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Job Title:LPN, Mental Health

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:CD-13-KZK-868666

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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SALARY RANGE:

$28,392.00 to $44,843.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, April 01, 2013 to Monday, April 29, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0620-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

3 vacancies in the following location:
Kansas City, MO United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 868666 

There are currently three vacancies for full time IV certified Licensed Practical Nurses in Mental Health;  assigned  areas include both the acute inpatient unit and the inpatient substance abuse program.   The LPN is a member of the multidisciplinary team.  The primary role is to monitor patients on the assigned unit. Duties include, but supervision of patients, maintaining safety and security of the patients and of the unit, general nursing responsibilities, administration of medications, assisting in managing crisis situations, educational group facilitation, program administration and program data collection.   Must be able to work effectively with patients/families, physicians, other professionals, and support personnel in accomplishing required tasks/assignments and be able to lead groups.  The tours of duty primarily twelve hours but may include eight hour shifts (days, evenings, and nights); weekend rotation required. This person may also work periodically on either unit.  The incumbent is under the supervision of Nurse Managerfor inpatient unit or the Program Manager for the inpatient substance abuse treatment program, as well as the Director of Mental Health Service Line.

 

Salary and grade will be determined upon qualifications and experience.

 

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

 

One year of mental health clinical experience preferred.  Candidates who meet the appropriate requirements contained in the standard will be considered.

 

First area of consideration will be given to permanent Kansas City VAMC employees.  Internal and External Candidates will be considered.   This announcement may be used to fill identical positions vacated within six months of any selections made from the original announcement.  First referrals will be made after April 16, 2013.  Applicants who have previously applied must apply to this announcement to be considered.

 

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, 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.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .  

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

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The LPN is a member of the multidisciplinary team and shares in the general goal of assisting veterans in the rehabilitation and transition attempts to overcome problems related to substance abuse and other mental illnesses.  The primary role is to monitor patients on the assigned unit. Duties include, but not limited to, supervision of patients, maintaining safety and security of the patients and of the unit, general nursing responsibilities, administration of medications, assisting in managing crisis situations, educational group facilitation, program administration and program data collection.   Must be able to work effectively with patients/families, physicians, other professionals, and support personnel in accomplishing required tasks/assignments and be able to lead groups.  The tours of duty may include eight to twelve hour shifts; weekend rotation required. Will consider full time nights.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

  • U.S. citizenship.  
  • Full unrestricted licensure, Certification, or Registration required. The Licensed Practical Nurse must maintain a current, full unrestricted registration in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia.
  • 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.  

 

Preferred qualifications for this position:  IV certification; one year current mental health experience; BCLS current.

 

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

To qualify at the GS-4 level.

 

Applicants must have six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; 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 at the GS-5 level.

 

Applicants must have completed at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent and:  a) 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.

 

b)  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.

 

c)  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.

 

d)  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.

 

e)  Recognizes and appropriately responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action.

 

f)  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.

 

To qualify at the GS-6 level. 

 

Applicants must have completed 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.

 

a)  Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations.

 

b)  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.

 

c)  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.

 

d)  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.

 

e)  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.

 

f)  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.

 

g)  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.

 

h)  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.

 

i)  Actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge gained with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice.

 

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

References :  VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G6,Nurse Qualifications Standards, dated March 17, 2009. 


All individuals applying under this announcement must meet basic qualification standards for appointment as contained in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G13.  This standard is available in the HR Liaison Office for review. Current IV certification needed.  One year clinical experience preferred.   Candidates who meet the appropriate requirements contained in the standard will be considered.

Physical Requirements:  The person in this position must be able to navigate all areas of the VA Kansas City  Healthcare System, and must be physically and mentally able to perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others; stand, walk, bend, stoop, raise arms above shoulder level, climb stairs, use a keyboard, transfer/move adult male & female patients using appropriate assistive devices, push/pull an occupied gurney, and perform all other activities of the position without restrictions.  The environment's pace can vary from steady to a sometimes fast pace requiring handling of multiple priorities, frequent, sometimes intense customer interactions, and the ability to adapt to frequent changes in a sometimes noisy environment.   There may be the need to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to disease, illness and hazardous materials.   The use of Safe Patient Handling equipment and protocols are strictly enforced to promote patient and staff safety. 

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.

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.


BENEFITS:

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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 .



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. 

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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

View Assessment Questions

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

NoteTo return to a previously-Saved or Incomplete application, you may use the following link: https://applicationmanager.gov/.  After you submit your application, you can return to Application Manager or My USAJOBS at any time to see the status of your application - including any messages that may have been sent to you.

 

If you cannot apply online:

  1. 1.     Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. 2.    Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.

NOTE: In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering of the statements restarts with number one. If you are entering your responses on the 1203-FX form, please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within section 25.

3.           Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

  1. 4.    It is your responsibility to retain all fax confirmation sheets.

5.   Applicants may request the OPM Form 1203-FX from OPM by calling USAJOBS at (703)724-1850; OPM will then mail the form to the applicant.  However, mailing takes time and if the announcement is nearing its closing date, this may not be practical.  The form can also be obtained on the Internet at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf .

 

YOU MUST INCLUDE ALL THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.  

 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this required cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 868666
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.
  3. It is your responsibility to retain all fax confirmation sheets.

You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( http://www.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc ) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.   Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster. 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, April 29, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1.  CV or Resume (required).

2.  VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  

http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf

3.  Online Questionnaire.

4.   Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at     http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.

5.  If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).  

6.  If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).  

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Kathy Koenig
Phone: (816)922-2522
Email: KATHY.KOENIG@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Kansas City VAMC
Human Resources Office
4801 Linwood Blvd
Kansas City, MO
64128

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.


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Job Announcement Number:

CD-13-KZK-868666

Control Number:

340870800