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2017-11-282018-01-11

PRACTICAL NURSE - 2 West Medical Oncology Unit

Seattle, WA

2 West is a 25-bed inpatient unit that provides medical care and specializes in oncology care (solid tumors, leukemia and lymphoma and bone marrow transplant overflow). The average length of stay is less than one week for medical patients and three to five days for oncology inpatients. The average age group ranges from 40-70 years, primarily males. Patient populations include individuals with acute and/or chronic health conditions or change in mental status; these conditions negatively influence normal individual functioning.

The LPN must demonstrate the ability to serve as a responsible member of the nursing care team and interact with patients, family members, professionals and other supportive staff. Completed work is under the general supervision of an RN or MD/DO.



Duties include but are not limited to:

Delivers care to patients in a respectful non-judgmental manner and according to Patient Care Plan
Demonstrates understanding of age - and population - specific characteristics that affect the health care needs of the veteran.
Performs aspects of admission /discharge procedures as directed
Collects patient data including observations of patient status.
Accurately reports patient/client information.
Recognizes subtle and significant changes in the patient in response to nursing care. Promptly recognizes urgent or emergent patient care situations, seeks assistance and effectively intervenes as directed when appropriate.
Communicates changes in patient condition/response to nursing care.
Organizes/ prioritizes routine and non-routine nursing care activities
Provides care to patients/clients appropriate to their cognitive, physical, emotional and chronological maturation.
Accurately documents and retrieves patient/clinical information using CPRS.
Provides effective education to patients and/or family members in relation to common disease processes, medications, and/or prescribed diagnostic and/or treatment regimes, as directed.
Adheres to standards of practice and safe technique in preparation and administration of medicine, documents administration in BCMA. Observes patient for adverse effects from medication and reports to the team RN.

Work Schedule: evening shift (1530-2400), nights (2400-0800)








graph of estimated pay ranges
$46,752

$66,189





Job Details



Application Open Date

10/26/2017



Application Close Date

12/29/2017




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 experience on an acute care hospital unit

      Grade Determinations: In addition to the Basic Requirements you must meet one of the following grade requirements:
      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: Must have completed at least (6) six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN.
      OR
      GS-4: Must have graduated from an approved school and have (1) 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
      GS-4: Must have graduated 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: Must have completed at least (1) one year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent that has included:
      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.
      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.
      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. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS 2 to 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 12/29/2017 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: CBBY-10070853-18-RET




      2 West is a 25-bed inpatient unit that provides medical care and specializes in oncology care (solid tumors, leukemia and lymphoma and bone marrow transplant overflow). The average length of stay is less than one week for medical patients and three to five days for oncology inpatients. The average age group ranges from 40-70 years, primarily males. Patient populations include individuals with acute and/or chronic health conditions or change in mental status; these conditions negatively influence normal individual functioning.

      The LPN must demonstrate the ability to serve as a responsible member of the nursing care team and interact with patients, family members, professionals and other supportive staff. Completed work is under the general supervision of an RN or MD/DO.



      Duties include but are not limited to:

      Delivers care to patients in a respectful non-judgmental manner and according to Patient Care Plan
      Demonstrates understanding of age - and population - specific characteristics that affect the health care needs of the veteran.
      Performs aspects of admission /discharge procedures as directed
      Collects patient data including observations of patient status.
      Accurately reports patient/client information.
      Recognizes subtle and significant changes in the patient in response to nursing care. Promptly recognizes urgent or emergent patient care situations, seeks assistance and effectively intervenes as directed when appropriate.
      Communicates changes in patient condition/response to nursing care.
      Organizes/ prioritizes routine and non-routine nursing care activities
      Provides care to patients/clients appropriate to their cognitive, physical, emotional and chronological maturation.
      Accurately documents and retrieves patient/clinical information using CPRS.
      Provides effective education to patients and/or family members in relation to common disease processes, medications, and/or prescribed diagnostic and/or treatment regimes, as directed.
      Adheres to standards of practice and safe technique in preparation and administration of medicine, documents administration in BCMA. Observes patient for adverse effects from medication and reports to the team RN.

      Work Schedule: evening shift (1530-2400), nights (2400-0800)







Categories

  • Healthcare
  • Cardiology
  • Managed Care
  • Nursing - LPN and LVN
  • Oncology
  • 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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Seattle, WA

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