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Licensed Practical Nurse Outpatient - Mental Health

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Saint Cloud
Posted on: June 4, 2021

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Summary

The Licensed Practical Nurse within this organization functions as a nursing team member under the direction and guidance of the Registered Nurse (RN) or Provider. He/she is responsible for delivering safe physical and emotional care to Veterans, in a variety of settings, while enhancing technical skills and nursing knowledge.

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Responsibilities

The LPN GS 3 will perform at a novice level. He/she is responsible for direct patient care activities and clerical support under the supervision of the registered nurse RN or Provider, and assignment/s with supplemental verbal instructions that are given by the RN/Provider. The practical nurse seeks guidance from the RN, Provider or more experienced LPN when assistance or clarification is needed with the assignment.

The knowledge required of this position includes a variety of uncomplicated veteran centered physical and behavioral interventions. The LPN GS 3 performs aspects of nursing care at a novice level that require:

a. A basic understanding of the total veteran care program.

b. Understanding of simple scientific facts and principles

c. A broad spectrum of technical skills at a novice level.

d. Adaptation of procedure to meet individual veteran needs,

e. Recognition of the inter-relatedness of the veteran's behavior and physical condition.

The LPN GS 4 will perform at an advanced novice level. He/she is responsible for direct patient care activities and clerical support under the supervision of the registered nurse RN or Provider, and assignment/s with supplemental verbal instructions that are given by the RN/Provider. The LPN, GS4 carries out all functions and duties of an LPN; however, they seek guidance as needed from the RN/Provider, or more experienced LPN when assistance or clarification is needed with the assignment.

The knowledge required of this position includes a variety of basic veteran centered physical and behavioral interventions. The LPN GS 4 performs aspects of nursing care at an advanced novice level that require:

a. An understanding of the total veteran care program.

b. Understanding of general scientific facts and principles

c. A broad spectrum of technical skills at an advanced novice level.

d. Adaptation of procedure to meet individual veteran needs,

e. Recognition of the cause and effect relationship between the veteran's behavior and physical condition.

The LPN GS 4 can be a resource to GS 3 LPNs and other GS 4 LPNs regarding general basic clinic processes.

The LPN GS 5 will perform at an intermediate level. He/she is responsible for direct veteran care activities and provider practice support under the supervision of the registered nurse RN or Provider, and assignment/s with supplemental verbal instructions that are given by the RN/Provider. The LPN, GS 5 carries out all functions and duties of an LPN. Demonstrates the ability to exercise independent technical judgement without the need for readily available supervision; however, they are expected to seek input from the RN/Provider, or more experienced LPN when assistance or clarification is needed with the assignment.

The knowledge required of this position includes a variety of basic veteran centered physical and behavioral interventions. The LPN GS 5 performs aspects of nursing care at an intermediate level that require:

a. An understanding of the total veteran care program.

b. Understanding of general scientific facts and principles

c. A broad spectrum of technical skills at an advanced novice level.

d. Adaptation of procedure to meet individual veteran needs,

e. Recognition of the cause and effect relationship between the veteran's behavior and physical condition.

Provides effective education to veteran and/or family members in relation to common disease processes, medication and/or prescribed treatment regimes.

The LPN GS 5 can be a resource to GS 3 LPNs and other GS 4 LPNs regarding general basic clinic processes.

The LPN GS 6 will perform at an advanced level. He/she is responsible for direct patient care activities and provider practice support under minimal supervision by the registered nurse RN or Provider. The LPN, GS 6 carries out all functions and duties of an LPN. Demonstrate the ability to exercise independent technical judgement without the need for readily available supervision; however, they are expected to seek input from the RN/Provider when assistance or clarification is needed with the assignment.

The knowledge required of this position includes a variety of veteran centered physical and behavioral interventions. The LPN GS-6 performs aspects of nursing care at an advanced level that require:

a. An understanding of the total veteran care program.

b. Understanding of complex scientific facts and principles

c. A broad spectrum of technical skills at an advanced level.

d. Adaptation of procedure to meet individual veteran needs,

e. Recognition of the cause and effect relationship between the veteran's behavior and physical condition or anticipates the potential for such a situation.

Work Schedule: Full Time Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm, Evenings and weekends maybe required.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

6

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Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

Qualifications

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 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; Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school.
  • 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.
  • 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: Mental Health Experience Preferred

Grade Determinations:

GS-3:None beyond the basic requirements.

GS-4:

(a) Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN

or

(b) 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

(c) 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) 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 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) 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.

(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.(

g) Completed work is under the general supervision of an RN or MD/DO. Individuals at this grade level are expected to have a broad working knowledge of practical nursing procedures. However, completion of more complex practices or procedures may be subject to closer higher-level review.

GS-6:

(a) 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.

(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 registered nurse (RN) or physician (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 initiate 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 other staff.

(h) 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.

(i) 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.

(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.

References: VA handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G13

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-03 to GS-06.

Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting 45 pounds and over, heavy carrying, straight pulling, pushing, reaching over shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking, standing, kneeling, repeatedly bending, both legs required, Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of colors, and Hearing (aid permitted).

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application.

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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Saint Cloud , Licensed Practical Nurse Outpatient - Mental Health, Other , Saint Cloud, Minnesota

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