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LICENSE PRACTICAL NURSE

Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Biloxi
Posted on: January 11, 2022

Job Description:

Summary The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) demonstrates knowledge and ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems. Higher level LPNs are expected to work with the Registered Nurse (RN) and/or Medical Doctor (MD)/ Nurse Practitioner (NP) to appropriately orient/train less experienced LPNs and/or Nursing Assistants. Responsibilities The Licensed Practice Nurse: Provides personal hygiene care (bathing, shaving, shampooing hair, skin and mouth care) for assigned patients according to defined procedures; Feeds and/or encourages diets, nourishments, and fluids to meet nutrition and hydration needs of assigned patients; Turns, positions and transfers patients to and from the bed, chair, stretchers and escorts them to appointments as assigned; Assists in the elimination needs of patients by promoting bowel and bladder evacuation using a bedpan, urinal, external catheter and cares for established colostomies and indwelling catheters; Administers and records medications (IM, PO, rectal, topical, subcutaneous), monitors IVs and performs treatments for patients using medical/surgical aseptic techniques; Measures, reports and documents vital parameters of body functions and changes in physical, mental and or behavioral states; Collects, tests and processes specimens of body excretions or secretions according to established procedures; Refrains from any activity which could constitute or the give the appearance of patient abuse. Work Schedule: Shift Work (Rotating Schedules) Telework: Not Authorized Virtual: Not Authorized Position Title/Functional Statement: License Practical Nurse Relocation/Recruitment: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized EDRP: Maybe approved for highly qualified candidate Financial Disclosure: Not Required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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: a. United States Citizenship. Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. b. 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. Verification can be obtained from the State approving agency [or] the National League for Nursing [Accrediting Commission], 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10006. [Additional information may also be obtained from the NLNAC Website.c. c. 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[/LVN] 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 d. 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) Preferred Experience: 1. At least two (1) years clinical experience as an LPN 2. Extended Care experience is preferred. 3. Ability to practice cooperative and professional interpersonal communications with diverse multidisciplinary teams. 4. Ability to work with patients exhibiting a variety of physical problems. 5. Ability to collect and record a variety of patient data in a computer based electronic medical record system. 6. Ability to perform direct nursing care in compliance with organization standards, policies, procedures, and guidelines. 7. Skilled in patient and family education for patient medications and disease processes. 8. Ability to work with Mental Health patients with behavioral problems 9. Current license and BLS certification. Determinations:GS-6 Grade Level [(a) Completion of] at least [one (1)] year of [additional] qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent [, fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN/LVN. (b) Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations. (c) 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 [(RN) or physician (MD/DO)] for [ ] appropriateness and conformity with [established policies/procedures. (d)] [ ] 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/LVN recognizes and] considers [ ] emotional [, cultural, spiritual, socio-economic, and age-related] factors. (e) Prepares and administers prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous) 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/DO. (f) Knowledge and ability to recognize urgent or emergent patient care situations, seek assistance of the RN and/or MD/DO, and initiate appropriate emergency interventions as directed. (g) 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. (h) 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. (i) 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. Serves as a preceptor in orienting, educating, and training less experienced LPNs/LVNs or NAs/HTs related to support duties for these more complex, specialized tests/procedures. (j) 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 APRIL 10, 2003 PART II APPENDIX G13 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. The incumbent who provides care in home settings or other off-site locations may be required to drive and/or ride in GSA-vehicles. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. 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. Additional Information

Keywords: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Biloxi , LICENSE PRACTICAL NURSE, Healthcare , Biloxi, Mississippi

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