15 days old
2018-02-062018-03-24

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Vancouver, 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?

VA Portland Health Care System promotes our core I CARE values: to act with Integrity and Commitment, to Advocate for Veterans, to show Respect to all, and to pursue Excellence.

For applicants who have found this job announcement at a site other than USAJobs.gov (such as Monster or Indeed): you must apply to this vacancy via USAjobs.gov. Please visit this link to apply: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/490396600

Participation in seasonal influenza program may be required.

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.

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (REQUIRED) Available at the VA Forms website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf )
Application 10-2850c is required to be considered for this position. Please complete form in its entirety. If you answer "YES" to questions item # 15B and/or item # 28 through # 37, please attach a separate sheet of paper with a brief explanation for each question to which you answered "Yes". Information must current not older than a year. Outdated and/or incomplete applications will be ineligible for consideration. Information must be current not older than a year.

Resume: Your resume must include the following information for each job you list: Job title; Complete Work Place Addresses ; Duties (be as detailed as possible); Month and year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008); Full-time or part-time status, PRN (include hours worked per week) Information must be current not older than a year.

If you fail to submit the required documents, you will be considered ineligible for consideration.


Duties

VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) is a Level 1A major interdisciplinary teaching and tertiary facility with service-lines serving primary care, emergency medicine, medicine, surgery, specialty, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and extended care inpatients and outpatients throughout Oregon and Southwestern Washington. In addition to the two main divisions located in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington, VAPORHCS operates nine community-based outpatient/outreach clinics (CBOC) and is a consulting and referral center for many patient care specialties not offered at other VHA medical centers within VISN20. There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with admissions for medical co-morbidities. VAPORHCS operates a Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) which serves homeless Veterans in downtown Portland. The CRRC has a Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team (HPACT) co-located and offers primary care medical services to homeless and formerly homeless Veterans. Home-Based Primary Care nursing care is also provided throughout the VAPORHCS catchment area.

VAPORHCS received initial Magnet designation in May 2006, re-designation in December 2010, and again in October 2015.

The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) for the Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP) within the VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) Mental Health and Neurosciences Division is a member of a multidisciplinary team providing inpatient services to Veterans with a variety of substance use disorders and comorbid medical and mental health conditions. The primary duty station is located in the RRTP program at the Vancouver Division site.

The LPN for the RRTP functions as a team member under the guidance of the Registered Nurse (RN) and RRTP Nurse Manager. Incumbent must be self-directed and able to function with minimal direction, communicating proactively and effectively with other members of the multidisciplinary team. He/she is responsible for completing clinical reminders and medication reconciliation, providing medical assistive care, and providing administrative support when needed. Demonstrates flexibility in taking assignments and completes a comprehensive system of tasks that are specific to RRTP. The Incumbent must demonstrate the ability to observe, identify, and respond to the patient's needs for nursing care, including, but not limited to, medication administration, patient education, wound care treatments, EKG meter downloading, specimen collection including various urologic and breathalyzer procedures, suture and staple removal, capillary blood glucose testing, equipment assisted care, evaluating for suicide risk, and recognizing deviations from normal including monitoring for signs of substance use and withdrawal. The incumbent is also responsible for patient education, safety protocols including room checks and contraband searches, milieu management activities, and documentation. He/she performs age and culturally appropriate care, uses techniques to appropriately de-escalate disruptive patients, and appropriately participates in emergency response activities. He/she actively contributes to process improvement activities on the unit.

Work Schedule: NIGHTS Thurs-Fri: 10:00 p.m.-08:30 a.m. (Overnight)

Functional Statement Title: FS # 000000, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) GS 3-6. On file with HR.








graph of estimated pay ranges
$40,306

$62,783





Job Details



Application Open Date

2/3/2018



Application Close Date

2/23/2018




Organization

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration



Who May Apply

Internal Employee, Agency Employee, Current Federal Employee, U.S. Citizens



Status

20 Hours




























  • 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.
      Must be a graduate of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State accrediting agency and/or the National League for Nursing at the time the program was completed by the applicant.
      Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
      Must have a full, current, active and unrestricted license as a graduate licensed practical or vocational nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or District of Columbia.
      Must pass a pre-employment examination if selected.

