This is an Open Continuous Announcement for a that will be used to fill vacant position for a Licensed Practical Nurse (Float/Gap) postion with the Fayetteville VA Medical Center Ambulatory Care Service. This position is open to all Licensed Practical Nurses currently seeking employment. This position requires travel to remote locations within the Fayetteville NC Coastal Health Care System and is based in Wilmington, NC. 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. English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. 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 OR granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school AND have at least one year of successful practice as an LPN/ LVN. Licensure - Active, full, current and unrestricted licensure as a Graduate Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico), of the United States or the District of Columbia. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements stated above, the following qualification criteria must be met for each grade. The candidate's qualifications must clearly demonstrate the level of competence required for the grade. GS-06 Proficiency 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, using judgment in selecting the appropriate order and sequence of procedures and treatments, and accurately recognizing, reporting, and recording relevant patient information. Ability to observe, identify, and response to a patient's needs for care including medication, equipment-assisted care, and patient/family education. Prepares and administers prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous) and performs treatments according to established policies/procedures. Observes for, documents, and reports physical and/or emotional changes in the patient's condition from prescribed medications/treatments. Knowledge and ability to recognize urgent or emergent patient care situations and initiating appropriate emergency interventions as directed. Knowledge and understanding of human behavior, patient motivations and reactions to situations and the ability to appropriately utilize this knowledge in working effectively with patients, family members and other staff. Knowledge and skill in performing support duties for complex diagnostic tests and/or specialized practices or procedures, which includes preparing the patient and 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. Preferred Experience and Certifications 2-3 years of experience as in LPN/LVN experience related to the area of deployment Basic Life Support (BLS) ["The Licensed Practical Nurse works under the direction of the Registered Nurse and or physician with minimal supervision and is accountable to the Clinic Nurse Manager. The incumbent demonstrates self-direction and critical thinking skills in carrying out simple to the most complex practical nursing care assignments for variable patient populations. The LPN provides safe, timely and individualized nursing care to patients in the Ambulatory Care setting. Major Duties may include, but not limited to: Performs complex practical nursing skills with precision and efficiency, consistent with Medical Center policy and procedure and within the legal and ethical responsibilities of his/her licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Demonstrates ability to use judgment to plan and organize assignments with minimal assistance and directions. Completes assignments and assists others as needed and demonstrates the ability to effectively manage patient flow to maintain timeliness of appointments. Initiates the appropriate actions based on his/her observations of the patient's condition, seeks assistance from MD/PA/NP/RN when needed and intervenes as directed. Demonstrates the ability to recognize and initiate emergency measures (to include psychiatric emergencies) and demonstrates the ability to assist in resuscitation procedures during cardiac and respiratory arrest Reinforces instructions given by the MD/PA/NP/RN regarding medications, pre-procedure instructions and reviews learning assessments (past initial assessment by the RN).- Assists in care coordination and access for all ambulatory care through communication and placing consult per nursing protocols. Maintains the knowledge and skill in performing support duties for complex diagnostic tests and/or specialized practices or procedures. Demonstrates ability to effectively manage patient flow to maintain timeliness of appointments.- Utilizes nursing protocols with attention to the individuality of patients, patient safety and evidence-based practice. Performs specialized practical nursing activities requiring broad work experience and demonstrated skill sufficient to resolve a range of nursing problems. Prepares and administers prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular) and performs treatments according to established policies and procedures. Observes for changes in patient condition, caused by medications, treatments, and procedures. Functional Statement: LPN; Ambulatory Care Work Schedule: The primary tour of duty will be the day shift: 7:45am-4:30p Monday thru Friday, Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required"]
About Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
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.