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Job Title: Licensed Practical Nurse
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
Job Categories: Customer Service and Call Center, Finance/Economics, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Human Resources, Information Technology, Quality Control, Research & Development, Medical
Job Description
Licensed Practical Nurse

Experience: Qualifying experience is successful nursing practice [as an LPN/LVN,] maintaining acceptable standards within a health care setting under the direction of a registered nurse [(RN)] or physician [(MD/DO)]. This may include experience as a GPN [or GVN] (graduate practical [or vocational] nurse) provided the candidate was utilized as a practical or vocational nurse and passed the State licensure examination on the first attempt. Creditable, practical nursing experience (as an LPN or LVN) must be documented on the application and verified in an employment reference or through other [independent] means.

In the position of a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in a Surgery Specialty Care float position in various clinics such as: Audiology, Ophthalmology, Urology, and other outpatient clinics, duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Administer medications per proper procedures and protocol
- Chart medications and patient reactions with technical accuracy
- Recognize and respond to emergency situations per established protocol
- Perform suture removals and wound care according to established guidelines
- Perform clinic-based competencies such as: supra pubic tube change and specialized injections/procedures in Urology; phototherapy along with patch testing in Dermatology; nail clipping in Podiatry
- Utilize reusable medical equipment per established medical and safety procedures
-Utilize knowledge of human behavior, motivations and reactions to effectively work with patients, families, significant others, and staff.

Work Schedule:Currently seeking applicants for a full-time work schedule. Work schedule is Monday-Friday, hours will vary depending on assigned clinic.
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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements, the following qualification criteria must be met for each grade. The resume and candidate qualifications must clearly demonstrate the level of competence required for the grade.
GS-3: Meet the basic LPN requirements; at this grade level LPNs are expected to perform all duties within the scope of their license; completed work may require routine higher level review.
GS-4: (a) Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or
(b) Graduation from an approved school and one year of experience with 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; 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; and are expected to exercise greater judgment, require less supervision, and to operate in accordance with all established policies, procedures.
GS-5: (a) Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent.
(b) Demonstrate 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 acceptable standards of practice to promote optimal patient care. Provide effective education to patients and family members on common disease processes, medication, and prescribed treatment.
(c) Demonstrate ability to serve as a responsible member of the nursing team and interact in an appropriate manner with patients, family members, professional and supportive personnel in the delivery of patient care, using established customer service standards.
(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 per approved local facility policies and procedures. Observe and document patient response to medication and the report any noted change in patient condition to RN or MD/DO.
(e) Knowledge and ability to recognize the need 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) Recognize and appropriately responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action.
(g) Complete work 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; completion of more complex practices or procedures may be subject to closer higher-level review.
GS-6: (a) Completion of at least one (1) year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent, fully meet all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN/LVN.
(b) Technically proficient to initiate, perform and complete assigned duties to provide care to variable patient populations.
(c) Knowledge and ability to appropriately carry out assigned patient care based on the patient condition; use sound judgment to select the appropriate order and sequence of procedures and treatments; accurately recognize, report and record relevant patient information. Complete work with 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 needs including: medication, equipment-assisted care and patient/family education; organize and deliver care; the LPN/LVN recognizes and considers emotional, cultural, spiritual, socio-economic, and age-related factors.
(e) Prepare and administer prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous) and perform treatments according to established policies/procedures. Observe for physical and emotional changes in patient condition from prescribed medications/treatments, promptly and accurately document changes, and report any deviations from normal to RN or MD/DO.
(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.
(g) Knowledge and understanding of human behavior, patient motivations and reactions to situations, and ability to appropriately utilize this knowledge to work effectively with patients, family members, and other staff.
(h) Establish constructive relationships with patients and families to elicit feelings and attitudes, and promote positive relationships, communication and socialization skills. Foster an environment of respect for patient and family rights to privacy and dignity in all aspects.Effectively incorporate knowledge and understanding of established customer service standards in all interactions with patients, family members, and all customers.
(i) Knowledge and skill to perform support duties for complex diagnostic tests and specialized procedures, prepare the patient, assist in the diagnostic examination, prepare and handle specialized instruments and specialized equipment, monitor the patient condition before, during, and following a procedure. Serve as a preceptor to orient, educate, and train less experienced LPNs/LVNs or NAs/HTs in support duties for complex, specialized procedures.
(j) Actively seek out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, share new knowledge with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice.

