LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE (LPN)
This position is located in the Community Living Center (CLC) at the Roseburg VA Medical Center, in Roseburg, OR. The CLC services Veterans requiring long term care, dementia care, palliative care, hospice care, rehabilitation, skilled nursing, respite, and geriatric evaluation and management. The incumbent assists and cares for patients/residents within the inpatient and outpatient settings, communicates with other members of the healthcare team regarding patient concerns and personal observations. Demonstrates the ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems. The incumbent serves as a responsible member of the nursing team and appropriately interacts with Veterans, family members, clinicians, and supportive personnel related to patient care activities and outcomes. Knowledge of medication administration, including drug interactions, indications, and the eight rights of administrationis required.
The work involves a variety of patients of diverse cultural, spiritual, and education backgrounds. The work directly affects the overall well-being of patients served. The work involves direct patient/resident care for a designated population. The LPN is expected to have a broad working knowledge of practical nursing procedures; however, completion of more complex practices or procedures may be subject to review by a more seasoned LPN, RN, or LIP. Equipment for inpatient and outpatient settings includes items such as non-critical reusable medical equipment (RME) used for obtaining vital signs, electrocardiograms, bladder scanners, telehealth carts and cameras, and other tools for obtaining data and information for patient/resident care.
Work Schedule: Shifts will vary, unit is 24/7.
Functional Statement Title/#: Licensed Practical Nurse, CLC
- U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may 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.
(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 requirements for VHA employment.
(2) Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved
c. 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.
d. English Language Proficiency. Licensed practical or vocational nurses appointed to direct patient
care positions must be proficient in both spoken and written English.
Preferred Experience: Minimum of one year acute care or inpatient skilled nursing experienceis preferred.
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.
YouMUST submitVA Form 10-2850c & Transcripts (Unofficial) to be considered for this position
(1) GS-3. None beyond the basic requirements. LPN's 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.
(2) GS-4. Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or (b) Graduation from
an approved school 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 (c) Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.
(3) GS-5. (a) Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent. (b) 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 relations to acceptable standards of practice in promoting optimal patient care delivery. Provides effective education to patients and/or family members in relation to common disease processes, medication, and/or prescribed treatment regimes. (c) Demonstrated ability to serve as a responsible member of the nursing team and interact in an appropriate manner with patients, family members, professional and other supportive personnel involved in the delivery of patient care, incorporating acceptable, established customer service standards into practice. (d) Knowledge and skill sufficient to prepare, administer, and appropriately document actions taken specific to commonly prescribed oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular, and/or intravenous medications as permitted by approved local facility policies and procedures. Observation and documentation will include patient's response to medication administered and the reporting of any noted change in patient's condition to RN or MD/DO. (e) Knowledge and ability to recognize the need for and the need to institute emergency measures when indicated, promptly seek the assistance of the RN or MD/DO, and assist in resuscitation procedures in cardiac and/or pulmonary arrest. (f) Recognizes and appropriately responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action. (g) Completed work is under the general supervision of an RN or MD/DO. Individuals at this grade level are expected to have a broad working knowledge of practical nursing procedures. However, completion of more complex practices or procedures may be subject to closer higher-level review.
(4) GS-6. Completion of at least one (1) year of experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent, fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN/LVN. (b) Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations. (c) 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. (d) 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. (e) 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. (f) 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. (g) 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. (h) 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.
References: VA Handbook 5005/3 Part II Appendix G13 (Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standards) http://vaww1.va.gov/ohrm/directives-handbooks/direct_hand.htm.
Physical Requirements: The position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. The work involves long periods, up to twelve hours, of moving about and between the work units. The work requires regular and recurring bending, lifting, stooping, stretching, lifting, twisting, pulling, pushing, and repositioning patients, or similar activities without limitation. Must be able to lift and/or move heavy objects over 45 pounds. Must be able to carry objects over 40 pounds for distances of at least 200 feet. Assignments involve positioning patients/residents and transferring them to wheelchairs, stretchers, and beds using proper body mechanics. The person may be exposed to infected patient/residents and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations. The work requires regular and recurring ability to physically control or defend against emotionally ill and psychologically unstable patients.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Other(VA FORM 10-2850C)
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:*Cover Letter
*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
Also, required: Unofficial transcripts
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 1996543.
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.