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. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. 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. 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. 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. An LPN 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. 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 Determinations: GS-6. Completion of at least 1 year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent, fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN/LVN AND 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 or physician 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 recognizes and considers emotional , cultural, spiritual, socio-economic, and age-related factors. Prepares and administers prescribed medications 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. Knowledge and ability to recognize urgent or emergent patient care situations, seek assistance of the RN and/or MD, and initiate appropriate emergency interventions as directed. 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 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 related to support duties for these more complex, specialized tests/procedures. Actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge gained with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice. References: VA Handbook 5005/3 Part II Appendix G13 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting (45 pounds and over), straight pulling, pushing, walking, standing, repeated bending, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid may be permitted), and visual acuity 20/30 corrected. Environmental factors: Working with hands in water and working closely with others. ["LPN assigned to the General Medicine Service Line functions as the Patient Aligned Care Team Clinical Associate team member under the guidance of the RN, but must be able to function independently and autonomously, according to established policies, procedures and practices. Must demonstrate the ability to observe, identify and respond to the Veteran's needs for nursing, medication, point-of-care testing, and equipment-assisted care and to recognize deviations from normal. Duties listed are at the GS-6 level, developmental grades will differ in complexity and level of supervision: PACT LPN is responsible for: Ongoing, continuous care of assigned panel(s) of Veterans Using all available tools Functioning at the full extent of the LPN's relevant clinical privileges, credentials, scopes of practice, elements of practice, certification, and other VHA or local facility documentation of competency Participating in team performance improvements and sustainment activities Implementing primary care operations management processes Managing communications and facilitating safe transitions of Veterans Providing health education and health coaching on wellness, disease prevention, chronic disease management, and self-management skills Engaging Veterans in using health care Using formal and informal communications to convey significant, clinically relevant information for the care of the Veteran Managing clinic workflow Provide VA Video Connect, Clinical Video Technology, or Telemedicine. Responsible for maintaining knowledge of and skill in applying an intensive body of rules, procedures, and operations in telehealth-related technologies and a variety of computer hardware/ software used in technology, data entry, retrieval, record maintenance, document, and report generation; Preparing the clinical environment, which may include telecommunications equipment Serve as a tele presenter for VVC or Telemedicine Taking measures to ensure patient care is delivered safely by following appropriate procedures for cleaning of clinical equipment and care of environment by following all safety guidelines, protocols, and procedures Completing standardized clinical questionnaires and templates within scope of training and applicable guidelines Arranging and completing test video calls with veterans in preparation of video calls Ensuring information and resources are maintained for local and remote telehealth providers so they can effectively execute contingency and emergency plans. LPN is accountable for measurable, high-quality, timely and cost-effective results related to the PACT and other assigned Primary Care activities. Accepts responsibility for mistakes; and complies with established control systems and rules. Comports professionally by exhibiting VA's core values of Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence. Reports any perceived violations of law or official wrongdoing. Provides excellent customer service by anticipating and meeting the needs of the Veterans and internal and external customers. Delivers high quality clinical care, practices, and services, adjusting priorities as needed. May be required to perform specimen collection of ensuring to utilize proper labeling, packaging, and transport instructions from the Primary Care Community Based Clinics or assigned areas to the main facility laboratory. Must utilize proper facility required patient identified methods and ensure patient confidentiality is maintained. Maintain specimen integrity by using aseptic techniques, following department procedures, and observing and adhering to personal protective equipment policies and guidelines. LPN will adhere to applicable infection control guidelines of hand hygiene before and after venipuncture of all patients. Will demonstrate knowledge, skill, and competency in venipuncture and specimen collection. Will be able to resolve order discrepancies by contacting the order originator for further clarification, notifying supervisor of unresolved orders. Must maintain a safe and secure working environment by adhering to local medical center standards, policies, and procedures as well as other federal or state regulating bodies to include but not limited to Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, Occupational Health and Safety Administrator, and the Center for Disease Control. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 7:30 am- 4:00 pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Stacy Hermann at V20CompensationTeam@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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