Licensed Practical Nurse
The incumbent will possess the knowledge, skills and self-direction to carry out and complete nursing procedures, comprehensive patient education, broad assignments and nursing care expected in the outpatient, ambulatory care setting, participation in complex ambulatory procedures common to Primary Care, Dermatology, Podiatry and other medical/surgical subspecialty clinics.Duties include (but are not limited to):
- Implementing treatment modalities in response to chronic and acute medical conditions.
- Workingunder the guidance of a Registered Nurse (RN) and/or medical provider with general overview by RN or medical staff.
- Providingpreventative health and chronic disease management and education, and screening inquiries allowed with the practice of nursing and approved by nursing and medical leadership.
- Adheringto the practice restrictions outlined in state license and facility protocols and policies.
- Performs routines expected of the position and/or competency with minimal oversight to include venipuncture, intake and assessment, injections, EKG's, vital signs, photo imaging, education, wound care etc.
- Performing phlebotomy services: Collecting, processing, preparing, storing, and packaging laboratory specimens.
- Using standard aseptic procedures and safeguards and practices infection control (Universal Precautions) in the performance of all specimen collection and processing duties.
- Identifying the patient using two acceptable patient identifiers, review laboratory request for order number, accession lab orders, and ensure proper labeling and integrity of patient samples.
- Recording and maintaining all quality controls, operating and maintaining the centrifuge and required refrigeration/cooling equipment.
- Recognizingthe need for optimal customer service and immediate service recovery to promote the optimum patient experience.
- Takingall necessary precautions to avoid the spread of illness or disease when administering care to patients.
This is a Bargaining Unit Position
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, Other as patient care dictates; Days and Evenings; 7:00AM to 4:00PM
The grade for this position is determined by the qualification standards, time in experience and performance of the incumbent based on the following criteria:
- Completion of at least one 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.
- Demonstrated ability to serve as a responsible member of the nursing team and interact in an appropriate manner with patients family members, professionals and others.
- Knowledge and skill sufficient to prepare, administer and document actions taken specific commonly prescribed medications as approved by the facility policies and procedures.
- Knowledge and ability to recognize the need for and to institute indicated emergency measures, seek assistance from the RN, MD or DO and to assist in resuscitation procedures.
- Recognize and respond to breakage/malfunction, loss of equipment, safety hazards and deficiencies and to report to appropriate personnel.
- Complete work under the supervision of an RN, MD or DO.
- Completion of at least one year of qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent for LPN/LVN while meeting all performance requirements.
- Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patients.
- Knowledge and ability to carry out patient care based on patients' conditions.
- Ability to observe, identify and respond to the patient's needs for care, including medication, equipment-assisted care and patient/family education.
- Prepares and administers prescribed medications and performs procedures according to established protocols and policies.
- Knowledge and ability to recognize urgent and emergency patient care situations.
- Knowledge and understanding of human behavior, patient motivations and reactions to situations.
- Establish constructive relationships with patients and families.
- Knowledge and skill in performing support duties for complex diagnostic tests and/or specialized practices.
- Actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills and to share knowledge gained with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice.
U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may 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. Physical Standards: Must meet the physical standard in VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
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).
References: VA Handbook 5005 , Part II, Appendix G13, Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standards.This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Physical Requirements: Heavy Lifting (45 lbs. and over); Heavy Carrying (45 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 6 hours); Standing (up to 8 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Hearing (aid permitted).
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:*Cover Letter
*Other(VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations and Proof of Licensure)
*Other Veterans Document
VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
Please use this checklistto 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, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
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 VIN 1979252.
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.