Licensed Practical Nurse - CBOC
Posted on: September 20, 2023
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements
within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed
when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance
with VA Policy.
- Education: Graduate of a school of practical or vocational
nursing approved by the appropriate State agency and/or accredited
by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) at
the time the program was completed by the applicant.
- Exceptions include:
- Health care education in the military service or training in
the military service that is accepted by the licensing body in the
jurisdiction in which licensed as qualifying for full LPN/LVN
licensure meets the education requirements.
- Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not
require graduation from an approved school.
- 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. An LPN/LVN who has or has ever had, any license(s)
revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed
in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with
the provisions in chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16 of this
- Language Proficiency: Licensed practical or vocational nurses
must be proficient in both spoken and written English.
May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision
as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation
(only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this
occupation and meet the criteria).
GS-3: None beyond the basic requirements.GS-4: Six months of
qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN;ORMust have graduated 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;ORMust have graduated from an approved
school of at least 24 months duration.GS-5: Completion of at least
1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent
- 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
- 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: Completion of one year of additional qualifying experience at
the GS-5 level or equivalent, fully meeting all performance
requirements for the GS-5 LPN/LVN AND
- Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing
assigned duties in providing care to variable patient
- 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 RN/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,
- Actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing
knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge gained with other staff
to improve and advance nursing practice.
References: VA Handbook 5005/3 Part II Appendix G13
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. The actual
grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in
the range of GS-3 to GS-6.
- Experience with working with Veterans and their families during
emergent and nonemergent times.
Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; Moderate
carrying, 15-44 pounds; Straight pulling; Pulling hand over hand;
Pushing; Walking, 2 hours; Standing, 2 hours; Reaching above
shoulder; Use of fingers; Kneeling, 1 hour; Both and legs hands
required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination
simultaneously; Repeated bending, 1 hour; Near vision correctable
at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye
to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Ability to distinguish basic
colors; Depth Perception; Both eyes required; Hearing (aid may be
permitted); Ability to distinguish shades of colors
Environmental Factors: Outside and inside; Dry atmospheric
conditions; Constant noise; Dust; Slippery or uneven walking
surfaces; Working closely with others; Silica, asbestos, etc.;
Fumes, smoke, or gases; Solvents (degreasing agents); Grease and
oils; Radiant energy; Electrical energy; Working around machinery
with moving parts; Working with hands in water; Vibration;
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if
you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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:
Keywords: Nurse.com, Anchorage , Licensed Practical Nurse - CBOC, Healthcare , Wasilla, Alaska
Didn't find what you're looking for? Search again!