Licensed Vocational Nurse (Community Living Center 11A)
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 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
This vacancy will remain open until filled. The first cut-off date
is January 10, 2021 . Additional applications will be referred as
- 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.
- 2 years of long term care experience
- 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: Employees may be appointed at or advanced to GS-04 if
they meet any of the following criteria:
- Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN;
- Graduation from an approved school (which may be waived as
provided in paragraph 4 of Section C) 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
- Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the
GS-04 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
- Completion of at least one year of additional qualifying
experience at the GS-05 level or equivalent, fully meeting all
performance requirements for the GS-05 LVN.
- 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 registered nurse [(RN) or physician (MD/DO)]
for appropriateness and conformity with [established
- 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 Part II Appendix G13
Physical requirements for this position are listed in the Education
section of this announcement.
Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; Pushing;
Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required;
Walking (8 hours); Standing ( 8 hours); Repeated bending; Climbing;
Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular
coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"
to Jaeger 1 to 4; Both eyes required; Ability to distinguish basic
colors; Ability to distinguish shades of color; Hearing (aid may be
permitted); Emotional Stability
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
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.
Pandemic Telework Program: Due to COVID-19, the 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.
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.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do
not have in electronic form, view the following link for
information regarding an .
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family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to
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