- U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- Must possess a current, full, active and unrestricted licensure as a licensed practical nurse or vocational nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or District of Columbia. This is required in order to hold a position as a Licensed Practical Nurse with the Federal Government
- Must be a graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing that was approved by the appropriate Sate agency and/or accredited by the National League for Nursing (Accrediting Commission, NLNAC) at the time you completed the program.
- Must be proficient in both spoken and written English. Licensed practical or vocational nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in both spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402 (d), and 7407 (d).
The Community Living Center PREFERRED CHARACTERISTICS/EXPERIENCE: In addition to the basic qualification requirements must have demonstrated evidence of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities determined to be essential for satisfactory performance in the position.
1. Minimum 1-2 years LPN experience on an inpatient unit or extended care setting
2. Has successfully mastered the basic skill set of a LPN GS-5 level.
3. Evidence of positive interpersonal relationship skills and ability to work well as a team player in an interdisciplinary setting.
4. Evidence of sound documentation skills in CPRS, BCMS and other established instruments.
5. Provides direct patient care, provides veteran education and implements interventions with sound judgment and flexibility.
6. Consistently demonstrates the ability to work independently (minimal supervision required) in high tempo settings utilizing critical thinking skills resulting in positive patient outcomes.
7. Excellent time and attendance.
8. Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out more specialized veteran care duties.
9. An active member of the interdisciplinary team initiates contributions to the development of the overall plan of care.
10. Self-directed and a positive role model for peers.
11. Knowledge of and demonstrated experience with Person-Centered Care.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
GS-4 (Experience) : Must have completed at least (6) six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN.
GS-4 (Education): Must have graduated from an approved school and have (1) 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 (Education Continued) Must have graduated from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.
GS-5: Must have completed at least (1) one year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level
GS-6: Must have completed at least (1) one year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent and fully meets all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN and demonstrates the following:
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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html 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.
Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking (8 Hours), standing (8 Hours), repeated stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, lifting & carrying (15-45 pounds) and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.
Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
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.