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Licensed Practical Nurse (MHRRTP)

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Lexington
Posted on: April 10, 2021

Job Description:

* Videos Videos * Duties Help Duties Summary The Mental Health, Residential Rehab Treatment Program (MHRRTP) LPN GS-7 is directly responsible to the Nurse Manager or assigned supervisor, and works independently, with readily available guidance from the RN or Provider. The (MHRRTP) LPN GS-7 meets the needs of both the internal and external customers while supporting the mission of the VA by consistently communicating and treating customers in a courteous, professional, and respectful manner. Learn more about this agency Responsibilities The (MHRRTP) LPN GS-7 is responsible for upholding the philosophy, objectives, mission and vision of the Patient Care Services. The (MHRRTP) LPN GS-7 is accountable for adhering to established policies, procedures, standards of care and standards of practice, and for maintaining competencies consistent with roles and responsibilities. The (MHRRTP) LPN GS-7: * Provides care in a safe and cost-effective manner.* Contributes to the evaluation of residents at risk for relapse and/or suicide and implements appropriate safety measures to assist the resident with coping and regaining control.* Actively participates in all treatment team functions and contributes pertinent information regarding veteran's abilities, behaviors, and needs.* Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of the Recovery model, resident teaching, effective communication techniques, and conducting nursing groups regarding coping with PTSD, addiction, and other psychiatric conditions.* Demonstrates broad knowledge and skill with respect to psychiatric conditions including PTSD and addiction, medications, contraindications, actions, and recognition of the subtler signs and symptoms of potential and actual drug reactions.* Demonstrates the ability to proactively assist the RN and/or provider in managing the resident's behavior/medications/treatments.* Promptly recognizes potential or actual behavioral and medical changes, including drug reactions.* Promptly informs the RN and/or provider of observed changes in resident condition and initiating appropriate, prescribed intervention with safe and therapeutic resident care delivery, within scope of practice.* Promptly reports all accidents and potential safety concerns and notifies supervisor of these issues.* Interprets emotional and physical changes based on understanding of evidence based practices with special knowledge related to PTSD, Substance Abuse, and other psychiatric conditions.* Demonstrates the knowledge, skill, ability, and responds appropriately to emergency situations and unpredictable behaviors.* Contributes to the evaluation of pain/comfort status and assists patients to utilize coping skills and non-pharmacologic pain interventions.* Supports and encourages participation in all aspects of recovery process.* Demonstrates the ability to promote teamwork and conflict resolution among peers and veteran's, role-modeling effective communication strategies.* Obtains specimen labels, special instructions, and/or sample requirements from the hospital computer system.* Delivers specimens to the designated delivery point for transportation to assure timely receipt.* Complies, leads interventions, and assists with all safety rules/regulations.* Attends scheduled training sessions and participates in medical center/service level safety promotions as directed by the supervisor.* Possesses knowledge of fire drill and emergency plans for work area, including location of all emergency equipment.* Functions independently as the team leader for assigned tour of duty on the (MHRRTP) unit. Pay Schedule: V744 Work Schedule: 80 hours per pay period, Various TOD Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Travel Required Not required Supervisory status No Promotion Potential 7 * Job family (Series) 0620 Practical Nurse Similar jobs * Licensed Practical And Licensed Vocational Nurses* Licensed Practical Nurses* Licenses Vocational Nurses* Lpns* Lvns* Nurses, Licensed Practical * Requirements Help Requirements Conditions of Employment * You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job* Designated and/or random drug testing may be required* Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959* You may be required to serve a probationary period* Subject to a background/security investigation* Must be proficient in written and spoken English* Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, April 14, 2021. 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.* Education. 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 the program was completed by the applicant.* Licensure. Current, full, active, and unrestricted license to as a graduate licensed practical or vocational nurse in any State.* English Language Proficiency. Nurses appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 USC 4105, 4114(f) and 5010(b). Preferred Experience: * Three years of LPN experience* Experience working in a residential rehabilitation program* Experience in behavioral health Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements, the following qualification criteria must be met for each grade. The candidate's qualifications must clearly demonstrate the level of competence required for the grade. * GS-7* The GS-7 grade level is for select, complex LPN/LVN positions, as established by each health care facility. To be advanced, employees must meet all of the following standards, provided the standard is part of their assignment.* Completion of at least one (1) year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-6 level or equivalent, fully meeting all of the performance requirements for the GS-6 LPN/LVN.