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Job Title: Licensed Practical Nurse (Surgery Clinics)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Louisville, KY
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 02/09/2018
Expire Date: 04/10/2018
Job Categories: Customer Service and Call Center, Finance/Economics, Healthcare, Other, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Installation, Maintenance, and Repair, Executive Management, Medical
Job Description
Licensed Practical Nurse (Surgery Clinics)

The GS-6 Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is assigned to the Surgery Clinics and accountable to the Nurse Manager in completion of patient assignments and communicating patient responses to the designated Registered Nurse. The incumbent will provide care in a safe, effective, timely and respectful manner. The LPN is expected to accept, support and incorporate the nine guiding principles of the Medical Center and the I-Care values into their daily activities. Their duties should be performed in a manner that promotes quality healthcare, outstanding customer service, and the maintenance of an environment committed to serving the veteran.

The incumbent appropriately prioritizes patient care needs and adjusts plans for care delivery; makes astute observations of subtle, less obvious changes, both physically and emotionally in a patient's condition and accurately and thoroughly documents care delivered. The LPN appropriately seeks assistance and guidance by informing the RN of changes in a patient's condition requiring higher-level intervention. They observe more subtle physical and emotional changes in patients and demonstrate taking appropriate action based on their observations and LPN scope of practice, communicating their observations with the RN and/or attending physician.

The LPN proactively assists in addressing patient's needs for treatments/interventions accurately, according to established policies/procedures and appropriately records the patient's responses to the treatments/interventions received. Assists individuals or groups of patients and their families in the surgery clinics to take an active role in promoting healthy lifestyles for more positive patient outcomes.

Administers prescribed therapies using appropriate judgments and in accordance with medical center policies and procedures; maintains patient airway by suctioning secretions from oral cavity, nasopharynx, nasotrachial, endotracheal tubes, and obtains tracheal aspirate for lab analysis as indicated; performs ostomy care; provides care to patients with various prosthetic devices; performs bladder cathererization as ordered; changes sterile dressings and performs wound care as ordered; prepares and administers medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous) and performs treatments according to established policies.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

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.
  • Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State accrediting agency and/or the NLN.
  • Current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a licensed practical or vocational nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia.
  • Proficient in spoken and written English.
Preferred Experience: Proficiency and competency in wound care including casting, application of wound evacuation systems, assistance with outpatient procedures; physician, clinic and / or surgery experience; knowledge and experience in setting up a sterile field and assisting with procedures; urinary catheters and collection devices; telehealth; broad knowledge base with experience in a variety of patient care settings and with diverse patient population

Grade Determinations:

GS-6: One year of experience that indicates (a) 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.] (b) 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. (c) 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. (d) 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. And, (e) Recognizes and appropriately responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G13, Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard, dtd April 10, 2003.

Note: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.Physical Requirements: Light to moderate lifting (1-44 lbs.); Light carrying (up to 15 lbs.); Straight Pulling (up to .5 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 1 hours); Standing (up to 2 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16";Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of color; Hearing (aid permitted).

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume


VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements
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.
  • Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State accrediting agency and/or the NLN.
  • Current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a licensed practical or vocational nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia.
  • Proficient in spoken and written English.
Preferred Experience: Proficiency and competency in wound care including casting, application of wound evacuation systems, assistance with outpatient procedures; physician, clinic and / or surgery experience; knowledge and experience in setting up a sterile field and assisting with procedures; urinary catheters and collection devices; telehealth; broad knowledge base with experience in a variety of patient care settings and with diverse patient population

Grade Determinations:

GS-6: One year of experience that indicates (a) 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.] (b) 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. (c) 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. (d) 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. And, (e) Recognizes and appropriately responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G13, Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard, dtd April 10, 2003.

Note: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.
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Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
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Contact Email:Jessica.Richardson-Tibbs@va.gov
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