Licensed Practical Nurse (Patient Aligned Care Team)
Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Posted on: May 5, 2020
The LPN will function as a member of the Teamlet and/or support
for specialty clinic(s) within the Community Based Outpatient
Clinic. The Teamlet is comprised of the Primary Care Provider, RN,
Clinical Associate and clerk. The LPN uses the nursing process and
evidence -based practice to collaborate with the Teamlet and other
Team members (family/caregiver, internal and community-based
services involved in providing care to the patient) to develop the
patient-driven holistic care plan for life.
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
further information, visit:
- The LPN is responsible for observing, recording and reporting
changes in the patient's condition, as well as assisting in the
development and revision of the patient-driven holistic care plan
- The LPN works under the direction of a Registered Nurse (RN)
who provides a general review of work for appropriateness and
conformity with license, policies and procedures.
- The LPN observes and thoroughly documents care and the
patient's response and informs RN or medical provider of changes in
the patient's condition.
- The LPN performs, reports, and records assigned nursing care in
the clinic, including, but not limited to: oxygen therapy,
medication administration, clinical reminders, check expiration
dates, delegated procedures and treatments, documentation, assists
with minor procedures, draws blood from the patient, explains the
procedures to patients, prepares the area for blood samples, uses
proper personal protective equipment, and collects urine
- The LPN adheres to standards of practice and safe technique in
preparation and administration of medication.
- The LPN also promptly recognizes urgent or emergent patient
care situations, seeks assistance, and initiates appropriate
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredApplicants pending the
completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements
may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until
all requirements are met.
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed
when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance
with VA Policy.
- Must be a graduate of practical or vocational nursing approved
by the appropriate State accrediting agency and/or the National
League for Nursing at the time the program was completed by the
- Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by
38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
- Must have a full, current, active and unrestricted license as a
graduate licensed practical or vocational nurse in a State,
Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States
or District of Columbia.
- Must pass a pre-employment examination if selected.
Grade Determinations: Completion of at least 1 year of 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,
socioeconomic, 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,
- 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 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G-13 Licensed
Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. The actual
grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is
Physical Requirements: Incumbent is required to spend a large
portion of the work day standing.
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