The LPN is aligned under Surgery Services Area and will be assigned to Podiatry Clinic. The GS-7 incumbent is dependent upon the validation of competence to perform clinical procedures as required by the position and certification of such competencies either via education programs or on the job training. 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. 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. 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: Of at least one (1) year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-6 level or equivalent, fully meeting all the performance requirements for the GS-6 LPN/LVN. Preferred Experience: 3.5 years of LPN experience References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/3 PART II APPENDIX G13The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-7. Physical Requirements: Physical Requirements: This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, and sitting. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing. S/he may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. S/he 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. Physical requirements may involve lifting, carrying, pulling, pushing, reaching above shoulder, walking, standing, sitting, kneeling, and repeated bending. S/he must complete annual Employee Health requirements as a condition of employment. ["The VA Central Ohio Healthcare System is recruiting for an LPN-Podiatry. The LPN is aligned under Surgery Services Area and will be assigned to Podiatry Clinic. The GS-7 incumbent is dependent upon the validation of competence to perform clinical procedures as required by the position and certification of such competencies either via education programs or on the job training. The Podiatry LPN can serve as a responsible member of the Surgery Service Area department team and interact with patients, family members, professional and supportive personnel who provide patient care and with members of other services. The LPN GS-7 has full knowledge of Surgery Service policies and procedures and a basic knowledge of human anatomy to prepare and care for patients in the Podiatry clinical area. The Podiatry LPN performs, reports and records assigned duties including but not limited to: The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) works in the Podiatry Clinic, or any other Surgery Services Clinic as assigned under the direction of a Registered Nurse (RN) and reports to the Nurse Manager for the Surgery Service Clinics. The LPN is responsible for observing, recording, reporting, changes in the patient's condition, as well as assisting in the development and revision of the patient driven holistic care plan for life for either routine clinic visits or procedural care. The LPN follows the VHA directive to prevent or delay amputations (PAVE) in the Veteran population due to neuropathic and vascular conditions. PAT the FEET is performed by the LPN. Palpate and characterize dorsal pedis and posterior tibial pulses, Assess for lesions, ulcers deformities, and/or color or temperature changes, and Test for loss of protective sensation. LPN will document findings, communicate changes to disciplines involved for follow-up care. The LPN requires a general review of their work by the Surgery Clinic Nurse Manager for appropriateness and conformity with license, policies, and procedures. The LPN demonstrates active collaboration and communication with clinic staff, the patient's family/care giver, internal and community-based services and disciplines involved in providing care to patients. The LPN makes observations and thoroughly documents care and the patient's response. The LPN performs, reports, and records assigned nursing care, including but not limited to clinical reminders as indicated, checking expiration dates of medications and supplies, obtaining equipment, and assisting with minor procedures, documenting, and transporting procedural biological specimens, recognizing urgent or emergent patient care situations, and adhering to principles of infection control, safety, and universal precautions. The LPN prepares patients for procedures and room turnover activities, including proper patient position during procedures. The LPN is responsible for maximize patient flow through the clinic, administer vaccinations prescribed by the provider, and evaluation of each vaccination session to ensure safe effective care. The LPN performs cleaning and stocking of the clinical rooms, procedure carts and performs monthly outdate monitoring. The LPN GS-7 is fully knowledgeable and competent in the use of the Tele-Podiatry Imager Training. The LPN attends all meetings, trainings/in-services/education required to maintain proficiency in Surgery Service clinical areas. 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 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Available Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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