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Job Title:  Licensed Practical Nurse (Community Living Center) GS-0620
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  520-SRB-13-876137-845540

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$27,990.00 to $45,376.00 / Per Year
Friday, April 12, 2013 to Monday, September 30, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location:
Biloxi, MS United StatesView Map
US Citizens and Status Candidates


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 876137

Licensed Practical Nurse (Community Living Center); Biloxi, MS; 2 Vacancies

Open: 4/12/13        Closes: 9/30/13

OUR MISSION: 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.  

This is an open-continuous announcement.  We will accept application packets on an on-going basis; however, eligible and qualified applicants that have submitted complete application packets will be referred to the selecting official at various intervals.  If the vacancies are filled prior to the closing date, the announcement will be closed. 

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 and leadership positions 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”]

Note:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-0620-06.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-0620-04 to GS-0620-06.  The Nursing 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.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


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The LPN provides personal hygiene (bathing, shaving, shampooing hair, skin and mouth care) for assigned patients according to defined procedures. She/he feeds and/or encourages diets, nourishment, and fluids to meet nutrition and hydration needs of assigned patients using feeding utensils and special adaptive devices. She/he t urns, positions, and transfers patients in, to, and from bed, chair, stretchers and escorts patients to appointments within the hospital and off-station as assigned and leaves no dependent patient in one position longer than two hours. Administers and records medications (IM, PO, rectal, topical, subcutaneous intradermal). The LPN also monitors IV's, and performs treatments for patients using medical and/or surgical aseptic techniques, according to defined procedures for oral care, perineal care, heat and cold applications, bladder catheterization, irrigation of suprapubic, catheter, colostomy irrigation, nasogastric tube irrigation, tracheostomy suctioning, enema administration, and application of ointments, lotions, and powders and assists physician or professional nurse with other procedures. The incumbent also measures, reports, and/or documents vital parameters of body functions and changes in physical, mental, or behavioral states as indicated . She/he a pplies proper medical and surgical aseptic techniques and isolation precautions in performance of patient care and maintenance of a safe environment.


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  • 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).

Preferred Experience:

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.




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: 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


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.


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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.   [HR users - input the following if applicable to your JOA] 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.

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


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HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, September 30, 2013 to receive consideration.
  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Other (10-2850)

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Other Veterans Document

VA Form 10-2850c
- Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required and must be signed/Also OF-306).

More information on Required Documents for the VA Gulf Coast:

ON-STATION APPLICANTS (Individuals who are currently employed at VA):

1.  Current updated resume (Must reflect position applied for)

2.  VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (must be signed in ink and dated). 

3.  The completed OPM 1203fx form (answers to questionnaire)-(Fax if unable to apply on line).

4. OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment ( (must be signed in ink and dated).

5.  If using education to qualify, copy of your unofficial transcripts which shows the (date degree conferred)

6.  Copy of nursing license which shows your expiration date.

7.  If you are a current or former federal employee you must include most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action that shows current position held, grade, series, and tenure.


OFF-STATION APPLICANTS (all others/status eligibles):

1.  Current updated resume (Must reflect position applied for)

2.  VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  (must be signed in ink and dated). 

3.  The completed OPM 1203fx form (answers to questionnaire)-(Fax if unable to apply on line).

4. OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment ( (must be signed in ink and dated).

5.  If using education to qualify, copy of your transcripts which shows the (date degree conferred) and date.

6.  Copy of your Nursing license, which shows your current expiration date.

7.  If claiming veteran's preference from serving in the military you must include the following documents:

a. All copies of your DD Forms 214, member 4 copy (required).  

b. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, should also complete and submit a signed SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at, required if claiming.

c. A copy of your disability rating letter (required if claiming disabled


Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.


If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 876137.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, September 30, 2013Monday, September 30, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items  
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Human Resources Office
Phone: (228)523-5780
Agency Information:
Nursing Service
400 Veterans Avenue
Biloxi, MS


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 by an electronic email when this decision is made.Please be sure to monitor your email after the closing date.

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