This is an external job announcement. Non-current permanent VA employees and current permanent employees from another Federal Agency MUST apply under this announcement. An internal announcement is also posted CBSR-11488960-22-MDR. Basic Requirements: Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. 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 a 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. 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 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 References: 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-04 to GS-06. Physical Requirements: The LPN requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, and sitting. S/he 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. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as TB screening or testing on hire, as a condition of employment. ["This position works within Specialty Medicine to provide direct care to the patient. This position will work collaboratively with designated providers, nursing staff to provide initial intake, clinical reminders and observe and report reason for the visit to the provider and/or RN in the clinic. a. The function of the Licensed Practical Nurse is to provide quality nursing care to Veterans. b. The Licensed Practical Nurse possesses knowledge and skills to perform practical nurse assessment, procedures, practices, and techniques at a level determined by the Qualification Standards and demonstrated competency. The Licensed Practical Nurse is held to the standards of care and scope of practice set forth by the Ohio Board of Nursing. c. The LPN will intentionally create opportunities to leverage virtual care technology to support the mission of the facility and VA at large. d. The Licensed Practical Nurse possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to:\n- Communicate and interact appropriately and courteously with internal and external customers.\n- Maintain confidentiality of written, electronic, and verbal patient/employee information.\n- Work and function within a safe manner including infection control and use of equipment.\n- Assure that patient safety is paramount in all aspects of patient care.\n- Integrate and apply pertinent aspects of the Ambulatory Care Center performance improvement program into his/her professional practice.\n- Utilize nursing research and literature in practice.\n- Integrate and apply aspects of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations National Patient Safety Goals as applicable to their area of practice.\n- Schedule appointments for patients in collaboration with team members to ensure that all patients are scheduled within time constraints established by ACA guidelines and VHA policies especially adhering to priority access for service connected and OEF/OIF Veteran populations e. 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. f. Each Licensed Practical nurse may be evaluated for competency in the following Elements as identified for the specified area of practice:- Clinical/Technical Skills- Knowledge of care delivery and age specific needs of the population served- Interpersonal skills and customer service- Area/Program specific care requirements Work Schedule: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, variable; Monday thru Friday\nCompressed/Flexible: Maybe available\nTelework: Not available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 91330A; LPN Dermatology\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Available\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Available\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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.