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Job Title:Licensed Practical Nurse - Primary Care Clinic

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:YB-13-MMa-820852

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

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$41,496.00 to $58,090.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, January 08, 2013 to Tuesday, January 29, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Philadelphia Metro Area, PA United States


Day shift - Monday-Friday with some evening and Saturday tours required


LPN for Primary Care Clinic 


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?


The Philadelphia VA Medical Center provides health care to Veterans living in America’s fifth-largest metropolitan area, including the city of Philadelphia and six surrounding counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey. The Philadelphia VAMC is part of the VA Healthcare Network - VISN4 and serves as an acute referral center for VA health care facilities in eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and Southern New Jersey.


The Primary Care Clinic at  the Philadelphia VA Medical Center  provides  high-quality  services for Veterans with an emphasis on health care prevention. Our primary care program offers an extensive range of treatment modalities for Adult, Geriatric and Women's Health.    


  • 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 Licensed Practical Nurse provides general practical nursing duties to patients  receiving care in the Primary Care Clinics.  Duties include medication administration, measurement  of vital signs, accurately documenting patient observations and care, reinforcing patient/family education, providing feedback to team of patient/family progress and other collateral duties as assigned. She/he will perform nursing procedures and treatments as needed in various clinics. The incumbent has the ability to work effectively with staff, patients and family and displays excellent communication skills.  She /he  has the knowledge and ability to recognize urgent or emergent patient care situations, seek assistance of the RN and/or MD, and initiate appropriate emergency interventions as directed.



TOUR OF DUTY: Day Shift - Monday-Friday with some Evening and Saturday rotation required.



Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed



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·         U.S. citizenship

·         English language proficiency

·         Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position.  A physical examination prior to employment is required. 

·         Registration – Current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia. The Licensed Practical Nurse must maintain a current, full active and unrestricted registration to continue employment with the VA

·         Educational requirements can be met as follows:

·         A. Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate state agency and/or accredited by the NLNAC.
B. Health care education or training in military service accepted by the licensing body.
C. Granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school.



Must possess mental and emotional stability.  Functional requirements include the following abilities:  Heavy lifting of 45 pounds and over, heavy carrying 45 pound and over, Pushing 4 hours, Reaching above shouldes,  use of fingers/ both hands are required, walking for 8 hours, standing for  8 hours, both legs are required and kneeing and bending,  ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other eye, ability to distinguish shades of color, hear the whispered voice (aid permitted).  Environmental Factors required: Working with hands in water, working closely with others and protracted or irregular hours of work. 



The full performance level for a Licensed practical or vocational nurse is GS-6.  All grade determinations are based on recommendation of the LPN Standards Board.


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

     (b)  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; 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.




Salary determination will be based on a recommendation by the LPN Standards Board





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 must, therefore, only report 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.

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


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.


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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. For more information please visit us at .


Applications mailed, emailed, dropped off, faxed to the corresponding HR office will not be accepted.  Please refer to the How to Apply section listed above.


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



Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) may be used.  For information on the basics of PBI visit the PBI website at


Equal Employment Opportunity:  All applicants will receive consideration regardless of race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status as a parent, or non-disqualifying physical handicap.  For information regarding the No FEAR Act Regulations, refer to 5 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 724.


If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former Federal employee, you must submit a copy of your latest SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" and/or a copy of the SF-50.  Also you should submit your most recent performance appraisal.


If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.


If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 required that you be registered or your are not eligible for appointment in this agency.


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How To Apply:




  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, January 29, 2013.


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

You must include the required documents listed below in the application package to be considered for this position.

Failure to submit a complete application package will result in  loss of consideration.


You may upload the completed forms 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.

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 change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:


1.  Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 820852.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.


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


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 your updated resume 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.

4.  Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.






1.     CV or Resume.

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

3.     Occupational Questionnaire

4.     If 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  

5.     If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action.



Marguerite Markley
Phone: (215)823-5800
Agency Information:
VHA Philadelphia VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
3900 Woodland Avenue
Philadelphia, PA


After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral list is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. 

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