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Job Title:Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:ABQ-13-131-KMS-860264

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

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$33,488.00 to $48,919.00 / Per Year


Monday, March 18, 2013 to Friday, June 21, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


4 vacancies in the following location(s):
Artesia, NM United StatesView Map
Rio Rancho, NM United StatesView Map
Silver City, NM United StatesView Map
Farmington, NM United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 860264 

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?

**ATTENTION APPLICANTS:  Answering the occupational questionnaire and submitting your resume does not constitute "applying."  You MUST SUBMIT those applicable documents reflected as REQUIRED under the "How to Apply" tab.  Failing to submit any documentation that is required may result in loss of consideration.**

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.

NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06 . The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-03 to GS-06. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's 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.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

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, to 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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As a Licensed Practical Nurse (Telehealth), you will serve as a coordinator telehealth services in the Community Based Outpatient Clinic in New Mexico. You will be responsible for the patient site clinical, business, scheduling and technical aspects for real-time telehealth applications, to include but not limited to tele-mental health, tele-audiology, Home Based Primary Care, Pre/Post op surgery; neurology, cardiology, tele-rehabilitation, telehealth imaging, and tele-patient education clinics. You will develop programs and processes to ensure telehealth modalities are timely, efficient and appropriate to the needs of the patient such as; scheduling, confirming and coordinating telehealth services of in/out patients from VA, other Federal, and private facilities including nursing homes, hospitals and clinics.   You will serve as a member of the multi-disciplinary Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT); providing accessible, coordinated, comprehensive, patient centered care. Direct patient care could include but is not inclusive of performing temperature, blood pressure, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation measurements, measuring height and weight, and patient transfers in support of the primary care or specialty clinics.

Work Schedule: Part time Time:  8:00 a.m. to 12:00 or 12:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Position Description Title/PD#: Licensed Pratical Nurse (LPN) / Functional Statement
Relocation Expenses: Relocation and/or Recruitment incentives are NOT authorized for this position.
Physical Demands: Refer to VA Directive and Handbook 5019
Fair Labor Standards Act:  Exempt
Bargaining Unit Status Code: 1276
Background Information: NACI
This IS NOT a Supervisory Position


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    Citizenship.   Citizen of the United States.  

    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.   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 NLNACWebsite.   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)  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.

                 (3)  Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school.   See paragraph 4, section C.


    Licensure. Full, active, current and unrestricted licensure 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.   An LPN/LVN who has or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions in chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16 of this part.



GS-3 Experience:  Qualifying experience is successful nursing practice as an LPN/LVN, maintaining acceptable standards within a health care setting under the direction of a registered nurse (RN) or physician (MD/DO).  This may include experience as a GPN or GVN (graduate practical or vocational nurse) provided the candidate was utilized as a practical or vocational nurse and passed the State licensure examination on the first attempt.  Part-time experience is credited according to the relationship it bears to the full-time workweek (e.g., an LPN/LVN who worked 20 hours per week, i.e., half-time, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of such service.

GS-4 Experience:  Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN OR:
GS-4 Education:  Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.

GS-4 Combined Education & Education:  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

GS-5 Experience:  Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying expereience at the next lower level (GS-4).  Additionally an LPN as this level will be able to demonstrate:  knowledge and ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems; 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; 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;  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; recognizes and appropriately responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action; 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.

GS-6 Experience:  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.  Additionally an LPN/LVN at this level should be able to demonstrate;  technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations; 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; 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; 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; 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; 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; 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; 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; actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge gained with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice.



References : VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G13, LICENSED PRACTICAL OR VOCATIONAL NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated April 2003,  ( and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Practical Nurse Series (at

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 job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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




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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. 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.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 860264.  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 Friday, June 21, 2013.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION:  You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Résumé (It is strongly recommended to build your résumé in USA Staffing. If you choose not to, your résumé must, as a minimum, include the following: full name, date of birth, full social secruity number. For each previous place of employment; name, address, AND dates of employment in MM/YYYY - MM/YYYY format, GS-level (or equivalent if not Federal employment).

2. Declaration for Federal Employment (OF 306) (Available at: (REQUIRED)

3. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire (REQUIRED)
4. Application (VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations)(REQUIRED)
(Available at:

5. If you are a current or former government employment you must submit a copy of your most recent SF 50 (Notification of Personnel Action) (REQUIRED)

6. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Form 214 or proof of service (REQUIRED - If applicable). 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

7. Unoffical college transcripts (In the event of selection OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS will be required to be sent directly to Human Resources Management Service, New Mexico VA Health Care System)


Kathleen M. Sanchez
Phone: (505)256-2760
Agency Information:
VHA New Mexico HCS Albuquerque
DVA New Mexico VA Health Care System
HR Management Service 05
1501 San Pedro Dr SE
Albuquerque, NM


If you wish to know the status of your application at any time in the process, refer to the automated status updates available with the Application Manager of your account.


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualification will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.  If qualified, we will review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire.  If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly.  Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and a possible interview.  You will be notified when your rating is determined.


IF YOU FAIL to provide the documentation that is identified in the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS portion of this announcement you will not be considered and receive an electronic notification of either “IDMA” or “IFM”.

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