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Licensed Practical Nurse-Ambulatory Care

Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Athens
Posted on: May 7, 2021

Job Description:

SummaryThis is an open continuous announcement; applicants will be reviewed and referred on a bi-weekly basis; the announcement will remain open until the position is filled. The first cut-off for consideration will be February 12,2021.This vacancy will be used to fill Licensed Practical Nurse positions within various areas of Ambulatory Care (Athens/Aiken CBOC, Medicine Clinic & Patient Aligned Care Team-PACT)Learn more about this agency ResponsibilitiesFinancial Disclosure Report: Not requiredAmbulatory Care - Medicine Clinic Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:30pmDuties:- Work as part of RN/LPN care team- Respond to secure messages- Perform vital signs and record- Competence with EKG, taking blood for glucometer, obtain lab specimen, diabetic foot screening, screening of patients as needed, simple dressing change- Assist Providers with procedures - Conduct non-complex phone calls backs/follow-upsPreferred Experience: 1-2 years full time clinical experience as a LPN in Medical/ Surgical setting, ED, Urgent Care or Primary Care preferred. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular competencies to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Qualifying specialized experience for this position (which should be documented on your resume).Athens/Aiken Duties:Ambulatory Care - Athens/Aiken Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC)Work Schedule: 8:00am-4:30pmAssist Primary Care Provider with proceduresCompetence with EKG, taking blood for glucometer, obtain lab specimen, diabetic foot screening, administration of vaccinations, providing patient education regarding tobacco use, weight monitoring, screening of patients as needed, simple dressing change.May be assigned to cross cover in other clinical areas within his/her competency level. Stocking of rooms, ordering of supplies, maintains and uses oxygen equipment Conduct non-complex phone call-backs/ follow-upsPerform vital signs and recordConduct clinical reminders and equipment checksPreferred Experience: 1-2 years full time clinical experience as a LPN in Medical/ Surgical setting, ED, Urgent Care or Primary Care preferred An understanding of clinical reminders and performance measures are preferred; Computer literate (knowledge of CPRS/ Outlook; Excel spreadsheets a must) ; Flexible, customer service friendly and have the ability to multi task; He/ she must be able to adapt quickly to change beyond the traditional role assignment and work with administrative and interdisciplinary team members.PACT Duties:Ambulatory Care - PACT (Patient Aligned Care Team)Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am-5:00pm, some extended weeks of 4-nine hour days and a 4 hour SaturdayProficient in performing EKG, glucometer use, collecting lab specimens, diabetic foot screening, administration of vaccinations.Provide patient education regarding ambulatory sensitive conditions.Provide patient education regarding ambulatory sensitive conditions, screening of patients as needed, simple dressing changes.Demonstrate evidence-based behaviors that positively influence patient outcomes and team experience.Proficient use of Microsoft programs; Outlook, Word, and Excel.Preferred Experience: A minimum of 5 years Primary Care or Direct Acute Care experience.Travel Required Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.Supervisory status No Promotion Potential 6 Job family (Series) 0620 Practical Nurse Similar jobs Licensed Practical And Licensed Vocational Nurses Licensed Practical Nurses Licenses Vocational Nurses Lpns Lvns Nurses, Licensed Practical Help Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job Designated and/or random drug testing may be 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 Qualifications Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.Basic Requirements:United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.Must be a graduate of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State accrediting agency and/or the National League for Nursing at the time the program was completed by the applicant.Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).Must have a full, current, active and unrestricted license as a graduate licensed practical or vocational nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or District of Columbia.Must pass a pre-employment examination if selected.Grade Determinations: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-4if they meet any of the criteria below:--- 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-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-5LPN/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 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G-13 Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.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-6The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments. For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policyPhysical Requirements: 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 don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. Education 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. Additional informationThis job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.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.Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Read more How You Will Be EvaluatedYou will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, rsum, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.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. Read more Background checks and security clearanceSecurity clearance Other Drug test required Yes Position sensitivity and risk Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk Trust determination process Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness Help Required DocumentsTo apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:ResumeVA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850==Search. If selected, will be required to submitThe following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.Cover LetterDD-214/ Statement of ServiceDisability Letter (VA)LicensePerformance AppraisalProfessional CertificationProof of Marriage StatusResumeSeparation Notice (RIF)SF-15SF-50/ Notification of Personnel ActionTranscriptVeterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx. If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. Help BenefitsA career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits. Review our benefits Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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