Licensed Practical Nurse - Outpatient Department
This LPN position will be located in the Outpatient Department. The Licensed Practical Nurse works under the supervision of a Registered Nurse and is responsible for the nursing care provided to the patients assigned to him/her. The Licensed Practical Nurse will prepare and dispense medications, give complete personal and hygienic care and provide assistance with activities of daily living to include moving, lifting, and positioning. The Licensed Practical Nurse will also provide assistance with food and fluid intake, recording of I&O's vital signs, medications, treatments, and patient care. Excellent customer service and communication skills are required. Other duties will include:
- Uses established patient care procedures for all patients and related nursing care such as administering medications, catheterizing, irrigating, and suctioning patients.
- Providing lifting, turning and oral/hygiene care.
- Observes the patient and reports gross changes inpatient's vital signs symptoms and general physical and emotional condition for inclusion in the patient'scare plan.
- Performs treatments such as wound care, make complex sterile dressing changes, catheterizations, bladder irrigations, nasotraheal suction, chest percussions instructs patients in postural drainage.
- Responds to emergency situations such as cardiopulmonary arrest. Initiates and follows instructions in critical situations.
- Sets up humidifiers, nebulizers, gauges and suction apparatus and give treatments that require operation of special equipment such as oxygen and suction.
- Understands and describes the human body structure, function, illness and dieases; the uses and contraindication of certain mediations, the treatment procedures, the related patient charting the purpose of assisting with assessment, planning implementation and evaluation as well as communication with the multidisciplinary team.
- Uses equipments, materials, medications and supplies in a variety of diagnostic and treatment procedures that support nursing care of all patients.
- Observes and reports the patient's physical, emotional and psychological response to nursing care, medical treatment and other therapy.
- Identifies and reports hazardous conditions and equipment in need of repair in a timely manner.
- Practice proper body mechanics in order to prevent injury to self and patients/residents.
Work Hours: Monday-Friday: 7:30am - 4:00pm with extended hours up to
6:00 p.m. as needed.
Functional Statement: LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE #000000.
A. U.S. Citizenship. Must be a citizen of the United States.
B. Experience and 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. Verification can be obtained from the State approving agency or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, NY 1006. Additional information may also be obtained from the NLNAC Website. Exceptions include:
1. 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 requirement 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 12, 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 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.
C. Licensure. Full active, current and unrestricted license 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. An LPN/LVN who has or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions in Chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16 of this part.
D. Physical Standards: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
E. English Language Profiency. LPN/LVNs appointed to direct patient care positions must be profient in both spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
2 years Ambulatory Care, Specialty Care Clinics, or team based care.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
GS-3 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-4 Employees may be appointed at or advanced to GS-4 if they meet any of the criteria in paragraphs:
Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or Graduation from an approved school (which may be waived as provided in paragraph 4 of Section, and one 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-5 Completion of at least 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. [Works with the RN and/or MD/DO to appropriately orient/train less experienced LPNs/LVNs and/or Nursing Assistants (NAs)/Health Technicians (HTs) in relation to acceptable standards of practice in promoting optimal patient care.
GS-6 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/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. Prepare and administer prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous) and performs treatments according to established policies/procedures. Observe 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 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.
References: For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
Physical Requirements:The physical requirements for this position in accordance with HRML No. 05-12-02, Employment of People with Disabilities, including Under Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(u). Heavy Lifting (45 pounds and over); Heavy Carrying (45 pounds and over); Straight pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1-2 hrs); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both Hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Kneeling; Repeated bending (up to 1 hour);Both legs required. Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20; Hearing(aid permitted); Ability to hear whispered voice. Emotional stability. Ability for rapid mental and musular coordination simultaneously.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Other(10-2850C- Application for Associated Health Occupations)
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:*Cover Letter
*Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
*Other Veterans Document
VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). Available at the VA Forms website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey=&Action=Search
Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1991389.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.