Licensed Practical Nurse
Please Note: This announcement is not intended to cover all the duties responsibilities or qualifications of this position.
- The Licensed Practical Nurse is accountable to the Nursing Care Coordinator or designee for completing patient care assignments and for communicating patient response to care provided to the Charge Nurse/Team Leader Care provided will be safe and effective.
- Assists with awide range of diagnostic procedures including preparing patients, assisting in exams, preparing and passing instruments, monitoring patient's conditions, and existing pertinent data.
- Demonstrates knowledge of diagnostic measures based on a broad range of clinical data, i.e., vital signs, lab, reports, x-rays, EKG tracings.
- Performs complex treatments and procedures based on nursing policy and procedures.
- Uses sound judgment to prioritize work assignments.
- Evaluates unit activity and assists as needed.
- Provides assistance to psychiatric, medical, nursing and ancillary personnel with patient care, including: administering injections, completion of clinical reminders, performing well checks by telephone.
- May assist with reminder calls and text reminders, setting up v-tel appointments with providers and maintaining and even flow in the clinic.
- Performs a multitude of other duties as assigned to keep clinic running smoothly and improving access to care.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Functional Statement Title/#: Licensed Practical Nurse /PD #00000
Location: Vinita, Oklahoma
- 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. Verification can be obtained from the State approving agency or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 61B roadway, 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10006. Additional information may also be obtained from the NLNAC Website.
- Physical Standards: Must meet the physical standards established for this position.
- 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. 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.
- English Language Proficiency: LPNs appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English.
- Two (2) -Three (3) yearsof Behavioral Medicine Experience.
- Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification
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:Applicants may be appointed at or advanced to the GS-4 grade if they meet any of the criteria below:
* Six months of qualifying experience at the GS-3 level as and LPN/LVN or equivalent, fully meeting all
performance requirements for the GS-3 LPN/LVN;
*Graduation from an approved school (which may be waived as provided in paragraph 4 of Section C) 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;
*Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.
Note: 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 one year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent, fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-4 LPN/LVN.
*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 NAs/HTs in relation 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.
*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.
*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.
*Knowledge and ability to recognize the need for and 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.
*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.
GS-6:Completion of at least one 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.
*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.
References:VAHandbook 5005/3 Part II Appendix G13.This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
The work requires, at various intervals, long periods of sitting to monitor patients and/or EKG monitors. Technician must be able to visualize monitors, various equipment, and computer screens. In addition, this position requires arduous physical exertion and the use of both hand and legs including heavy lifting and carrying of 45 pounds or more, transferring patient, turning and positioning adults of various body weights and pushing/pulling a variety of carts, touch in patient observation and care.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Other(Application for Associated Health Occupations VA form 10-2850c)
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:*Cover Letter
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 2010187.
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.