Licensed Practical Nurse

Federal Job Information

Closing Date: 9/30/2018

Department: Veterans Affairs

Pay Scale & Grade: GS 3-6

Job Location: Portland, OR

Salary: $40,306 to $62,783 per year

Work Schedule: Full-Time

Appointment Type: Permanent


OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise, to care for those “who shall have borne the battle,” and for their families and their survivors, by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans

VA Portland Health Care System promotes our core I CARE values: to act with Integrity and Commitment, to Advocate for Veterans, to show Respect to all, and to pursue Excellence.

The Licensed Practical Nurse/Licensed Vocational Nurse (LPN/LVN) assigned to the VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) Specialty Care Clinics, under the Division of Hospital and Specialty Medicine, provides outpatient clinical services for the subspecialties of Medicine, Surgery, and Neurology.

**Please Note: Failure to include all the required documents as listed in the required documents section of this posting may result in the removal of your application from consideration.


The Outpatient Specialty Clinics LPN/LVN functions as a team member under the guidance of a Registered Nurse. The incumbent is adaptable and functions with minimal direction with the ability to prioritize and adjust care in response to clinic flow needs. He/she performs patient centered care to Veterans throughout the lifespan, completes clinical reminders and medication reconciliation as clinically indicated, and provides medical assistive care and administration support when needed. The incumbent must demonstrate the ability to observe, identify, and respond to the patient’s need for nursing care recognizing deviations from baseline. Nursing activities include but are not limited to medication administration, wound care treatments, home meter downloading, urological procedures, suture and staple removal, capillary blood glucose test, equipment assisted care, electrocardiograms, cast removal, dermatological procedures, and use of safe patient handling equipment. He/she is responsible for patient education and documentation in nursing clinics and medication administration. The incumbent will deploy proactive customer service and active listening and will also engage in rapport building, limit setting, and de-escalation as applicable. The Outpatient Specialty Clinics LPN/LVN must demonstrate flexibility and will be expected to work in multiple clinics and areas and with multiple services as needed to meet patient volume and acuity demands.

The GS-4 LPN performs all duties as listed and are expected to exercise greater judgment, require less supervision and to operate in accordance with all established policies, procedures, and techniques.

The GS-5 LPN performs all duties and responsibilities as listed above (for GS-3 and GS-4 level LPN) and:

are expected to demonstrate the 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 experience LPNs and/or Nursing Assistants/Health Technicians 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.
The GS-6 LPN performs all duties as listed (GS-3, GS-4, and GS-5 duties), and:
is technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations.
has the 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 recordelevant] patient information.
has the 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 and performs treatments according to established policies/procedures. Observes for physical and/or emotional changes in patient’s condition from prescribed medications/treatments,
has the knowledge and ability to recognize urgent or emergent patient care situations, seek assistance and initiate appropriate emergency interventions as directed.
has the 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.
has the 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.
The GS-6 LPN actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge gained with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice.

Travel Required


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