Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)- Primary Care/PACT
Company: Veterans Health Administration
Location: Green Bay
Posted on: April 9, 2021
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all
requirements with in 30 days of the closing date of this
announcement. Basic Requirements: Citizenship: Must be a Citizen of
the United States. Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not
possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA
English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and
written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
Education: Must be a 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. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
Licensure: Must possess a 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. (COPY OF LICENSE REQUIRED) Grade
Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements stated above,
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. GS-3 Level:
None beyond the basic requirements.
LPNs at this grade level are expected to perform all duties within
the scope of their license (e.g., medication administration);
however, completed work may require routine or detailed higher
level review depending upon the complexity of the duties involved.
GS-4 Level: Must have completed six (6) months of qualifying
experience as an LPN or LVN
Graduation from an approved school and one year of experience that
involved nursing care work in a hospital, outpatient clinic,
nursing home, or other supervised medical, nursing, or patient care
facility that provided a practical knowledge of human body
structure and sterile techniques and procedures. (TRANSCRIPTS
Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.
(TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) LPNs at the GS-4 grade level perform all
duties expected of employees at the GS-3 grade level; however, they
are expected to exercise greater judgment, require less
supervision, and to operate in accordance with all established
policies, procedure, and techniques. GS-5 Level:
Must have completed at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the
GS-4 level or equivalent that includes:
1. Demonstrated knowledge and ability to provide a full range of
practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical
and/or behavioral problems. Works with the RN and/or MD/DO to
appropriately orient/train less experienced LPNs/LVNs and/or
Nursing Assistants (NAs)/Health Technicians (HTs) in relation to
acceptable standards of practice in promoting optimal patient care
delivery. Provides effective education to patients and/or family
members in relation to common disease processes, medication, and
/or prescribed treatment regimes.
2. Demonstrated ability to serve as a responsible member of the
nursing team and interact in an appropriate manner with patients,
family members, professional and other supportive personnel
involved in the delivery of patient care, incorporating acceptable,
established customer service standards into practice.
3. Knowledge and skill sufficient to prepare, administer, and
appropriately document actions taken specific to commonly
prescribed oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular, and/or
intravenous medications as permitted by approved local facility
policies and procedures. Observation and documentation will include
patient's response to medication administered and the reporting of
any noted change in patient's condition to RN or MD/DO.
4. Knowledge and ability to recognize the need for and to institute
emergency measures when indicated, promptly seek the assistance of
the RN or MD/DO, and assist in resuscitation procedures in cardiac
and/or pulmonary arrest.
5. Recognizes and appropriately responds to breakage/malfunction or
loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies,
promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action.
Completed work is under the general supervision of an RN or MD/DO.
Individuals at this grade level are expected to have a broad
working knowledge of practical nursing procedures. However,
completion of more complex practices or procedures may be subject
to closer higher-level review. GS-6 Level: Must have 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 that includes:
1.Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing
assigned duties in providing care to variable patient
2. 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
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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,
9. 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 G13. This can be found 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. Physical
Requirements: Walking, bending, stooping, and lifting in the direct
care of patients; some extended periods of sitting and/or
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