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Job Title:Licensed Practical Nurse - (2N)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-626-13-827301-AJJ

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$28,392.00 to $45,376.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, January 16, 2013 to Friday, February 01, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Nashville, TN United StatesView Map


United States Citizens



Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 827301

Work Schedule: Based on the needs of the service.



External applicants, to be considered for this job you must submit Application for Associated Health Occupations (VA form 10-2850c) and the Declaration of Federal Employment (OF-306).  




The full performance level of this vacancy is a GS-6. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-3 to GS-6 ($28,392-$45,376). The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidates 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.

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! As an employee of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference. We serve those who have defended our freedom. This is a great opportunity to show your appreciation.

As a VA Licensed Practical Nurse, 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
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.


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The LPN performs progressively complex age-specific nursing care for adult and geriatric inpatients or outpatients with a variety of physical, mental, behavioral or psychosocial needs, which require increased judgment and independent action, according to assignment and training. Responsible for assisting in the coordination of patient care delivery to ensure quality care according to established standards of care/practice, policy and procedures. Performs direct patient care activities, as appropriate to assignment, (includes, but is not limited to): Data collection, bathing, oral care, feeding, turning and positioning, and ambulating. Collecting and labeling specimens. Performing diagnostic procedures such as cardiac monitoring, TPR, B/P, phlebotomy etc. Documents and reports results to the registered nurse and/or physician and the medical record. Administers oral, subcutaneous, and intramuscular medications. Additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.



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Citizenship:   Citizen of the United States.   (Non-citizens may be appointed when no qualified citizens are available in accordance with regulations issued by the Under Secretary for Health or designee).

Licensure:    Condition of employment.   Active, full, 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 the District of Columbia. An LPN who has or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probation status may be appointed only in accordance with regulations issued by the Under Secretary for Health or designee.

Physical Standards/Requirements:   See VA Handbook 5005, Part III, Chapter 2, paragraph 7, and VA Handbook 5019, Occupational Health Services. All applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position.   Must be able to lift (30 lbs or more); twisting and/or bending, standing and/or walking almost constantly during the course of the day.   

English Language Proficiency:   Applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).


 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. Or from the NLNAC web site; (


***All applicants must verify that the program where you received your Nursing Degree is accredited by checking to see if it is listed on either the state agency approved list or the NLNAC list (see below) in order to meet the basic qualification requirements. IF your educational degree program is not listed on one of these websites and the program was accredited at the time you graduated, you will need to submit additional written documentation from one of these agencies or from the Director of the Nursing program of your school as proof of accreditation by the NLNAC or the State. Your college transcripts are not proof of this documentation.***


     1.  The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), an accrediting arm of the National League for Nursing located at 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, New York 10006 or call (800) 669-1656 extension 153.  The NLNAC accredits all levels of nursing programs.  Additional information may be obtained from the NLNAC web site; ( or


     2.  To Verify State Nursing Board: Google – State Nursing Board of _______(the state in which the school is located) and then look for the Board of Nursing approved LPN schools.


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 LPN/LVN  licensure will be accepted as meeting the education requirements for VHA employment.


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.

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 .

NOTE:  Wearing of a respirator may be required at times in the performance of the duties of this position.  As a result, employees assigned to these duties cannot have facial hair or any condition that interferes with the face- to-face piece seal or valve function of the respirator.


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. 

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT :   (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after appointment)   Applicants must meet any physical, language, license or degree requirements. Applicants must be citizens of the United States.   New appointees must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, by completing the I-9 form and supplying acceptable documentation.  If required for the position, the applicant must have a valid State licensure, registration or certification. Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.   If applicable, incumbent may be subject to a manager/supervisor probationary period.  New appointees are subject to a probationary period, and to a background investigation to determine suitability.   Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.   This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. 

Designated Drug-Testing position: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

Drug Free Workplace : This position may be designated as sensitive as defined in Presidential Order 12564.     After hire, persons employed in sensitive positions are subject to random testing for use of illegal drugs.   Testing will be conducted in accordance with Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Guidelines for Drug Testing Programs.   Random testing will begin no sooner than 30 days from the date a Drug Testing notice is received.

When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.


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To begin the application 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. Make sure that you include all required documentation with your on-line application (see Required Documents). Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

1.  Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 827301 

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 any supporting and REQUIRED documents(see below) to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, February 01, 2013


Current Tennessee Valley Healthcare System employees: 

  • You must submit a current resume with your on-line application. You may also submit any other documentation of education/awards/training/etc. that would enhance your qualifications for this position.


External Applicants to Tennessee Valley Healthcare System:  

  • You must submit Application for Associated Health Occupations (VA form 10-2850c)
  • Resume or CV (Optional but preferred)
  • You must submit Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) (Current TVHS employees ARE NOT REQUIRED to complete this form).
  • Copy of Transcripts
  • Copy of Licensure
  • Transfer and/or Reinstatement applicants must provide last or most recent SF-50-"Notice of Personnel Action", and most recent annual performance evaluation, if a current Federal Employee.
  • If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your final discharge papers (DD-214) that documents the type of discharge received.   If you are claiming 10-point veterans preference you must also complete a SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference", furnishing the required documentation as stated on the back of the SF-15.   The form is available at the following internet address: forms/

For any additional information you may contact Melissa Littman, Nurse Recruiter at (615) 225-3608.


Jayne K. Johnson
Phone: (615)225-6596
Agency Information:
VHA Tennessee Valley HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
Murfreesboro, TN


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.

Evaluation Methods:   Failure to submit requested material may result in a lower rating in the evaluation process. Application material submitted under this announcement will be filed in the vacancy announcement folders and will not be copied or returned for the use of the applicant. All technical, legal and regulatory requirements must be met on the closing date of the announcement.

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