      Preferred Experience:
      GS-06; Mental Health experience preferred.

      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. 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-4: Employees may be appointed at or advanced to GS-4 if they meet any of the criteria below:
      Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or Graduation from an approved school 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.
      GS-5: Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent.
      Demonstrated knowledge and ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems. Works with the RN and/or MD/DO to appropriately orient/train less experienced LPNs/LVNs and/or NAs/HTs in relation to acceptable standards of practice in promoting optimal patient care delivery. Provides effective education to patients and/or family members in relation to common disease processes, medication, and /or prescribed treatment regimes.
      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. Observation and documentation will include patient's response to medication administered and the reporting of any noted change in patient's condition to RN or MD/DO.
      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-6: Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent, fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN/LVN:
      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 5005/3, 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 (ONLINE) and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on02/23/2018.


      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.
      1. 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: 1


      Job Position: CBCA-10129323-18-KD




      VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) is a Level 1A major interdisciplinary teaching and tertiary facility with service-lines serving primary care, emergency medicine, medicine, surgery, specialty, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and extended care inpatients and outpatients throughout Oregon and Southwestern Washington. In addition to the two main divisions located in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington, VAPORHCS operates nine community-based outpatient/outreach clinics (CBOC) and is a consulting and referral center for many patient care specialties not offered at other VHA medical centers within VISN20. There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with admissions for medical co-morbidities. VAPORHCS operates a Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) which serves homeless Veterans in downtown Portland. The CRRC has a Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team (HPACT) co-located and offers primary care medical services to homeless and formerly homeless Veterans. Home-Based Primary Care nursing care is also provided throughout the VAPORHCS catchment area.

      VAPORHCS received initial Magnet designation in May 2006, re-designation in December 2010, and again in October 2015.

      The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) for the Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP) within the VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) Mental Health and Neurosciences Division is a member of a multidisciplinary team providing inpatient services to Veterans with a variety of substance use disorders and comorbid medical and mental health conditions. The primary duty station is located in the RRTP program at the Vancouver Division site.

      The LPN for the RRTP functions as a team member under the guidance of the Registered Nurse (RN) and RRTP Nurse Manager. Incumbent must be self-directed and able to function with minimal direction, communicating proactively and effectively with other members of the multidisciplinary team. He/she is responsible for completing clinical reminders and medication reconciliation, providing medical assistive care, and providing administrative support when needed. Demonstrates flexibility in taking assignments and completes a comprehensive system of tasks that are specific to RRTP. The Incumbent must demonstrate the ability to observe, identify, and respond to the patient's needs for nursing care, including, but not limited to, medication administration, patient education, wound care treatments, EKG meter downloading, specimen collection including various urologic and breathalyzer procedures, suture and staple removal, capillary blood glucose testing, equipment assisted care, evaluating for suicide risk, and recognizing deviations from normal including monitoring for signs of substance use and withdrawal. The incumbent is also responsible for patient education, safety protocols including room checks and contraband searches, milieu management activities, and documentation. He/she performs age and culturally appropriate care, uses techniques to appropriately de-escalate disruptive patients, and appropriately participates in emergency response activities. He/she actively contributes to process improvement activities on the unit.

      Work Schedule: NIGHTS Thurs-Fri: 10:00 p.m.-08:30 a.m. (Overnight)

      Functional Statement Title: FS # 000000, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) GS 3-6. On file with HR.







Categories

  • Healthcare
  • Cardiology
  • Managed Care
  • Nursing - LPN and LVN
  • Neurology
  • Nursing - Management
  • Psychiatry
  • Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation
  • Therapy - Others
  • Wound Care
  • Emergency Medicine

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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