Department Of Veterans Affairs - Huntington, WV

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 856405

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

These vacancies are advertised at the range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard. Your salary will be determined by an appropriate Professional Standards Board.

This is an open continuous announcement. We accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants will be considered as vacancies become available. Applications will remain on file for one year from the date the application was signed.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

Intermittent LPN's are appointed on a time limited basis and extended based on the needs of the Service. There is no guarantee of the number of hours you will work or the duration of your appointment.

NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is 6 . The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of 3 to 6 . The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.


U. S. Citizenship
Must pass pre-employment examination
English Language Proficiency required
Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required

Background and-or Security Investigation required DUTIES:
Major duties:
1. Administers medications.

2. Provides direct patient care.

3. Assists patients on and off stretchers.

4. Assists with the use of appropriate equipment in the transferring of patients

to maintain good body alignment.

5. Provides ADL assistance (bathing, shaving, oral care, feeding the patient, etc.).

6. Measures and records TPR, blood pressure, heights and weights.

7. Measures and records intake and output.

8. Reports observed changes in patient conditions to the charge nurse.

9. Promotes patient/employee safety by observing safety and fire regulations.

10. Supervises patients while smoking as directed.

11. Passes fresh drinking water and ice to patients.

12. Keep linen and utility rooms neat and orderly.

13. Removes equipment from rooms. Clean select equipment as needed.

14. Changes beds, moves patients, clean soiled patients.

15. Removed broken equipment, patient clothing, etc. from the unit area.

16. Answers the telephone and relays messages.

17. Delivers prescriptions to the Pharmacy/retrieves medications from the pharmacy

for the patient who has been discharged.

18. Take a variety of samples such as urine or sputum.

19. Assembles orthopedic assistive bed devices.

20. Maintain appropriate levels of ice in the polar packs

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:


Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

Education: Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State accrediting agency and/or the National League for Nursing at the time the program was completed by the applicant. Verification can be obtained from the State approving agency of the National League for Nursing, 61 Broadway, 33 rd Floor, New York, NY 10006.

(1) 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/LVN licensure will be accepted as meeting the education requirements for VHA employment.

(2) The education requirement is waived for 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.

Licensure: Full, active, current and unrestricted licensure as a graduate 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 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 part.

Physical Standards: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

English Language Proficiency: Licensed practical or vocational nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).



(1) Qualifying experience is successful nursing practice maintaining acceptable standards within a health care setting under the direction of a registered nurse or physician. This may include experience as a GPN (graduate practical nurse) provided the candidate was utilized as a practical or vocational nurse and passed the State licensure examination on the first attempt.

(2) To be creditable, practical nursing experience (as an LPN or LVN) must be documented on the application and verified in an employment reference or through other means.

(3) Part-time experience is credited according to the relationship it bears to the full-time workweek (e.g., an LPN who worked 20 hours per week, i.e., half-time, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of such service.)

Grade Determination: In addition to the basic requirements stated in section A, 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.

(1) GS-3. None beyond the basic requirements.

(2) GS-4. Six months of qualifying experience.

(3) 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.

(c) Demonstrated ability to serve as a responsible member of the nursing team and interact with patients, family members, professional and supportive personnel who provide patient care, and with members of other services.

NOTE: GS-5 is a full performance level for the LPN or LVN occupation for providing practical nursing care with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems. Assignments above this level are limited to situations demanding an exceptional degree of practical nursing knowledge and skills.

(4) GS-6. In addition to meeting the requirements for the GS-5 level, has completed at least an additional year of qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent. Has the knowledge and skills necessary for concentrated effort and self-direction in carrying out the most complex practical nursing care assignments, including assignments for selected acute care, long-term or ambulatory care, or psychiatric patients requiring skilled nursing care. Serves as a member of a health care team with these selected patients and provides care to them on a regular and recurring basis. Completes assigned duties and responsibilities which involve performing nonstandard and specialized practical nursing activities at the GS-6 level, requiring broad work experience and demonstrated skill sufficient to resolve a range of nursing problems. The GS-6 grade is restricted to individuals whose assignments include the following:

(a) Practical nursing characterized by:
1 . The employee’s ability to vary the order and sequence of assigned procedures based on the patient’s condition; to use judgment in selecting the most appropriate application of procedures and guidelines; and to accurately report and record significant patient information. Completed work needs only a general review by a registered nurse for technical soundness; appropriateness and conformity with policy and nursing assignments.

2 . Demonstrated ability to observe, identify and respond to the patient’s needs for nursing, medication, and equipment-assisted care and to recognize deviations from normal. In modifying patient care plans, the employee considers physical, emotional and social factors.

3 . Practical knowledge of human behavior, motivations and reactions to situations. Demonstrated ability to use this knowledge in working effectively with patients, family and other staff members.

4 . Demonstrated knowledge, skill and ability to recognize and respond appropriately to emergency situations.

(b) Typically, duties will include:
1 . Contributes to the interdisciplinary team in the development, implementation and evaluation of the patient’s treatment plan and promotes patient participation in the therapeutic community by fostering self-reliance and independence.

2 . Conducts group meetings to help patients share feelings, interact and function in accordance with the patient’s treatment plan.

3 . Establishes constructive relationships with individual patients to elicit feelings and attitudes and to promote positive relationships, communication and socialization skills.

4 . Administers prescribed medications and performs more complex treatments.

5 . Performs support duties for diagnostic procedures, which includes preparing the patient, assisting in the diagnostic examination, preparing and passing instruments, and monitoring the patient’s condition.


References : VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office)

Physical Requirements: The work of an LPN's involves sitting, standing, walking and lifting .

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx . HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome. BENEFITS:

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. OTHER INFORMATION:

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Receiving Service Credit for 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 employees 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.

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...