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Practical Nurse TEMP COVID

Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Grand Junction
Posted on: November 17, 2021

Job Description:

Summary The Western Colorado VA Health Care System is currently recruiting for four (4) GS-3/4/5/6 Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses. Responsibilities GS 3 duties: Oversees a full range of nursing care to patients with complex care needs utilizing the nursing process based on the American Nursing Association (ANA) Standards of Nursing Practice. Ensures consistent clinical competence of staff/self in providing nursing care. Uses equipment correctly and accurately reports abnormal findings. Performs ongoing evaluation of patient condition and response to treatment. Initiates referrals to other disciplines and/or services. Prioritizes delivery of care. Participates in treatment team conferences and huddles. Recognizes emergency, acts appropriately. Documentation is technically informative, complete, accurate, consistent, concise, and timely. Uses the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) and the Bar-Coded Medication Administration (BCMA) software per policy. Completes all assignments in a safe and timely manner. Ensures the physician and/or self are notified of untoward events involving patients and staff. Treats all patients, families, and co-workers with dignity and respect. Maintains professional boundaries with patients, families, and employees. Demonstrates responsibility and accountability for own nursing judgments and actions. Safeguards patient privacy and maintains confidentiality of all electronic and printed patient information according to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidelines, the Privacy Act, as stated in Medical Center Memorandums, Handbook, and/or VA Directives. Ensures Congested Heart Failure (CHF) diagnosis patients are receiving appropriate care utilizing appropriate teaching and documentation using the CHF Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) Template. Collaborates with non-VA community partners for appropriate needed care and follow-up. Practices safe body mechanics uses mechanical devices, and/or requests help when needed in moving, lifting, or turning patients to prevent injury to patient, self or others. Recognizes changes in the patient's condition, behavior and /or comfort. Reports observations and interventions to the RN or PCP and records observations and interventions in the electronic medical record. Takes and records vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, respirations, and pulse oximetry) including pain level. Reports abnormal vital signs and pain level immediately to RN or PCP. Complies with established policies and procedures in the preparation of, administration of and documentation of medications. Recognizes side effects of medications; reports observations to the RN or PCP immediately. Demonstrates professional behavior and good communication skills that enhance working effectively with others. Plans and conducts education in services and programs for Nurses, Physicians, and other health care professionals on issues related to health care as needed. Other duties as assigned. GS 4 duties Performs 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, procedures, and techniques. Other duties as assigned. GS 5 duties All of GS 3 and 4 duties. Individuals at this grade level are expected to have a broad working knowledge of practical nursing procedures. However, completion of more complex practice or procedures maybe subject to closer higher-level review. Demonstrated knowledge and ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and /or behavioral problems. Works with the RN and/or MD/DO/NP to appropriately orient/train less experienced LPNS/LVNS and /or Nursing Assistants (NAs)/Health Technicians (HTs) in relation to acceptable standards of practice in promoting optimal patient care delivery. Other duties as assigned. GS 6 duties All of GS 3, 4, and 5 duties. The GS 6 is the full performance level for the LPN/LVN. Performs all duties expected of employees at the GS-5 grade level for 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. Is technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: 4-10 hour shifts Monday-Friday 6:30am-5:00pm, with one week day off. Week Day Off, To Be Determined, depending on team selection. Compressed/Flexible: Yes, for the highly qualified applicant Position Title/Functional Statement #:Practical Nurse TEMP COVID/PD50561A Financial Disclosure Report: 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: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education: Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State agency and/or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission NLNAC at the time the program was completed by the applicant. 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. A 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 certain provisions. English Language Proficiency: LPN/LVNs appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: GS-3 None beyond the basic requirements. GS-4 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. GS-5 (a) Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent. (b) Demonstrates knowledge and ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems. Works with the RN and/or MD/DO to appropriately orient/train less experienced LPNs/LVNs and/or Nursing Assistants, (NAs)/Health Technicians, (HTs) in relation to acceptable standards of practice in promoting optimal patient care delivery. Provides effective education to patients and/or family members in relation to common disease processes, medication, and /or prescribed treatment regimes. (c) Demonstrates ability to serve as a responsible member of the nursing team and interact in an appropriate manner with patients, family members, professional and supportive personnel involved in the delivery of patient care, incorporating acceptable, established customer service standards into practice. (d) 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. Observation and documentation will include patient's response to medication administered and the reporting of any noted change in patient's condition to RN or MD/DO. (e) 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. (f) Recognizes and appropriately responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action. GS-6 (a) Completion of at least one year of additional qualifying specialized 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 RN or a 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 initiates 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 staff. (h) Establishes constructive relationships with 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 other internal/external customers. (i) Knowledge and skill in performing support duties for complex diagnostic tests and 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. Preferred Experience: One year specialized experience in one or more of the following: clinical setting, primary care, and/or long term care facility. References: VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G13. The full performance level of this vacancy is a GS-6. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is a GS-3 to a GS-6. Physical Requirements: This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, and sitting. The position requires the ability to cover clinical nursing services and perform physical demanding work. The incumbent: May be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing. May occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. Must be mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, and able to shift priorities. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. Initiate Basic Life Support (BLS) in accordance with current BLS standards to include automatic defibrillation in life-threatening situations. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Transcripts must include your name, the school's entire name, can be unofficial transcripts, must have the name of the course, date course taken, grade received for the course, amount of credits earned for the course, date degree conferred, (if applicable), (name of degree received, (if applicable). 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: 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: Additional Information This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

Keywords: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Grand Junction , Practical Nurse TEMP COVID, Healthcare , Grand Junction, Colorado

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