Licensed Practical Nurse - Community Living Center (CLC)
This position is located at the VA Portland Health Care System Vancouver, WA Campus. The Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse (LPN/LVN), functioning in the Community Living Center demonstrates the ability to 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. The incumbent is an integral member of the CLC interdisciplinary care team, with span of services including acute rehabilitation, skilled care, hospice and palliative care, respite and long term care. As a member of the interdisciplinary care team, is self-directed in delivering individualized care to adult and elderly patients under the direction of the Registered Nurse (RN). The incumbent performs a variety of routine and complex patient care procedures based on the work assignment and the needs of the nursing unit to which assigned.
WORK SCHEDULE: 2:00 pm - 10:30 pm, Rotating Evenings.
FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT TITLE: Licensed Practical Nurse, Community Living Center, GS-620-3/4/5/6
Your application, r?Å sum?Å and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
- U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State agency and/or accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) at the time the program was completed by the applicant.
- Hold a 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.
- Proficient in both written and spoken English.
EXPERIENCE: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Preferred candidates will have LTC or hospital experience.
GS-03: Experience - None beyond the basic requirements.
GS-04: Experience - 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;
Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.
GS-05: Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent. Experience includes the ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems; 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; skill to prepare, administer and appropriately document actions taken specific to commonly prescribed oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular, and/or intravenous medication; ability to recognize the need for and to institute emergency measures when indicated; recognize and appropriately respond to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies; and complete work under the general supervision of an RN or MD/DO.
GS-06: Completion of at least one (1) year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent. Experience includes technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient population; ability to appropriately carry out assigned patient care based on the patients' condition; ability to observe, identify and respond to the patient's needs for medication, equipment-assisted care; prepare and administer prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous) and perform treatments; ability to recognize urgent or emergent patient care situations, seek assistance and initiate appropriate emergency interventions; understand human behavior, patient motivations and reactions to situations; establish constructive relationships with patients and families to elicit feelings and attitudes, and to promote positive relationships, communication and socialization skills; skill in performing support duties for complex diagnostic tests and/or specialized practices or procedures, which includes 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.
REFERENCES: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G13. This can be found in the local VA Human Resources Office.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work requires some walking, standing, bending, carrying of light items such as papers, books, small parts, lifting patients, etc. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.
The following documents are required by all applicants:
1. Resume (required)
2. VA Form 10-2850C
Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). Available at the VA Forms website:
https://www.va.gov/Vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf (Revision Nov 2016)
3. Responses to the questionnaire (required)
4. Copy of your transcript: if you are using education to qualify.
5. Signed OF-306 "Declaration for Federal Employment" (Revision Oct 2011) (http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf) (required)Please note: ***The signed OF Form 306 must be the current version (Oct/2011) and dated with in the last six months of the closing date of the announcement.*** ***If a current VA employee, you do not need to submit the OF Form 306 at this time, ALL OTHERS MUST SUBMIT THE OF Form 306 with application***
6. SF-50- (Required) If you are a current or former federal employee this document is required if using this to support eligibility for the position. please submit most recent non-award SF-50 (Displays grade, tenure and title. Federal employees may be able to access their SF-50 through the eOPF https://eopf.nbc.gov/va/)
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
If you are a preference eligible Veteran you need to include the following documents in addition to the above required documents:
7. SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, available at http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx, if applicable
8. Veteran Administration Letter of Disability Rating, If applicable.
9. DD Form 214 (Member 4 copy) Showing Type of Discharge
Any other documents required by the checklist.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:*Cover Letter
*Other Veterans Document
Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.