RQ-Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP) LPN
Department of Veterans Affairs - North Little Rock, AR

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Vacancy Identification Number: 945628

Tour of Duty: 8 hr Day tour with weekend rotation required.

Please print and carefully read the entire announcement. Follow the instructions under the "How to Apply" section of the announcement, and upload ALL REQUIRED documents, to be considered for this position.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.

DUTIES: The Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP) at Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) is a program within Mental Health Service that focuses on Homelessness, Substance Abuse Disorders, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for Veterans that might need an inpatient type of environment but with an outpatient type of care provided. The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) within RRTP will act as a team member of the Interdisciplinary Team to provide nursing excellence in the care of Veterans. Duties include admissions, transfers, discharges, educational groups, medication management, data collection and documenting observations and changes in patient's condition and reporting any noted change in patient's condition to the Registered Nurse. The LPN will also collaborate with health team members to facilitate positive patient care outcomes and is accountable for meeting and maintaining the qualification standards and functional statements of assigned grade. Nursing care is provided in a primary care type of setting with the focus on recovery and seamless integration into society.

As part of the VA healthcare team, Practical Nurses complete their work with only a general review by a Registered Nurse. The Practical Nurse will demonstrate the ability to respond to the Veteran's nursing needs for nursing, medication, and equipment-assisted care and to recognize deviations from normal. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with patients, family and other staff members and to respond appropriately to emergency situations. Incorporates acceptable, established customer service standards into practice. Demonstrates 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. The incumbent selected for this position demonstrates skill in dealing with disruptive behavior and may work on any one of the four (4) Mental Health Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP) units delivering medications or providing general supportive care to the Residents.

relocation expenses will not be reimbursed

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Graduate of a school of practical nursing approved by the appropriate State accrediting agency and one of the following: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) formerly known as The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) OR The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a Practical nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States or the District of Columbia.
  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English
  • Current certification in Basic Life Support

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Practical Nurse Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

References : VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G13, LICENSED PRACTICAL OR VOCATIONAL NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated April 2003.

PHYSICAL STANDARDS AND ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: -Heavy lifting 45 pounds and over

-Heavy carrying 45 pounds and over

-Straight pulling (1-2 hrs)

-Pushing (1-2 hrs)

-Reaching above shoulder (1-2 hrs)

-Walking (2-4 hrs)

-Standing (2-6 hrs)

-Kneeling

-Repeated bending (1-2 hrs)

-Use of fingers

-Use of both hands

-Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously

-Near vision correctable

-Far vision correctable

-Depth perception

-Hearing (aide permitted)

-Work closely with others, as well as, protracted or irregular hours of work

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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. Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

*** 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. ***

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé and submit a DD Form 214, which is required. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

Experience: 2 years of successful licensed practical nursing experience is preferred

2 years of successful licensed practical psychiatric nursing experience is preferred

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

BENEFITS: Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/index.asp .

OTHER INFORMATION: This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

PBI INTERVIEWS: Any interviews that may be conducted will utilize the Performance Based Interviewing process (PBIs). For more information on the performance-based interview process, see http://www.va.gov/pbi .

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factors.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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