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Job Title: Licensed Practical Nurse
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/13/2017
Expire Date: 11/12/2017
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Job Description
Licensed Practical Nurse

This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position.

The Licensed Practical Nurse within this organization is responsible for delivering veteran care in a variety of settings. The incumbent serves as a responsible member of the team and interacts with patients, family members, professional and supportive personnel who provide patient care with members of other services. This LPN will provide direct patient care to patients who need substance abuse and mental health treatment at independent, semi-independent and/or dependent levels of care. Responsibilities Include but are not limited to:

  • Accurately collects data on patients.
  • Administer prescribed medications.
  • Document care accurately.
  • Demonstrate the ability to vary the order and sequence of assignments based on the patient's condition.
  • Recognize and respond appropriately to emergency situations.
  • Perform core and practice-specific competencies as listed on the skills/competency checklist
  • Assisting the provider and clinical team in the data collection and treatment of patients.

  • Taking, documenting, and monitoring vital signs, pain, and physical &/or behavioral changes.

  • Utilize the computerized medical record or paper to document care provided physical and emotional progress/concerns of the patient.

  • Perform procedures such as medication administration, oximetry, breathalyzer, smokelyzer, glucometer reading dressing changes, application of hot/cold packs and injections (subcutaneous, intradermal, intramuscular).

  • Collect or assist with the collection of specimens, properly labels and transport to the Laboratory.

  • Planning and provide therapeutic groups for patients and families

  • Assisting with patient check-in and check-out process and provides support to the clinical team.

NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.The salary will be commensurate with the selectee's training and experience. The Professional Standards Board (a peer review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments.


FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT TITLE / NUMBER: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) / 000000
LOCATION: Duty station #539, Cincinnati, OH Facility (Main Campus). 3200 Vine Street.

Applicants must meet ALL of the Basic Requirements by the closing date of this announcement to be eligible for this Licensed Practical Nurse position at the Cincinnati, OH VA Medical Center.

Basic Requirements:
U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may 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. Exceptions include: 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; Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school.
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: Must meet the physical standard in VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
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 DETERMINATION:

Your starting grade (salary) will be recommended by a professional standards board based on your professional experience.
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.


Definition of qualifying experience is successful nursing practice [as an LPN/LVN,] maintaining acceptable standards within a health care setting under the direction of a registered nurse [(RN)] or physician [(MD/DO)]. This may include experience as a GPN [or GVN] (graduate practical [or vocational] nurse) provided the candidate was utilized as a practical or vocational nurse and passed the State licensure examination on the first attempt.

Experience: 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.

GS-6. Requires at least 1 year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent and fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN. In addition the following criteria must be met:

  • 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 observe, identify and respond to the patient's needs for care, including medication, equipment-assisted care and patient/family education.
  • Prepare and administer 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.
  • Establish constructive relationships with individual patients and their families to elicit feelings and attitudes, and to promote positive relationships, communication and socialization skills.
  • 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.
  • Actively seek out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge gained with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice.

Preferred Experience includes:

  • Psychiatric or Chemical Dependency nursing experience.
  • Training and use with Omnicell Medication unit or Avitar medication unit

Applicants Note: Please be detailed in your resume and any additional documentation you provide. Grade and Step are determined by a Professional Standards Board made up of Licensed Practical Nurses.

Basic Requirements for an LPN can be found in: VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G13, LICENSED PRACTICAL OR VOCATIONAL NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated April 10, 2003.

Physical Requirements: The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. The VA Medical Center is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical, and neurological inpatients and outpatients. There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with admissions for medical co-morbidities. This position requires 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 put on protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Able to complete all levels of the Preventive Management of Disruptive Behavior (PMDB) training as appropriate to the role.


Designated Drug-Testing Position: 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. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes the following required documents below.

REQUIRED FORMS:

  • CV or Resume - Your resume MUST indicate (1) how to contact you, (2) descriptions of jobs held, including the name and address of employer, job title, detailed description of duties, beginning and ending date (month/year) of employment, average hours worked per week, and supervisors name and phone number, (3) education, including name and location of college, dates attended, and type and date of any degree earned, (4) license/certifications including title, state issued, license or certification number, date issued, and expiration date. Please note: Description of duties must be sufficiently detailed to document the level of experience. Although not mandatory, if the position is (was) with the Federal government, either military or civilian, you should state the series and grade or pay grade (rank) and the date of last promotion.
  • Notification of Personnel Action - SF 50. If you are a current federal employee - Be sure to include a copy of your latest SF-50 which documents a personnel action other than an Award.
  • DD214- Ifyou are a Veteran please upload a clear copy of your DD214.
  • Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

OTHER FORMS

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Federal forms can be accessed on websites www.va.gov/vaforms and www.opm

Applicants CANNOT be contacted for any required documents listed above.

Applicants who submit INCOMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGESwill receive a rating of INELIGIBLE.

Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, erroneous fax transmissions, etc.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 2002341.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

Qualifications & Requirements

Applicants must meet ALL of the Basic Requirements by the closing date of this announcement to be eligible for this Licensed Practical Nurse position at the Cincinnati, OH VA Medical Center.

Basic Requirements:
U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may 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. Exceptions include: 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; Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school.
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: Must meet the physical standard in VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
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 DETERMINATION:

Your starting grade (salary) will be recommended by a professional standards board based on your professional experience.
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.


Definition of qualifying experience is successful nursing practice [as an LPN/LVN,] maintaining acceptable standards within a health care setting under the direction of a registered nurse [(RN)] or physician [(MD/DO)]. This may include experience as a GPN [or GVN] (graduate practical [or vocational] nurse) provided the candidate was utilized as a practical or vocational nurse and passed the State licensure examination on the first attempt.

Experience: 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.

GS-6. Requires at least 1 year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent and fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN. In addition the following criteria must be met:

  • 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 observe, identify and respond to the patient's needs for care, including medication, equipment-assisted care and patient/family education.
  • Prepare and administer 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.
  • Establish constructive relationships with individual patients and their families to elicit feelings and attitudes, and to promote positive relationships, communication and socialization skills.
  • 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.
  • Actively seek out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge gained with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice.

Preferred Experience includes:

  • Psychiatric or Chemical Dependency nursing experience.
  • Training and use with Omnicell Medication unit or Avitar medication unit

Applicants Note: Please be detailed in your resume and any additional documentation you provide. Grade and Step are determined by a Professional Standards Board made up of Licensed Practical Nurses.

Basic Requirements for an LPN can be found in: VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G13, LICENSED PRACTICAL OR VOCATIONAL NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated April 10, 2003.

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