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 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. English Language Proficiency: Written and Spoken Physical Standards: All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required. 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. Education: 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. 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. 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; religious; 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. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements stated in section A, the following qualification criteria must be met for each grade. The candidate's qualifications must clearly demonstrate the level of competence required for the grade.GS-3 None beyond the basic requirements. GS-4 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 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. 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. 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. Preferred experience: Assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care for patients. Performing direct patient care duties including, but not limited to, hygiene - including baths, medications administration, treatments, emergency actions, safety, PI all ADLs, Ensuring infection control principles are followed, such as wiping equipment with disinfectant wipes between patients. Checking emergency equipment Experience in laboratory setting needed Please refer to the assessment questionnaire for complete qualification standards expected at the GS- 03, 04, 05 and 06 level References: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G13, LICENSED PRACTICAL OR VOCATIONAL NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated April 10, 2003.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-6. ["This Announcement is open for the Shoals CBOC LAB. The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) works under the direction of a Registered Nurse/Nurse Manager with Primary Care Services (PCS). Responsible and accountable for providing nursing care to individual and groups of patients for an aging, adult population. Incumbent demonstrates good clinical practice skills, problem-solving skills, and decision-making skills. This licensed practical nurse position is clinically and administratively responsible to the Director, Primary Care. All qualified applicants will be considered for reassignment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, physical handicap, politics, or membership/non-membership in an employee organization. The Lab Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) will perform duties in the lab in a designated area of a Community-based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). The duties of the Selectee include but are not limited to the following: Complies with all BVAMC Laboratory guidelines and College of American Pathologist (CAP) requirements. Ensure that the lab is in compliance and follows all certification of accreditation requirements. Perform lab procedures according to policy and procedures. Competency in completing all Point of Care Testing. I-STAT, swabs, dipsticks, etc. and ability to perform, analyze and report all POCT. Demonstrates proper technique and utilize correct specimen tubes/containers for specimen collection. Uses clinical knowledge and skill and a variety of information to ensure patient's labs are processed correctly. Knows proper procedure to follow for reporting patient critical lab results. Becoming IV certified at the BVAMC. Perform venipuncture, utilize the centrifuge, and prepare labs for transport. Ensure equipment is in proper working order and testing of equipment per protocol and monitor refrigerator temperatures. Protects patient's privacy and confidentiality by closing room door and/or pulling the curtain around the cubicle when engaged in patient care activities, such as interviews and performing direct care. Recognizes signs and symptoms of medical emergencies and initiates correct interventions in accordance with policies and procedures and seeks assistance from others as needed. Demonstrates compliance with infection control practices, such as hand washing and wearing of appropriate personal protective equipment. Practices good customer service in all work activities. This includes such actions as treating all customers with courtesy and fairness; considering the impact of work decisions on customers; and incorporating customer feedback in job and work modifications. Good customer service must be the central theme of all work related activities. Plans and organizes work so that it can be accomplished effectively and according to schedule. Carries out assignments independently with a minimum of direction and supervision. Varies the order and sequence of assigned procedures based on patients' conditions. Performs other duties within the LPN scope of practice. Serves as a back-up to cover PACT, MH, and other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Shifts Vary\nSalary: Shoals $34,783 - $53,143\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Authorized. Valarie Shields @firstname.lastname@example.org , the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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