Women's Health LVN serves as a member of the health care team with assigned duties which include prioritization and coordination of clinical activities with minimal supervision. The LVN is a clinic leader involved in frontline patient check-in; clinic flow for primary care as well as gender-specific specialty care services including psychology, breast cancer/oncology care, pelvic floor physical therapy, gynecology, and cardiology; patient education for primary care and specialty care providers 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. 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. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. 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. 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 OR granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school AND have at least one year of successful practice as an LPN/ LVN. LPN/LVN Licensure - Active, full, current and unrestricted licensure as a Graduate Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico), of the United States or 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 Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements stated above, the following qualification criteria must be met. The candidate's qualifications must clearly demonstrate the level of competence required for the grade. The GS-07 grade level is for select, complex LPN/LVN positions, as established by each health care facility. To be advanced, employees must meet all of the following standards, provided the standard is part of their assignment. Completion of at least one (1) year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-06 level or equivalent, fully meeting all of the performance requirements for the GS-06 LPN/LVN. The following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) must be met: Knowledge and skills necessary to care out more specialized patient care duties, including assignments in more complex inpatient and/or outpatient care settings. Ability to assist RN and/or MD/DO to appropriately prioritize overall patient care needs and adjust plans for care delivery making astute observations of subtle, less obvious changes (both physical and emotional) in patient's conditions and taking the appropriate action. Ability to proactively assist the RN or MD/OD in addressing patient's needs for medication/treatments, accurately administering prescribed medications/treatments and appropriately recording patient's response to medications/treatments received. Knowledge and skill to promptly recognize potential urgent or emergent patient care situations. Assists individuals or groups of patients and their families to take an active role in promoting health lifestyles for more positive outcomes. Exercises skill in influencing and communicating with unusually difficult to care for or communicate with patients and/or family members who may exhibit problems with lack of self-control, resistant or abusive behaviors, or impediments in their ability to understand or follow instructions. Skill, creativity, and initiative in contributing to the improvement of overall care delivery and patient and/or family satisfaction levels. Comprehensive practical nursing knowledge and skills in specialized procedures and practices to serve as a resource person for other staff in organizing and implementing more complex/specialized patient care. Ability to support the RN or MD/DO in monitoring the practice of unlicensed nursing or non-medical staff in patient care delivery. Preferred Experience: Prior experience in Women's Health and gynecological procedures. Recommended completion of Women's Health Mini Residency Training References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-13 Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-7. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-7. Physical Requirements: The position involves considerable standing, walking, stooping, bending, reaching, lifting, and turning. This requires use of proper body mechanics to potentially assist to reposition patients, and transferring patients to wheelchairs/ exam tables etc. Mechanical devices are available and required to be used for heavy or difficult to lift patients. The work may involve pushing or lifting weight in excess of 50 pounds and going up and down several flights of stairs. The position requires visual and auditory acuity at a level to provide safe and effective nursing care. The work requires ability to physically control or defend against emotionally ill patients. Work requires concentration with attention to detail. ["Duties include, but are not limited to: As a team leader, the WH LVN is able to provide/direct the care for women Veterans with complex medical, behavioral and/or psychiatric conditions and simultaneously coordinate clinic function for primary and specialty care services located in the Women's Health Center (WHC). Serves as gynecologist's assist for procedures including: Nexplanon insertion, IUD placement, endometrial biopsy, colposcopy, hysteroscopy, loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP), and cervical conization (CONE). Trains other LVNs from Palo Alto and CBOCs as needed to also serve as gynecologist's assist. Maintains expert knowledge of reusable medical equipment and standard operating practices. Coordinates with supply chain services for reusable medical equipment (RME) to complete procedures and ensures all standards of practice are followed. Trains new staff regarding RME process. Oversees supplies for all primary care and specialty care services care delivery. Maintains inventory and coordinate with supply chain services, prosthetics, and pharmacy to maintain adequate supplies. Promotes ethical practice by independently collaborating with the health care team about complex resident/family situations. Responds to medical and behavioral emergencies. Responds to My Healthy Vet secure messages and coordinates with RN, Women's Health primary care provider, and other members of the interdisciplinary team as needed. Appropriately performs, reports, and documents assigned nursing care in the Primary Care Clinic as Specialty clinics as per SOP. Maintain knowledge of Women's Heath gender specific issues across the lifespan: Knowledge of gynecologic procedures, menopausal care; and care of women for non-gender specific issues: Intimate Partner Violence primary screening and Military Sexual Trauma. Acts as the Liaison between designated Charge RN, Nurse Manager, and/or Women Veterans Program Manager in regards to clinic issues: Communication, standard operating procedures, practices and policies. Consistently complies with HIPAA Privacy Rules. Fosters an environment of respect for individual patient and family rights to privacy and dignity in all aspects of care delivery. Recognizes and promptly reports suspected patient abuse. Observes, identifies, and responds to patient / family's education needs, and teaches in accordance with current clinical practice standards. Work Schedule: Monday- Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: 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.