This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/07/2022. 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. 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. 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 when it is not possible to recruit qualified individuals. 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. Grade Requirements: GS-03: Experience and Education: None beyond the basic requirements. GS-04: Experience: Six months of qualifying experience as an 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: 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: 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. Physical Requirements: Physical demands include repetitive body movements including the following: frequent reaching, standing, walking, and lifting of equipment and/or patients to provide patient care. This position requires extension of the hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction including above or below shoulder level, during the provision of patient care, including retrieval of needed equipment, supplies and to make contact with the patient. This position requires the maintenance of an upright position to perform duties associated with patient care. This position is typically non-sedentary, and frequently involves being in the standing position. This position requires moving about on feet to accomplish tasks, such as assisting with patient ambulation and moving one patient area to the next. This position requires the raising of objects from a lower position to a higher position or the movement of objects horizontally position to position. Lifting may be done to move a patient from one location to the next, i.e.- from the exam table to the chair, and in the movement of equipment or supplies. This position requires exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 25 pounds of force frequently to move objects. This position requires writing or otherwise working with fingers and/or hands, including one or both hands frequently. This is done when taking a patient's pulse, utilizing a stethoscope, administering medications, entering information into the computer, etc. This position requires substantial movements (motion) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers, as is done when entering patient notes into the computer. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. 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-03 to GS-06. ["This is an External job announcement. Current permanent Aleda E. Lutz employees, current permanent VA employees from another facility, and current permanent employees from another Federal Agency MUST apply under CBSR-11455667-22-LKI. This is an open and continuous announcement which will be used to fill LPN positions in PACT service at the Aleda E. Lutz Veterans Affairs Medical Center and/or community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs). 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. The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) provides clinical care including lab services at a Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) under the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center, Saginaw, Michigan. The LPN provides a wide range of clinical services to the veteran that demonstrates complex technical judgment under direct supervision of a registered nurse or Licensed Independent Practitioner (LIP). The LPN utilizes basic nursing skills and techniques, of varying degrees of complexity, in a general care setting, to provide personal and general nursing care to adult patients, aged 18-85 and older, who require treatment for common medical conditions. The PACT Float LPN may be assigned primary care and lab duties at multiple CBOC locations including completing direct patient care and lab duties such as specimen collections and processing. In addition, the PACT Float LPN may be assigned to primary care duties using utilize Clinical Video Telehealth equipment to facilitate primary care remote visits. The LPN participates in data collection, implementation, and evaluation of care for all ages of patients treated. In care of the elderly, planning and implementation is aimed at providing care to support and reduce the effects of the aging process, health maintenance and promotion, minimizing adverse effects of drugs, and maintenance of optimal psychosocial functioning, including assisting with the management of confusion and disorientation. The Primary Care LPN will not be assigned to a specific Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) and will cover primary care and lab duties at the CBOCs requiring the incumbent to drive in a government vehicle. Duties include but are not limited to: Performs all the functions of the LPN, and in addition, carries out more specialized patient care duties, while functioning within the scope of practice. The LPN completes nursing tasks independently with minimal need for direct oversight via RN or LIP. Collects and processes lab specimens per LIP and/or nursing standing orders; Correctly accessions, labels and processes specimens for shipping; Performs phlebotomy, lab specimen collection, processing and packing following DOT requirements for safe quality specimen transfer Administers medication accurately and promptly under the general supervision of a registered nurse or LIP. Demonstrates understanding of the effects and/or reactions caused by medications, treatments, and procedures. Records and reports these observations. Performs basic physiological measures as ordered and PRN (e.g., temperature, pulse, respirations, blood pressure, pain, diabetic foot screen, height/weight, pulse oximetry, doppler). Demonstrates ability to make astute observations and thoroughly documents care and patient response. Assists the RN in evaluating changes in patient condition. Work Schedule: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM or 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Monday through Friday)\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Licensed Practical Nurse- PACT/PD000000\nRecruitment Incentives: Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Brian Huhman at email@example.com the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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.