Licensed Practical Nurse
Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Posted on: June 24, 2022
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a
testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for
illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be
tested will be denied employment with VA.
- 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
- Participation in the seasonal influenza and Coronavirus Disease
2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination programs are requirements for all
Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)
This is an Open Continuous Announcement to fill multiple vacancies
in various Services within CAVHS. A qualification review will be
conducted every 2 weeks and qualified candidates will be referred
to the Services upon their need for recruitment.
PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT TO ENSURE ALL REQUIREMENTS
HAVE BEEN ADDRESSED.
TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION, YOU MUST SUBMIT A COMPLETE APPLICATION
PACKAGE, OR YOU WILL RECEIVE AN ELECTRONIC NOTICE THAT YOU ARE
RATED INELIGIBLE. SEE QUALIFICATIONS SECTION AND REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
SECTION FOR DETAILS. KSAs MUST BE DEMONSTRATED IN YOUR RESUME.
PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT AND REFER BACK TO IT OFTEN
WHEN WRITING YOUR RESUME.
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when
it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with
Education: Must have graduated from a school of practical nursing
approve by the appropriate State agency and/or accredited by the
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) 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 which is accepted by the licensing body in
the jurisdiction in which the individual is licensed as qualifying
for full LPN licensure will be accepted as meeting the education
requirements for VHA employment or VHA employees who were converted
to appointments under 38 U.S.C. 7401(3) in implementation of Public
Law 98-160, enacted November 21, 1983, and for VHA employees
converted to appointments under 38 U.S.C. 7405 in implementation of
Public Law 99-576, enacted October 28, 1986; and for their future
personnel actions under this authority. The waiver will not apply
to persons appointed under 38 U.S.C. 7401(3) or 7405 after these
conversions. Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that
does not require graduation from an
approved school. See paragraph 4, section C.
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
English Language Proficiency: Licensed practical or vocational
nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must be
proficient in both spoken and written English as required by 38
U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements, the
following qualification criteria must be met for each grade. The
candidate's qualifications must clearly demonstrate the level of
competence required for the grade.
GS-3. 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-4. (a) Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; OR
(b) 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 (c) Graduation
from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.
GS-5. (a) Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at
the GS-4 level or equivalent. (b) 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. (c) 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.
(d) 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. (e)
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. (f) Recognizes and appropriately responds
to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and
supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel
for corrective action. (g) 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 Grade Requirements continued in Education section.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G13, Licensed
Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification.
Physical Requirements: Heavy carrying 45 pounds and over; Straight
pulling (1-2 hrs); Pushing (1-2 hrs); Reaching above shoulder (1-2
hrs); Walking (2-4 hrs); Standing (2-6 hrs); Kneeling; Repeated
bending (1-2 hrs); Use of fingers; Use of both hands; Ability for
rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision
correctable; Far vision correctable; Depth perception; Hearing
(aide permitted); Work closely with others, as well as, protracted
or irregular hours of work
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.
GS-6 Grade Requirements. (a) 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.
(b) Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing
assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations.
(c) 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. (d) 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. (e) Prepares and administers prescribed
medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or
intravenous) and performs treatments according to established
policies/procedures. (f) Knowledge and ability to recognize urgent
or emergent patient care situations, (g) 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. (h) 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.
(i) 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. (j) Actively seeks out educational
opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, sharing new
knowledge gained with other staff to improve and advance nursing
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: . 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: .
As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are
required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the
employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework,
remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law.
If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19
and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22,
2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after
November 22. The agency will provide additional information
regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how
you can request of the agency a legally required exception from
Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:
Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per
pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served
as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal
employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or
active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can
be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.
Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment
date and is not guaranteed.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that
have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The
health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not
covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
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