The Tuscaloosa VA is recruiting for many Licensed Practical Nurses to work in either Mental Health or Geriatrics & Extended Care Service. This is an open continuous announcement until September 30, 2022. Qualified applicants will be considered and referred as vacancies become available. A Recruitment Incentive will be offered. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State agency and/or accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) at the time program was completed by the applicant. 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 full LPN/LVN licensure will be accepted as meeting the education requirements for VHA employment. (2) [ ] VHA employees who were converted to appointments under 38 U.S.C. 7401(3) in implementation of Public Law 98-160, enacted November 21, 1983, and for VHA employees converted to appointments under 38 U.S.C. 7405 in implementation of Public Law 99-576, enacted October 28, 1986; and for their future personnel actions under this authority. The waiver will not apply to persons appointed under 38 U.S.C. 7401(3) or 7405 after these conversions. [(3) Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school. See paragraph 4, section C.] Full, active, current and unrestricted licensure as a licensed practical or vocational nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or District of Columbia Licensed practical or vocational nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in both spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d). May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).Grade Determinations: GS-03 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. GS-04 Six (6) months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; OR 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; 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. GS-05 Completion of at least one (1) year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent. Demonstrated knowledge and ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems. GS-06 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. References: VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G13. Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard.The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-3 to GS-6 Physical Requirements: Heavy Lifting (45 lbs. and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs. and over);Straight Pulling (up to 4 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 8 hours); Standing (up to 8 hours); Kneeling (up to 8 hours); Both legs required or prosthesis; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Ability to read typewritten characters, glasses permitted; Ability to hear the whispered voice, hearing aid permitted. ["Mental Health functions as an integral member of the interdisciplinary treatment team that assesses the needs of patients; plans, implements and evaluates quality nursing care to meet acute mental health care needs. Geriatrics & Extended Care provides skilled nursing care, and supportive personal care including the Restorative Care Program, Hospice Care, Long Term Care, and inpatient rehabilitation care in an inter professional environment to include social, recreational, and spiritual care in a culturally transformed and patient centered environment. The duties of the position include but are not limited to the following: Prepare and perform a wide range of nursing tasks consistent with policies and procedures, such as personal nursing care, medication/treatment, support for diagnostic services, documentation, teaching, leadership and environmental duties. Complete assigned duties and responsibilities which involve performing nonstandard and specialized practical nursing activities, requiring broad work experience and demonstrated skill sufficient to resolve a range of complex nursing problems. Search for missing Veterans, person search, environmental contraband search, verifying Veteran's presence, etc. Maintain a therapeutic environment, milieu, and cultural transformation. Assure the assignment of special observation status, including restraint and seclusion is completed according to policy. Uses wireless computing skills to increase engagement with Veterans. Exhibit de-escalation communication skills to prevent unsafe situations. Demonstrate communication skills that promote rapport and trust in Mental Health Recovery. Provide Veteran/Family Centered Care throughout the assignment. Perform skilled nursing care on a regular and re-occurring basis for critically ill Veterans that may exhibit a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems. Facilitate Veteran rights and encourages them to meet their responsibilities as Veterans. Participate in the team process for improvement and implementation of change. Assist in the maintenance of a safe, clean and therapeutic environment. Respond to fire and other disasters, drills and practices conservation of supplies and energy. Administer medications and treatment to patients that may exhibit a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems. Work Schedule: Shifts may vary depending upon unit of placement\nRecruitment Incentives Authorized: Amount will be given after selected\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Tonya.Gibson@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.