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Employment Type:
Full time
Posted:
6/6/2019
Job Category:
Nursing
Licensed Practical Nurse
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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.

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Responsibilities

The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) functions as a member of the team assigned. Observes for and reports physiological and/or psychological deviations in acutely or chronically ill patients. Incumbent demonstrates basic knowledge in nursing care procedures and basic care of the acutely ill and chronic patients in the various units. Charts pertinent data regarding the patient's condition such as progress of patient's condition, procedures performed, and medications given. Interviews patients to obtain information and/or communicate data regarding the patient. Incumbent initiates patient teaching regarding procedures, tests, medications, specimen collection, ambulatory aides, or care to be delivered in the hospital or at home. Identifies educational needs of patients and reinforces education that the patient has received. Recognizes medical and/or surgical emergencies and initiates appropriate response. Administers medication, including IVPB drugs per policy, and assesses the need for and administers PRN medications.

Work Schedule: Various

Functional Statement Title/#: Licensed Practical Nurse/000000.

Location: This position is located at the Memphis VA Medical Center, 1030 Jefferson Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104

Physical Requirements: Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs); Straight Pulling (up to 2 hours); Pushing (up to 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Walking (up to 8 hours); Standing (up to 8 hours); Repeated bending (up to 4 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors.

Participation in seasonal influenza program may be required.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

6


* Job family (Series)

0620 Practical Nurse

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* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* Must pass pre-employment examination
* Must be proficient in written and spoken English
* Designated Drug Testing required
* Background and-or Security Investigation required
* Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

U.S. Citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

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).

Licensure. Full, active, current and unrestricted licensure as a licensed practical or vocational nurse in a State, Territory or Common wealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or District of Columbia.

Education. Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State Board agency and/or [accredited by] the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) [formerly the Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)] at the time the program was completed by the applicant. 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.

Grade Determinations:

GS-3: (Entry Level) 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:

(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; OR (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. AND Demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

(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 (Full Performance Level)

(a) Completion of at least one (1) year of qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent, fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN/LVN; AND demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

(b) Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations.VA HANDBOOK 5005/3 APRIL 10,2003 PART II APPENDIX G13 II-G13-4

(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 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 patients 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, Qualification Standard, This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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.

About Department Of Veterans Affairs

Company Description

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is the nation’s largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system. We are responsible for providing care to more than 7.9 million Veterans and their family members, from those who served in World War II to those currently returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Meeting the needs of these individuals requires the efforts of nearly 250,000 full-time employees and 90,000 health professional trainees working at more than 1,400 sites of care across the nation, all committed to providing our nation’s Veterans with the high-quality health care that they deserve.

Company History

For centuries, the tradition of providing care for the warrior has been a prominent feature of Native American culture. Serving those who served is also at the heart of VA’s mission, which makes Native Americans the ideal candidates for health care positions at VA. For Native American health care professionals at VA, a career caring for our nation’s Veterans is more than a job; it’s an extension of their heritage.

That’s why we are actively seeking Native American doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other allied health practitioners to help us achieve our mission of providing high-quality care to our nation’s Veterans. By incorporating their proud heritage with medicine, Native American health care professionals can make a positive impact not only on the lives of Native American Veterans but all Veterans.

Working Here

A career at VA allows employees to have unmatched control over their lives and career paths while performing a job that’s truly worthwhile. At VA, we take care of our employees as well as we take care of our Veterans. In return for their dedication to providing Veterans with exceptional patient care, they receive competitive salaries, superior benefits, flexible schedules and one of the most comprehensive education support programs in the nation. Our Veterans deserve only the best, and we take great pride in attracting and maintaining a superior workforce capable of providing the exceptional patient care for which we are known.