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Licensed Practical Nurse (HIPU) – Tuskegee, Alabama
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
Job ID: 108234Start Date: 06/10/2019End Date: 07/01/2019
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 07/01/2019. 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 [accredited by] the National League for Nursing [Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)] at the time the program was completed by the applicant. (1) 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. An LPN[/LVN] who has or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions in chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16 of this part. Grade Determinations: GS-3. 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
GS-4. [Employees may be appointed at or advanced to GS-4 if they meet any of the criteria in
paragraphs 3b(2)(a) through (c) below:
(a) Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or
(b) Graduation from an approved school (which may be waived as provided in paragraph 4 of
Section C) 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; or
(c) Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.
(d) 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.]
(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. [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.]
(c) 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.
(d) 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.
(e) 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.
(f) Recognizes and appropriately responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety
hazards, and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action.
(g) 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.] [ ]
[(a) 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.
(b) Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care
to variable patient populations.
(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 [(RN) or physician (MD/DO)] 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 age-related] factors.
[(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
(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, specialized tests/procedures.
(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 5005/3 PART II APPENDIX G13 Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
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