Licensed Practical Nurse (Muskegon)

Muskegon, MI
Jan 24, 2018
Feb 23, 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
The LPN is accountable to the Associate Chief Nurse for Rural and Community Programs for performing the functions listed in this Functional Description according to the performance standards outlined in the Performance Plan for his/her assigned grade.

Nursing care duties are performed in a variety of settings, primarily within the Community Based Outpatient Clinics. Work involves regular and recurring exposure to infection and transmittal diseases and ordinary risks and discomforts requiring incidence of unpredictable, assault behavior, unintentional related to confused, disoriented patients and/or patients with psychiatric disorders/history. Nursing care performed comprises a segment of nursing care and contributes to the delivery of health care and the recovery of the patient.

Work consists of personal nursing care duties, treatments, diagnostic support, recording, patient teaching and rehabilitation. Recurring duties are carried out independently and employee is able to vary basic procedures to meet the individual needs and capabilities of the patient.

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 is directly responsible to the registered nurse who is the primary group leader/charge nurse for assigned patients.

The LPN works under close supervision of a registered nurse with detailed instructions given and frequent monitoring and evaluation of the performance of the assignment.

The LPN has accountability for promoting and following safety principles and promoting a safe environment for patients and co-workers.

The employee uses initiative and motivation in carrying out routine tasks. However, the employee refers problems and unfamiliar situation to the professional registered nurse. The professional registered nurse assures that finished work is in accordance with established policy and procedure through daily rounds.

Knowledge and skills sufficient for concentrated effort and self-direction in carrying out the most complex practical nursing care assignments for patients requiring skilled nursing care on a regular and recurring basis.

Knowledge of the nursing standards and has skills sufficient to assess deviations from established nursing care plan and immediately modify the patient's plan of care with notification to the professional registered nurse for concurrence in the modification to the plan.

Knowledge of pharmacology and skill sufficient to administer prescribed medication and observe for the desired action, dosage and adverse reactions of the medication. Knowledge and understanding of nursing principles, nursing care standards, patient disease entities, medical equipment/materials and equipment sufficient to observe, identify and resolve a range of patient care problems.

Demonstrates the knowledge, skill and ability to recognize emergency situations and initiates appropriate measures. Properly performs basic cardiac life support (BCLS).

Work Schedule: TOUR OF DUTY 0800-1630 (8:00A-4:30P)

Functional Statement Title/#: Licensed Practical Nurse (Muskegon) Northern Rural Expansion

-United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

-VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G13, Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standards, dated April 2003, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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.

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.

Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or
Graduation from an approved school 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.

Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent.
Demonstrated knowledge and ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems.
Knowledge and skill sufficient to prepare, administer, and appropriately document actions taken specific to commonly prescribed oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular, and/or intravenous medications as permitted by approved local facility policies and procedures.
Observation and documentation will include patient's response to medication administered and the reporting of any noted change in patient's condition to Rn or MD/DO.
Recognizes and appropriately responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and 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.

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.
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.

The full performance level of this vacancy is 06. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of 03 to 06.Physical Requirements:
Licensed Practical Nurse Functional Requirements:
Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over)
Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over)
Pushing (up to 2 hours)
Use of fingers
Both hands required
Walking (up to 6 hours)
Standing (up to 6 hours)
Kneeling (Intermittent)
Repeated bending (up to 6 hours)
Both legs required
Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously
Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"
Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 an to 20/40 in the other
Ability to distinguish shades of colors
Hearing (aid permitted)
Emotional and Mental Stability

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:

  • Resume
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), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • VA Form 10-2850c
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript
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