Job Overview

Summary


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 944586

 

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.  


At the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, our duty is to make sure Veterans receive the finest health care available within our resources. We are devoted to providing primary health care, specialized care, and mental health service to Veterans whom reside within a 50 mile radius of the Medical Center serving veterans in the states of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. For more information, please visit our web site.

 

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 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 onset's Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

 

The Department of Veterans' Affairs Medical Center Located in Cincinnati, OH is currently seeking Two (2.0) Full-Time Permanent Licensed Practical Nurse positions assigned to the Community Living Center - Fort Thomas, KY

 

This announcement is open to all U.S. Citizens.     This vacancy is also being announced to all current status employees of the Cincinnati VAMC under Announcement # VHA-NV-13-LAD-944467 from 8/16/2013 to 8/29/2013.

 

WORK SCHEDULE:  Must be able to work rotating tours, weekends, and holidays.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this annonucement.


NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-04 to GS-06  The 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

Provides basic personal care,  including oral hygiene, denture care, shaving and grooming, cleaning and clipping fingernails, bathing (shower, bed or tub), according to nursing procedures and guidelines; Provides a safe, comfortable, pleasant environment, including clean bed, bedside stand, over-bed table, and a safe ward in general; Provides safety for patients by proper application of protective device, as indicated; Identifies hazards that relate to patient care management and reports condition that needs correction to appropriate persons; Positions patients and over-bed table and assists patients with meals and nourishments; Feeds patients as indicated, and encourages fluids prn; Measures and records intake and output and disposes of body waste, as assigned; Reinforces or changes simple dressings, using aseptic technique; Applies and removes non-sterile bandages, slings, elastic bandages and stockings, as assigned; Applies non-sterile hot or cold compresses, packs and soaks, as assigned; Applies sterile dressings, such as decubitus dressings; Takes and records vital signs and measurements, which include temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure, height, and weight; In outpatient area records patients’ chief complaint and status since last clinic visit; Transcribes doctors’ orders, when necessary, under the supervision of an RN, and administers medications, including immunizations, following VA Medical Center policy and procedure; Positions, turns, holds, ambulates, and transfers patients in and out of bed, wheelchair, on and off litters and scales, using good body mechanics for safety of patient and self; Provides nursing care to patients in isolation.  Sets up room for isolation and prepares room for terminal cleaning after isolation is discontinued; Sets up and administers oxygen;

Records pertinent observations and care given on appropriate forms; Reports patient care activities to the team leader; Assists with the instruction of patients regarding self-care activities and patient education assigned by the RN for reinforcement;  Performs catherization when assigned; Initiates foley catheter care, according to procedure, and applies external catheter, as directed; Participates in the disposition of the patient and provides care of the body after death; Provides support to the family; Assists in the accomplishment of unit goals and activities; Communicates effectively with co-workers, other professionals, supportive personnel, and members of other services; Works as a cooperative and courteous member of the nursing team to consistently promote harmonious relationships among patients, their significant others, and staff; Identifies own strengths and weaknesses, and seeks assistance as needed for improving performance from an RN; Administers tube feedings after auscultating and aspirating for residual;  irrigates gastric tubes, as assigned; administers gastrostomy feedings and cares for site of insertion by cleaning and dressing change; Gives cleansing and retention enemas, as ordered; demonstrates skill in caring for ostomies; Sets up suction equipment.  Performs nasopharyngeal and tracheostomy suctioning and care, as indicated; suctions ET and nasotracheal tubes, maintaining mechanical ventilation; Recognizes medical emergency situations and initiates appropriate action; Performs finger stick blood sugar testing, using the glucometer; Consistently communicates with customers in a courteous, tactful, and helpful manner; Participates in unit QI and assists with data collection; Assists with diagnostic and therapeutic procedures; Reinforces patient teaching, as directed; Contributes to the development of patient care plan through participation in patient care conferences, rounds, and reports; May administer IV therapy and perform phlebotomy and EKG’s, as ordered, after successful completion of course and supervised practice; Assists in teaching the patient ADL and rehabilitation principles, motivating him/her toward independence; Reinforces and reiterates instructions previously presented by the RN and/or physician that provides the patient/family with information for self-care and/or follow-up outpatient care; Participates with RN in assessing patients’ support system and resources, which influence need for nursing intervention and care; Discusses with, and recommends, interventions to RN; Monitors patients’ conditions with response to interventions, and reports significant changes to RN; Utilizes educational resources to maintain clinical competency in areas described in functional description, which may include IV therapy, EKG, and phlebotomy; Collaborates with RN to establish priorities for patient care; Performs wellness checks and clinical reminders; Schedule special tests and follow-up appointments as needed, and update demographics.  Retrieves and re-files medical records, and secures release of information, as necessary.