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Licensed Practical Nurse (Patient Aligned Care Team)

Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Macon
Posted on: May 5, 2020

Job Description:

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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.


  • 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 for life.
  • 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 samples.
  • 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 emergency interventions.


    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.

    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.
    • 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 applicant.
    • 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 populations.
      • 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.
      • 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, specialized tests/procedures.
      • 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 GS-6.

        Physical Requirements: Incumbent is required to spend a large portion of the work day standing.

Keywords: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Macon , Licensed Practical Nurse (Patient Aligned Care Team), Healthcare , Macon, Georgia

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