Licensed Practical Nurse

Batavia, NY
Jan 27, 2018
Feb 26, 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
The LPN, GS-6 participates in planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care by:
  • Collaborating with the Registered Nurse in developing, selecting the appropriate sequence of procedures, and implementing a plan of care individualized to carry out the nursing needs of the patient.
  • Contributing to the interdisciplinary team in the development, implementation and evaluation of the patient's treatment and discharge plan.
  • Collaborating with members of other services regarding changes in patient's condition, laboratory results, responses to treatment plan and other pertinent parameters of care.
  • Modifying the plan of care in accordance with recognized nursing standards and prescribed treatment.
  • Providing to patients direct physical care and psychosocial interventions and by acknowledging responsibility for nursing management of mentally or medically unstable patients who nursing care needs are not readily predictable.Recognizing subtle changes or reactions in complex patient situations.Providing basic nursing care such as bathing, feeding, grooming, elimination and ambulation.
  • Making necessary judgments prior to preparing and administering medications, observes for physical and or emotional changes in patients condition, documenting changes and reporting deviations to the RN or MD/DO, recognizing side effects and contraindications.Providing patient instruction regarding common medications.
  • Recognizes emergent situations and initiates appropriate interventions.Initiates CPR as indicated. Maintains BLS certification.
  • Performing support duties for complex diagnostic test and or specialized practices or procedures, which include preparing the patient, assisting in the diagnostic examination, preparing specimens, preparing and passing instruments, and monitoring the patient's condition before, during and after the procedure. Observes patients at risk for falls, assaultive behaviors, suicide and monitoring the patient's condition and responses.
  • Anticipates and recognizing emergency situations responding promptly, seeks the assistance of the RN/MD/DO and institutes appropriate actions.Performs treatments according to policy and procedures.
  • Providing technologically complex patient care.
  • Supporting the patient and/or family members/significant other in the integration of the patient care plan toward achievement of discharge objectives.
  • Instructing patients and significant others, prior to discharge in the use of: prescribed medications, equipment, medical aids, treatments, activity level, contraindications of the same and proper follow-up of self-care.
  • Understanding human behavior, Identifying non-routine educational needs, AND motivating the patient and significant others to accept and apply instructions to facilitate timely discharge.
  • Actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, in-service education and participating in presentation of unit educational conferences.
  • Participating in unit quality improvement programs.
  • Following established safety practices and reporting to the supervisor, as promptly as possible, unsafe conditions, unsafe practices, or any occupational illness or injury which is sustained. Adhering to all safety and health standards, regulations and work practices.
  • Other duties, as assigned.
Work Schedule: Permanent, Full-time, Days/Evenings/Nights rotation. Weekend rotation. Will be discussed further in the interview.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.Basic 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: Candidate must be a graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State agency and/or accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLNAC) at the time you completed the program. Exceptions include: (1) Health care education in the military service or training in the military service that is accepted by the licensing body in the jurisdiction in which licensed as qualifying for full LPN/LVN licensure meets the education requirements.
  • LPN State Licensure: Candidate must have a full, active, current and unrestricted license as a practical or vocational nurse in s State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or District of Columbia.
  • English Language Proficiency: LPN/LVN nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in both spoken and written English.
  • Physical Requirements: The LPN position requires that the employee take and successfully pass a pre-employment physical and adhere to random drug testing.
Preferred Experience: Geriatrics nursing.

Grade Determinations:

GS-3: 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-4: 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. GS-4 grade level LPN's perform all duties expected of employees at the GS-3 grade level; however, they are expected to exercise greater judgment, require less supervision, and to operate in accordance with all established policies, procedure, and techniques.

GS-5: 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. (Works with the RN and/or MD/DO to appropriately orient/train less experienced LPNs/LVNs and/or Nursing Assistants/Health Technicians 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.)Demonstrated ability to serve as a responsible member of the nursing team and interact 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 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 facilities 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. 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. 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.

GS-6: Completion of at least one (1) year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent. 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 or physical 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. Established 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 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 nursing assistants/health technicians 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 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G13, Licensed Practical Nurse or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard, Veterans Health Administration.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-3 to GS-6.Physical Requirements: Duties require extensive periods of standing and walking. Working with patients requires regular and recurring bending, lifting less than 35 pounds, stooping, stretching, and similar activities. The employee may be scheduled to work varying hours of duty and may, on occasion, be assigned to other patient care areas.
Nursing care functions are performed throughout the healthcare environment or in a home setting
requiring safety and infection control precautions.

Selected applicants may be required to complete an online onboarding process.

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

  • Updated Resume
  • VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: (Due at the time of online application submission)
  • DD-214 Member-4 copy (Veterans)
  • VA Disability Letter (if applicable)
  • Copy of transcripts
  • Copy of license
  • SF-50 (Federal employees, current, not a cash award)
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
  • Application 10-2850c
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • 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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