License Practical Nurse (LPN)

Freeport, IL
Jan 09, 2018
Jan 29, 2018
Ambulatory Care
Contract Type
Full Time

This position opening is for a LPN in the Lab Department Specialty Clinics. As an LPN in the Lab Department Specialty Clinics, under the direction of the Nurse Manager, Clinic RN and/or Provider, the LPN provides a broad range of direct, age-specific patient care activities and supportive services to selected acute care, long term, ambulatory care or psychiatric patients requiring complex, specialized care. Specific duties include:

  • Perform phelbotomy duties and lab procedures that meet the facility, OSHA and Joint Commission standards as well as any specific national lab certifications or requirments.
  • Responsible to ensure area of lab is stocked and functioning smoothly at all times.
  • Assist with clinic flow and primary care demands for rooming patients, completing required or needed clinical reminders.
  • Assisting LPN and providers with patient care needs.Demonstrates concentrated effort, self-direction, and sound practical nurse judgment in planning and providing nursing care and assistance for complex, specialized patients.
  • Performs complex nursing procedures, examples being ostomy care and unna boot re-applications.
  • Initiates procedure preparation, adapting them to the patient's physical and emotional needs before, during, and after procedures, observing and managing therapeutic or possible complications resulting from the procedure.
  • Initiates measurement of and documents patient data including vital signs, pain, weights and clinical reminders.
  • Provides safe administration of medications in accordance with Medical Centers and Nursing Service policy and monitors the side effects on the patient. Continues to keep updated on new medications. Instructs patients and/or families in proper/safe administration of medications.
  • Charts in the patient's medical record observations of patient's physical and emotional status as well as responses to procedures performed and treatment rendered.
  • Serves as a role model for other staff, assists with unit orientation of new employees, participates on Nursing Service committee(s), and demonstrates constructive problem solving skills.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday - Tour based on clinic needs.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not RequiredBasic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • ?,Ã?Must possess a current, full, active and unrestricted licensure as a licensed practical nurse or vocational nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or District of Columbia. This is required in order to hold a position as a Licensed Practical Nurse with the Federal Government.
  • Must be a graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing that was approved by the appropriate State agency and/or accredited by the National League for Nursing (Accrediting Commission, NLNAC) at the time you completed the program.
  • Must be proficient in both spoken and written English. 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).
Grade Determinations: In addition to the Basic Requirements you must meet the following:

GS-6: Must have completed at least (1) one year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent and fully meets all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN and demonstrates the following:
  • 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.
  • Actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge gained with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G13. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS 06.Physical Requirements: Walking, bending, stooping, and some lifting in the direct care of patients. There may also be extended periods of sitting.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • VA FORM 2850C
  • Resume
  • Transcript
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at:

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • VA FORM 2850C
  • Resume
  • Transcript
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

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