This is an external job announcement. Non-current permanent Columbus VA Medical Center employees, current permanent VA employees from another facility, and current permanent employees from another Federal Agency MUST apply under this announcement. An internal announcement will open with the announcement number CBSR-11448876-22-MDR. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/30/2022. Basic Requirements: Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. Education: Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State agency and/or accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), previously known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) at the time the program was completed by the applicant. Verification can be obtained from the State approving agency or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), previously known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10006. Additional information may also be obtained from the ACEN Website. 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. 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. 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. English Language Proficiency. Licensed practical or vocational nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in both spoken and written English. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met. GS-03: Experience and Education. None beyond the basic requirements. GS-04: Experience. Six months of qualifying experience as a LPN or LVN. OR Experience and Education. 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 Education. Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration. 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-05: You may qualify based on your experience or education as described below: Experience. Completion of at least one year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent and fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-4 LPN/LVN. You will be rated on the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA's) based on your application for this position. Please make sure that each is addressed in detail in the body of your resume. For the FULL list of KSA's used for qualifications please refer to: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II Appendix G13, Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard GS-06: You may qualify based on your experience or education as described below: Experience. Completion of at least one year of qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent and fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN/LVN. You will be rated on the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA's) based on your application for this position. Please make sure that each is addressed in detail in the body of your resume. For the FULL list of KSA's used for qualifications please refer to: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II Appendix G13, Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II Appendix G13, Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-04 to GS-06. Physical Requirements: 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. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. 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. If required as a condition of employment, the incumbent must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing. The incumbent who provides care in home settings or other off-site locations may be required to drive and/or ride in GSA-vehicles. ["This is an open and continuous announcement which will be used to fill Licensed Practical Nurse positions in the Primary Care Service at the Columbus VA Medical Center. The presence of a location on this announcement does not necessarily indicate a current vacancy. Applications will be reviewed and referred upon request from the service as vacancies arise.\nThe LPN provides nursing care, requiring the application of basic knowledge of the biological, physical, behavioral, social and nursing sciences, to groups and individuals. Duties include but are not limited to: Performs assigned technical procedures; e.g., weights, blood pressures, pulse, temperatures, and the like. Prepares and administers medications, as outlined in policy and procedure manuals. Assists with diagnostic or therapeutic procedures done in the clinic. Completes ALL clinical reminders assigned to LPNs during pre-visit check-in with Veteran and alerts PCP to any abnormal findings. Participates in the admission, transfer or discharge of the patient. Provides for the safety and comfort of the patient. Practices universal precautions. Provides for continuity of care in instructing patients about equipment, laboratory needs, and/or procedures to be performed prior to next visit, and explains to patient and their families/significant others medication instructions and how medicine can affect disease processes. Provides instructions on physical limitations or enhancements of physical activity to promote better outcomes for the patient. Instructs patient on procedures to be performed; e.g., CT scans, Doppler study, ultrasound, etc. Contributes to PACT huddles and interdisciplinary care team meetings/conferences. Contributes subjective and objective data to the nursing care regime. Work schedule: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday - Friday; Occasional weekends and holidays\nCompressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not Required\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement Title: Licensed Practical Nurse - Primary Care\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.