Practical Nurse - Float Pool

Albany New York
Jan 27, 2021
Feb 24, 2021
Contract Type
Full Time
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.

Licensure: 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.

English Language Proficiency: 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).

Training/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. (See education section of this announcement)

Grade Determinations:

GS-6: Completion of at least one year of additional qualifying experience (total of 2 years) at the GS-5 level or
equivalent, fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN/LVN. Must also meet the following:
· Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient
· 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.
· 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 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.
· 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

References: VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G13

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-6

Physical Requirements: Heavy Lifting (35 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (35 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1
hour); Pushing (1 - 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 4 hours);
Standing (up to 4 hours); Kneeling (up to 2 hours); Repeated bending (up to 4 hours); Both legs required; Ability for
rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable
to 20/20 in one eye and to 20/40 in the other; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors;
Hearing (aid permitted); Emotional/Mental stability. 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: 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:

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