Licensed Practical Nurse (Primary Care)
As a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN - Primary Care) at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System (GCVHCS), Nursing Service, Outpatient Services, located in Biloxi, MS or Pensacola, FL , the incumbent serves as member of the health care team providing care and treatment to Veterans. The LPN completes assigned duties and responsibilities, which involve performing non-standard and specialized practical nursing activities, requiring broad work experience and demonstrated skill sufficient to resolve a range of nursing problems.
Duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Provides a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems.
- Assist with and transfer patients in, to, and form the exam table, wheelchair, chair and/or stretcher. Escorts patients to appointments within the hospital and off-station as assigned. Utilizes safe patient handling (SPH) equipment as appropriate to prevent injury to peers, patients and self.
- Prepares, administers and appropriately documents actions taken specific to commonly prescribed oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular, intradermal, and/or intravenous medications as permitted by approved local facility policies and procedures.
- Applies proper medical and surgical aseptic techniques, as well as isolation precautions in performance of patient care and maintenance of a safe environment.
- Corrects or reports safety hazards and enforces smoking regulations.
- Serves as a responsible member of the nursing team and interacts in an appropriate manner with patients, family members, professional and other supportive personnel involved in the delivery of patient care through the use of acceptable and establish customer service standards.
- Interacts with patients according to the Patient Bill of Rights, VA Code of Patient Concerns, and Nursing Service philosophy to provide holistic care to patients.
- Maintains general cleanliness and order within the patient's and staff's immediate environment and encourages patients and staff to take pride in their environment.
- Accurately reports and documents in the medical record patient findings and care provided.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
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.
- Education: Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State accrediting agency and/or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC/www.nlnac.org) at the time the program was completed by the applicant. OR 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 an LPN/LVN licensure will be accepted as meeting the education requirements for VHA employment.
- 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.
- Physical Standards: Licensed Practical Nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must undergo a pre-employment physical as required by VA policies and procedures.
- English Language Proficiency: 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).
- At least two (2) years clinical experience as an LPN is preferred.
- Outpatient experience is desired.
- Ability to practice cooperative and professional interpersonal communications with diverse multidisciplinary teams.
- Ability to work with patients exhibiting a variety of physical problems.
- Ability to collect and record a variety of patient data in a computer based electronic medical record system.
- Ability to perform direct nursing care in compliance with organization standards, policies, procedures, and guidelines.
- Skilled in patient and family education for patient medications and disease processes.
- Ability to work with Mental Health patients with behavioral problems
- Current license and BLS certification.
GS-03: 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-04: Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or graduation from an approved school(which may be waived) 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 graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.
GS-05: Completion of at least one (1) year of qualifying experience at the GS-04 level or equivalent.
GS-06: Completion of at least one (1) year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-05 level or equivalent, fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN/LVN.
Qualifying experience is successful nursing practice as an LPN/LVN, maintaining acceptable standards within a health care setting under the direction of a registered nurse (RN) or physician (MD/DO). To be creditable, practical nursing experience (as an LPN or LVN) must be documented on the application and verified in an employment reference or through other independent means.
Part-time experience is credited according to the relationship it bears to the full-time work week (e.g., an LPN/LVN who worked 20 hours per week, i.e., half-time,would receive 1 full-time work week of credit for each 2 weeks of such service).
References: VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G13, Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard dated April 10, 2003
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-03 to GS-06.Physical Requirements: Heavy Lifting (45 pounds and over); heavy carrying (45 pounds and over); straight pulling; pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (3 hours); standing (3 hours); kneeling (1/4 hour); repeated bending; both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; far vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; vision corrected to read fine print; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of color; hearing (aid permitted); mental/emotional stability; no skin allergies preventing the use of protective equipment.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
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
- VHA 10-2850C, Application for Associate Health Occupations