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Job Title:Licensed Practical Nurse - Medical Subspecialties

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:PM-13-AKJ-793531

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$34,944.00 to $50,957.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, November 21, 2012 to Wednesday, December 05, 2012




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Tucson, AZ United StatesView Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates


Dedicated to Patient-Centered Care, the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System (SAVAHCS) is a state of the art network of health care facilities throughout Southern Arizona comprised of the medical center in Tucson, Arizona and seven Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Casa Grande, Green Valley, Safford, Sierra Vista, Yuma, Northwest and Southeast Tucson. Through an environment of compassion, education, and research, SAVAHCS is a national model of clinical and organizational excellence.

Surrounded by mountains, Tucson, AZ, has sunshine year-round.  Enjoy golfing, biking, hiking, swimming and bird watching! 


This Licensed Practical Nurse position is located in the Nursing Care Line.  We honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being.

Please read this entire announcement before applying online!

Initial cut-off date for referring applicants to our hiring staff for this announcement is Wednesday, December 05, 2012.  Subsequent cut-off dates will be established as needed.


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 793531 (Include # on all documents)

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? 

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.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to .  

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System honors America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well being.

Are YOU the one?

We expect members of the SAVAHCS tradition and team to continually meet the VISN 18 Quality Standards.

Safety: SAFETY comes first!

Kindness: Treat Veterans, families, guests and SAVAHCS team members with compassion, respect and dignity.

Performance Excellence: Give your personal best and strive to "exceed expectations."

Presentation: Demonstrate professionalism, positive attitude and passion.

Stewardship: Accept responsibility for the duties entrusted to you, maintain the environment and support the SAVAHCS tradition of exceptional health care.



  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


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This Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) assists with patient flow in clinic, which alternates daily between specialties such as Cardiology, Dermatology, Hematology/Oncology and Pulmonary.
Gathers patient history;
Completes intake data as indicated by the condition of patient, including vital signs, oxygen saturation, height, weight and patient reported pain level;
Recognizes deviations from normal and reports to RN/provider;
Documents all data into computerized patient record;
Performs procedures such as finger sticks, bladder scans, EKG, venous specimen collection, visual acuity screening, dressing changes, injections, nebulizer treatments and ear lavage;
Maintains safe environment and recognizes potential safety risks to patient and caregiver;
Considers cognitive, physical, emotional and chronological maturation of adult and geriatric patients’ needs in providing patient care;
Routinely checks on exam rooms and performing cleaning/stocking as needed;
Demonstrates ability to maintain self-control in stressful and emergency situations;
Maintains currency in American Heart Association, Basic Cardiac Life Support;
Works cooperatively with other health care professionals/team members and offers assistance to co-workers as appropriate;
Interacts positively and in a professional manner during each interaction with patient, family and all SAVAHCS staff;
Able to access patient education materials at provider request;
Participates in unit performance improvement activities;
Demonstrates the ability to act independently and within the scope of practice.


Two years experience as an LPN preferred.

Shift:  Monday through Friday, Days


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Must be a citizen of the United States.

Must be a graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant:  The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Must have a current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a Vocational or Practical Nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia.  In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.

Must be proficient in spoken and written English.


Must be a 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 NLNAC Website.  Exceptions include:
   (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)  Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school. 

References : VHA 5005, Part II, Appendix G13.    VA Handbook 5005 available in the local Human Resources Office.

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. ***

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


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.


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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 position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.  Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.


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



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Current SAVAHCS Employees:  To apply you must complete the Assessment Questionnaire before the closing date of this announcement.  It is strongly recommended that you submit a current resume to ensure full consideration is received (SEE BELOW).  You may also submit any other documentation of education/awards/training/etc. that would enhance your qualifications for this position.

External Applicants to SAVAHCS:  Follow the Apply Online instructions below and refer to the Required Documents section of this announcement for all documentation needed for a complete application package.

Ensure that your resume and application support your answers to the Occupational Questionnaire.  Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Note:  You must attach or fax all required documents (See Required Documents section of this announcement) to be considered for this position!

If you apply online, but are faxing additional documents, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 793531.  Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire  Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire
  2. When entering your responses on the 1203FX form, please answer the eligibility questions first, then continue to the occupational questionnaire entering your responses on the next available number within this section of the form.
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:


  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID  793531
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144 .

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on TAG:Closing Date


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes, the following documents are required (please note that applicants who fail to submit all required documents will not be considered for this position):
1. CV or Resume.
2. If you have prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at
3. If you are currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).
4. Upload or fax a copy of your latest performance evaluation or a letter from a recent supervisor (or instructor, for a recent graduate.  Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 793531.  Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

5. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  This form is required.

Note:  You may upload the completed forms and documents to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online. Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide ( ) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications. Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way. Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.


Kathy Jess
Phone: (520)792-1450x5308
Agency Information:
Tucson, AZ


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.

After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.


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