Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse (LPN / LVN)
Company: US Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: West Haven
Posted on: May 4, 2020
The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) functions as a member of the
health care team. He/she will have the knowledge, skill and
experience to carry out assignments involving treatments,
diagnostic studies, and patient/family education. This
population-specific care takes into consideration all physical,
psychosocial, spiritual and cultural needs. He/she performs a wide
variety of clinical nursing and supportive duties in Clinic and is
flexible in adapting to work demands and numerous
assignments.IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your
application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department
of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or
institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can
verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If
you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements,
you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your
transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For
further information, visit:
position will support the Federal Government's response efforts to
Note: Applicant may be require to work at any of the VISN 1
campuses as needed.
Note: We accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing
basis and qualification will be reviewed biweekly; qualified
applicants will be considered as vacancies become available.
Applicants will be referred to selecting official on a continual
basis until all vacancies are filled OR until the closing date of
this announcement. Applicants need not re-apply once the
application is referred to the selecting official.
Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full
performance level without further competition when all regulatory,
qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a
lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full
Not to Exceed Appointments: This job opportunity announcements is
for appointments not to exceed March 31, 2021 per VA Guidance for
Work Schedule: The work schedule will be determined based on the
needs of the Medical Center.
The New England VA Medical Centers are acute care facility
operating 24 hours a day 7 days a week. While most tours of duty
are scheduled during the day, the possibility of working evenings,
nights and weekends to exist. Additionally positions hired from
this job announcement may be Part-time or Full-time based on needs
of the facility.
Compressed/Flexible: Not available.
Telework: Not available.
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Relocation/Recruitment
Incentives may be authorized for this position.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
Dual Compensation Waiver: For positions hired from this
announcement, the Hiring Officials may request salary offset waiver
for the individual selected if that individual is currently
receiving an annuity from the federal service. This is eligible for
annuitants who have a voluntary/optional retirement (no early outs
or buyouts retirements). Any annuitant hired to work in support of
COVID-19 is required to sign an Acceptance Statement of
Annuitant/Declination of Annuitant Dual Compensation Waiver.
Additional Notes: This job opportunity announcement may be used to
fill additional vacancies at a later time and these positions may
be converted to permanent at a later time without further
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed
when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance
with VA Policy.
- 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 practical or vocational
nursing approved by the appropriate State accrediting agency and/or
the National League for Nursing at the time the program was
completed by the applicant. (If selected valid transcripts will be
- License: Must have a full, current, active and unrestricted
license as a graduate licensed practical or vocational nurse in a
State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United
States or District of Columbia. (Required document for complete
GS-3. None beyond the basic requirements.
GS-4. (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. 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. (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.
GS-6. (a) Completion of at least 1 year of 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 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 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 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
References: VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G-13 Licensed
Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be
found in the local Human Resources Office.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06. The actual
grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in
the range of GS-03 to GS-06.
Physical Requirements: This 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
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