Department Of Veterans Affairs
Gainesville , FL 32601
Posted 2 months ago
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* VideosVideos * DutiesHelpDutiesSummaryWe are looking for an experience in mental health, experience in working with Veterans in the community and/or home setting. Experience working with an interdisciplinary team. Must be able to safely operate a GSA vehicle and be able to transport patents when needed.Learn more about this agencyResponsibilitiesThe Licensed Practical Nurse, HUD - VA Supported Housing Program (HUD-VASH), is a direct care provider who has the technical proficiency and excellent observational skills necessary for initiating, performing, and completing assigned duties in delivering comprehensive practical nursing care to a clinically and psychosocially complex population of homeless Veterans of the North Florida / South Georgia Veterans Health System, and will support the provision of care by other clinicians in the Community Care Section.Key responsibilities include: * Utilizes judgement in selecting the appropriate order and sequence of procedures and treatments. * Observes, identifies, and responds to patients' needs for care, including medication and equipment-assisted care, and recognizes deviations from normal. * Performs, reports, and records assigned nursing care in the HUD-VASH program. * Observes, identifies, and responds to patient/family education needs, and teaches in accordance with current clinical practice standards.Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:* Knowledge and ability to appropriately carry out assigned patient care based on the patient's conditions; to use judgement 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, advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP), or physician (MD/DO) for appropriateness and conformity with established policies/procedures. * Technically proficient in initiating, performing, and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations. * Ability to prepare and administer prescribed medications and treatments according to established policies/procedures. Skill in identification of 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, ARNP, or MD. * Knowledge and ability to recognize urgent or emergent patient care situations, seek assistance of the RN, ARNP, and/or MD, 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. * Knowledge and skill in performing duties for complex diagnostic test 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, education, and training less experienced LPNs related to support duties for these more complex, specialized tests/procedures.Work Schedule: Monday- Friday 8am-4:30pmPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Practical Nurse/PD000000Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredTravel RequiredNot requiredSupervisory statusNoPromotion Potential6* Job family (Series)0620 Practical NurseSimilar jobs * Licensed Practical And Licensed Vocational Nurses * Licensed Practical Nurses * Licenses Vocational Nurses * Lpns * Lvns * Nurses, Licensed Practical * RequirementsHelpRequirementsConditions of Employment * You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job * All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. * 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 * Participation in the seasonal influenza and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination programs are requirements for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)* Drug test positionQualificationsBasic Requirements:
United States Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (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 agency and/or accredited by 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 which is accepted by the licensing body in the jurisdiction in which the individual is licensed as qualifying for full LPN/LVN licensure; or Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school.Licensure: Candidates must be currently licensed to practice as practical or vocational nurse in a state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia, and must possess current, full active and unrestricted license registration of said license.English Language Proficiency: Applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 USC 7402(d) and 7407 (d). (No person that is not proficient in spoken and written English will be appointed under authority of 38 USC Chapter 73 or 74 to serve in a direct patient-care capacity.)GS-03: None beyond the basic requirements listed aboveGS-04:Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; OR 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 Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.GS-05:Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-04 level or equivalent AND* 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. * 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.GS- 6:Completion of at least one (1) year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-05 level or equivalent, fully meeting all performance requirements for the LPN/LVN.AND* 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 * Ability 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 practiceReferences: VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G13, License Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standards, dated April 10, 2003.Physical Requirements:
Must be able to perform work that requires frequent walking, bending, lifting of 45 pounds or more, stooping, reaching, stretching, and similar activities supporting various weights. Is subject to exposure to communicable diseases, biohazard materials and sharps. Observance of standard hand washing techniques and the use of personal protective equipment such as, but not limited to, gloves and protective clothing are requiredEducationIMPORTANT: 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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.