Licensed Practical Nurse
Company: US Department of Veterans Affairs
Posted on: May 4, 2020
The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), works under the direction of
the Registered Nurse and or physician with minimal supervision and
is accountable to the Clinic Nurse Manager. He/she demonstrates
self-direction and critical thinking skills in carrying out simple
to the most complex practical nursing care assignments for variable
patient populations. He/she provides safe, timely and
individualized nursing care to patients in the hospital
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if
you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department
of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or
institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can
verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If
you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements,
you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your
transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For
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Licensed Practical Nurse will influence and support the flow of
patients throughout their respective clinics. They will be
consistently respectful and thoughtfully function as a clinical
associate in support of their physician or ARNP.
- Duties and knowledge required upon entry, will include but are
not limited to:
- Patient intake
- Blood draws and Collection
- Diabetic checks
- Point of care testing including FSG and EKGs
- Vital signs
- Health screening including ETOH, Depression and PTSD
- LPN will float within primary care and clinic lab as
- He/she will provide education to the patient on disease
processes and treatment plans as well as follow-up.
- Perform other duties under the direction of the registered
nurse and nurse manager as assigned.
- Computer literate, have mastery over keyboarding and general
competency with common e-mail and word processing procedures.
- Must be Citizen of the United States.
- Must be a graduate of a school of practical or vocational
nursing approved by the appropriate State agency and accredited by
The National League for Nursing.
- Must have a current, full, active and unrestricted registration
as a licensed practical or vocational nurse in a State, Territory,
or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District
- English Language Proficiency: Licensed practical or vocational
nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must be
proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C.
7402(d) and 7407(d).
- 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.
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 (which may be waived as provided in paragraph 4 of
Section C) 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. LPNs at the GS-4 grade level 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 (NAs)/Health Technicians (HTs) 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 [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 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.
- 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
- 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, 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
- 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
- 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,
- Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity,
keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This
position requires potentially long periods of continued walking,
standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing.
Transferring patients and objects may be required. Mechanical
patient lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to
infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to
don protective clothing in isolation situations or
operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be
exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium,
dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature,
flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in
stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient
needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as
annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment.
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