Licensed Practical Nurse Primary Care
Work Schedule: (Typically 8-430 p.m. some extended hours until 6.30.p.m occasional weekends.)
The Primary Care Licensed Practical Nurse provides direct staff support to the Primary Care Team Physician and the Primary Care Medical Clerk in planning, designing, integrating, implementing, modifying, and administering the Primary Care Model of Health Care at the Medical Center and is a key leader in the Primary Care Team. The LPN is expected to exercise technical judgment independently and requires minimal or no guidance and direction. Completed work generally needs little review by a registered nurse for technical soundness, appropriateness and conformity to policy and accepted nursing standards. He/she will identify, initiates, and actively participates in safety and emergency measures related to patient internal and external issues. He/she will responds appropriately in accordance to medical center regulations. Documents observations and information related to patient care via computer per policy and procedure. Supports the goals of Primary Care and Medical Center. Utilizes basic communication techniques in a professional, timely and courteous manner while interacting with patients, co-workers, and ancillary personnel. Maintains confidentiality in the delivery of all aspects of care. The LPN is responsible for upholding the philosophy and objectives of the nursing service. Maintains a safe environment while employing safe practices (e.g., body mechanics, PPE) compliant with all rules and regulations as defined and mandated by the safety policies of the Medical Center. Completes all required basic education requirements for LPN's. Attends in-services, staff meetings and mandatory clinical competencies (CCC). Seeks and identifies personal learning needs.
The LPN is accountable for adhering to established policies, procedures, standards of care and standards of practice, and for maintaining competencies consistent with the role and responsibilities. The LPN initiates patient appointments through hospital computer programs (VISTA or CPRS) by use of the scheduling menus to schedule lab, x-ray, and EKG tests with other clinical services, necessary for physician clinics. Explains necessary test preparation to patients and records information such as date, exam type, and procedure required in the DHCP and on appointment card or plastic ID card. Schedules and coordinates return appointments for veterans, sending computer generated appointment letters or by personal telephone call. Makes clinic corrections and changes as requested by patient and/or physician. Upon canceling clinics and appointments, reschedules these cancellations and makes notification of change through computer generated letters or by phone utilizing computer generated information, ensuring that all this information is accurately entered into the VISTA system.
The incumbent LPN willcommunicate and interact in a professional manner with all internal and external customers. He/she will provide timely feedback in addressing issues while utilizing all services for satisfying goals.He/she will maintain confidentiality of electronic, written, and/or verbal patient/employee information in accordance with policies and procedures of the Medical Center. The Primary Care LPN is organizationally and operationally responsible to the Primary Care Clinical Manager.
Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.
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.Licensure. Full, active, current and unrestricted licensure as a licensed practical or vocational nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or District of Columbia.
English Language Proficiency. Must be proficient in spoken and written English.
Assignments of licensed practical and vocational nurses at all grade levels, including entry grade levels, are dependent upon the validation of competence to perform clinical procedures and certification of such competencies via either educational programs or on-the-job training. The candidate's qualifications must clearly demonstrate the level of competence required for the grade. In addition to the basic requirements stated above, the following qualification criteria must be met for each grade:
GS-5. Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent
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 les experienced LPNs/LVNs ad/or Nursing Assistants (NAs)/Health Technicians (HT's) in relation to acceptable standards of practice in promoting optimal patient care delivery. Provides effective education to patients and/or family membersin relation to common disease processes, medication, and/or prescribed treatment regimes.]
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 ability to recognize the need for and toinstitute 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.
Recognize and appropriately responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, ad supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action.
Completed work is under the general supervision of an RN or MD/DO. Individuals at thisgrade level are expected tohave a broad working knowledge of practical nursing procedures. However, completion of more complex practices or procedures may be subject to closer higher-level review.
NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. The actual grade at which an applicant may selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-5 to GS-6. The Professional Standards Boards (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments. For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
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; phlanthropic; 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.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G13 Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard
Physical Requirements: The Physical requirements of this position include the following tasks which may be performed intermittently: lifting of up to 50 lbs. (3 hours), sitting (2 hours), standing (4 hours), walking (8 hours), climbing (1 hour), kneeling (3 hours), bending/stooping (3 hours), twisting (2 hours), pushing/pulling (6 hours), simple grasping (8 hours), fine manipulation (8 hours), reaching above the shoulder (4 hours), and operating machinery (8 hours).
For additional information on Physical Standards please see VA Directive and Handbook 5019. http://www.va.gov/vapubs/
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 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 1988924.
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.