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Licensed Practical Nurse (Geriatrics & Extended Care) Temporary (Nte 1

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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Biloxi , MS 39530

Posted 3 months ago

Duties

Summary

As a Licensed Practical Nurse (Geriatrics & Extended Care) at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System (GCVHCS), Nursing Service, the incumbent serves as member of the health care team providing care and treatment to Veterans. The LPN completes assigned duties and responsibilities, performing non-standard and specialized practical nursing activities, requiring broad work experience and demonstrated skill sufficient to resolve a range of nursing problems.

Responsibilities

Current permanent VA Employees should apply under Announcement CAZR--CH

Duties may include, but are not limited to:
Provides for personal hygiene (bathing, shaving, shampooing hair, skin and mouth care) for assigned patients according to defined procedures.
Feeds and/or encourage diets, nourishments, and fluids to meet nutrition and hydration needs of assigned patients.
Turns, positions, and transfers patients in, to, and from bed, chair, stretchers and escorts patients to appointments as assigned.
Assists in the elimination needs of patient by promoting bowel and bladder evacuation using a bedpan, urinal, external catheter, and cares for established colostomies and indwelling catheters.
Administers and records medications (IM, PO, rectal, topical, subcutaneous), monitors IV's, and performs treatments for patients using medical and/or surgical aseptic techniques, according to defined procedures for oral care, perinea! care, heat and cold applications, bladder catheterization, irrigation of suprapubic catheter, colostomy irrigation, nasogastric tube irrigation, tracheotomy suctioning, enema administration, and application of ointments, lotions, and powders and assists physician or professional nurse with other procedures.
Measures, reports, and/or documents vital parameters of body functions and changes in physical, mental, or behavioral states as indicated.
Collects, tests and/or processes specimens of body excretions and/or secretions according to established procedures.
Cares for, observes, and documents the physical, mental, and behavioral states of patients on special observation in accordance with defined procedure.
Provides patient care, which is appropriate to the cognitive, emotional and chronological maturation needs of the adult and/or geriatric patient.
Work Schedule: 12 hour shift, rotating weekends and holidays are required. Additional information regarding the tour of duty for this position maybe be discussed during the interview process.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

6

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Requirements

Conditions of Employment

You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) is required for all staff providing direct patient care, and police.

Certification is required from an American Heart Association (AHA) or Military Training Network (MTN) approved course.

Qualifications

Current permanent VA Employees should apply under Announcement CAZR--CH

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.
Education: Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State accrediting agency and/or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) at the time the program was completed by the applicant. OR 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 an LPN/LVN licensure will be accepted as meeting the education requirements for VHA employment.
Licensure: 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.
Physical Standards: Licensed Practical Nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must undergo a pre-employment physical as required by VA policies and procedures.
English Language Proficiency: 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). Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements, the following qualification criteria must be met for each grade. The candidate's qualifications must clearly demonstrate the level of competence required for the grade.
GS-3: None beyond the basic requirements.
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.
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 /Health Technicians 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.
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.
GS-6: a. Completion of at least one (1) year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent.
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 RN or 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, Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard.

BLS Requirement: Current certification in Basic Life Support is required for all staff providing direct patient care, and police.

Certification is required from an American Heart Association (AHA) or Military Training Network (MTN) approved course. This certification is a condition of employment. Certification should be considered in a similar manner as licensure is considered for a clinical professional.

Physical Requirements:
This position requires keen visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling and pushing.

Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia and/or psychiatric disorders.

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S.

Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: . If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: .

Additional information

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

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-03 to GS-06.

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.

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 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 .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, rsum, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

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.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Yes

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

VA Form 10-2850c- Application for Associated Health Occupations, BLS Certification by American Heart Association or Military Training Network (MTN), Licensure
Resume
Transcript

VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: .

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

Cover Letter
DD-214
Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
OF-306
VA Form 10-2850c- Application for Associated Health Occupations, BLS Certification by American Heart Association or Military Training Network (MTN), Licensure
Other Veterans Document
Resume
SF-15
SF-50
Transcript

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation.



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Licensed Practical Nurse (Geriatrics & Extended Care) Temporary (Nte 1

Expired Job

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration