Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Practical Nurse, Victor J. Saracini VA Outpatient Clinic in Horsham, Pennsylvania
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
- Horsham, PA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent
Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (7 day(s) ago)
** Closes Wednesday 11/30/2016 (40 day(s) away)
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) TAG: 1825109
OUR MISSION:To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.
The Victor J. Saracini VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) is located at
433 Caredean Dr., Horsham, PA 19044 and is part of the Crescenz VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA.
The Saracini CBOC provides primary care services for Veterans in Montogomery County, PA and surrounding areas by highly qualified primary care providers, with specialty care referrals to the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA.
For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ or www.philadelphia.va.gov
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
Nursing Duties include documenting observations and changes in patient's condition; collaborating with health team members to facilitate education and positive patient care outcomes; providing nursing care to patients with a variety of health concerns; and accountability for meeting and maintaining the qualification standards and functional statements of assigned grade.
She/he will perform nursing procedures and treatments as needed. The LPN has the ability to work effectively with staff, patients and family and displays excellent communication skills. She /he has the knowledge and ability to recognize, respond and initiate an appropriate level response to medical emergencies such as cardiac and/or respiratory failure.
The LPN/LVN demonstrates the knowledge and skills to provide care and services consistent with Infection Control Standards of Practice providing optimal outcomes for patients, residents, visitors and employees.
The Victor J. Saracini VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, Horsham, PA is seeking a full-time Licensed Practical Nurse who possess good organizational skills which enable completion of work and the ability to establish effective communication with patients, families, visitors and members of the interdisciplinary team
This announcement is Open Until Filled. Applicants will be referred to the Selecting Official on or after Oct 21, 2016 and then, as needed, until the position is filled.
Tour of Duty: Day shift, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM M-F. Possibly extended hours to include early morning, evening or weekend.
- Not Required
- Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
English language proficiency
Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment is required.
Registration Current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia. The Licensed Practical Nurse must maintain a current, full active and unrestricted registration to continue employment with the VA
Educational requirements can be met as follows:
A. Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate state agency and/or accredited by the NLNAC. B. Health care education or training in military service accepted by the licensing body. C. Granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school.
- Basic Life Support Certification (BLS) from the American Heart Association (AHA) or the Military Training Network(MTN) is required prior to assuming clinical duties.
Three (3) years of LPN experience
Experience caring for patients in an outpatient setting.
The full performance level for a Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse is GS-6. All grade determinations are based on recommendation of the LPN Standards Board.
(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.
(d) 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.
(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 patients response to medication administered and the reporting of any noted change in patients 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.
(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 patients 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 patients 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 patients 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.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G13 LPN Qualification Standard
PLEASE 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.
Must possess mental and emotional stability. Functional requirements include the following abilities: Heavy lifting of 45 pounds and over, heavy carrying 45 pound and over, Pushing 4 hours, Reaching above shoulders, use of fingers/ both hands are required, walking for 8 hours, standing for 8 hours, both legs are required and kneeing and bending, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other eye, ability to distinguish shades of color, hear the whispered voice (aid permitted). Environmental Factors required: Working with hands in water, working closely with others and protracted or irregular hours of work.
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; religious; 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.
What To Expect Next
After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.
We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.**
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
Salary Range: $42,340.00 to $59,272.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0620-00/00
Promotion Potential: 06
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: This announcement is open to permanent and current VHA employees only
Control Number: 453337100
Job Announcement Number: PHL-17-JHo-1825109-BU