Licensed Practical Nurse
Company: Veterans Health Administration
Posted on: April 9, 2021
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all
requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/06/2021.
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 the National League for Nursing
Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) at the time the program was
completed by the applicant. 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 requirements for VHA employment 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: 2 years Med -
surg, outpatient clinical experience IV Certification. LPN must
maintain a current IV certification to continue employment with the
KCVA. Applicants with the following certification from American
Heart Association (AHA) or Military Training Network (MTN) are
highly preferred: Basic Life Support (BLS). The selected employee
will be required to receive this certification prior to assuming
clinical responsibilities and ensure current certification after
employment is maintained. Grade Determinations: In addition to the
basic requirements, the following qualification criteria must be
met for each grade. GS-6
(a) Completion of at least one year of additional qualifying
experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent.
(b) Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing
assigned duties in providing care to variable patient
(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 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
(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,
(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 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, pushing and reaching over head. Transferring patients and
objects may be required. 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. Incumbent may be exposed, on
a short term basis to fumes, dust and other debris. The position
must be able to occasionally lift and/or move 50 pounds or more.
This position must be able to carry 50 pounds short distances.
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