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Job Title:LPN - Community Living Center

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-565-14-SQ1003672-AT

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$28,392.00 to $51,672.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 to Monday, March 03, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0620-05/06

POSITION INFORMATION:

Shift Work 80 hours - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

6

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Many vacancies in the following location:
Fayetteville, NC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1003672 

LPN – Community Living Center

  (Multiple Positions Available)

 

Key Requirements:

Must have an active, unrestricted LPN license (Out-of-State Licenses Accepted)

Must have 18 months of full time experience as an LPN

Must be BCLS (CPR) Certified

Community Living Center/Long Term Care Experience preferred

 

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.  

 

Fayetteville is located in Southeastern NC along the I-95 corridor. Fayetteville is about 1.5 hours from superb Atlantic Coast Beaches, 3-4 hours from scenic mountains and skiing resorts, and about one hour from the capitol city of Raleigh. Fayetteville Regional Airport along with I-95 offers many destination choices for travelers. There are numerous parks, lakes, cultural activities and festivals, award-winning golf courses, first-rate restaurants, and multiple entertainment venues including sporting events, concerts, theaters and museums including the multi-million dollar Airborne & Special Operations Museum honoring our military neighbors at Fort Bragg. Fayetteville boasts of its superb affordable housing located in appealing and attractive neighborhoods and an excellent public and private educational system. From revitalization projects in the downtown historic district to developing housing and recreation areas along the Cape Fear River, both public and private enterprises are committed to making Fayetteville the All-American City for which it has won awards. 

 

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/ .  

 

RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED

 

 

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

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
  • Must have 18 months of current LPN experience

DUTIES:

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The Fayetteville VAMC Community Living Center (CLC) is a 69 bed nursing units that provide long term care, rehab, respite, short stay skilled, and hospice care to Veterans. The length of stay for veterans can range from 1 day to years; depending on the medical service that they require. For Veterans who will be returning home or a site for decrease level of care, discharge planning and patient/family education is initiated upon admission and continues throughout the patient’s stay in the CLC. The CLC has an interdisciplinary team that includes staff representing Nursing, Dietary, Social Work, Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Nurse Practitioners, and Physicians. The interdisciplinary team meets twice a week to discuss care planning and needs of patients. Nurses are competent in the management of patients with complex diseases such as Diabetes, CHF, COPD, Cancer, and Dementia. Nurses working in the CLC are responsible for administer medications, manage IVs (including PICC lines), and engagement with Veterans to promote meaningful days.  

 

***YOUR GRADE AND SALARY WILL BE DETERMINED BASED ON YOUR EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE AND WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE NURSE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS BOARD.***

 

 

Major Duties include but are not limited to:

Provides a full range of nursing care to veterans utilizing the nursing process.

Assesses patient's learning needs, learning preference and readiness to learn.

Develops and implements a plan of action to meet needs of the patients and instructs patients and families as needed.

Promotes discharge planning as instructed and continuity of care.

Administers prescribed therapies using appropriate judgment and protocol.

Accurately documents in the electronic medical records patient findings, assessments and care provided.

Administers medication in accordance with established procedures/policy.

Reviews Quality Improvement Plans and demonstrates knowledge of Quality Improvement Process, role and responsibility.

Participates in activities to improve patient care.

Demonstrates professional behavior and works effectively with others in providing care to patients.

Demonstrates effective communication skills to promote professional cooperation and team building with internal and external customers.

Collaborates with peers in completing Community Living Center (3A) unit workload.

 

Must be a team player with co-workers and an advocate for the Residents of the Community Living Center

 

WORK CONDITIONS: This position requires the ability to bend, lift, stoop, push and pull, as well as, perform fine motor activities.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

U.S. citizenship.  

  • Proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), 7407(d)
  • Must have an current active and unrestricted LPN license to apply (Out-Of-State License accepted)
  • Must have graduated from an accredited school of nursing at the time of graduation
  • Must have 18 months of current LPN (full time) experience preferably in a community living center/long term care/rehab center

 

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

QUALIFICATION STANDARDS:   Group Coverage Qualifications Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions; and, Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-620 Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)Series.  Qualification standards are available for review in HRMS or you may access this standard through the Internet at the following address:  http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

a. GS-3. None beyond the basic requirements. LPNs at this grade level are 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.

 

b. GS-4. 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. (LPNs at the GS-4 grade level perform all duties expected of employees at the GS-3 grade level; however, they are expected to exercise greater judgment, require less supervision, and to operate in accordance with all established policies, procedure, and techniques.)

 

c. GS-5. Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent.

(1) 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.

(2) 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.

(3) 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.

(4) 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.

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

(6) 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. 

 

d. GS-6.  Completion of at least one year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent, fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN/LVN.

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

(2) 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.

(3) 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.

(4) 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.

(5) 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.

(6) 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.

(7) 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.

