The Licensed Practical Nurse is charged with insuring that quality, compassionate, and cost effective care is provided to patients throughout the Hershel "Woody" Williams VA Medical Center.
Duties of the Licensed Practical Nurse include and are not limited to:
Implementing age specific knowledge and skills to modify communication to accommodate hearing, visual, and cognitive impairments for adult and geriatric patients.
Fostering an environment of respect for individual patient and family rights to privacy and dignity in all aspects of care delivery.
Coordinating activities under the supervision of the RN/MD in a manner which facilitates patient care and flow.
Using appropriate judgment in selecting the most appropriate order and sequence of procedures and treatments.
Accurately reporting and recording significant patient information with only general review by the RN for technical soundness, appropriateness, and conformity with policy and nursing assignments.
Following the local Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) drafted in accordance with the manufacturer's written recommendations in the handling of Reusable Medical Equipment (RME).
Completing treatments, procedures, and administration of medications in a manner consistent with Medical Center and Nursing Service guidelines.
Observing for physical and/or emotional changes in patient's condition from prescribed medications/treatments, promptly and accurately documents changes, and reports any deviations from normal to RN or physician.
Proficiently providing pre- and post-operative care to a wide-range of patients.
Assisting RNs and physicians in minor procedures performed in the outpatient surgery clinic including, but not limited to, maintaining sterile field, passing surgical instruments, and draping and positioning patients.
Keeping other staff informed of patient problems and the need for resolution.
Ensuring documentation is consistently complete, legible, and accurate using CPRS, and readily available to all members of the health care team.
Maintaining confidentiality of patient information via written, verbal, and/or electronic record.
Contributing to the overall care delivery and family/patient satisfaction levels through active participation in committees/task forces.
All other duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Fluctuating Schedules depending on assignments, typically 8 or 12 hour shifts to provide 24 hour coverage
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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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
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 school of practical or vocational nursing approved by 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 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).
Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements stated in section A, 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.
(1) GS-3: None beyond the basic requirements.
(2) GS-4: Six months of qualifying experience.
(a) Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent.
(b) Demonstrated knowledge and ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems.
(c) Demonstrated ability to serve as a responsible member of the nursing team and interact with patients, family members, professional and supportive personnel who provide patient care, and with members of other services.
NOTE: GS-5 is a full performance level for the LPN or LVN occupation for providing practical nursing care with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems. Assignments above this level are limited to situations demanding an exceptional degree of practical nursing knowledge and skills.
(4) GS-6. In addition to meeting the requirements for the GS-5 level, has completed at least an additional year of qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent.
Has the knowledge and skills necessary for concentrated effort and self-direction in carrying out the most complex practical nursing care assignments, including assignments for selected acute care, long-term or ambulatory care, or psychiatric patients requiring skilled nursing care. Serves as a member of a health care team with these selected patients and provides care to them on a regular and recurring basis. Completes assigned duties and responsibilities which involve performing nonstandard and specialized practical nursing activities at the GS-6 level, requiring broad work experience and demonstrated skill sufficient to resolve a range of nursing problems. The GS-6 grade is restricted to individuals whose assignments include the following:
(a) Practical nursing characterized by:
1.The employee's ability to vary the order and sequence of assigned procedures based on the patient's condition; to use judgment in selecting the most appropriate application of procedures and guidelines; and to accurately report and record significant patient information. Completed work needs only a general review by a registered nurse for technical soundness; appropriateness and conformity with policy and nursing assignments.
2.Demonstrated ability to observe, identify and respond to the patient's needs for nursing, medication, and equipment-assisted care and to recognize deviations from normal. In modifying patient care plans, the employee considers physical, emotional and social factors.
3.Practical knowledge of human behavior, motivations and reactions to situations. Demonstrated ability to use this knowledge in working effectively with patients, family and other staff members.
4.Demonstrated knowledge, skill and ability to recognize and respond appropriately to emergency situations.
(b) Typically, duties will include:
1.Contributes to the interdisciplinary team in the development, implementation and evaluation of the patient's treatment plan and promotes patient participation in the therapeutic community by fostering self-reliance and independence.
2.Conducts group meetings to help patients share feelings, interact and function in accordance with the patient's treatment plan.
3.Establishes constructive relationships with individual patients to elicit feelings and attitudes and to promote positive relationships, communication and socialization skills.
4.Administers prescribed medications and performs more complex treatments.
5.Performs support duties for diagnostic procedures, which includes preparing the patient, assisting in the diagnostic examination, preparing and passing instruments, and monitoring the patient's condition.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G13 (also available in the local Human Resources Office)
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.
The work of a Licensed Practical Nurse involves sitting, and standing for extended periods of time, as well as walking, lifting, pushing, and pulling.
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: .
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, rsum, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
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.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
Copy of Licensure
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this 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).
Copy of Licensure
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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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Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S.
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