Practical Nurse - CLC
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, 08/26/2021.
* United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed
when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance
with VA Policy.
* 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
* 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).
* 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. (See education section of
this announcement) Preferred Experience: One year of experience as
a LPN in a nursing home preferred American Heart Association Basic
Life Support for the Healthcare Provider required Grade
Determinations: GS-6: Completion of at least one year of additional
qualifying experience (total of 2 years) at the GS-5 level or
equivalent, fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-5
LPN/LVN. Must also meet the following: -- 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
* 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.
* Prepares and administers prescribed medications 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, Appendix G13
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: Heavy Lifting (35 lbs and over); Heavy
Carrying (35 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour);
Pushing (1 - 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers;
Both hands required; Walking (up to 4 hours);Standing (up to 4
hours); Kneeling (up to 2 hours); Repeated bending (up to 4 hours);
Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular
coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16";
Far vision correctable to 20/20 in one eye and to 20/40 in the
other; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish
shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Emotional/Mental
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