Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 876137

Licensed Practical Nurse (Community Living Center); Biloxi, MS; 2 Vacancies

Open: 4/12/13        Closes: 9/30/13

OUR MISSION: 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.  

This is an open-continuous announcement.  We will accept application packets on an on-going basis; however, eligible and qualified applicants that have submitted complete application packets will be referred to the selecting official at various intervals.  If the vacancies are filled prior to the closing date, the announcement will be closed. 

As a VA Licensed Practical Nurse, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions 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/”]

Note:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-0620-06.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-0620-04 to GS-0620-06.  The Nursing Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Duties

The LPN provides personal hygiene (bathing, shaving, shampooing hair, skin and mouth care) for assigned patients according to defined procedures. She/he feeds and/or encourages diets, nourishment, and fluids to meet nutrition and hydration needs of assigned patients using feeding utensils and special adaptive devices. She/he t urns, positions, and transfers patients in, to, and from bed, chair, stretchers and escorts patients to appointments within the hospital and off-station as assigned and leaves no dependent patient in one position longer than two hours. Administers and records medications (IM, PO, rectal, topical, subcutaneous intradermal). The LPN also monitors IV's, and performs treatments for patients using medical and/or surgical aseptic techniques, according to defined procedures for oral care, perineal care, heat and cold applications, bladder catheterization, irrigation of suprapubic, catheter, colostomy irrigation, nasogastric tube irrigation, tracheostomy suctioning, enema administration, and application of ointments, lotions, and powders and assists physician or professional nurse with other procedures. The incumbent also measures, reports, and/or documents vital parameters of body functions and changes in physical, mental, or behavioral states as indicated . She/he a pplies proper medical and surgical aseptic techniques and isolation precautions in performance of patient care and maintenance of a safe environment.