Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Practical Nurse in Davenport, Iowa
The Iowa City VA Health Care System is currently recruiting for one (1) full-time Licensed Practical Nurse for our Outpatient Ophthalmology Specialty Clinic Community Based Outpatient Clinic located in Davenport, Iowa.
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The LPN works in a self-directed manor with a team of individuals to manage a panel of patients in a primary care setting. He/she contributes to the nursing process through data collection and incorporates evidence-based practices to individuals and groups focusing on cost-effective ways to maximize wellness, prevent illness, and manage acute and chronic diseases. Nursing encounters may occur face-to-face or via telephone or other communication devices. The LPN demonstrates ability to educate patients, identify and link patients with appropriate resources, collaborate with the interdisciplinary team, perform clinical procedures, communicate well, and utilize the computer for electronic documentation, initiating orders per policy, data collection, and reports. The LPN may be assigned to cross cover in other clinical areas within their competency level.The following is a brief description of the total duties related to the position. Other duties may be assigned. The incumbent must be capable of demonstrating the following:
- Technically proficient in initiating, performing, and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations.
- 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 recognizes and considers emotional, cultural, spiritual, socio-economic, and age-related factors.
- Ability to perform, report, and record assigned nursing care done in the Primary Care settings, including but not limited to:
- Obtaining and recording vital signs.
- Medication administration, including injections.
- Check expiration dates of meds and supplies prior to use
- Pain assessment, documentation in CPRS and communicate with medical provider
- Correctly collects, labels, prepares, and delivers specimens to the lab
- Document's patient's home blood pressure and/or blood sugar readings
- Simple Dressing Changes.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-4:30PM Fi*nancial Disclosure Report:* Not required Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-4:30PM
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0620 Practical Nurse
- Licensed Practical And Licensed Vocational Nurses
- Licensed Practical Nurses
- Licenses Vocational Nurses
Nurses, Licensed Practical
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
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 02/21/2019. 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. Verification can be obtained from the State approving agency or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10006. Additional information may also be obtained from the NLNAC Website. Exceptions include: * (1) 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. * (2) VHA employees who were converted to appointments under 38 U.S.C. 7401(3) in implementation of Public Law 98-160, enacted November 21, 1983, and for VHA employees converted to appointments under 38 U.S.C. 7405 in implementation of Public Law 99-576, enacted October 28, 1986; and for their future personnel actions under this authority. The waiver will not apply to persons appointed under 38 U.S.C. 7401(3) or 7405 after these conversions. * (3) Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school. See paragraph 4, section C. * 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. An 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 the provisions in chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16 of this part. * 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).
Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements stated in this section, the following qualification criteria must be met for each grade. The candidate's qualifications must clearly demonstrate the level of competence required for the grade.
GS - 3: LPNs at the GS - 3 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. There are no additional requirements to qualify for a GS - 3 LPN beyond the basic requirements listed above.
GS - 4: The requirement of a GS - 4 grade level is six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN;-ORGraduation 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 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, procedure, and techniques.
GS - 5: The requirement for a GS - 5 grade level is at least 1 year of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN at the GS - 4 level or equivalent. In order to qualify at the GS - 5 level, your resume must demonstrate your knowledge and ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems; the ability to serve as a responsible member of the nursing team and interact with patients, family members, professional and 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 medications; and the ability to recognize and appropriately respond to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies.
GS - 6: The requirements for a GS - 6 grade level is one additional year of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN at the GS 5 level or equivalent. In order to qualify at the GS - 6 level, the applicant's resume must demonstrate the knowledge and ability to fully meet each of the performance requirements of the GS - 5 LPN/LVN in addition to the ability to: 1) appropriately carry out assigned patient care based on the patient's condition and use judgment in selecting the appropriate order and sequence of procedures and treatments; 2) accurately recognize, report and record relevant patient information; to recognized and consider emotional, cultural, spiritual, socio-economic, and age-related factors in identifying and responding to the patient's needs for care; 3) quickly recognize urgent or emergent patient care situations and initiate appropriate emergency interventions as directed by the RN and/or MD/DO; and 4) understand human behavior, patient motivations and reactions to situations, and appropriately use this knowledge in working effectively with patients, family members, and other staff, establishing constructive relationships to elicit feelings and attitudes, and to promote positive relationships, communication and socialization skills. A GS - 6 level LPN/LVN is expected to actively seek out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, and be able to effectively share new knowledge gained with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice.
References: VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G13, 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 in the range of GS-3 to GS-6.
Physical Requirements:Able to meet the physical demands of the position. Ability to withstand periods of standing, walking, recurring bending, lifting, stooping, stretching, and similar activities. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Must have good manual dexterity and keyboarding skills. Must be able to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word. Must be able to view and read information on computer screens.
IMPORTANT:A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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.
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. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
- Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/searchaction.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey;=&Action;=Search. Is not required at time of application.
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 (current/former Federal employees), etc.
- Cover Letter
- Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
- Other Veterans Document
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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 02/21/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10417432.
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NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. HCPs that are unable to receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a face mask throughout the influenza season.
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Iowa City VA Health Care System 601 Highway 6 West Iowa City, IA 52246 US
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/523781400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 02/07/2019 to 02/21/2019
Pay scale & grade: GS 3 - 6
Salary: $29,957 to $48,683 per year
Appointment type: Permanent
Work schedule: Full-Time