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Licensed Practical Nurse Acute Med Surge

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

Northport, NY

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The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is accountable for adhering to established policies, procedures, standards of care and standards of practice, and for maintaining competencies consistent with role and responsibilities. The Licensed Practical Nurse works under the supervision of the registered nurse who provides guidance and direction. Daily assignments are prepared by the registered nurse and reviewed with the licensed practical nurse. S/he documents in the medical record and reports observations and findings to the registered nurse and if appropriate, to the physician. The LPN's duties and responsibilities on Unit 34 also include, but are not limited to: Provides nursing care for adults and elderly with age-related needs by incorporating pertinent physical, psychological and cultural needs into the plan of care. Telemetry monitoring of medical-surgical patients. Considers all characteristics of the individual, including age and life stages, state of health, race and culture, values, and previous experiences. Practices good customer service in all work activities, treating veterans, their families/representatives, visitors, and other employees in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner. Utilizes mechanical devices and / or requests help when needed in moving, lifting, or transferring patients. The ideal candidate will be telemetry certified with current medical/surgical/telemetry experience and 2-3 years prior medical/surgical experience. Work Schedule: Day Tour with Rotation: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM, including weekends, holidays, evenings, and nights 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. Licensure - Full, active, current and unrestricted licensure as a licensed practical or vocational nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or District of Columbia. Physical requirements: All applicants must meet the physical requirements for this position. English language proficiency: LPN's must be able to be proficient in spoken and written English. Education- Graduate of 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. Please Note Exceptions: 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. Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements as described above, the following criteria must be met for each grade. The candidate's qualifications must clearly demonstrate the level of competence required for the grade. GS-3: None beyond the basic requirements. LPNs at this grade level are expected to perform all duties within the scope of their license; however completed work may require routine or detailed higher level review depending upon the complexity of the duties. GS-4: Employees may be appointed at or advanced to GS-4 if they meet any of following criteria: Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; OR 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 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 judgement, require less supervision, and to operate in accordance with all established policies, procedures and techniques. GS-5: Completion of at least one year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent. Demonstrated knowledge and ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems. Demonstrated ability to serve as a responsible member of the nursing team and interact in an appropriate manner with patients, family members, professional and other supportive personnel involved in the delivery of patient care, incorporating acceptable, established customer service standards into practice. Knowledge and skill sufficient to prepare, administer, and appropriately document actions taken specific to commonly prescribed oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular, and/or intravenous medications as permitted by approved local facility policies and procedures. Knowledge and ability to recognize the need for and to institute emergency measures when indicated, promptly seek the assistance of the RN or MD/DO, and assist in resuscitation procedures in cardiac and/or pulmonary arrest. Recognizes and appropriately responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action. Completed work is under the general supervision of an RN or MD/DO. GS-6: Completion of at least one year of additional 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. Prepares and administers prescribed medications oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous) and performs treatments according to established policies/procedures. Observe 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 of understanding 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. 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. 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; Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard Part II Appendix G13. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS 6. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS- 3 to GS- 6. Preferred Experience A full, current, active and unrestricted license to practice as a Licensed Professional Nurse required 2 - 3 years recent experience in med-surg preferred. Recent telemetry experience strongly preferred 2 - 3 years successful nursing experience at Northport VAMC preferred. Flexibility with schedule required. Current American Heart Association BLS for healthcare providers credentials required NoneTo apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes: All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s): Application 10-2850c is required to be considered for this position. Please complete form in its entirety. If you answer \YES\ to questions item # 15B and/or item # 28 through # 37, please attach a separate sheet of paper with a brief explanation for each question to which you answered \Yes\. Information must current not older than a year. Outdated and/or incomplete applications will be ineligible for consideration. Other - VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). - Information must be current not older than a year. Outdated and/or incomplete applications will be considered ineligible. Resume: Your resume must include the following information for each job you list: Job title; Complete Work Place Addresses ; Duties (be as detailed as possible); Month and year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008); Full-time or part-time status, PRN (include hours worked per week) Information must be current not older than a year. Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s), which may not be required for all applicants (if applicable): *DD-214 - If claiming Veteran's Preference *Other Veterans Document - VA Rating Letter *SF-50 - If current Federal Employee *Cover Letter - Optional *OF-306 - Optional *SF-15 - Optional *Transcript - optional Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information. Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

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The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.

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