Applicants will have the opportunity to designate which department they are interested in working during the interview process.
Behavioral Health:The Licensed Practical Nurse provides direct support t the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs. The LPN has the knowledge and ability to provide a range of practical nursing assessment and care to residents with a variety of physical behavioral problems. He/she has the ability to serve as a responsible member of the health care team and interact in an appropriate manner with residents, family members, professionals, and other supportive personnel involved in the delivery of patient care. He/she possesses a higher level of LPN skills as a result of work experience as an LPN in a direct patient care environment. The LPN reports to and works under the direction of a Registered Nurse.
Outpatient PACT teams: The Licensed Practical Nurse provides direct support to the PACT team in Ambulatory Care Outpatient Clinic. The incumbent is accountable for greeting the Veterans, using different modalities of gathering Veteran data such as observation, vital signs and recording information the Veteran provides to the LPN; communicating this data to the RN and /or provider and taking action as directed. He/she possesses a higher level of LPN skills as a result of work experience as an LPN in direct patient care environment. He/she assists in assuring smooth clinic flow by assisting the Veteran through the transition process as they move through the clinic environment.
This position is considered intermittent (on-call). There is not a set tour of duty or hours.
Functional Statement Title/#: MHRRTP/PACT Teams-LPN
* U.S. Citizenship
* Education: Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State accrediting agency and/or the NLN - OR - 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 a qualifying for full LPN/LVN licensure will be accepted as meeting the education requirements for VHA employment. .
* 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.
* English Language Proficiency: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English.
Note: Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a LPN Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. Selection criteria for this position are as follows. These criteria are considered to be enhancing, and will be used during the selection process.
Preferred Experience: 1 year of experience in Behavioral Health.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6.
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 (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
(c) Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.
(d) 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-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. (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. 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.
(f) 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.
(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 practice.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter G13 .Physical Requirements: All applicants must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others. Depending on the essential duties of a specific position, usable vision, color vision, hearing, or speech may be required. However, in most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant for appointment. The loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid. Reasonable accommodation may also be considered in determining an applicant's ability to perform the duties of a position.
Heavy lifting , 45 pounds and over; heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over; straight pulling 4 hours; pulling hand over hand 4 hours; pushing 4 hours; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking 8 hours; standing 8 hours; repeated bending 4 hours; both legs required; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jeager 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted); emotional stability.
See VA Handbook 5005, Part III, Chapter 2, paragraph 7, and VA Handbook 5019, Occupational Health Services.
DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: 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. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. REQUIRED: VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at
2. Resume A current resume or any other written format may be submitted provided it contains all of the information in the USAJobs resume format. Provide beginning and ending dates (MM/YY) of employment, the average number of hours worked per week, and a description of the duties for each position listed on your resume. If you performed more than one position title, please indicate the percentage of time you spent performing each title's duties. Descriptions of duties must be sufficiently detailed to document the level of the experience. Although not mandatory, if the position is (was) with the Federal government, either military or civilian, you should state the series and grade or pay grade (rank) and the date of last promotion.
3. REQUIRED: Responses to the questionnaire
4. Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) signed and dated, available at www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf. This form will be required only if selected for this position.
5. Proof of current certification, licensure or registration.
6. Unofficial college transcripts for education used to qualify. (An official college transcript will be required before being hired).
7. All current or former Federal Employees - VA and non-VA: Include a copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
8. REQUIRED (If applicable): All Veterans: "Military Discharge Certificate" for each enlistment (DD-214). Please include copy which shows type of discharge received.
9. REQUIRED (If applicable): All 10-point preference eligible Veterans: SF-15 "Application for 10-point Veteran Preference (SF-15) and supporting documentation stated on the SF-15. This form is available at www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf Preference will not be granted without proper documentation.
Failure to submit the required documents will result in your application being disqualified from consideration for this position.
Applicant's Responsibility: It is the applicant's responsibility to submit documentation to support his/her application for this position. Applicant is responsible for ensuring that all experience, education, formal training, award recognition, etc. are documented in the application package. Experience may include voluntary or other non-paid experience in the appropriate field. This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position. Request for copies, return of forms or transfer of consideration to another announcement will not be honored.
Employees must meet qualification standards and other regulatory requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.
Incomplete Applications will receive an ineligible rating due to missing form(s). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.
Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.
Reasonable Accommodation: This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency. This decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.