Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) - Beaver Dam Clinic
- Demonstrates concentrated effort, self-direction, and sound practical nurse judgment in planning and providing nursing care and assistance for complex, specialized patients.
- Performs venipuncture and processing of specimens after specific training.
- Performs complex nursing procedures, examples being ostomy care and unna boot re-applications.
- Initiates procedure preparation, adapting them to the patient's physical and emotional needs before, during, and after procedures, observing and managing therapeutic or possible complications resulting from the procedure.
- Initiates measurement of and documents patient data including vital signs, pain, weights and clinical reminders.
- Provides safe administration of medications in accordance with Medical Centers and Nursing Service policy and monitors the side effects on the patient. Continues to keep updated on new medications. Instructs patients and/or families in proper/safe administration of medications.
- Responds promptly to Ambulatory Care call lights and emergency situations.
- Monitors and implements infection control measures.
- Initiates protective and safety measures including recognition of patients exhibiting signs of confusion, sedation, and/or behaviors which are potentially dangerous to self and others.
- Exhibits knowledge and sound judgment in varying the sequence and order of performing treatments and procedures as indicated by the patient condition, nursing care plan and/or physician orders.
- Exhibits willingness to accept additional responsibility with learning and implementing advances in nursing practice.
- Charts in the patient's medical record observations of patient's physical and emotional status as well as responses to procedures performed and treatment rendered.
- Serves as a role model for other staff, assists with unit orientation of new employees, participates on Nursing Service committee(s), and demonstrates constructive problem solving skills.
This position is located at the Beaver Dam CBOC.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday day shift.
Functional Statement Title# : Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
*Must possess a current, full, active and unrestricted licensure as a licensed practical nurse or vocational nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or District of Columbia. This is required in order to hold a position as a Licensed Practical Nurse with the Federal Government.
*Must be a graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing that was approved by the appropriate State agency and/or accredited by the National League for Nursing (Accrediting Commission, NLNAC) at the time you completed the program.
*Must be proficient in both spoken and written English. 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).
*Must be a U.S. Citizen
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.
In addition to the Basic Requirements you must meet one of the following grade requirements:
GS-6: Must have completed at least (1) one year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent and fully meets all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN and demonstrates the following:
*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.
*Prepares and administers prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous) 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, Part II, Appendix G13. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Physical Requirements: Walking, bending, stooping, and some lifting in the direct care of patients. There may also be extended periods of sitting.
This position is not required to file a financial disclosure.
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
-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&amp;tkey=&amp;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 1993479.
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.