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Job Title:LPN

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:OE-13-DDF-881163

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$27,664.00 to $45,376.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 to Friday, September 20, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0620-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
Columbia, SC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 881163

Note:  This is a reannouncement of VIN 877103.  If you previously applied to VIN 877103 you must  re-apply to receive consideration.

 

READ THE ANNOUNCEMENT CAREFULLY AND IN ITS ENTIRETY TO ENSURE THAT YOU APPLY CORRECTLY AND THAT ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS ARE SUBMITTED WITH YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE.

APPLICANTS WHO FAIL TO SUBMIT A COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGE WILL BE RATED INELIGIBLE.

 

 

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.  


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 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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov.


Note:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-3 to GS-6.  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.

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.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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
  • Current, unrestricted LPN License

DUTIES:

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Note:  This is an open continuous announcement.  We accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants will be considered as vacancies become available. Please note, not all areas may have vacancies. Qualified applicants that submit completed application packets will be referred to units where vacancies are available on a continual basis until all vacancies are filled OR until the closing date of this announcement.  Applicants need not re-apply once the application is referred to the selecting official. You must submit a completed application packet to be considered. If your application packet is incomplete you will be rated ineligible.  

 

The Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center is recruiting for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) for the Acute Service in the following units: MICU/PCU/CCU, Medical/Surgical, SICU, Community Living Center, OR/PACU, Primary Care Clinic, Mental Health, Surgical Clinic, Hemodialysis, and Emergency Department.  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.  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 Patient Aligned Care Teamlet (Patient, Primary Care Provider, RN Care Manager and Administrative Associate) and Larger Team (family/caregiver, internal and community based services and disciplines involved in providing care to the patient). 

 
 
Preferred Experience: At least 2 years LPN experience.
 
 
 
Please Note: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-3 - GS-6. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s qualifications 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.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS
 
·        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 NLNAC Website. 

 
 
·   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.  

·   Physical Standards.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

·   English Language Proficiency.  Licensed practical or vocational nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must proficient in both spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
  
GRADE REQUIREMENTS
  
Definitions:  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.
 
To be creditable, practical nursing experience (as an LPN or LVN) must be documented on the application and verified in an employment reference or through other independent means.
 
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.)

Grade Determination:  In addition to the basic requirements stated in section A, 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.
 
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.
 
GS-4:  Employees may be appointed at or advanced to GS-4 if they meet any of the following criteria :  Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; OR Graduation from an approved school 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 Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.

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.
 
GS-5:  Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent and possess the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):
 
(1)    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.

(2)    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.
 
(3)    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.

(4)    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.
 
(5)    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:    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 and possess the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):
 
(1)    Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations.
 
(2)    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.
  
(3)    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.
   
(4)    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.
  
(5)    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.
 
(6)    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.
 
(7)    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.
  
(8)    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.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
 


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:

Position requires standing up to 4 hours, walking up to 4 hours, bending/stooping up to 2 hours,  heavy lifting/carrying  (45 pounds and over) and transferring in administration of patient care. In addition, the incumbent must be emotionally stable and adjust to different types of personalities, demonstrating cheerfulness, compassion, courtesy and concern. He/she must be quick and dependable in taking emergency action as directed and use initiative in preventing accidents.

 

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.


BENEFITS:

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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 http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 Friday, September 20, 2013Friday, September 20, 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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

·         VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required). Additionally, applicants who fail to provide a complete and detailed explanation in response to any question in which your answer is "Yes" will also be rated ineligible for consideration.

·         RESUME or CV

·         Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

·         Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf). Please note: Applicants who are not current federal employees will be rated ineligible if this form is not submitted. Additionally, applicants who fail to provide a complete and detailed explanation in response to any question (9-15) in which your answer is "Yes" will also be rated ineligible for consideration. The OF-306 with a revision date of October 2011 is the only acceptable version. Previous editions are obsolete and unusable. You will be rated ineligible if the incorrect version is submitted.

·         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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).

·         If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

·         Copy of LPN License

·         Copy of nursing college transcripts

·         Copy of most recent performance appraisal


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.

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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 881163.
  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 Friday, September 20, 2013Friday, September 20, 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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.  
  3. You will note that the questionnaire numbering may not fall into alignment with the 1203FX.  You may have a series of questions and then the numbering starts over with 1.  Continue on the 1203FX as if the numbering continued.
  4. 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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Dianell D. Fields
Phone: (803)776-4000x6527
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: DIANELL.FIELDS@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Columbia SC VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
6439 Garners Ferry Road
Columbia, SC
29209 Fax: (478)757-3144

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

OE-13-DDF-881163

Control Number:

342326000