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Licensed Practical Nurse (lpn) - Short Term. Rehab. / Skilled Care

Company: Veterans Health Administration
Location: Danville
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

Summary

A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive is approved.
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Overview

  • Accepting applications
    • Open & closing dates

      11/02/2021 to 12/02/2021
    • Salary

      $37,535 - $63,024 per year
    • Pay scale & grade

      GS 3 - 6
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      Location

      1 vacancy in the following location:

      • Danville, IL 1 vacancy
      • Telework eligible

        No
      • Travel Required

        Not required
      • Relocation expenses reimbursed

        No
      • Appointment type

        Permanent
      • Work schedule

        Full-time
      • Service

        Competitive
      • Promotion potential

        None
      • Job family (Series)

        0620 Practical Nurse
      • Supervisory status

        No
      • Security clearance

        Not Required
      • Drug test

        Yes
      • Position sensitivity and risk

        Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
      • Trust determination process

        Suitability/Fitness
      • Announcement number

        DN-11283025-22-JS
      • Control number

        619866400

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        This job is open to

        • The public

          U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.


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          AREA OF CONSIDERATION: OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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          Duties

          The LPN assigned to Geriatrics, located at the VA Illiana Health Care System in Danville, IL, provides direct patient care to adult through geriatric aged patients, recognizing the age-related needs and demonstrating the knowledge and care appropriate for that age group. The LPN, Geriatrics, provides effective education to residents and/or families members in relation to common disease processes, medication, and/or prescribed treatment regimes.

          Duties include but not limited to:
          • Considers the cognitive, physical, emotional, and chronological maturation need of the resident, demonstrates competence and correctly provides appropriate care for that age group or groups;
          • Recognizes culture differences in residents and demonstrates ability to understand and respect the resident's culture, values, beliefs, and practices;
          • Directs patients in restorative techniques to preserve functioning and prevent complications through exercise, ambulation, gait training, bowel/bladder training, socialization groups, and activity of daily living (ADL) training;
          • Assures Do Not Resuscitate and advanced directive issues are addressed in record and resident identification. Resident identification is in place;
          • Uses proper channels to resolve ethical issues;
          • Recognizes common medical, surgical, psychiatric conditions managed in Geriatrics and uses appropriate techniques as taught to respond to care required for these conditions;
          • Directs patient in restorative techniques to preserve functioning and prevent complications. Work Schedule: Full Time; Day Shift
            Hours: 7:30am - 4:00pm, Rotating Weekends, Holidays, and to drop down to cover off tours
            Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

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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

              To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements with in 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

              Basic Requirements:
              Citizenship: Must be a Citizen of the United States. Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
              English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
              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 (Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)) at the time the program was completed by the applicant.
              Licensure: Must possess a 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 LICENSE REQUIRED)

              Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements stated above, 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 Level:
              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 Level:
              Must have completed six (6) 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. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
              OR
              Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
              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 Level:
              Must have completed at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent that includes:
              1. 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.
              2. 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.
              3. 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.
              4. 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.
              5. Recognizes and appropriately responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action.
              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 Level:
              Must have 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 that includes:
              1.Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations.
              2. 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.
              3. 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.
              4. 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.
              5. 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.
              6. 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.
              7. 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.
              8. 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.
              9. 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: 2-3 years LPN experience

              References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/3, PART II, APPENDIX G13. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

              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: Walking, bending, stooping, and lifting in the direct care of patients; some extended periods of sitting and/or standing

              Education

              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.

              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. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

              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 view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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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.

                To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
                • 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.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
                  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
                  • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
                  • Disability Letter (VA)
                  • License
                  • OF-306
                  • VA Form 10-2850c
                  • Other (2)
                  • Resume
                  • SF-15
                  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
                  • 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.as

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                      A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

                      Review our benefits

                      Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.


                    • As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

                      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 12/02/2021 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11283025.
                    • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
                    • Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package. NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

                      To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

                      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). It is a requirement that all HCP to receive annual seasonal influenza vaccination or obtain an exemption for medical or religious reasons. Wearing a face mask is required when an exemption to the influenza vaccination has been granted. HCP in violation of this directive may face disciplinary action up to and including removal from federal service. HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations or who come into contact with VA patients or other HCP 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 medical facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, remote and onsite, paid and without compensation, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, researchers, volunteers and health professions trainees (HPTs) who are expected to perform any or all of their work at these facilities. HPTs may be paid or unpaid and include residents, interns, fellows and students. HCP also includes VHA personnel providing home-based care to Veterans and drivers and other personnel whose duties put them in contact with patients outside VA medical facilities.

                      As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), if after November 22. VA will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation is needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement. Please contact the Human Resources Point of Contact listed at the top of the JOA.

                      Pandemic Telework Program: Due to COVID-19, the VA is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 30 days. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework depending upon the terms of your organization's telework policy and the duties of the position.

                      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.

Keywords: Veterans Health Administration, Champaign , Licensed Practical Nurse (lpn) - Short Term. Rehab. / Skilled Care, Healthcare , Danville, Illinois

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