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. Learn more 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. Must be a graduate of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State accrediting agency and/or the National League for Nursing at the time the program was completed by the applicant. Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d). Must have a full, current, active and unrestricted license as a graduate licensed practical or vocational nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or District of Columbia. Must pass a pre-employment examination if selected. Grade Determinations: GS-6: (Full Performance Level) Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent, fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN/LVN: · 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 (RN) or physician (MD/DO) 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/LVN recognizes and considers emotional, cultural, spiritual, socio-economic, and age-related factors. · 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 · 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 · 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 · 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/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. · 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 G-13 Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. Physical Requirements: This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. ["This is an open continuous announcement; applicants will be reviewed and referred on a bi-weekly basis; the announcement will remain open until the position is filled. Ambulatory Care - Medicine Clinic Duties include but not limited to the following: Works as part of RN/LPN care team Responds to secure messages Performs vital signs and record Competence with EKG, taking blood for glucometer, obtain lab specimen, diabetic foot screening, screening of patients as needed, simple dressing change Assist Providers with various procedures Conducts non-complex phone calls backs/follow-ups Preferred Experience: 1-2 years full time clinical experience as a LPN in Medical/ Surgical setting, ED, Urgent Care or Primary Care preferred. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular competencies to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Qualifying specialized experience for this position (which should be documented on your resume).\nWork Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:30pm Ambulatory Care - Athens/Aiken Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) Competence with EKG, taking blood for glucometer, obtain lab specimen, diabetic foot screening, administration of vaccinations, providing patient education regarding tobacco use, weight monitoring, screening of patients as needed, simple dressing change. May be assigned to cross cover in other clinical areas within his/her competency level. Stocking of rooms, ordering of supplies, maintains and uses oxygen equipment Conducts non-complex phone call-backs/ follow-ups Performs vital signs and record Conducts clinical reminders and equipment checks Assist Primary Care Provider with procedures Preferred Experience: 1-2 years full time clinical experience as a LPN in Medical/ Surgical setting, ED, Urgent Care or Primary Care preferred An understanding of clinical reminders and performance measures are preferred; Computer literate (knowledge of CPRS/ Outlook; Excel spreadsheets a must) ; Flexible, customer service friendly and have the ability to multi task; He/ she must be able to adapt quickly to change beyond the traditional role assignment and work with administrative and interdisciplinary team members.\nWork Schedule: 8:00am-4:30pm Ambulatory Care - PACT (Patient Aligned Care Team) Provides patient education regarding ambulatory sensitive conditions. Provides patient education regarding ambulatory sensitive conditions, screening of patients as needed, simple dressing changes. Demonstrates evidence-based behaviors that positively influence patient outcomes and team experience. Proficient use of Microsoft programs; Outlook, Word, and Excel. Proficient in performing EKG, glucometer use, collecting lab specimens, diabetic foot screening, administration of vaccinations.. Preferred Experience: A minimum of 5 years Primary Care or Direct Acute Care experience.\nWork Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am-5:00pm, some extended weeks of 4-nine hour days and a 4 hour Saturday"]
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