This posting is aligned to the Elevate your Nursing Career Recruitment Event for VA Puget Sound and Mann-Grandstaff VA. Applicants will have the opportunity to attend several different virtual events beginning Thursday, June 16 and ending Tuesday, November 8. This vacancy may be used to fill current and future open positions aligned to VA Puget Sound and Mann-Grandstaff VA. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply to this posting and upload their resume/CV and professional references. 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 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 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10006. Additional information may also be obtained from the NLNAC Website. 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) 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. See paragraph 4, section C. 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 in accordance with the provisions in chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16 of this part. English Language Proficiency. Licensed practical or vocational nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in both spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Definitions (a) Qualifying experience is successful nursing practice as an LPN/LVN, maintaining acceptable standards within a health care setting under the direction of a registered nurse (RN) or physician (MD/DO). This may include experience as a GPN or GVN (graduate practical or vocational nurse) provided the candidate was utilized as a practical or vocational nurse and passed the State licensure examination on the first attempt. (b) To be creditable, practical nursing experience (as an LPN or LVN) must be documented on the application and verified in an employment reference or through other independent means. (c) Part-time experience is credited according to the relationship it bears to the full-time workweek (e.g., an LPN/LVN who worked 20 hours per week, i.e., half-time, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of such service.) (d) The only exception to paragraphs 3a(1) through (3) would be qualifying experience for GS-4. See paragraph 3b(2)(b) below. (e) For the purposes of this Handbook, the term "State" includes States, Territories of the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determination. In addition to the basic requirements, 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. 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-4 if they meet any of the criteria in paragraphs 3b(2)(a) through (c) below: Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or graduation from an approved school (which may be waived as provided in paragraph 4 of Section C) 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. 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. GS-6. Completion of at least one 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. References: VA Handbook 5005/3 Part II, Appendix G13 Licensed Practical Nurse Qualification Standard. dated: April 10, 2003 Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting (45 lbs. and over), Straight pulling and pushing (2 hrs.), Walking, standing, and repeated bending (6 hrs.), Ability to distinguish basic colors, Hearing (aid permitted), Visual acuity 20/30 corrected. NOTE: Physical requirements may vary and are based on specific position. ["~INCENTIVES MAY BE AUTHORIZED IF SELECTED~\nElevate your Nursing Career Event Links:\nThursday, June 16 from 1200-1400\nVA Puget Sound Link:\nJoin on your computer or mobile app\nClick here to join the meeting\nOr call in (audio only)\n+1 872-701-0185,,745120520# United States, Chicago\nPhone Conference ID: 745 120 520# Mann-Grandstaff VA Link:\nJoin on your computer or mobile app\nClick here to join the meeting\nOr call in (audio only)\n+1 872-701-0185,,368382263# United States, Chicago\nPhone Conference ID: 368 382 263# Wednesday, July 13 from 1200-1400\nVA Puget Sound Link:\nJoin on your computer or mobile app\nClick here to join the meeting\nOr call in (audio only)\n+1 872-701-0185,,386635506# United States, Chicago\nPhone Conference ID: 386 635 506# Mann-Grandstaff VA Link:\nJoin on your computer or mobile app\nClick here to join the meeting\nOr call in (audio only)\n+1 872-701-0185,,386253885# United States, Chicago\nPhone Conference ID: 386 253 885# Thursday, August 18 from 1200-1400\nVA Puget Sound Link:\nJoin on your computer or mobile app\nClick here to join the meeting\nOr call in (audio only)\n+1 872-701-0185,,506630361# United States, Chicago\nPhone Conference ID: 506 630 361# Mann-Grandstaff VA Link:\nJoin on your computer or mobile app\nClick here to join the meeting\nOr call in (audio only)\n+1 872-701-0185,,178702918# United States, Chicago\nPhone Conference ID: 178 702 918# NOTE: Additional events will be added in late August. Work Schedule: Various shifts available, schedule will be determined upon selection\nCompressed/Flexible: May be available, based on position and location\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: Licensed Practical Nurse: GS-0620-3/4/5/6; Functional Statement: 00000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Stacy.Hermann@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not Required"]
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