These vacancy's are for part-time and full-time Licensed Practical Nurse positions in the Community Living Center of the facility. This is an open continuous announcement. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and qualified candidates will be considered as vacancies become available. Applications will remain on file until August 26th, 2021. As vacancies occur the schedule, shift and appointment type may change, the current available positions will be discussed during the interview. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/31/2023. 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. 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 as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). 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. (See education section of this announcement) Preferred Experience: Two years of experience as an LPN in a long-term care setting preferred American Heart Association Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider Grade Determinations:GS-3: None beyond the basic requirements.GS-4: Meeting the basic requirements and 6 months of qualifying experience as a Licensed Practical Nurse.GS-5: Meeting the basic requirements and Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent (candidate demonstrates knowledge and ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems.GS-6: Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent (candidate has demonstrated knowledge and ability to appropriately carry out assigned patient care based on the patient's conditions; utilizes judgment in selecting the appropriate order and sequence of procedures and treatments).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. References: VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G13 Physical Requirements: Heavy Lifting (35 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (35 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 - 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 4 hours);Standing (up to 4 hours); Kneeling (up to 2 hours); Repeated bending (up to 4 hours); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable to 20/20 in one eye and to 20/40 in the other; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Emotional/Mental stability. ["If selected, you will serve as member of a team responsible for providing quality care to patients within the Community Living Center (CLC.) Your responsibilities will involve performing non-standard and specialized activities, requiring broad work experience and demonstrated skills to sufficiently resolve a range of problems. The responsibilities of the Practical Nurse will include, but not be limited to: Participates in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating patient care by interviewing patients of variable populations, performing a general systems appraisal of the patient's condition, collecting objective and subjective data Collaborates with the RN/provider in developing and implementing a plan of care individualized to carry out the needs of the patient Contributes to the interdisciplinary team in the development, implementation and evaluation of the patient's treatment and follow-up health care Collaborates with members of other services regarding changes in patients' condition, lab results, responses to treatment plan and other pertinent parameters of care Demonstrates 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 Modifies the plan of care in accordance with recognized nursing standards and prescribed treatment Meets patients' needs by direct physical care and psychosocial intervention and by assuming responsibility for nursing management of unstable patients whose nursing care needs are not predictable. Demonstrates 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. Makes necessary judgments prior to preparing and administering prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous), recognizing side effects and contraindications, and promptly and accurately documents noted changes, and reporting any deviations from normal to RN or MD/DO. Provides patient/significant other instruction regarding common medications. Performs support duties for diagnostic procedures, which include preparing the patient, patient education, assisting in the diagnostic examination, preparing specimens, preparing and passing instruments, and monitoring the patient's condition. Recognizes emergency situations, responding promptly and instituting appropriate actions. Supports the patient and/or family members/significant other in the integration of the patient care plan toward achievement of discharge objectives. 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. Serves as a preceptor in orienting, educating, and training less experienced LPNs/LVNs or NAs/HTs and actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge gained with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice. All other duties as assigned Work Schedule: Various Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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