- U.S. citizenship.
- Proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
- Full, active, current and unrestricted license as a licensed practical or vocational nurse in a State, the District of Columbia, the
- Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.
- Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing that was approved by the appropriate State agency, and accredited by The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) OR Successfull completion of health care education in the military service or training in the military service which is accepted by the licensing body in the jurisdiction in which the individual is licensed as qualifying for full LPN/LVN licensure.
In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.
GS-3: Experience or Education. None beyond the basic requirements.
GS-4: Experience or Education. In addition to the basic requirements, must meet any of the following criteria:
- Six (6) months of qualifying experience as an LPN/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.
GS-5: Experience or Education. In addition to the basic requirements, applicants must demonstrate at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent. The applicant must demonstrate the following competencies:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Recognizes and appropriately responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action.
GS-6: (Full Performance Level) Experience. In addition to the basic requirements, applicants must demonstrate at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent. In addition to meeting GS-5 performance requirements above, the applicant must demonstrate the following competencies:
- 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] 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 policies/procedures.
- 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 (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.
- 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.
DEFINITION OF QUALIFYING 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 or physician. This may include experience as a graduate practical or vocational nurse provided the applicant was utilized as a practical or vocational nurse and passed the State licensure examination on the first attempt.
To be creditable, practical nursing experience as an LPN or LVN, it must be documented on the application and verified in an employment reference or through other independent means.
Minimum Experience Requirements:
- Documented evidence of satisfactory performance, and dependability.
- Two years of medical patient care experience preferred.
- Basic Knowledge of clinic processes and work expectations of an ambulatory care environment is preferred.
- Working knowledge of Joint Commission Standards, and Nursing Standards of Care for medical patients.
- Ability to easily establish and maintain good interpersonal relationships and communication with physicians, staff, patients, and their significant others.
- Responds to patient/significant other, visitor, and/or staff needs in a courteous manner.
- Working knowledge of the application of the nursing process in the management of medical patients, under the direction of a Registered Nurse.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
- Basic computer knowledge and skills are required.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G13, LICENSED PRACTICAL OR VOCATIONAL NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated April 10, 2003, http://vaww1.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005-3.doc
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Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non-service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as well as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference" and required documentation with your application materials.
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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.