Licensed Practical Nurse

Saint Louis, MO
May 17, 2018
May 29, 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
The Primary Care Licensed Practical Nurse provides direct staff support to the Primary Care Team Physician and the Primary Care Medical Clerk in planning, designing, integrating, implementing, modifying, and administering the Primary Care Model of Health Care at the Medical Center and is a key leader in the Primary Care Team. The LPN is expected to exercise technical judgment independently and requires minimal or no guidance and direction. Completed work generally needs little review by a registered nurse for technical soundness, appropriateness and conformity to policy and accepted nursing standards. He/she will identify, initiates, and actively participates in safety and emergency measures related to patient internal and external issues. He/she will responds appropriately in accordance to medical center regulations. Documents observations and information related to patient care via computer per policy and procedure. Supports the goals of Primary Care and Medical Center. Utilizes basic communication techniques in a professional, timely and courteous manner while interacting with patients, co-workers, and ancillary personnel. Maintains confidentiality in the delivery of all aspects of care. The LPN is responsible for upholding the philosophy and objectives of the nursing service. Maintains a safe environment while employing safe practices (e.g., body mechanics, PPE) compliant with all rules and regulations as defined and mandated by the safety policies of the Medical Center. Completes all required basic education requirements for LPN's. Attends in-services, staff meetings and mandatory clinical competencies (CCC). Seeks and identifies personal learning needs.

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.
  • 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.
  • Assignments of licensed practical and vocational nurses at all grade levels, including entry grade levels, are dependent upon the validation of competence to perform clinical procedures and certification of such competencies via either educational programs or on-the-job training. The candidate's qualifications must clearly demonstrate the level of competence required for the grade. In addition to the basic requirements stated above, the following qualification criteria must be met for each grade:

Preferred Experience:
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.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6.


References: VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G13 Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard

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).

For additional information on Physical Standards please see VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

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

VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at:

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).
  • DD-214
  • 10-2850c
  • Resume
  • SF-50

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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