Preferred Experience: IV certification; one year acute or outpatient experience.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
To qualify at
the GS-4 level.
Applicants must have
six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or graduation from an
approved school 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 Graduation from an
approved school of at least 24 months duration.
To qualify at
the GS-5 level.
Applicants must have completed at least 1 year of qualifying
experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent and: 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 patients response to medication administered and
the reporting of any noted change in patients 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
e) Recognizes and appropriately responds to
breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply
deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective
f) 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.
To qualify at
the GS-6 level.
Applicants must have completed 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.
a) Technically proficient in initiating, performing and
completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations.
b) 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
c) Ability to observe, identify and respond to the patients
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
d) 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 patients condition from prescribed
medications/treatments, promptly and accurately documenting noted changes, and
reporting any deviations from normal to RN or MD/DO.
e) 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.
f) 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
g) 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.
h) 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 patients 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.
i) Actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance
nursing knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge gained with other staff to
improve and advance nursing practice.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE,
PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR
: VA Handbook 5005 available in the local Human Resources Office and OPM Group Coverage Qualification
Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm. ]