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To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.
This is an open continuous announcement for this position. Initial cut-off date for referral to the selecting official is December 5, 2012. Additional cut-offs during the announcement period will be done as vacancies occur.
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.
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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.
Special Employment Consideration:
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
This position is for Per Diem Nurses (PRN) that will work in the following areas: Med-Surg, 4B Inpatient Mental Health, or the Community Living Center (formerly Transitional Care Unit). Please note that if you are selected, there is a one week nursing orientation and two days for general orientation that must be completed.
As a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) you will need the knowledge and skills required to perform increasingly complex nursing functions/care and to apply this knowledge in planning care and interpreting behavior of the acutely ill patient. The incumbent will anticipate the needs of patients and initiate action to meet the needs, discriminate between what he/she is capable of handling alone and that which needs to be referred to the professional staff, add IV fluids to an existing line as ordered; change IV dressings and tubings, follow established protocol, monitor infusion pumps, measure drainage, and record observations of chest tubes, pleuravacs, and hemovacs. He/She will change sterile dressings, collect, label and send wound cultures to the laboratory. Incumbent will participate in the care planning for changes in the patient's condition, behavior, or response to therapy. Document patients' care and nursing care plan. Observe, report, and appropriately record changes in the patients' care plan, implement safe nursing measures.
After nursing orientation, on intermittent schedule (PRN)
** RELOCATION EXPENSES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED **
Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by appropriate State agency and/or accredited by the National League of Nursing (NLNAC;
) at the time the program was completed
Possess a current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a licensed practical or vocational nurse
Proficient in spoken and written English language
Pre-employment physical with possible drug screening
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
Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level
or equivalent, fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-4
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.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
VA Handbook 5005 at
(also available in the local Human Resources Office)
Must be able to do direct patient care activities which may include bending stooping, standing for long periods, walking, lifting, and lifting with lift assist devices.
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:
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.
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
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.
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
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
Department of Veterans Affairs - 15 months ago