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2017-11-292017-12-29

LPN - Licensed Practical Nurse (Community Living Center)

Charleston, SC

The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is a member of the Community Living Center health care team and accountable for the delivery of quality nursing care. This team member will support the clinical needs of Veterans admitted to long-term, Community Living Center. He/she develops competence to provide care appropriate to adult and geriatric patients in his or her assigned clinical area. This nurse has the knowledge and skills necessary for concentrated effort and with assistance from the registered nurse carries out complex practical nursing care assignments, including assignments for selected psychiatric patients requiring skilled nursing care.

Duties include, but not limited to:

  • Recognized and considers emotional, cultural, spiritual, sociao0-economic, and age related factors in organizing and delivering care
  • Prepares and administers prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous) and perform treatments according to established policies/procedures. Reports medication errors, reactions, and side effects immediately.
  • Adheres to computerized patient record system policies and procedures for administration and data entry for vital signs and other patient information.
  • 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.
  • Serves as a preceptor in orienting, educating and training less experienced LPN's or nurse assistants/health care technicians related to support duties for these more complex, specialized tests/procedures.
  • Troubleshoots common basic equipment problems and appropriately labels and delivers equipment to Biomedical Engineering which is in need of repair.
  • Adaptable to the changing needs of the medical center; accepts changes in work assignments readily, recognizing that changes are often needed in providing patient care.
  • Offers assistance to co-workers when own assignment is complete.
  • Indicates health promotion/prevention activities by completing clinical reminders and providing appropriate patient education.

Work Schedule:3:30pm-12:00am (Midnight), Rotating weekends and Federal Holidays. Overtime, includingweekends and Federal Holidays may be required.

Functional Statement Title/#: Licensed Practical Nurse/534-000000








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$31,823

$47,734





Job Details



Application Open Date

11/18/2017



Application Close Date

12/6/2017




Organization

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration



Who May Apply

United States Citizens



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.

      NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience to recommend the grand and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.



      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:

      Citizenship: Eligible candidates must be a US Citizen. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens, in accordance with VA Policy.
      Licensure: Eligible candidate must possess current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a LPN/LVN in a US State, Commonwealth, Territory, or the District of Columbia.
      Education/Experience: Please refer to the information below.
      Physical Requirements: Eligible candidates must complete a physical examination (as determined by the Employee Health Unit) and maintain the required physical standards required for the position.
      Language Proficiency: Eligible candidates must be proficient in English (both spoken and written) in accordance to VA Policy.

      Preferred Experience: Preferred Experience:2-3 years oflong term care and hospice experience preferred. BLS certification required.

      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: Candidates may be appointed at or advanced to GS-4 if they meet any of the following criteria:
      (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.
      (d) 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: Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent AND
      (a) 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.
      (b) 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.
      (c) 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.
      (d) 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.
      (e) Recognizes and appropriately responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action.
      (f) 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 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 AND
      (a) Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations.
      (b) 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.
      (c) 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.
      (d) 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 reports any deviations from normal to RN or MD/DO.
      (e) 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.
      (f) 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.
      (g) 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.
      (h) 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.
      (i) 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, Appendix G13 - Licensed Practical Nurse or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard, dated 04/10/2003.





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    • 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 Wednesday, December 06, 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.

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  • Additional DetailsOpen Additional Details SectionClose Additional Details Section

    • Series: 0620-Practical Nurse


      Job Pay Type: Per Year


      Job Openings: 1


      Job Position: NZ-18-BLW-2024523-BU




      The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is a member of the Community Living Center health care team and accountable for the delivery of quality nursing care. This team member will support the clinical needs of Veterans admitted to long-term, Community Living Center. He/she develops competence to provide care appropriate to adult and geriatric patients in his or her assigned clinical area. This nurse has the knowledge and skills necessary for concentrated effort and with assistance from the registered nurse carries out complex practical nursing care assignments, including assignments for selected psychiatric patients requiring skilled nursing care.

      Duties include, but not limited to:

      • Recognized and considers emotional, cultural, spiritual, sociao0-economic, and age related factors in organizing and delivering care
      • Prepares and administers prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous) and perform treatments according to established policies/procedures. Reports medication errors, reactions, and side effects immediately.
      • Adheres to computerized patient record system policies and procedures for administration and data entry for vital signs and other patient information.
      • 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.
      • Serves as a preceptor in orienting, educating and training less experienced LPN's or nurse assistants/health care technicians related to support duties for these more complex, specialized tests/procedures.
      • Troubleshoots common basic equipment problems and appropriately labels and delivers equipment to Biomedical Engineering which is in need of repair.
      • Adaptable to the changing needs of the medical center; accepts changes in work assignments readily, recognizing that changes are often needed in providing patient care.
      • Offers assistance to co-workers when own assignment is complete.
      • Indicates health promotion/prevention activities by completing clinical reminders and providing appropriate patient education.

      Work Schedule:3:30pm-12:00am (Midnight), Rotating weekends and Federal Holidays. Overtime, includingweekends and Federal Holidays may be required.

      Functional Statement Title/#: Licensed Practical Nurse/534-000000







Categories

  • Healthcare
  • Cardiology
  • Palliative care
  • Managed Care
  • Nursing - LPN and LVN
  • Operating Room
  • Psychiatry
  • 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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VA Medical Center
Charleston, SC

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