Licensed Vocational Nurse (91-AS Autumn Place - LTC)
Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Posted on: June 25, 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 vaccination program is
a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care
- Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans
- 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 vocational nursing approved
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. Verification can be
obtained from the State approving agency [or] the National League
for Nursing [Accrediting Commission]. 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 LVN licensure will be accepted as meeting the education
requirements for VHA employment.
- 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.
- Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not
require graduation from an approved school. See paragraph 4,
- Licensure: Full, active, current and unrestricted licensure as
a licensed vocational nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth
(i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or District of
- English Language Proficiency: Licensed vocational nurses
appointed to direct patient care positions 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).
- Basic Life Support
- 2 Years Long Term Care Experience
- 2 Years Geriatric Care Experience (Inpatient or Outpatient)
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: Employees may be appointed at or advanced to GS-4 if they
meet any of the criteria below: - Six months of qualifying
experience as an LPN or 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: 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 NAs/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. - 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 at least 1 year of 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 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. -
Additional Qualifications listed under Additional Information
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if
you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Accreditation Information: Graduate of a school of practical or
vocational nursing approved 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. Verification can be obtained from the State approving
agency [or] the National League for Nursing [Accrediting
Commission], 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10006.
Additional information may also be obtained from the .
Note: If your school has changed names, or is no longer in
existence, you must provide this information in your
Note: If your school was accredited by the National League for
Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) at the time of graduation
but is no longer listed on the State approving agency or the
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission website, you
must provide documentation of accreditation with your application
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: .
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.
References: VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G-13 Licensed
Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be
found in the local Human Resources Office.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-0620-06. The
actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy
is in the range of GS-03 to GS-06.
Physical Requirements: This position requires potentially long
periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending,
pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be
required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and
contaminated materials and may be required to don protective
clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive
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
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.
As required by , 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 against COVID-19 and submit documentation of
proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will
provide additional information regarding what information or
documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally
required exception from this requirement using the reasonable
Due to COVID-19, VA is currently in an expanded telework posture.
If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if
your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once
employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be
expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement.
Management officials will provide information about returning to
the official, pre-pandemic worksite, when applicable. At that time,
you may be eligible to request to continue to telework depending
upon the terms of your organization's telework policy and the
duties of the position.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do
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