well as functioning as a consultative resource for patients and other nurses and clinical staff in the selection of Telehealth equipment and its feasibility for the desired clinical use including enhancing access to care, care coordination and proactive disease management
      • covers all CVT clinics scheduled for the day
      • assists provider with setting up room, escorts patients to the individual or group room, ensures connectivity with providers
      • makes reminder phone calls or sends reminder letters to the Veteran
      • verifies follow-up appointments
      • functions as Tele-presenter in the clinic - skills that may be necessary for practice include but are not limited to: oxygen saturation ambulation exam; audiology (hearing or hearing aid testing); dynamometer to evaluate strength and grip; assembly and troubleshooting for PT/OT/SLP equipment like walkers, canes, crutches, augmentative and alternative communication systems and TENS units; assist PT/OT with evaluation for mobility equipment, such as wheelchair measurements and fitting; evaluates Veteran at check in including checking vital signs or other specialty service specific assessments
      • uses clinical skills to perform physical evaluations during CVT visit for physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, psychologist, audiologist, speech pathologist, therapist, RN, and/or other provider located at distant sites
      • performs specialized procedures for CVT specialties and sub-specialties as needed for assessment and/or treatment of Veterans for which training has been completed including utilization of peripheral devices such as total exam cameras or equipment for testing hearing aids
      • administers medications and vaccines and performs treatments according to established policies/procedures and appropriately records administration and patient's response to medications/treatments received
      • responsible for completing appropriate clinical and administrative documentation in medical record for CVT visits; records significant observations and actions in a clear, thorough and timely manner


      Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 0730-1600, may require travel to American Lake campus
      Financial Disclosure Report: not required







Categories

  • Healthcare
  • Nursing - LPN and LVN
  • Therapy - Others
  • Utilization Review
  • Audiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Operating Room
  • Physician Assistant
  • Speech and Language

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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