(8) 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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Required Experience:

Must have at a minimum of 18 months of current full-time LPN work experience preferably in a Community Living Center/Long Term Care/Rehab Center.

   

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

 

References : VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G13, Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse.  

 


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.  Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accredited 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 submit your Certificate from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) with your application packet in order to receive consideration. Please visit www.cgfns.org for details about the Certificate from the Commission on Graduates for Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) requirements. Acceptable documents from CGFNC are: CP, CES, NYCVS, VS, ICD for VA and Verifications.

 

 

Resume:

Please list all work experience from the date of your LPN graduation to include month/year and number of hours worked per week. If you have nursing assistant experience, medic, EMT or medical experience please list work history with month/year and number of hours worked per week. Please identify any advance Specialize training documentation in your Resume: i.e. charge nurse experience, OR/ER/ICU, Cardiac Cath Lab, Conscience Sedation, Dialysis Unit and /or telemetry unit.

 

 

 

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. You will be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview using Performance Based Interview questions. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to site specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did and the outcome.

 

CAUTION:  Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and demonstrated capability.  Your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification based on the resumé, narratives and other relevant documents you submit, as well as through verification of references as appropriate.  Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your stated level of experience and demonstrated capability.  Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position following acceptance.


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://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .

OTHER INFORMATION:

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.

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.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 1003672.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, March 03, 2014.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes the following required documents (the application manager/package in itself is not an application therefore you must submit an application VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations in order to receive consideration):

  1. CV or Resume (please include all work history from the day you graduated LPN school with month/year and number of hours work per listing. If you have any other medical experience prior to your LPN experience please identify it with a month/year and number of hours worked per that listing. (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) (required). When you open up this document please save the blank copy to "my documents" on your computer and then open up to fill out. If you are unable to download this document please Google the form VA Form 10-2850c and it will open up in a PDF format.
  3. Occupational 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. When you open up this document please the blank copy to "my documents" on your computer and then open up to fill out. If you are unable to down load this document please Google the form OF-306 and it will open up in a PDF format. Please save to "my documents" on your computer and then complete.
  5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 pg. 4 (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).
  7. Copy of your Social Security Card and BCLS (CPR) card (required)
  8. Release of Information form https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/10-0459-fill.pdf (required)

 

 

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IDMA (you failed to submit required documents as specified in the vacancy announcement). Request for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a COMPLETE application package. We will not be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, etc.

 

NOTE: DO NOT mail, email, fax or hand delivery our application to the Human Resources Management Services or to the Nurse Recruiter office, Fayetteville VA Medical Center.

 

APPLICANT CHECKLIST:  Please use this checklist to ensure compliance with all application requirements.  We recommend that you print a copy of this checklist for reference while completing your application package.  Detailed instructions of the application process are included after the checklist.  Be sure to read and follow the instructions carefully.

 

APPLICANT CHECKLIST - LPN - Community Living Center (3A)


WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO SUBMIT ALL YOUR INFORMATION ONLINE
Please use the checklist below when compiling your application package and submit with application material.

 

_____ Résumé. Your resume should include work experience (NOTE: You must include the following information in order to receive credit for your experience): Name and address of employer, your job title, the beginning and ending month and year of your employment, and the average hours worked per week.  Full-time work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week.  Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities.  Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the number of hours a week spent in such employment. A description of your duties that is sufficiently detailed to document the level of your experience.  If the position is (was) with the Federal government (military or civilian), state the series and grade or pay grade (rank) and the date of last promotion. If you have Nursing Assistant experience please document this information on your resume with month/year and number of hours worked per week of your work history.
 

_____ An OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment (version dated January 2001 or later) must be submitted prior to appointment. 

 

_____  Application - VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associate Health Occupations

  

_____ Copy of your social security card and BCLS (CPR) card

 

_____ Release of Information Form

_____ All current Federal employees must provide a copy of their current SF 50, Notice of Personnel Action

____ DD 214, pg,4 if you are a prior / current Military Service

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Angela Tyson
Phone: (910)488-2120x5300
Email: ANGELA.TYSON@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Fayetteville NC VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
2300 Ramsey Street Bldg 6
Fayetteville, NC
28301

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.

 

CAUTION:  Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and demonstrated capability.  Your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification based on the resumé, narratives and other relevant documents you submit, as well as through verification of references as appropriate.  Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your stated level of experience and demonstrated capability.  Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position following acceptance.

 

Please visit “My Application Package” in your account at Application Manager to monitor the status of your application.  Messages here will acknowledge when your application is received, when the review is complete, and the result of that review.  You will be contacted about any interviews or further evaluations that are required.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants without an email address will not receive an acknowledgement email that their submission was successful. Notification of results for faxed applications will be delayed compared to online submission. Applicants are encouraged to apply online.

 


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Job Announcement Number:

VHA-565-14-SQ1003672-AT

Control Number:

356437100