Licensed Practical Nurse - Primary Care Clinic (External)

Columbia, SC
Dec 06, 2017
Dec 08, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center is recruiting for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) for
vacancies in the Primary Care Clinic (PCC) of Acute Service. The LPN is responsible for observing,
recording and reporting changes in the patient's condition, as well as assisting in the development and
revision of the patient-driven holistic care plan. The LPN requires a general review of their work by an
RN for appropriateness and conformity with license, policies and procedures. The LPN demonstrates
active collaboration and communication with Patient Aligned Care Teamlet (Patient, Primary Care
Provider, RN Care Manager and Administrative Associate) and Larger Team (family/caregiver, internal
and community based services and disciplines involved in providing care to the patient). Performs other
related duties as required by Nurse Manager.

Preferred Experience and/or Education: Previous acute care and ambulatory care nursing experience, especially with Patient Aligned Care Teams or Medical Home Clinics.

Work Schedule: Rotating shifts to include nights, weekends and holidays. Tour of duty is subject to
change depending on agency needs.

Functional Statement Title/#: LPN/005460

Basic Requirements:
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. Verification can be obtained from the State approving agency or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 61 Broadway 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10006. Additional information may also be obtained from the NLNAC web site.
Exceptions include:
o 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.

o VHA employees who were converted to appointments under 38 U.S.C. 7401(3) in implementation of
Public Law 98-160, enacted November 21, 1983, and for VHA employees converted to appointments
under 38 U.S.C. 7405 in implementation of Public Law 99-576, enacted October 28, 1986; and for their
future personnel actions under this authority. The waiver will not apply to persons appointed under 38
U.S.C. 7401(3) or 7405 after these conversions.

o Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved
school. See paragraph 4, section 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.
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: Previous acute care and ambulatory care nursing experience, especially with Patient Aligned Care Teams or Medical Home Clinics.

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.

Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements, the following qualification criteria must be
met for each grade. The candidate's qualifications must clearly demonstrate the level of competence
required for the grade.

GS-6. (a) Completion of at least one (1) year of additional qualifying 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.

References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G13, Licenses Practical or
Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements: Position requires standing up to 4 hours, walking up to 4 hours, bending/stooping up to 2 hours, heavy lifting/carrying (45 pounds and over) and transferring in administration of patient care. In addition, the incumbent must be emotionally stable and adjust to different types of personalities, demonstrating cheerfulness, compassion, courtesy and concern. He/she must be quick and dependable in taking emergency action as directed and use initiative in preventing accidents.

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)
*Other Veterans Document

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). (Available at the VA Forms Website:

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 2008113.

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.

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