This position is open to employees of VA Nationwide. Applicants MUST submit: resume, SF50 and LPN license
Please be aware this is .5 FTE Women's Primary Care and .5 FTE Gynecology with rotating travel between Jamaica Plain and Brockton MA campus.
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The Women's Health Center offers a unique opportunity to join a high performing interdisciplinary team, including Primary Care, Gynecology, Medical-Surgical and Mental Health Teams dedicated to excellence in caring for Women Veterans through preventive health screening; disease management; and; collaboration with colleagues in Mental Health and Medical and Surgical Sub-specialties.
Position Summary:The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) works under the direction of a RN and reports to the Primary Care Nurse Manager. The LPN is a member of the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT). She demonstrates active collaboration and communication with the Teamlet (Patient, Primary Care Provider, RN Care Manager, Clinical Associate and Clerical Associate) and expanded Team (family/caregiver, internal and community-based services and disciplines involved in providing care to the patient). Works in collaboration and partnership with the teamlet for an assigned panel of patients to promote effective prevention or chronic disease management.
The LPN is responsible for observing, recording and reporting changes in the patient's condition, as well as assisting in the development and revision of the patient-driven holistic care plan for life. She provides patient and family health education with a focus on self-management, prevention, and wellness, based on the patient's goals. The LPN participates in the collaboration with services internal and external to the VA to facilitate care transitions that effectively meet the patients' needs and minimize clinical risks.
Work Schedule: Days: Monday through Friday 730-4pm or 8-430pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
NAGE or AFGE bargaining unit depending upon facility/location
This position is covered by a special rate.
Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized
Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.
This position is in the Excepted Service.
Drug Testing Position: 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. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified drug test result is received.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Selectee will be required to complete additional forms to proceed with employment process.
Veterans preference does not apply for other current permanent Federal agency employees
Narrative responses to the knowledge skills and abilities (KSAs) will be required form the selectee in order to proceed with the appointment.
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-3 to GS-6.
76% or greater - You may be expected to travel for this position.
0620 Practical Nurse
Licensed Practical And Licensed Vocational Nurses
Licensed Practical Nurses
Licenses Vocational Nurses
Nurses, Licensed Practical
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated drug testing 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
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Language: Must be proficient in the English language
Licensure: Must have a 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.
Education: Must be a 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.
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 and one year of experience that involved nursing care work in a hospital, outpatient clinic, nursing home, or (d) 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: Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent.
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 NAs/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. However, completion of more complex practices or procedures may be subject to closer higher-level review.
GS-6: Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent, fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN/LVN:
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, Chapter 3, Part II, Appendix G13The 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-3 to GS-6.
Lifting and Carrying up to 45 lbs. (Intermittently)
Straight Pulling and pushing up to 45 lbs.(Intermittently)
Stooping and squatting (Intermittently)
Use of both arms, hands and fingers
Overhead work; both arms (Intermittently)
Prolonged walking and standing (Up to 4 hrs./day)
Sitting (Up to 2 hrs./day)
Far Vision - correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other and Near Vision - correctable to read newsprint at 13 - 16 inches
Ability to distinguish shades of colors
Hearing - ability to hear and understand the spoken voice from a distance of 8 feet.
Emotional and mental stability - ability to effectively perform the essential functions of the position and respond appropriately in emergency situations.
Must be a 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.
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: 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.
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