A Recruitment/Incentive may be authorized for a Highly Qualified Individual. The LVN GS-06 performs assigned duties in a manner that promotes quality health care, positive customer service and the maintenance of an environment committed to serving the veteran. The LVN also performs assigned duties in a manner that promotes quality health care, outstanding customer service, and the maintenance of an environment committed to serving the veteran. LVNs 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. Provides care with minimal RN supervision to a select group of patients. Performs and documents focused assessments (i.e. pain assessment, fall risk assessment) and reports abnormal findings to the RN team leader, or charge nurse. Performs Accu-Check gluco-screen, takes and records vital signs and reports all significant deviations to the RN and/or health care provider immediately. Takes appropriate action as directed. Evaluates the nutritional needs for patients, including feeding assistance, and performs as necessary. Provides fluid needs and administers feeding by nasogastric, gastrostomy, jejunostomy, and enteral tubes. Actively participates in interdisciplinary team planning and patient care meetings. Utilizes problem-solving process when patient problems arise. Informs RN about data obtained pertaining to the problem. Offers solutions to problems and offers feedback to ancillary members emphasizing ways to improve performance. Accepts and mentor's non-RN staff and student nurses. Independently establishes priorities and varies the sequence of nursing care based on the patient's condition and/or response to treatment in order to accomplish assigned tasks by the end of the tour with limited supervision. Demonstrates proficiency in utilizing the Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA) scanner to administer medications to a group of patients safely and efficiently. Is able to serve as a preceptor for other LVNs, and can instruct others in the appropriate use of BCMA for medication administration. Is able to trouble shoot when issues with the BCMA scanners arise. Is aware of the contingency policy for medication administration and documentation should the computer system be non-functional. PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: 3 years LVN experience 1 year Mental Health Experience Work Schedule: 8 Hour Shifts with rotating Weekends and Holidays Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Physical Requirements: Lifting up to 35 lbs for 8-12 hours, intermittently, moderate carrying (15-35 lbs) for 8 to 12 hours, intermittently, lifting over 35 lbs with assistive devices in accordance with the Safe Patient Handling Policy except in emergent situations requiring prompt patient care, pulling for 8 to 12 hrs, intermittently, pushing for 8-12 hrs, intermittently, reaching above the shoulders for 8-12 hrs, intermittently, both hands required, walking 8-12 hrs, intermittently, standing 8-12 hours intermittently, kneeling 8 to 12 hrs, intermittently, repeated bending for 8- 12 hrs, intermittently, climbing and use of both legs and arms for 8-12 hrs, intermittently, both legs required, near vision at 13 to 16" Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other eye, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing aid permitted, twisting, simply grasp and fine manipulation
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.