LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE/ VOCATIONAL NURSE (OUTPATIENT)
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is responsible and accountable for the delivery of nursing care to veterans in the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (VASNHS) in the Outpatient Clinics located within the Laughlin Community Based Outpatient Clinic. The incumbent has the knowledge and skills necessary for concentrated efforts and self-direction in carrying out the most complex practical nursing care assignment with the patients ranging in age from young adulthood to the senior years of life.
The incumbent will assess and provide treatment to general medical patients. Duties include but are not limited to:
Serves as a member of the outpatient clinic team.
Provides care to Veterans requiring complex practical nursing care.
Demonstrate sufficient skill to resolve a range of nursing problems.
LPN requires a general review by the RN for technical soundness, appropriateness, and conformity within policy and procedures.
LPN will perform complex practical nursing duties of a variety of outpatient clinics.
LPN is expected to display a professional appearance and attitude while interacting with patients, visitors and other VASNHS personnel.
Must be willing to float to other areas within scope of practice as determined by the Nurse Manager.
Work Schedule: To be discussed with site manager
Functional Statement Title/#: LPN/000000
U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Education. Graduate of a school of practical or vocation 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. Verification can be obtained from the State approving agency or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commmission. Exceptions include:
1- 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 qualifying for full LPN/LVN licensure will be accepted as meeting the education requirments for VHA employment.
2- VHA employees who were converted to appointments under 38 USC 7401(3) in implementation of Public Lay 98-160, enacted November 21, 1983 and for VHA employees converted to appointments under 38 USC 7405 in implementation of Public Law 99-576, enacted October 28, 1986; and for their future personnel actions under this authority. The waiver will not apply to persons appointed under 38USC 7401(3) or 7405 after these conversions.
3- Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school.
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.
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; philanthropic; 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.
GS-06: Must have completed at least (1) one year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-05 level or equivalent and fully meets all performance requirements for the GS-05 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 recognized 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/procedure. 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 deliver. 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 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G13. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.Physical Requirements:
The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient, environmental and program needs.
Specific requirements include:
Moderate Lifting 35 lbs.
Use of Fingers
Both hand required
Walking/standing intermittently up to a period of one continuous hour. Total walk/stand time for the day up to 4 hours.
Intermittent sitting up to a period of one continuous hour. Total sitting time for the day up to 4 hours.
Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously.
Ability to distinguish shades of color.
Typing intermittently for approximately one to five hours per day.
Reaching above shoulder required to obtain supplies or light objects.
Fine motor movements of hand/fingers required to pump blood pressure bulb to obtain blood pressure reading up to 10 times per day.
Hearing acuity to auscultate using stethoscope (i.e. blood pressure, etc.)
Corrected vision to 20/30.
Ability to exert 20 lbs of pressure to compress an adult chest 2" for approximately 1-2 minutes (CPF)
Frequent hand washing/sanitizing required.
Frequent use of computers
May be exposed to blood/body fluids or infectious diseases.
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:
- VA Form 10-2850C
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).
- VA Form 10-2850C
- Other Veterans Document