14 days old
2018-02-062018-03-18

Licensed Practical Nurse

Aspinwall, PA 15215

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 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

Applicants who are NOT Current VA Healthcare System employees should apply under CBCC-10129835-18-CAS.


Duties

The H.J. Heinz Community Living Center is composed of long term care and skilled units with a variety of specialties. The Long Term Care Units of the facility offer long term care to residents with a variety of chronic illnesses. Additionally, residents may be offered rehabilitation, as well as temporary placement if they are unable to return to their homes. The skilled units provide skilled care to residents with acute and chronic medical, as well as surgical diagnoses. The majority of these residents have complex needs requiring skilled nursing assessment and resident monitoring and IV infusions. The CLC also provides palliative and hospice care, offering comfort rather than cure to the residents with extensive disease that is life-limiting. The focus of care is pain control, symptom management and relief of suffering. In addition, nursing staff provide spiritual and emotional support to both residents and families.

  • The LPN, is organizationally and administratively responsible to the Registered Nurse, Assistant Nurse Manager,& Nurse Manager.
  • Uses sound clinical judgment demonstrates the ability to vary the order and sequence of assignments based on patients' conditions and needs.
  • Recognizes deviations from normal and demonstrates the ability to respond to patients' immediate and long term needs.
  • As needed, prepares and administers medications correctly and understands the action and side effects of all medications administered.
  • Performs complex treatments and procedures with exceptional skill and knowledge.
  • Participates in Interdisciplinary Treatment Team meetings to assist in developing rehabilitative treatment goals for patients.
  • As needed, provides escort duties to veterans based on their care needs.
  • Delivers nursing care as needed and directed on any of the floors in the long term care center i.e., emergency situation, staffing shortage, special projects.
  • Applies knowledge of effective verbal interventions and preventative tactics when confronted with an aggressive and potentially assaultive patient.
  • Utilizes knowledge of physical, social and emotional factors when planning patient care and uses this knowledge appropriately in Condition A & C and Code Blue emergencies.
  • Recognizes and initiates life saving measures appropriately in the absence of other members of the health care team.
  • Participates in planning and/or implementation of Condition A & C and Code Blue drills.
  • Assists the professional nurse and allied health professionals in the planning implementation of patient educational and recreational activities.
Work Schedule: Rotating
Financial Discloser Report: LPN Functional Statement
This is a bargaining unit position.
This position is not eligible for telework.
This position does not require a financial agreement.


Although assigned to a primary duty station, you may be requested to perform duty assignments at either the H.J. Heinz Division or University Drive Division of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.






graph of estimated pay ranges
$35,333

$51,614





Job Details



Application Open Date

2/3/2018



Application Close Date

2/26/2018




Organization

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration



Who May Apply

Agency Employees Only - Appearing on USAJOBS



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 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.
      • Proficient in spoken and written English.
      • Current active and unrestricted license to practice as practical or vocational nurse.
      • Graduated from an accredited school of nursing approved by the appropriate state agency and/or the National League for Nursing (NLNAC) or ACEN.
      Preferred Experience:

      Community Living Center - at least 3 years experience in long term care


      Grade Determinations: Grade and Salary will be determined based upon the individual's qualifications and set by the LPN Professional Standards Boards.

      QUALIFICATION STANDARDS

      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:

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

      (b) Graduation from an approved school (which may be waived as provided in paragraph 4 of Section C) 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

      (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.


      References: VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G13. 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 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 02/26/2018 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: 2


      Job Position: CBCC-10129827-18-CAS




      The H.J. Heinz Community Living Center is composed of long term care and skilled units with a variety of specialties. The Long Term Care Units of the facility offer long term care to residents with a variety of chronic illnesses. Additionally, residents may be offered rehabilitation, as well as temporary placement if they are unable to return to their homes. The skilled units provide skilled care to residents with acute and chronic medical, as well as surgical diagnoses. The majority of these residents have complex needs requiring skilled nursing assessment and resident monitoring and IV infusions. The CLC also provides palliative and hospice care, offering comfort rather than cure to the residents with extensive disease that is life-limiting. The focus of care is pain control, symptom management and relief of suffering. In addition, nursing staff provide spiritual and emotional support to both residents and families.

      • The LPN, is organizationally and administratively responsible to the Registered Nurse, Assistant Nurse Manager,& Nurse Manager.
      • Uses sound clinical judgment demonstrates the ability to vary the order and sequence of assignments based on patients' conditions and needs.
      • Recognizes deviations from normal and demonstrates the ability to respond to patients' immediate and long term needs.
      • As needed, prepares and administers medications correctly and understands the action and side effects of all medications administered.
      • Performs complex treatments and procedures with exceptional skill and knowledge.
      • Participates in Interdisciplinary Treatment Team meetings to assist in developing rehabilitative treatment goals for patients.
      • As needed, provides escort duties to veterans based on their care needs.
      • Delivers nursing care as needed and directed on any of the floors in the long term care center i.e., emergency situation, staffing shortage, special projects.
      • Applies knowledge of effective verbal interventions and preventative tactics when confronted with an aggressive and potentially assaultive patient.
      • Utilizes knowledge of physical, social and emotional factors when planning patient care and uses this knowledge appropriately in Condition A & C and Code Blue emergencies.
      • Recognizes and initiates life saving measures appropriately in the absence of other members of the health care team.
      • Participates in planning and/or implementation of Condition A & C and Code Blue drills.
      • Assists the professional nurse and allied health professionals in the planning implementation of patient educational and recreational activities.
      Work Schedule: Rotating
      Financial Discloser Report: LPN Functional Statement
      This is a bargaining unit position.
      This position is not eligible for telework.
      This position does not require a financial agreement.


      Although assigned to a primary duty station, you may be requested to perform duty assignments at either the H.J. Heinz Division or University Drive Division of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.





Categories

  • Healthcare
  • Cardiology
  • Palliative care
  • Managed Care
  • Nursing - LPN and LVN
  • Nursing - Management
  • Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation
  • 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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