Job opening: Practical Nurse
Salary: $42 459 - 70 824 per year
Published at: Dec 07 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
The Licensed Practical nurse provides a wide range of clinical services to the Veteran under the general supervision of a professional registered nurse. We are hiring for three LPN positions under Ambulatory Care Service Outpatient Clinics located at three of our CBOC locations; Newton, Piscataway and Hackensack.
The Licensed Practical nurse provides a wide range of clinical services to the Veteran under the general supervision of a professional registered nurse. The duties include phlebotomy and handling of specimens, along with providing support to the PACT teams by performing clinical support tasks such as EKGs, peak flow testing and other patient care tasks as assigned. The LPN is responsible for observing, recording and reporting changes in the patient's condition, as well as assisting in the development and revision of the patient-driven holistic care plan for life. The LPN will facilitate quality care at scheduled visits and in between visits, using Nursing Protocols Orders as a guide to assist Veterans in obtaining timely and appropriate services. Additionally, the complexity of duties includes serving as a site imager for Telehealth store and forward applications, and facilitator for real time Clinical Video Telehealth encounters (primary care and specialty care remote visits).
Duties include, but are not limited to:
Makes observations and thoroughly documents care and the patient's response. Appropriately seeks assistance and guidance by informing RN or medical provider of changes in the patient's condition requiring higher-level intervention.
Performs, reports, and records assigned nursing care in the CBOCs (Community Based Outpatient Clinics), including, but not limited to:
Phlebotomy, using aseptic venipuncture
Prepares blood samples for transport
Checks expiration dates of laboratory supplies, and ensures laboratory is fully stocked for proper patient care and handling of specimens
Obtains EKGs and reports findings to the health care provider
Delegated procedures and treatments
Adheres to standards of practice and safe technique in preparation and administration of medication.
Assists with minor procedures, including obtaining and arranging necessary equipment, positioning patient, ensuring comfort and privacy.
Responsible for any patient, staff education, documentation, and assistance with workload capture that is basic for the completion of the telehealth visit.
Responsible for quality control procedures on telehealth equipment and products and maintains proper records for quality control reports and workload reporting.
Responsible for the day-to-day operation of the clinical video conferencing, the My HealtheVet and Telehealth clinics.
Demonstrates understanding of age-and population-specific characteristics that affect the health care needs of the Veteran.
Promptly recognizes urgent or emergent patient care situations, seeks assistance and effectively intervenes as directed when appropriate.
Based on the patient's goals provides patient and family health education, to include self management, prevention and wellness.
Interacts and communicates appropriately with patients and family members.
Demonstrates professional behavior (i.e., respect, civility, ability to accept constructive criticism), effective communication and interpersonal skills.
Adheres to principles of infection control, safety, and universal precautions.
Possesses knowledge of proper handling and pre-cleaning of reusable medical equipment.
Demonstrates competence utilizing special equipment needed to perform job duties.
Follows policy and procedures related to fire and disaster drills, safety and security measures
Demonstrates initiative in assisting the PACT Teamlet and extended PACT team members.
Assists in the orientation and competency validation of students, peers and clerical staff.
Maintains confidentiality of electronic, written, and/or verbal patient information.
Maintains a work environment that honors diversity.
Serves as a resource and advocate in the protection of patient and family rights.
Completes mandatory reviews, including motivational interviewing, in order to promote patient self-management toward individualized life plan of care.
Supports patient-driven care in a safe, efficient, and cost-effective manner, using evidence based principles.
Promotes patient and personnel safety.
Work Schedule: 8:00 Am - 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday
Telework: Not available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized.
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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.
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 (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or District of Columbia.
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. For Exceptions, please go to: 5005-3_LPN_Quals (va.gov)
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).
GS-3. None beyond the basic requirements. LPNs at this grade level are expected to perform all duties within the scope of their license (e.g., medication administration); however, completed work may require routine or detailed higher level review depending upon the complexity of the duties involved.
GS-4. Employees may be appointed at or advanced to GS-4 if they meet any of the criteria below:(a) Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or b) Graduation from an approved school (which may be waived as provided in paragraph 4 of Section C) 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. 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 judgment, require less supervision, and to operate in accordance with all established policies, procedure, and techniques.
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 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G13, LICENSED PRACTICAL OR VOCATIONAL NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Note: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6.
The actual grade at which applicants may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-3 to GS-6.
Physical Requirements: This position requires the ability to bend, lift, stop, push, and pull
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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
- Address VA New Jersey Health Care System
385 Tremont Avenue
East Orange, NJ 07018
- Name: Megan Gardner
- Phone: 585-393-7766
- Email: [email protected]