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Job Title: Licensed Vocational Nurse
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/18/2018
Expire Date: 11/17/2018
Job Categories: Computers, Software, Customer Service and Call Center, Finance/Economics, Healthcare, Other, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Military, Executive Management, Quality Control, Medical
Job Description
Licensed Vocational Nurse

Current permanent VA and Federal employees should apply under CBFF-10309088-18-JAA.

LVNs selected will be responsible to the Nurse Manager of the assigned area and will be responsible for the organization and administration of high quality and efficient patient care to our unique patient population. Responsibilities of the position:

  • Delivers a broad range of vocational nursing care to a group of patients in a variety of settings.
  • Monitors patients for illness or incapacity.
  • Evaluates and observes patients, identifying obvious and subtle deviations.
  • Recognizes emergent situations and initiates appropriate interventions.
  • Uses practical knowledge of human motivation behavior and reactions to situations.
  • Acts as a patient advocate in facilitating patient care.
  • Exercises self-direction in performing the most complex LVN assignments involving both standard and non-standard specialized activities.
  • Participates in identifying, developing, and conducting self-reliance health related teaching programs for patients and families.
  • Contributes to the interdisciplinary team in developing, implementing and evaluating patient treatment plans.
  • Maintains and orders adequate supplies, drugs, and equipment necessary for clinic functions.
  • Participates in clinic Quality Assurance activities.
  • Assists in maintaining accurate logs and statistics as required.
  • Reviews patient records for preventive care, tracts preventive care and conducts patient education associated with chronic disease.
  • Performs other duties as assigned depending on nursing care demands and/or needs.
  • Performs blood draws, EKGs, medication administration and implementation of orders for patient care in select areas.
  • Prepares rooms and patients for examinations and takes responsibility for coordinating smooth patient flow in the clinic area.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm. Tour may vary depending on clinic needs to include: 7:30am-4:00pm/7:45am-4:15pm/8:30am-5:00pm
Salary: GS-06: $44,089- $53,764 (Santa Maria), $37,223 - $48,385 (San Luis Obispo)
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredBasic 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 - Must be a graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State agency and/or accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLNAC)/Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). NOTE: 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. (Transcripts/documentation required with your application).
  • License/Registration - 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. (Copy of your license/registration is required with your application).
  • 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: In addition to the basic qualification requirements must have demonstrated evidence of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities determined to be essential for satisfactory performance in the position.
  • Basic computer literacy proficiency with the use of Microsoft Office programs or comparable word processing, spreadsheet and graphic software and the ability to learn new programs specific to the VA
  • Minimum 2 years of recent, successful clinical nursing practice as a LVN/LPN
  • Primary Care Experience
  • At least 1 year of formal phlebotomy experience and competency preferred
  • Intravenous Therapy and Blood Withdrawal Certification
  • Demonstrated evidence of interdisciplinary collaboration, team work, and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed and require minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated experience in providing patient education and health coaching
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with patients/families and with other health care professionals
  • Documented evidence of providing consistent excellent customer service

Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements listed above, the following criteria must be met for each grade.

GS-6: 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. Qualifying experience includes: *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. *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. 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. *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 G13, Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard, dated April 10, 2003.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for 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. 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. 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.

None

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • VA Form 10-2850c
  • Resume


VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search. REQUIRED

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • VA Form 10-2850c
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements
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 - Must be a graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State agency and/or accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLNAC)/Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). NOTE: 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. (Transcripts/documentation required with your application).
  • License/Registration - 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. (Copy of your license/registration is required with your application).
  • 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: In addition to the basic qualification requirements must have demonstrated evidence of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities determined to be essential for satisfactory performance in the position.
  • Basic computer literacy proficiency with the use of Microsoft Office programs or comparable word processing, spreadsheet and graphic software and the ability to learn new programs specific to the VA
  • Minimum 2 years of recent, successful clinical nursing practice as a LVN/LPN
  • Primary Care Experience
  • At least 1 year of formal phlebotomy experience and competency preferred
  • Intravenous Therapy and Blood Withdrawal Certification
  • Demonstrated evidence of interdisciplinary collaboration, team work, and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed and require minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated experience in providing patient education and health coaching
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with patients/families and with other health care professionals
  • Documented evidence of providing consistent excellent customer service

Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements listed above, the following criteria must be met for each grade.

GS-6: 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. Qualifying experience includes: *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. *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. 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. *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 G13, Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard, dated April 10, 2003.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for 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. 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. 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.
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