Licensed Practical Nurse Medical/Surgical SHIFT TO BE DETERMINED
Department of Veterans Affairs - Charleston, SC

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 664167

  • THIS VACANCY IS FOR EXPERIENCED LPNS, NOT NEWLY GRADUATED LPNS.*
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.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional nurse, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship

Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.

Must pass pre-employment medication administration examination.

Designated and/or Random Drug Testing & background investigation required.

BLS required. Medical/Surgical experience preferred.

English Language Proficiency required.

DUTIES:
The medical/surgical LPN is a ccountable for the delivery of quality nursing care in medical/surgical areas. Displays concentrated effort and self-direction in carrying out the most complex practical nursing care assignments. Serves as a member of a health care team and completes assigned duties and responsibilities, which involve performing non-standard and generalized practical nursing activities. Accountable to the Registered Nurse, as well as patient and family, to achieve the excellence desired in patient care. Performs functions in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating all assigned patient care in collaboration with the RN on the unit.

Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BLS required. Medical/Surgical LPN experience preferred.

Basic Requirements:
US Citizenship
Graduate of a school of practical/vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State agency at the time the program was completed by the applicant.
Current, full, active and unrestricted licensure as a licensed practical/vocational nurse in a State, Territory, or commonwealth of the U.S. or the District of Columbia.
Applicants must meet physical standards for the position described in VA Directive and Handbook 5019. A physical examination prior to placement may be required.
This is a drug testing designated position. Employees in drug testing designated positions will be subject to random drug testing.
LPN’s appointed to direct care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English.

To qualify for the GS 3 level, you will be 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.

To qualify for the GS 4 level, you must possess one (1) of the following; 6 months of experience working as a licensed practical nurse. Experience includes exercising greater judgment, requires less supervision, and to operate in accordance with all established policies, procedures and techniques within the scope of your license 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; OR Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.

To qualify for the GS 5 level, you must possess one (1) year at the GS 4 level working as a licensed practical nurse. Experience includes the ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems; 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; skill to prepare, administer and appropriately document actions taken specific to commonly prescribed oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular, and/or intravenous medication; ability to recognize the need for and to institute emergency measures when indicated; recognize and appropriately respond to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies; and complete work under the general supervision of an RN or MD/DO.

To qualify for the GS 6 level, you must have one (1) year at the GS 5 level working as a licensed practical nurse. Experience includes technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient population; ability to appropriately carry out assigned patient care based on the patients' condition; ability to observe, identify and respond to the patient's needs for medication, equipment-assisted care; prepare and administer prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous) and perform treatments; ability to recognize urgent or emergent patient care situations, seek assistance and initiate appropriate emergency interventions; understand human behavior, patient motivations and reactions to situations; establish constructive relationships with patients and families to elicit feelings and attitudes, and to promote positive relationships, communication and socialization skills; skill in performing support duties for complex diagnostic tests and/or specialized practices or procedures, which includes 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.

Qualification standards are fully set forth in VA Handbook 5005, Pt. II, App. G13.

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

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD http://www1.va.gov/vapubs/viewPublication.asp?Pub_ID=464&FType=2

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must meet physical standards for the position described in VA Directive and Handbook 5019. A physical examination prior to placement may be required.

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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only 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. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

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.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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

  • This position is for experienced LPNs, not newly graduated LPNs.*
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION : This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

FOR MORE INFORMATION : Contact the Nursing Office at 843-789-7395 or 843-789-7101.

APPLICANT'S RESPONSIBILITY: It is the applicant's responsibility to submit documentation to support his/her application for this position. Applicant is responsible for ensuring that all experience, formal training, award recognition, etc. are documented in the application package. Experience may include voluntary or other non-paid experience in the appropriate field. If you feel that your training record contains information pertinent to your qualifications, then you must submit a printed copy of your training record with your application package. Your training record will become a part of the specific vacancy file and will not be filed in Official Personnel Folder.

This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position.

Request for copies, return of forms or transfer of consideration to another announcement will not be honored.

Employees must meet qualification standards and other regulatory requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability, or membership or non-membership in a labor union.

All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a drug testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.

Any selected candidate will need to complete a background security investigation successfully before being appointed into this position.

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