* Knowledge and skills necessary to carry out more specialized patient care duties, including assignments in selected, more complex inpatient and/or outpatient care settings. Knowledge base promotes the incorporation of current patient care data in actively contributing to the development of the patient's overall health plan and in carrying out assigned nursing interventions.* Ability to assist RN and/or MD/DO to appropriately prioritize overall patient care needs and adjust plans for care delivery. Makes astute observations of subtle, less obvious changes, both physical and emotional, in patient's condition, and accurately and thoroughly documents care delivered and patient's response to care that could require immediate modification of the patient's care plan. Appropriately seeks assistance and guidance by informing RN or MD/DO of changes in patient's condition requiring higher-level intervention. At this grade level, the LPN/LVN is expected to participate to a greater degree in prioritizing, and, as appropriate, modifying patient care treatment. They must also possess the ability to observe more subtle physical and emotional changes in patients and demonstrate taking appropriate action based on those observations.* Ability to proactively assist the RN or MD/DO in addressing patient's needs for medication/treatments, accurately administering prescribed medications/treatments according to established policies/procedures and appropriately recording administration and patient's response to medications/treatments received. (This may include restricted medication locally authorized for administration by employees at this grade level.) Demonstrates the knowledge and ability to readilyrecognize the more subtle signs and symptoms of potential or actual drug reactions, promptly inform the RN or MD/DO of observed changes in patient's condition and initiate appropriate, prescribed interventions. Employees at this grade level demonstrate broader knowledge and skill with respect to these responsibilities than employees at lower grade levels.* Knowledge and skill to promptly recognize potential urgent or emergent patient care situations, seek assistance of the RN and/or MD/DO for appropriate team intervention and effectively intervene, as directed, to assure the continuation of optimal, safe and therapeutic patient care delivery. At this grade level, the LPN/LVN must have a broader knowledge of the patient treatment process and exercise judgment that demonstrates the ability to effectively intervene when appropriate.* Assists individuals or groups of patients and their families to take an active role in promoting healthy lifestyles for more positive patient outcomes. Exercises skill in influencing and communicating with unusually difficult to care for or communicate with patients and/or family members who may exhibit problems with lack of self-control, resistant or abusive behaviors, or impediments in their ability to understand or follow instructions. This includes the ability to effectively deal with the above types of patients under very general supervision.* Exhibits skill, creativity and initiative in contributing to the improvement of overall care delivery and patient and/or family satisfaction levels through active participation in committees/task forces, research projects or in developing educational materials/media. Actively promotes and effectively incorporates established customer service standards in all aspects of their practice.* Possesses comprehensive practical nursing knowledge and skills in specialized procedures and practices to serve as a resource person for other staff in organizing and implementing more complex/specialized patient care. Serves as a role model and mentor to other nursing staff in the application of more complex technology, effectively guiding and directing their continuing practice in these areas.* Supports the RN or MD/DO in monitoring the practice of unlicensed nursing or non-medical staff in patient care delivery. Promptly reports any deviations from normal practice patterns to the RN or MD/DO. In addition to responsibilities at the lower grade level, the LPN/LVN is responsible for monitoring the practice of non-licensed nursing and medical staff.* Work of considerable difficulty and responsibility is performed under general supervision. Individuals in these positions are, to a considerable extent, expected to exercise independent technical judgments and to possess and apply a comprehensive working knowledge of the principles, art and science of practical nursing.* Actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, and providing leadership in assisting other staff improve and advance their nursing practice. References: A regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-13 LICENSED PRACTICAL OR VOCATIONAL NURSE QUALIFICATION. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-7. Physical Requirements: The LPN must be able to perform work that requires regular and recurrent walking, bending, lifting 45 pounds or more, stooping, reaching, stretching, and similar activities supporting various weights. The position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This also includes frequently pushing medication carts, wheelchairs, lifts, and beds. LPN must be able to care for Veterans with various medical and psychiatric issues. At times, these Veterans exhibit unpredictable behavior. LPN must be able to work closely with others, have sufficient hearing to respond to various alarms, and must be able to communicate verbal and in writing. He/she will make caring for the veteran his/her priority while in the work setting and demonstrate customer service principles in all aspects of work. The LPN is subject to exposure to communicable diseases. The use of personal protective equipment such as, but not limited to, gloves and protective clothing is required. The LPN will have exposure to biohazard materials and sharps. 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.

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Lexington , Licensed Practical Nurse (MHRRTP), Healthcare , Lexington, Kentucky

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