Practical Nurse- Surgical Clinics
Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Saint Louis
Posted on: June 13, 2021
The VA St. Louis Health Care System is recruiting for a full
time, LPN for Specialty Outpatient Service, Surgical Clinics
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The duties of the LPN include but are not limited to:
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge and ability to carry out patient care duties,
including assignments in selected outpatient care settings.
Technically proficient in performing and completing assigned duties
in providing care to variable patient populations. Completed work
should need only a general review by the Registered Nurse for
appropriateness and conformity with established policy and
Knowledge and ability to appropriately carry out assigned
patient care based on the patients' condition; to use judgment in
selecting the appropriate order and sequence of procedures and
treatments; and to accurately recognize, report and record relevant
patient information. Complete procedures and diagnostic
examinations including measuring and recording height and weight,
monitoring vital signs, recording fluid intake and output,
preparing and positioning patients, applying hot and cold packs,
changing sterile dressings, administering EKG's, respiratory
therapy, wound irrigations, oral and tracheal aspirations, cleaning
tracheotomy tubes, changing tracheal dressings, monitoring IV
fluids, administering tube feedings, minor surgical procedures,
inserting straight or indwelling catheters, clamping and unclamping
catheters as directed.
Prepares and administers prescribed medications (oral, topical,
subcutaneous, intra-muscular and/or intravenous) and other routes
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.
Obtains and labels specimens to include clean catch urine
specimens or sterile specimens.
Ability to observe, identify and response to patient's needs for
care including medication, equipment-assisted care and
patient/family education. In planning, organizing and delivering
care, the LPN recognizes and considers emotional, cultural,
spiritual, socio-economic, and age-related factors.
Knowledge and ability to recognize urgent or emergent patient
care situations, seek assistance from the Registered Nurse and/or
physician provider, and initiate appropriate emergency
interventions. 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.
Knowledge and skill in performing support duties for complex
diagnostic tests and/or specialized 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.
- Actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing
knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge gained with other staff
to improve and advance nursing practice.
Work Schedule: Rotating- Full Time
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
0620 Practical Nurse
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
Applicants pending the completion of educational or
certification/licensure requirements may be referred and
tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed
when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance
with VA Policy.
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. No education exceptions will be applied.
Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by
38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
- 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.
- GS-03 None beyond the basic requirements. LPNs at this grade
level are expected to perform all duties within the scope of their
license (e.g., medication administration); however, completed work
may require routine or detailed higher level review depending upon
the complexity of the duties involved.
- GS-04 Six (6) months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN;
OR Graduation from an approved school and one (1) 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. 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-05 Completion of at least one (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
- GS-06 Completion of] 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.
Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing
assigned duties in providing care to variable patient
References: VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G13. Licensed
Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard. 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.
Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity,
keen hearing, clear and distinctive speech, and manual dexterity.
This position requires potentially long periods of continued
walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and
pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required:
mechanical lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to
infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to
don protective clothing in isolations situations or
operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be
exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium,
dementia, or psychiatric disorders.
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.
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