Licensed Practical Nurse
Provides a full range of LPN/LVN care to patients with a variety of physical and psychological needs.
Works independently and provides modalities to veterans that have multiple complex medical and or emotional conditions.
Demonstrates adherence to VA and Nursing policies/procedures and standards, and maintains competencies consistent with role responsibilities.
Assists the RN/HCP and other staff in proactively identifying and addresses the veteran's needs, and is able to readily recognize the more subtle signs & symptoms of changes in the veteran's condition, and takes appropriate action.
Participates in the development of educational material for providing veteran, family and caregiver teaching
Teaches and documents health concepts to veteran, including learning needs and readiness to learn. Is self-directed in seeking out and participating in learning opportunities for the veteran.
Performs treatments, procedures and the use and reprocessing of reusable medical equipment appropriate to assigned duties.
Accurately reports pertinent, signs, symptoms, conditions, and behavior of patients to the RN/HCP as deemed necessary by the patient's condition.
Processes records accurately and timely for all patient data, and education into the medical records.
Actively participates in interdisciplinary team planning sessions by offering observations and suggestions.
Seeks out educational opportunities to enhance knowledge and skills.
Other duties, as assigned.
Work Schedule: : Rotating Tours, Rotating Days, Weekend, Holidays, On Call)
- 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 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.
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 members in 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 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.
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 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.
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
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.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).
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).