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Job Title:LPN (Domiciliary) - Part Time

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:BL-VHA-13-019-SAM-793791

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

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$0.00 to $0.00 / Per Year


Friday, November 23, 2012 to Friday, December 07, 2012




Part Time 20 hours - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Butler, PA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 793791 (Include # on all documents) 

Note: Salary will be determined by a professional standards board based on the qualifications, experience, and education of the individual selected.

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 .  


  • 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


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The primary duties of the position are to provide direct patient care and administrative support for patients in the Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Program (DRRTP).  The incumbent assures patient compliance with Medical Center and DRRTP policies and procedures as well as with health, safety and sanitation directives as they pertain to living quarters, treatment rooms, and dining and general use areas. He/she will modify and direct patient’s behavior and assist in therapeutic rehabilitation programs as a member of a treatment team.  The incumbent collects, processes and records the results of patient urine drug screens.  He/she will perform clerical /assistant work in support of the care and treatment given to patients in the DRRTP program. Responsibilities include receiving and directing patients and visitors, answering inquiries and making appropriate referrals, scheduling appointments, coordinating and recording patient activities, managing the patient dining room functions and meal tray distribution, preparing, updating and maintaining patient records and independently supervising the operation of the DRRTP living unit on off-tours. A full description of duties is available for review in Human Resources.


Work Schedule: This position is part time (20 hours per week) with rotating shifts including holidays and weekends. 


Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.


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  • CITIZENSHIP: U.S. Citizen.
  • EDUCATION: Graduate of a school for practical or vocational nurse approved by the appropriate State accrediting agency and/or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) at the time the program was completed by the applicant.
  • Healthcare 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.
  • LICENSURE: Possess a full, active, current, and unrestricted license 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 at time of application.
  • This is a drug testing position. Applicant may be subject to mandatory drug testing.


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to e credited towards qualifications.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.


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.


GS-4.  Employees may be appointed to GS-4 if they meet any of the criteria in paragraphs (a) through (c) below:


     (a)  Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or


     (b)  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


     (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.




     (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.




     (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.


Candidates will also be evaluated on the following:

  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work effectively with others with exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently in accordance with pre-described policies and procedures.




QUALIFICATION STANDARDS USED: VA Handbook, 5005, Part II, Appendix G-13, Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standards.

School Accreditation Requirements: Applicant’s 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. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

  • Must be US Citizen
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


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.


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


SCHEDULE A: You must submit Proof of disability letter stating that you have a severe disability, transcripts (if applicable) along with all required documents requested on the job announcement. For more information on Schedule A appointments go to:


The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP): provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .


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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 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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How To Apply:


Applicants have 2 options to Apply – detailed instructions below:


1.    Online

2.    Fax

All applicants must provide a COMPLETE Application Package to be considered which includes:

1.  CV or Resume (required).

2.  VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).

3. OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at . This is a required form and must be submitted with your application (this includes transfer candidates – current Butler VA employees do not need to submit).

4. Copy of your LPN License (required).

5. Copy of your transcripts (unofficial) showing your LPN degree from the institution from which you received your LPN degree (required).

6.  Online Questionnaire  View Occupational Questionnaire (required).

7. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action showing your Title, Grade, and series.  SF-50s for Awards are not acceptable. (required).

8. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD-214 Forms (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 and a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs (as required proof as stated on the form).  For more information on Veteran's Preference please visit 


Option #1 Online:


To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process and upload all required documents.


Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload: Complete this cover page using the following 793791.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.


  1. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

Option #2 Fax: If you cannot apply online:


  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: .
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all required documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, December 07, 2012.


INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). 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.


PLEASE READ - IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR UPLOADING REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:  Forms can be filled out electronically from the links provided and saved to your personal computer OR a hard copy can be filled out to be scanned and saved to your computer to be uploaded to your "My Account" site on USAJobs.  All other required supporting documents such as license, transcripts, etc. can be scanned and uploaded to your "My Account" as well.  Once these forms are saved to your "My Account" in USAJobs, they can be used over and over again when applying for jobs.  When you are applying for a job, please upload the forms to the appropriate "Document Type" from the drop down menu. If there is not a category for your "Document Type" place it in the "Miscellaneous" portion.  Documents should be scanned separately and not as one large single document.


Sally Mills
Phone: (724)287-4781x4025
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
VHA Butler HCS
Thank You
Butler, PA
16001 Fax: (478)757-3144


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.

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