References: Applicants must meet the basic qualification requirements as stated in the VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2, Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements:Eligible applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others. Usable vision, color vision, hearing, or speech may be required. In most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant.The loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid. The LPN position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures.

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

  • Resume
  • VA 10-2850
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. VA Form 10-2850 is required.

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
  • 10-2850
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements, the following qualification criteria must be met for each grade. The resume and candidate qualifications must clearly demonstrate the level of competence required for the grade.
GS-3: Meet the basic LPN requirements; at this grade level LPNs are expected to perform all duties within the scope of their license; completed work may require routine higher level review.
GS-4: (a) Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or
(b) Graduation from an approved school and one year of experience with 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; 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; and are expected to exercise greater judgment, require less supervision, and to operate in accordance with all established policies, procedures.
GS-5: (a) Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent.
(b) Demonstrate 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 acceptable standards of practice to promote optimal patient care. Provide effective education to patients and family members on common disease processes, medication, and prescribed treatment.
(c) Demonstrate ability to serve as a responsible member of the nursing team and interact in an appropriate manner with patients, family members, professional and supportive personnel in the delivery of patient care, using established customer service standards.
(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 per approved local facility policies and procedures. Observe and document patient response to medication and the report any noted change in patient condition to RN or MD/DO.
(e) Knowledge and ability to recognize the need 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) Recognize and appropriately responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action.
(g) Complete work 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; completion of more complex practices or procedures may be subject to closer higher-level review.
GS-6: (a) Completion of at least one (1) year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent, fully meet all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN/LVN.
(b) Technically proficient to initiate, perform and complete assigned duties to provide care to variable patient populations.
(c) Knowledge and ability to appropriately carry out assigned patient care based on the patient condition; use sound judgment to select the appropriate order and sequence of procedures and treatments; accurately recognize, report and record relevant patient information. Complete work with 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 needs including: medication, equipment-assisted care and patient/family education; organize and deliver care; the LPN/LVN recognizes and considers emotional, cultural, spiritual, socio-economic, and age-related factors.
(e) Prepare and administer prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous) and perform treatments according to established policies/procedures. Observe for physical and emotional changes in patient condition from prescribed medications/treatments, promptly and accurately document changes, and report any deviations from normal to RN or MD/DO.
(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.
(g) Knowledge and understanding of human behavior, patient motivations and reactions to situations, and ability to appropriately utilize this knowledge to work effectively with patients, family members, and other staff.
(h) Establish constructive relationships with patients and families to elicit feelings and attitudes, and promote positive relationships, communication and socialization skills. Foster an environment of respect for patient and family rights to privacy and dignity in all aspects.Effectively incorporate knowledge and understanding of established customer service standards in all interactions with patients, family members, and all customers.
(i) Knowledge and skill to perform support duties for complex diagnostic tests and specialized procedures, prepare the patient, assist in the diagnostic examination, prepare and handle specialized instruments and specialized equipment, monitor the patient condition before, during, and following a procedure. Serve as a preceptor to orient, educate, and train less experienced LPNs/LVNs or NAs/HTs in support duties for complex, specialized procedures.
(j) Actively seek out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, share new knowledge with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice.

References: Applicants must meet the basic qualification requirements as stated in the VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2, Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements:Eligible applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others. Usable vision, color vision, hearing, or speech may be required. In most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant.The loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid. The LPN position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures.
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