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2017-11-282017-12-29

Licensed Practical Nurse (SSC)

Ann Arbor, MI

The Ambulatory Care LPN will be assigned to various Sub-Specialty Clinics. The LPN will be assigned to a varied group of specialty clinics. Some of the Clinics the incumbent would typically be assigned to, but are not limited to, are: Cardiology, Renal, Arthritis, General Surgery, Pain and Sleep clinic. The incumbent is responsible for RME and other equipment (stainless steel surgical instruments) specific to their clinic assignment, and for cleaning non-reusable medical equipment between patients per standard operating procedures. The incumbent is under the supervision of an RN and/or MD/DO/OD.The LPN provides technical nursing care to adult and geriatric patients.
1. Makes astute observations and thoroughly documents care and the patient's response. Appropriately seeks assistance and guidance by informing RN or medical provider of changes in the patient's condition requiring higher-level intervention. Participates in prioritizing and as appropriate, modifying patient care treatment.
2. Performs assigned nursing care responsibilities requiring the use of advance equipment, technology, or knowledge in procedures performed in the Sub-Specialty Clinics including but not limited to:
a.Documenting obtained Vital Signs including pulse, blood pressure, respirations, temperature, pain level
b.Completes clinical reminders for preventive health screening including mental health screening
c. Takes appropriate actions for positive reminders
d. Perform diabetic foot screening including visual screening, pulses and sensation

e. Pulses: apical, carotid, pedal
f. Height/weight.
g. Administers influenza, pneumococcal and tetanus vaccinations per protocol.

h.Refers patients to appropriate resources including social work, dietitian, speech pathology, SAC, smoking cessation and physical and occupational therapy after screening,
i. Glucometer measurements
j. Neurological vital signs
k. Performing EKG
l. Performing pulse oximetry, bladder scanning, post void residual
m.Set up and administration of Oxygen therapy
n.Adheres to standards of practice and safe technique in preparation and administration of
medication
o.Procures sterile and non-sterile specimen collection
p. Applies elastic bandage, hose, and 4 layer compression application.
q. Applies hot and cold non-sterile compresses
r. Performs sterile dressings and irrigations
s.Completes encounter forms
t.Appropriately responds to and completes view alerts.
u.Recognizes and successfully cares for patients of different ages, including young adult,

Preferred Experience: Specialty clinic experience preferred, but not necessary

Tour of Duty: 7:30a; 8:00a-4:30p; 8:30a-5:00p








graph of estimated pay ranges
$33,164

$50,917





Job Details



Application Open Date

3/1/2017



Application Close Date

11/30/2017




Organization

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration



Who May Apply

Open to current permanent employees of the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and VA Nationwide employees.



Status

Full Time




























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    • It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.


      Patient Centered care is our approach to delivering healthcare to our Veterans. This philosophy gives patients and their families the chance to work closely with their healthcare providers to create more personalized care plans. Patient-centered care also considers the Veterans' personal preferences and values, family situations, cultural traditions, and lifestyles; it keeps them informed and engaged throughout their treatment. The Veteran and family members become key members of the healthcare team and are active participants in making healthcare decisions.

      This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

      Probationary Period: You may be required to complete a 1 year probationary period.

      Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

      Equal Employment Opportunity: Actions to fill this position will not be based on discriminatory factors such as sex, race, color, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, physical handicap, age, gender identity, or expression, which are prohibited by law.

      Reasonable Accommodations: Department of Veterans Affairs provides reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees with disabilities. Reasonable accommodation decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.

      Credentialing and Privileging: Any registered, and certified health care providers appointed to a Veterans Health Administration Medical Center must, upon acceptance of an employment offer from Human Resources, enter their employment history, education history, and all licensure/certification/registration information through the internet-based credentialing system (VetPro). VetPro ensures the consistency of the credentialing process for all employees and provides a reliable electronic data bank of health care provider credentials. This system is used nationwide by all VHA healthcare facilities in an effort to maximize patient safety. This prerequisite must be initiated after an employment offer has been extended. Employment commencement dates will be contingent upon the completion and approval of the VetPro credentialing/verification process.

      Interviews: Any interviews that may be conducted for this position will use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process. Further information is available at www.va.gov/pbi.

      Note: Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

      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.
      • Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing.
      • 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.
      • Licensed practical or vocational nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in both spoken and written English.

      NOTE: 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; religious; 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:

      NOTE: To and From dates on your resume MUST be in MM/YYYY format, MUST include number of hours worked per week, and you MUST indicate Full or Part time status. Failure to include this information will result an ineligible rating for not being able to compute specialized experience.

      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:

      a) Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or

      b) 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

      c) 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-5:

      a) Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent.

      b) 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 Nursing Assistants (NAs)/Health Technicians (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.]

      c) 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.

      d) 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.

      e) 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.

      f) Recognizes and appropriately responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action.

      g) 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:

      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.

      IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

      Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G13, Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification





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    • Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at The Benefits of Working for VA.

      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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.





  • 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 theView 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 Thursday, November 30, 2017to 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: 5


      Job Position: AD-17-TM-1920705-BU




      The Ambulatory Care LPN will be assigned to various Sub-Specialty Clinics. The LPN will be assigned to a varied group of specialty clinics. Some of the Clinics the incumbent would typically be assigned to, but are not limited to, are: Cardiology, Renal, Arthritis, General Surgery, Pain and Sleep clinic. The incumbent is responsible for RME and other equipment (stainless steel surgical instruments) specific to their clinic assignment, and for cleaning non-reusable medical equipment between patients per standard operating procedures. The incumbent is under the supervision of an RN and/or MD/DO/OD.The LPN provides technical nursing care to adult and geriatric patients.
      1. Makes astute observations and thoroughly documents care and the patient's response. Appropriately seeks assistance and guidance by informing RN or medical provider of changes in the patient's condition requiring higher-level intervention. Participates in prioritizing and as appropriate, modifying patient care treatment.
      2. Performs assigned nursing care responsibilities requiring the use of advance equipment, technology, or knowledge in procedures performed in the Sub-Specialty Clinics including but not limited to:
      a.Documenting obtained Vital Signs including pulse, blood pressure, respirations, temperature, pain level
      b.Completes clinical reminders for preventive health screening including mental health screening
      c. Takes appropriate actions for positive reminders
      d. Perform diabetic foot screening including visual screening, pulses and sensation

      e. Pulses: apical, carotid, pedal
      f. Height/weight.
      g. Administers influenza, pneumococcal and tetanus vaccinations per protocol.

      h.Refers patients to appropriate resources including social work, dietitian, speech pathology, SAC, smoking cessation and physical and occupational therapy after screening,
      i. Glucometer measurements
      j. Neurological vital signs
      k. Performing EKG
      l. Performing pulse oximetry, bladder scanning, post void residual
      m.Set up and administration of Oxygen therapy
      n.Adheres to standards of practice and safe technique in preparation and administration of
      medication
      o.Procures sterile and non-sterile specimen collection
      p. Applies elastic bandage, hose, and 4 layer compression application.
      q. Applies hot and cold non-sterile compresses
      r. Performs sterile dressings and irrigations
      s.Completes encounter forms
      t.Appropriately responds to and completes view alerts.
      u.Recognizes and successfully cares for patients of different ages, including young adult,

      Preferred Experience: Specialty clinic experience preferred, but not necessary

      Tour of Duty: 7:30a; 8:00a-4:30p; 8:30a-5:00p







Categories

  • Healthcare
  • Cardiology
  • Managed Care
  • Nursing - LPN and LVN
  • Therapy - Others
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Nursing support

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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