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Job Title:  LPN, Inpatient Mental Health Unit
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-593-13-JS-861885

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$34,944.00 to $57,772.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 to Friday, April 12, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Las Vegas, NV United StatesView Map
US Citizens and Status Candidates


VHA-593-13-JS-861885- LPN- Inpatient Mental Health Unit

(Previous applicants need not apply)

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 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.

The Veterans Affairs Southern Nevada Healthcare System (VASNHS) has a vacancy for Licensed Practical Nurse  (LPN) on the Inpatient Mental Health unit . VHA provides patient centered care, delivered by engaged, collaborative teams in an integrated environment that supports learning and continuous improvement. The Veteran’s experience and health outcomes are improved with an emphasis on prevention through healing relationships in an optimal healing environment.

We are seeking new team members interested in working in this environment.  We are looking for team members that possess high energy, a strong work ethic, integrity, who are kind and empathetic, have a sense of humor, and who enjoy working for a collaborative, team-oriented system.  The team member must be willing to build customer confidence by professional dress and demeanor.

We invite you to apply to become part of a team of professionals engaged in promoting positive organizational change to improve business outcomes and create a positive healthcare experience for patients, families, and caregivers.


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • 2-3 years current experience as an LPN in med/surg or Mental health
  • AHA Approved BLS certificate
  • English Language Proficiency required.


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As a Staff Nurse you will provide prescribed medical treatment and personal care services to ill and injured veterans.  Duties include documenting observations, assessments, and changes in patient's condition; collaborating with health team members to facilitate positive patient care outcomes; providing a full range of nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavior problems; and accountable for meeting and maintaining the qualification standards and functional statements of assigned grade.  Our facility is seeking individuals who possess good organizational skills which enable completion of work, a demonstrated ability to assume leadership in a patient centered program, and the ability to establish effective communication with patients, families, visitors and members of the interdisciplinary team.
The License Practical Nurse is responsible and accountable for the delivery of nursing care to veterans in the VA Southern Nevada Health Care System (VASNHS). The incumbent has the knowledge and skills necessary for concentrated efforts and self-direction in carrying out the most complex practical nursing care assignment with the patients ranging in age from young adulthood to the senior years of life. The nursing care performed by the licensed practical nurse requires a general review by the Registered nurse for technical soundness, appropriateness, and conformity within policy and procedures.
The incumbent will assess and provide treatment to general mental health/medical patients. Duties include but are not limited to:
· Serves as the member of the health care team.
· Provides care to those veterans requiring complex practical nursing care on a regular basis.
· Demonstrates broad work experience and sufficient skill to resolve a range of nursing problems.
· Performs complex practical nursing duties in the Mental Health Inpatient Unit.
· Responsible for the completion of his/her assignment and the quality of care given.
· Displays a professional appearance and attitude while interacting with patients, visitors and other VASNHS


 Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed


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(1)   Citizen or national of the United States
(2)   English Language Proficiency: If you are appointed to a direct patient care position, you must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402 (d) and 7407 (d).
(3)   Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia.
(4)  Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency and accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
(5) Required Experience: Two years recent clinical experience as a LPN with demonstrated clinical skills. Will consider new graduates.

FACT:  Ninety percent of applicants fail to submit additional documentation with resume' or application and are found ineligible; it is imperative that you read the complete announcement.  Failure to do so MAY result in LOSS OF FURTHER CONSIDERATION.
Conditions of Employment: You are required to have a current Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification from the American Heart Association. 

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:Be a graduate of a National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accrediting school of nursing and meets VA professional and physical requirements as set forth in VHA Handbook 5005, and VA Directive 5102.1 dated November 10, 1999.

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


·         If Selected, a one year commitment to this position is required

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

·         You will be required to serve a probationary period of 2 years

·         Incomplete application packets will not be considered for the position

·         Salary is based on LPN Professional Standards Board

·         The VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System uses Vet Pro Credentialing System

·         After appointment, you will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use

·         Must Successfully complete a background security investigation before appointed into this position

·         Must pass a pre-employment medical examination

·         Relocation Expenses will not be Reimbursed

·         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 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

·          All qualification requirements must be met before being considered for this position. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at


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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 10-2850a 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:  T-861885  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 12 April, 2013.


1. Cover letter
2. Resume
3. Last two proficiency reports
4. Current BLS,ACLS, PALS, Certifications (as applicable)

5. Internal applicants, please notify the nurse recruitment office when applying for this position
External Candidates
(those not currently employed by the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System). The Following documents, as applicable, MUST be included with your on line application, if any documents are missing, your application cannot be forwarded to the hiring official for consideration

1. CV or Resume
2. VA Form 10-2850c- Application for Allied Health (Available at
3. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at
4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214. 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.
6. Please submit a cover letter that outlines your knowledge, skills, experiences, and abilities associated with those required by this position signed and dated.
7. You must request official transcripts from all educational institutions from which all degree  programs were completed. These documents should be placed in your nursing packet and mailed to the nurse recruiter at the

address listed in the contact information. You should Upload copies of your transcripts to your on line account.
8. Evidence of current professional licensure, copy front and back of each license that is presented.
9. Evidence of BLS, ACLS, PALS (as applicable to the position),obtained through an AHA-approved program, copy front and back.
10. One current reference letter, original, signed, and dated from supervisor.
11. Two current reference letters, original, signed, and dated from working peers.
12. Recent and applicable specialized training, certifications and /or achievement awards
13. Copies of your last two proficiency reports or performance evaluations
14. Proof of citizenship (copy of current U.S passport or birth certificate)
Additional Contact Information:

Jaime Suarez, RN, MSN
702.791-9000 X 15108
Mailing Address:
6900 North pecos Road
North Las Vegas,Nv. 89086



Jaime Suarez
Phone: (702)791-9000x15108
Agency Information:
VHA Southern Nevada HCS Las Vegas
6900 North Pecos Road
North Las Vegas, NV


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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