Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Practical Nurse (Aub Gresh CBOC) in Chicago, Illinois
Summary There is an LPN opening at the Auburn Gresham Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). Duty Station address: 7731 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60620 Please ensure to read the How to Apply section as there are new requirements for new hires. Responsibilities The LPN works in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team in a busy Community Based Outpatient Clinic located in Auburn Gresham Illinois. Under the supervision of a licensed RN, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician, the LPN is accountable for the quality of nursing care he/she provides. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Provide preventive health care (clinical reminders) and patient education via face-to-face, telephone, or video conference Perform phlebotomy Obtain EKG Obtain vital signs, height and weight, etc. Contact Veterans for upcoming appointments, patient education, etc. Active communication and collaboration with the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) which includes patient, primary care provider, RN case manager, and patient support assistant Active communication and collaboration with the larger team which includes the family/caregiver, internal and community-based services and other disciplines involved in the care of the patient Completion of performance improvement projects Additional duties as assigned Per local facility policy, responsible for maintaining Basic Life Support (BLS) certification Work Schedule: Day Shift 7:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday Scheduling Flexibility Required Telework: Not Authorized Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Basic Requirements (all grades) Must possess a current, full, active and unrestricted licensure as a licensed practical nurse or vocational nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or District of Columbia. Must be a graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing that was approved by the appropriate state agency and/or accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN formerly called NLNAC) at the time you completed the program. Must be a citizen of the United States English language proficiency Grade Requirements: In addition to the basic requirements, the following qualification criteria must be met for grade GS-6: GS-6 Qualifications: Completion of 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. Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations. 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 and procedures. 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. 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/MO. 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. 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. 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. 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. Actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge gained with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice. Preferred Qualifications: 2-3 years of current medical-surgical experience Phlebotomy/EKG skills Experience with administration of medications and injections Strong patient screening skills Excellent interpersonal skills and customer service skills Works well with interdisciplinary team Self-directed with rational problem-solving skills Documented evidence of good communication skills written, oral, and computer Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. Physical Requirements: Walking, bending, stooping, and some lifting in the direct care of patients. There may also be extended periods of sitting. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information Receiving Service Credit or 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 employee's 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. 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