LPN Primary Care - Patient Alignment Care Team (PACT)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Brooksville, Florida
Internal Number: 689700200
The individual selected for this position is accountable to the Nurse Manager in the ambulatory care setting/Primary Care/PACT and works under the direction of the Registered Nurse (RN) and within identified teams 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: 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. Note: must submit transcript with application. 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. Physical Standards. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. 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:GS-03: 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-04: (a) Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; OR (b) 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; OR (c) Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration. GS-05: (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. GS-06 (Full Performance Level): In addition to the basic requirements stated above the following qualification criteria must be met for each grade.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.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. ["Responsible for the treatment, observation and care of the Veteran within the scope of LPN functions and other duties as assigned. Assist in the overall PACT clinic management, functions and operations, facilitation patient flow, thorough check in and checkout process. Provide patient education and/or instructions. Work with care team and community resources. Participate in performance improvement activities and other activities that enhance patient care and clinic operations. Maintain patient's privacy and confidentiality. Document pertinent information in the electronic medical record. Assist with coordination of all services for the patient with PACT Team and group visits. Work with the patient, significant other and health care team to establish patient centered short- and long-term goals. Demonstrate knowledge and skills 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 the Registered Nurse. The PACT- LPN functions as a patient advocate that consistently acts as a human link between the patients and hospital services by maximizing patient outcomes through the episode of care. The PACT LPN is engaged in the ongoing systematic evaluation and improvement of the quality and effectiveness of patient care and patient outcomes. The incumbent provides leadership to initiate and improve nursing staff clinical performance to peers and new staff in orientation. The incumbent teaches, models, and guides staff to assist their compliance with external standards, such as the Joint Commission; and internal standards, such as the Clinical Practice Guidelines and the VA Performance Measures for preventive health and chronic disease management. Demonstrates strong interpersonal communication, teaching, written and verbal communication skills with all levels of health professional, administrative and technical staff and patients. The PACT -LPN may provide direct patient care including evaluating, planning, health promotion and preventive care in the medical care area as needed. For patients who are being case managed, the incumbent will assume a leadership role in facilitating the care of those patients by: Working with the PACT interdisciplinary team to develop a structured plan of care Coordinating hospital systems to facilitate treatment plan Enabling timely updating and revision of the plan of care by assuring that treatment plans are effectively communicated Preferred experience: BLS Healthcare Provider from American Heart Association Minimum of two (2) years of nursing experience in preventive health management in a clinical setting preferred, with a record of being self-directed, autonomous in practice with demonstrated leadership skills. Professional, nonjudgmental, assertive personality. Two years of excellent time and attendance Documented high level of performance, solving issues at the lowest level. Demonstrated willingness to be flexible and adaptable to change Good organizational and problem-solving skills Demonstrates evidence of the ability to work efficiently in collaborative and collegial relationship with other health care professionals, families and veterans to promote the continuum of quality care. Ability to exercise good judgmental work independently with minimal supervision Must possess a strong core knowledge base in nursing and has expanded clinical knowledge in med/surgical nursing. He/she is responsible for the provision of high quality, customer-focused, and cost-effective patient care as it relates to their role. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, day shift 0800-1630 Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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