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Licensed Practical Nurse (PACT)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs | Huntsville, Alabama
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Thispositionis located in Primary Care Service at Birmingham VA Medical Center with assignment to theHuntsville CommunityBased Outpatient Clinic (CBOC).

The LPN is responsible and accountable for providing nursing care to individual and groups of patients for an aging, adult population. The incumbent must demonstrate good clinical practice, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. The LPN appropriately seeks assistance and guidance by informing the RN or the medical provider of changes in the patient"s condition requiring a higher level of intervention. He/ she 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. The LPN is a member of a core team consisting of the Patient, Primary Care Provider, RN Care Manager, and Medical Support Assistant. The incumbent is also a part of the expanded team consisting of family/ caregiver, internal and community based services involved in providing care to the patient. The PACT support team will assist with delivery of comprehensive primary care and gender specific specialty care through traditional modalities of care as well as via Tele-health and shared medical appointments. The team will also assist the clinic and Women"s Health Program with care coordination, performance/quality initiatives, implementation of best practices and pilot projects, and training of primary care staff, medical residents and nursing students.The incumbent will complete other duties as assigned. The incumbent may be assigned and required to travel and work at various CBOCs as needed and work extended clinic hours as needed. The LPN position is clinically and administratively responsible to the Nurse Manager of Primary Care.

Preferred Experience:

Three (3) years of Ambulatory Care experience is preferred.

Current BCLS certification

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written).

Demonstrated ability to be dependable, self-directed, and flexible, including flexibility in assignment and

time scheduling.

Internal employees will be reassigned at their current grade and step.

Work Schedule: Varies: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm, with occasional Saturdays.

Functional Statement Title/#: Licensed Practical Nurse (PACT) FS #152, 153, 154, 155

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are notauthorized for this position.

Citizenship: Must be a citizen of the United States.

Education: 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. Exceptions include: (1) 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. (2) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) employees who were converted to appointments under 38 U.S.C. 7401(3) in implementation of Public Law 98-160, enacted November 21, 1983, and for VHA employees converted to appointments under 38 U.S.C. 7405 in implementation of Public Law 99-576, enacted October 28, 1986; and for their future personnel actions under this authority. The waiver will not apply to persons appointed under 38 U.S.C. 7401(3) or 7405 after these conversions. (3) Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school.

(1) 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.

2) VHA employees who were converted to appointments under 38 U.S.C. 7401(3) in implementation of Public Law 98-160, enacted November 21, 1983, and for VHA employees converted to appointments under 38 U.S.C. 7405 in implementation of Public Law 99-576, enacted October 28, 1986; and for their future personnel actions under this authority. The waiver will not apply to persons appointed under 38 U.S.C. 7401(3) or 7405 after these conversions.

(3) Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school.

Certification: Possess 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.

Licensure: Current, full, active, and unrestricted licensed practical or vocational nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or District of Columbia. an LPN/LVN who has or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions in chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16 of VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G.

English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

GS-6 Completion of at least one (1) year of additional 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.

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.

Physical Requirements: Satisfactory physical examination as determined by the Employee Health Unit upon appointment only. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019 http://vaww1.va.gov/ohrm/HRLibrary/Dir-Policy.htm?, Functional requirements include light lifting under 15 lbs., light carrying 15-44 lbs., walking and standing and standing for up to 8 hours, use of rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, ability to read type written characters (glasses permitted), ability to hear the whispered voice (hearing aid permitted), repeated bending for up to 8 hours, etc.

The following documents are also required:

  1. REQUIRED: Résumé/ CV. Your resume or CV should include the vacancy announcement information and personal information including: current/ prior Federal service information, education information, work experience which includes job title, duties, and responsibilities, employer"s name and address, supervisor"s name and telephone number, starting and ending dates of employment, hours worked per week, and salary. Please indicate whether your supervisor(s) can be contacted.
  2. REQUIRED:VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf).
  3. REQUIRED: If you are a current or former federal employee, you must submit your most recent SF 50 (Notification of Personnel Action)
  4. REQUIRED : Responses to the occupational questionnaire.
  5. REQUIRED: Unofficial copy of your transcript.
  6. REQUIRED: If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf ).

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:


*Cover Letter
*DD-214
*Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
*OF-306
*Other(VA Form 10-2850C Application for Associated Health Occupations)
*Other Veterans Document
*SF-15
*SF-50
*Transcript

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).

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.

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 review the information for disabled Veterans in the applicationchecklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

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 1759176.

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.


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Citizenship:  Must be a citizen of the United States.

Education:  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.   Exceptions include: (1) 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. (2) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) employees who were converted to appointments under 38 U.S.C. 7401(3) in implementation of Public Law 98-160, enacted November 21, 1983, and for VHA employees converted to appointments under 38 U.S.C. 7405 in implementation of Public Law 99-576, enacted October 28, 1986; and for their future personnel actions under this authority. The waiver will not apply to persons appointed under 38 U.S.C. 7401(3) or 7405 after these conversions. (3) Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school. 

(1)   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.

2)   VHA employees who were converted to appointments under 38 U.S.C. 7401(3) in implementation of Public Law 98-160, enacted November 21, 1983, and for VHA employees converted to appointments under 38 U.S.C. 7405 in implementation of Public Law 99-576, enacted October 28, 1986; and for their future personnel actions under this authority. The waiver will not apply to persons appointed under 38 U.S.C. 7401(3) or 7405 after these conversions.

(3)   Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school.

Certification:  Possess 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.

Licensure: Current, full, active, and unrestricted licensed practical or vocational nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or District of Columbia.  an LPN/LVN who has or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions in chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16 of VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G.

English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

 

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

GS-6 Completion of at least one (1) year of additional 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.

 

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.

 

 

About U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

To be eligibile candidates must: 

  • have graduated with a baccalaureate degree from a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant: The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 

  • have successfully passed the NCLEX-RN exam and hold an active, unrestricted license by the start of the program, but have no RN experience. 

  • be able to work full time on day shift with preceptors and mentors.

  • sign a statement of commitment. 

  • have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

  • Send cover letter & resume to Cynthia.Golden2@va.gov.

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