Licensed Practical Nurse - Pain and Wellness (Midtown CBOC)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Internal Number: 678001800
This position is located in the Pain and Wellness Clinic at the Midtown CBOC in Phoenix, AZ. For more information about the clinic click on the link below: Phoenix Midtown VA Clinic | VA Phoenix Health Care | Veterans Affairs **May offer Relocation/Recruitment incentive** 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. Basic Requirements: Citizenship. United States Citizenship English Language. Proficiency in written and spoken English. 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. 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: 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. VHA employees who were converted to appointments under 38 U.S.C. 7401(3) 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. Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school. Grade Determinations: GS-3 Experience: None beyond the basic requirements above. 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 Experience/Education: Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN or Education: Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration. Combined Education & Experience: 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. GS-5 Experience: Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the next lower level (GS-4). Additionally an LPN as this level will be able to demonstrate: knowledge and ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems; 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; 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; 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; 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 Experience: 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. LPN must be technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing car to variable patient populations; Possess 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; Ability to observe, identify and respond to the patient's needs; Prepares and administers prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous) and performs treatments according to established policies/procedures; Knowledge and ability to recognize urgent or emergent patient care situations; Knowledge and understanding of human behavior, patient motivations and reactions to situations. 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. References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G13, Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard Physical Requirements: The incumbent must be able to lift (30 lbs or more); twisting and /or bending, standing and/or walking almost constantly during the course of the day. ["The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is a member of the Chronic Pain Wellness Center at the Midtown Wellness and Spine Clinic. LPNs work as a Clinical Associate (CA) demonstrating active collaboration and communication with the Core Team (Patient, Pain Care Provider, RN Care Coordinator and Clerk) and the Expanded Team (family/caregiver, internal and community-based services involved in providing care to be patient). The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) works under the direction of an RN. 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 whole person life care plan. The LPN requires a general review of their work by an RN for appropriateness and conformity with license, policies, and procedures. The LPN responsibilities include, but are not limited: Communicate and interact appropriately and courteously with internal and external customers. Integrate and apply pertinent aspects of the Medical Center performance improvement program into their professional practice. Utilize nursing research, evidence-based practice, and literature in daily practice. Provide care appropriate to the socio psychobiological needs of the population served. This knowledge includes an understanding the sociopsychobiological needs of patients with chronic pain. The incumbent must be able to assess and interpret data relating to the patient's current health status, which will facilitate the delivery of care appropriate to the age specific needs of patients with chronic pain. Provide culturally competent care to a diverse patient population. Taking vitals, updating clinical reminders, making observations, and thoroughly documenting care and the patient's response Maintaining confidentiality of electronic, written, and/or verbal patient information Communicating with VA and non-VA medical offices/facilities to coordinate care Making follow up calls including missed appointment calls, assistance with scheduling, notifying patients test results as instructed by the provider Assisting with injections to maintain sterile technique, drawing up medications for the physician, cleaning and preparing ultrasound probe between patients to maintain sterile technique, scrubbing patient list to ensure correct medications and supplies are available so that appointments are not wasted due to not having needed medications/supplies Printing labels for biological specimens, delivering biological specimens to the lab Practice requirements include BLS and/or ACLS where appropriate. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 7:30AM-4:00PM Telework: Not Available.\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized.\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized.\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.