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Temporary Licensed Practical Nurse

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: East Orange
Posted on: June 12, 2021

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Summary

This is an open continuous announcement for Temporary LPN Positions at the VA New Jersey Health Care System. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and qualified candidates will be considered as vacancies become available. Applications will remain on file until September 30th, 2021. This temporary position is not to exceed 120 days but may be extended based on agency's needs.

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Responsibilities

Licensed Practical Nurse duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for primary nursing care to an assigned group of selected patients/residents and for the plan of action in carrying out patient/resident care assignments.
  • Report and record current observations such as patient's/resident's physical condition, emotional response and results of procedures; observes skin conditions, variations in vital signs, personal habits of patients/residents, and listens for clues to patient's/resident's reaction to illness and treatment.
  • Perform assigned nursing care responsibilities requiring the use of advanced equipment, technology, or knowledge in procedures performed in the GU Clinic, Eye Clinic, General Medical, Surgical, Orthopedic, Diabetic, Urology Clinics, Vital Signs area, and Patient Transport.
  • Provide patient/resident and family education regarding the patient's/resident's condition, procedures, and preventive health care; reinforces health teaching initiated by the multidisciplinary treatment team.
  • Recognize the need for and initiates action in emergencies, i.e., cardiac/respiratory arrest, seizures, and/or assaultive behavior.
  • Utilize specialized equipment such as, Doppler Units, Oximeter, Visual Field Analyzer, Electro-fulguration Machine, Cryothermia Machine, Computer Terminal, and Printer.
  • Provide one-to-one nursing care to assigned outpatients whose care requires close observation.
  • Follow policies and procedures related to fire and disaster drills, safety and security measures. Interprets Medical Center Regulations and policies to patients, relatives, and visitors.
  • Assist the physician and/or nurse with therapeutic or diagnostic procedures, including skin biopsies, joint aspirations, phlebotomies, pap smears, pelvic examinations, minor eye surgeries, and minor GU procedures.
  • Obtain and arranges necessary equipment. Correctly positions the patient/resident, provides information, and reassurance to the patient.
  • Observe and respond to changes in patient's/resident's behavior by providing emotional support, intervening to correct the problem, or reporting the situation to the Registered Nurse.
  • Accept and support established Medical Center policies and procedures.
  • Performs other related duties as indicated by the needs of the patient and the unit.

Work Schedule: Schedules will be discussed during interview.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

6

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0620 Practical Nurse

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Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • AHA BLS Certification

Qualifications

Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens.

  • Education. Must be a graduate of practical nursing approved by the appropriate State accrediting agency and/or the National League for Nursing at the time the program was completed by the applicant.
  • 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.

  • English Language Proficiency. Must be proficient in both spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
  • Licensure. Full, current, active and unrestricted licensure as a graduate licensed practical nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or District of Columbia.
  • Physical Standards. All applicants must meet physical requirements for this position. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
  • Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements, the following qualification criteria must be met for each grade. The candidate's qualifications must clearly demonstrate the level of competence required for the grade.

GS-6

  • Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent, fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN.
  • Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations.
  • 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.
  • 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 recognizes and considers emotional, cultural, spiritual, socio-economic, and age-related factors.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard.

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, East Orange , Temporary Licensed Practical Nurse, Other , East Orange, New Jersey

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