Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Practical Nurse (Telehealth Clinical Technician) at the Nashville Annex clinics in Nashville, Tennessee

Job Overview

Job Overview
Summary

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.

Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) is one of the largest integrated health care systems in the Department of Veterans Affairs and includes facilities in Murfreesboro and Nashville. Community-Based Outpatient Clinics are located in Clarksville, Chattanooga, Tullahoma, and Athens. Tennessee has NO STATE TAXES!!!

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1998606

If you are not an internal employee (i.e., VA applicant located at the facility and/or Community Based Outpatient applicant) or VA Agency Wide employee, or current Federal employee, you should apply under the announcement #JK-17-AJJ-1998610-BU https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/476722400 .

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

RECRUITMENT.ELOCATION INCENTIVE: A recruitment incentive has not been authorized for this position.

The full performance level of this vacancy is a GS-6 .The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-3 to a GS-6. 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.

Duties

The incumbent will be assigned to Nursing Service at the Nashville Annex Clinics(Charlotte Ave,Meharry, and the Women's Clinic)in Nashville, TN. and work under the general supervision of the Nurse Manager of the unit, and functions under the leadership of a registered nurse.

The LPN performs progressively complex age-specific nursing care for adult and geriatric inpatients or outpatients with a variety of physical, mental, behavioral or psychosocial needs, which require increased judgment and independent action, according to assignment and training.

Responsible for assisting in the coordination of patient care delivery to ensure quality care according to established standards of care/practice, policy and procedures, assist MD with frequently performed procedures, and adheres to Standard Operating This position serves within the Outpatient Clinic setting in the role of Tele-health LPN, providing for multiple tele-health, telemedicine and tele-retinal modalities of care. This position may perform multiple support functions and ancillary duties with Primary Care Clinics to include providing relief for PACT LPN's and performing procedures such as phlebotomy, EKG's, Bladder Scans, and Injections, if time permits from their CVT clinic duties.

Responsibilities include:

  • Telehealth presenter, imager, scheduler, equipment manager, inter-facility event coordinator, and other program support duties as assigned.
  • Collecting and labeling specimens.
  • Performing diagnostic procedures such as cardiac monitoring, TPR, B/P, phlebotomy etc.
  • Documents and reports results to the registered nurse and/or physician and the medical record.
  • Administers oral,subcutaneous, and intramuscular medications
  • Additional duties and responsibilities as assigned

PHYSICAL EFFORT:See VA Handbook 5005, Part III, Chapter 2, paragraph 7, and VA Handbook 5019, Occupational Health Services. All applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position. Must be able to lift (30 lbs or more); twisting and/or bending, standing and/or walking almost constantly during the course of the day.

WORKING CONDITIONS:Duties are performed in a health care environment as defined by the VA Tennessee Valley Health Care System and involves regular and recurring potential for exposure to infection and contagious diseases as well as potential exposure to anger, hostile, and combative patients. The incumbent is also exposed to moderate levels of noise and radiation and must utilize protection devices. If individual wears glasses, safety shields are required and will be provided; must use personal protective equipment (RME) as required. Work is performed in a ward setting.

WORK SCHEDULE: Based on the needs of the service.

Supervisory Status

No

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

This announcement is an internal announcement, limited to Permanent employees of Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Permanent VA Employees and Federal Civil Service employees.

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • US Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certificate, or Registration required
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Test required
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1961
Qualifications

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

To Qualify at the GS-3 level-Experience and Education- None beyond the basic requirements.

To Qualify at the GS-4 level - Experience Six (6) months of qualifying experience as a LPN or LVN OR Experience and Education. Graduation from an approved school and one (1) 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. Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.

To Qualify at the GS-5 level - Experience - Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-04 level or equivalent.

Please make sure that each item below is addressed in detail in the body of your resume.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

In addition can demonstrate the following KSAs:

  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.

To Qualify at the GS-6 level-Experience- Completion of at least one (1) year of qualifying experience at the GS-05 level or equivalent and fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-05 LPN/LVN.

Please make sure that each item below is addressed in detail in the body of your resume.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: In addition can demonstrate the following KSAs:

  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.

References: http://vaww1.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix, Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs(e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

* APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:* Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S.Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ 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 send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

  • U.S. Citizenship (Non-citizens may be appointed only if it is not possible to recruit qualified U.S. citizens)
  • Education - Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State agency accredited by the Accreditation Commission For Education in Nursing Inc. (ACEN) at the time the program was completed by the applicant.

Verification can be obtained from the State approving agency or the Accreditation Commission For Education in Nursing Inc., 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 | Atlanta, GA 30326 by phone (404) 975-5000 Or from the ACEN web site - http://www.acenursing.org/. All applicants must verify that the program where you received your Nursing Degree is accredited by checking to see if it is listed on either the state agency approved list or the ACEN list (see below) in order to meet the basic qualification requirements. IF your educational degree program is not listed on one of these websites and the program was accredited at the time you graduated, you will need to submit additional written documentation from one of these agencies or from the Director of the Nursing program of your school as proof of accreditation by the ACEN or the State. Your college transcripts are not proof of this documentation.. The ACEN accredits all levels of nursing programs. To Verify State Nursing Board: Google – State Nursing Board of (the state in which the school is located) and then look for the Board of Nursing approved LPN schools. 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 LPN/LVN licensure will be accepted as meeting the education requirements for VHA employment.

  • Proficient in spoken and written English- as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
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. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).You will be notified when this decision is made. After the review is complete, a certificate is issued and all applicants will be notified of their status by email. Reffered applicants will be notified and may be contacted directly by the Selecting Official for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection has been made.

You may check the status of your application at ant time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "more information." Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJOBS Resource Center.

BENEFITS

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.vacareers.va.gov/about-va/index.asp .

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 onthe number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

Other Information

The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s ) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application http://www.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/applicantchecklist.doc http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

The VA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factor.

Designated Drug-Testing position: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

Drug Free Workplace -This position may be designated as sensitive as defined in Presidential Order 12564. After hire, persons employed in sensitive positions are subject to random testing for use of illegal drugs. Testing will be conducted in accordance with Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Guidelines for Drug Testing Programs. Random testing will begin no sooner than 30 days from the date a Drug Testing notice is received.

Probationary Period: New appointees may be subject to a one (1) year probationary period.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/476722700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-10 to 2017-08-30

Salary: $26,150 to $47,598 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 00

Series: 0620 Practical Nurse

Appointment type: Agency Employees Only

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: JK-17-AJJ-1998606-BU

Control number: 476722700