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Job Title:LPN-Ambulatory Care/Primary Care/Idaho Falls, ID clinic

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VB3839-2013-834372

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

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$24,933.00 to $45,376.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, January 30, 2013 to Wednesday, February 13, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Idaho Falls, ID United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 834372

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 Licensed Practical Nurse in the Primary Care Clinic is an integral part of the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT).   The PACT LPN works under the direction of an RN and reports to the primary care manager.   The LPN is responsible for observing, recording and reporting changes in the patient's condition, as well as assisting in the development and revision of the patient-driven holistic care plan for life.   The LPN is a member of the larger Team.   The LPN requires a general review of their work by an RN for appropriateness and conformity with license, policies and procedures. The LPN demonstrates active collaboration and communication with Teamlet (Patient, Primary Care Provider, RN Care Manager and Clinical Support/ Patient Service Administrative Assistant (PSA) and Larger Team (family/care giver, internal and community based services and disciplines involved in providing care to the patient). He/She will report directly to the Pocatello Clinic Manager.


  • 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
  • Current, full unrestricted licensure as a liscences professional nurse


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     Makes observations and thoroughly documents care and the patient's response.   Appropriately seeks assistance and guidance by informing RN or medical provider of changes in the patient's condition requiring higher-level intervention.   The LPN is responsible for observing, recording, and reporting changes in the patient's condition, as well as assisting in the development and revision of the patient-driven holistic care plan for life.

     The LPN possess the knowledge and skills to perform, report, and record assigned nursing care in the Primary Care Clinics, including, but not limited to:

          Oxygen therapy

          Medication administration to include IV fluids if certified

          Focuses on clinic visits, exams and treatments with provider

          Uses motivational interviewing and health coaching to guide patients in order to promote patient self management   toward individualized   life plan of care.

          Reviews daily schedules for patient care needs

           Attends and contributes to Team huddles

          Assists with triage: messages from patients and face –to-face visits

          Processing Clinical reminders with appropriate consults and alerts as indicated

           Pre- visit contacts

           Check expiration dates of meds and supplies

          Delegated procedures and treatments


         Assists with coordination of group visits

          Assists with orientation: PACT patient orientation and new staff.

          Assists with minor procedures, including obtaining and arranging necessary equipment, positioning patient, ensuring comfort and privacy.   Monitors patient during the procedure.

          Adheres to standards of practice and safe technique in preparation and administration of medication.

          Demonstrates understanding of age- and population-specific characteristics that affect the health care needs of the Veteran.  

          Promptly recognizes urgent or emergent patient care situations, seeks assistance and effectively intervenes as directed when appropriate.  

          Based on the patient's goals, provides patient and family health education, to include self-management, prevention and wellness.  

          Interacts and communicates appropriately with patients and family members.

          Demonstrates professional behavior (i.e., respect, civility, ability to accept constructive criticism), effective communication and interpersonal skills.

         Adheres to principles of infection control, safety, and universal precautions.

        Adheres to all requirements in regard to reusable medical equipment.

        Responsible for minor adjustments of the PCP schedule prior to daily huddles i.e, labs, appointments, hospital/ER discharges, staff shortage.

        Demonstrates competence utilizing special equipment needed to perform job duties.

        Follows policy and procedures related to fire and disaster drills, safety and security measures.  

        Demonstrates initiative in assisting the Teamlet and larger Teams.  

       Assists in the orientation and competency validation of students, peers and clerical staff.

        Maintains confidentiality of electronic, written, and/or verbal patient information.

        Maintains a work environment that honors diversity.  

        Serves as a resource and advocate in the protection of patient and family rights.  

        Completes mandatory reviews, including motivational interviewing, in order to promote patient self management toward individualized life plan of care.

        Supports patient-driven care in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner, using evidence-based principles.

        Promotes patient and personnel safety.

        Additional non Primary Care tasks will be assigned on an ongoing basis, based on skill set and availability.

Work Schedule: Full time, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. till 4:30 p.m.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.


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Internal qualified candidates from Salt Lake City VA will have first consideration.

Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a LPN/LVN in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia.    

Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Selective Service: As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt for having to do so under the Selective Service law.

Vet-Pro: Upon selection, you will be provided with information on how to use Vet-Pro. Vet-Pro was implemented on July 1, 2005.  As part of the VA's pre-appointment process, it is necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure, certification, or registration using VetPro.  Vet-Pro credentialing must be successfully completed prior to entering on duty.

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions: All candidates must be physically able to efficiently perform the duties of the position.  Any physical condition, which would cause the applicant to be a hazard to himself/herself or to others is disqualifying.


  • U.S. Citizenship.  

  • Education: 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 OR

  • 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.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS: In addition to the basic requirements, 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.


     (1)   GS-3.   None beyond the basic requirements.   LPNs at this grade level are expected to perform all duties within the scope of their license (e.g., medication administration); however, completed work may require routine or detailed higher level review depending upon the complexity of the duties involved.


     (2)   GS-4.   


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


     (b)   Graduation from an approved school (which may be waived) 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.


     (3)   GS-5


     (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.


     (4)   GS-6


     (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.



Your salary and grade will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB).  The PSB is a peer review process.  The PSB will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary and grade based on your individual accomplishments.

References : VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G13, LPN/LVN QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated April, 10 2003,

Proficiency in phlebotomy required

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


Must also submit the following:

Certification by a state vocational rehabilitation or VA counselor that the individual has the ability to satisfactorily perform the duties of the specific position and is physically qualified to do the work without hazard to himself/herself or to others.  Because this is a non-competitive appointment authority, the above documentation must be provided in order to establish eligibility.  Failure to provide the required documentation will result in the applicant not  being considered unless such documentation is received.


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 .


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.


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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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.

For a step by step guide to applying for jobs through, please visit this website:

The following required documents must be completed and uploaded:

1.   CV or Resume.

2.   VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required). Click the link above and complete the form.  IMPORTANT: Save this form to your personal file or desktop in order to upload in the Upload Documents Section of Application Manager.

If you are unable to save this form to your computer, you will need to fill in the requested information, print out the form, scan it to your computer, and upload it in the Upload Documents Section of Application Manager.

If further explanation is required to any "Yes" answers on this form, please upload a separate WORD document to provide the additional information.

3.   Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application. Click the link above and complete the form.  IMPORTANT: Save this form to your personal file or desktop in order to upload in the Upload Documents Section of Application Manager.

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. (required).

6.   List three (3) Professional References (All applicants must submit complete company and supervisor names, addresses, and phone numbers including area code)

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

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form 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.

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


You may submit your completed application package to the Human Resources office one (1) business day prior to the vacancy close date.  The HR office will fax your application to the USA Staffing processing center.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 834372.  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.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, February 13, 2013.


See "How to Apply" Section above.


Vickie J. Bigelow
Phone: (801)582-1565x1128
Agency Information:
VHA Salt Lake City HCS
Human Resources 05
500 Foothill Drive
Salt Lake City, UT


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.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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