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Licensed Practical Nurse (Inpatient Mental Health)

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Department Of Veterans Affairs North Chicago , IL 60064

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The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is qualified by education and experience to provide care to assigned patients in the acute inpatient mental health unit. He/she provides safe and individualized practical nursing care to acutely and chronically ill Veterans and Active Duty military and their families

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The LPN works under the direction of a RN. He/she is responsible for observing, recording and reporting changes in the patient's mental and physical condition, as well as assisting in the development and revision of the patient-centered plan of care. He/she has the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out specialized patient care duties, including assignments in selected, more complex inpatient and/or outpatient care settings. The LPN's has the knowledge/skills necessary for concentrated effort and self-direction in carrying out the most complex practical nursing assignments, serves as a member of a health care team with selected patients, provides care on a regular and recurring basis, completes assigned duties/responsibilities which involve performing nonstandard and specialized practical nursing activities, and demonstrates skill sufficient to resolve a range of nursing problems.

Major role and responsibilities also include:

  • Makes observations and thoroughly documents care and the patient's response. Appropriately seeks assistance and guidance by informing RN or Inpatient Mental Health Medical Officer of changes in the patient's condition mental health or medical condition requiring higher-level intervention.

  • Provides care in a safe and effective manner. Adheres to safety and health standards, regulations, and work practices.

  • Promptly recognizes urgent or emergent patient care situations, seeks assistance and effectively intervenes as directed when appropriate.

  • Based on the patient's individualized recovery goals, provides patient and family 'health education, to include self-management, prevention and wellness.

  • Demonstrates competence utilizing special equipment needed to perform job duties.

  • Follows policy and procedures related to fire and disaster drills, safety and security measures.

  • Assists in the orientation and competency validation of students, peers and clerical staff.

  • Maintains confidentiality of electronic, written, and/or verbal patient information.

  • Maintains flexibility in adapting to changes in schedule and workload. Assist other team members willingly.

Work Schedule: Rotating, all shifts (7:15 AM-3:45 PM, 3:30 PM-12 Midnight, Midnight- 8:00 AM) includes weekends and holidays

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • You may be required to serve a probationary period

  • Subject to a background/security investigation

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


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. 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. Verification can be obtained from the State approving agency or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10006. Additional information may also be obtained from the NLNAC Website.

  • Licensure. 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.

  • English Language Proficiency. Licensed practical or vocational nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in both spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

Preferred Experience:

  • One (1) year experience in psychiatric nursing.

Grade Determinations:


(a) 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.

(b) Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations.

(c) 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.

(d) 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.

(e) 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.

(f) 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.

(g) 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.

(h) 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.

(i) 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.

(j) 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, Part II, Appendix G13 - Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06.

Physical Requirements:
To perform in a fully successful manner, the individual must have the physical ability to perform job-related duties which require moderate lifting (15- 44 pounds), standing (


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: 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 further information, visit:

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