The General/Wound & Plastic works within the General/Wound & Plastic clinic to provide direct care to the patient. This position works collaboratively with designed providers and nursing staff to provide initial intake, reminders, and observe and report reason for the visit to the provider and/or RN in the clinic. In collaboration with and/or under the guidance of the RN, the LPN participates in collecting data, planning, implementation, treatment, and evaluation of nursing care in the clinic 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. 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 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: 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. 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-03 to GS-06. Physical Requirements: This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, carrying, pulling, pushing, and reaching above shoulder. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing. H/She may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. H/She must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, and able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Applicants must possess the mental and physical ability to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment. ["Functions/Responsibilities: The General/Wound & Plastic LPN will adhere to all current directives of VHA, meet current Joint Commission standards, VA OIG expectations, and state licensure standards. The LPN will intentionally create opportunities to leverage virtual care technology to support the mission of the facility and VA at large. The Licensed Practical Nurse successfully performs activities appropriate to his/her grade as outlined in the Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard. This Standard identifies the educational, experiential and competency requirements for the LPN at each grade. The LPN fosters an environment of respect for individual patient and family rights to privacy and dignity in all aspects of care delivery; effectively incorporating knowledge and understanding of established customer service standards in all interactions with patients, family members, and/or other internal/external customers. Clinical/Technical Skills: Acknowledge, answer, and respond appropriately to telephone voicemails, EHRM messages/message pools in a timely manner per VA policies/procedures Assist with patient examinations and be present during patient visits for initiation of contact and coordination in the General/Wound & Plastic clinic as needed. Responsible for collecting equipment/supplies for General/Wound & Plastic exam, procedures, and/or wound care/dressing changes Collecting biological samples for lab testing Review test results and notify RNs and/or Providers as needed in a timely fashion Give medications authorized by an individual who is authorized to practice in this state and is acting within the course of the LPNs professional practice Educating and/or instructing patients about their medications or treatments Care Hand-Off is communicated using SBAR technique (Situation/Background/Assessment/Recommendations) Ensure safe patient care during clinical exams and/or clinical procedures and actively participates in all steps of Universal Protocol, including pre-procedure verification process and \"Time-Out\". Ability to triage medical concerns and effectively communicate clinical details with both patients, RNs, and/or providers. Review clinical histories, take Vital Signs, review medications and complete Medication Reconciliation in the EHRM. Work Schedule: 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday thru Friday Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 91974-A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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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.