· U.S. citizenship.
· Education. Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State agency and/or accredited by the National League of Nursing at the time of the program was completed by the applicant.
· Licensure. Full, active, current and unrestricted licensure as a licensed practical or vocational nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or District of Columbia
· English Language Proficiency. Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must be able to be proficient in both spoken and written English.
GRADE DETERMINATIONS: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicant must meet the following qualification criteria for each grade.
GS-3: None beyond the basic requirements.
GS-4: Six months of qualifying experience; 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. LVNs 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. LVN at this grade level must have demonstrated 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 with patients, family members, professional and supportive personnel who provide patient care, and with members of other services.
GS-6: In addition to meeting the requirements for the GS-5 level, has completed at least an additional year of qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent. Has the knowledges and skills necessary for concentrated effort and self-direction in carrying out the most complex practical nursing care assignments, including assignments for selected acute, care, long-term or ambulatory care, or psychiatric patients requiring skilled nursing care. Serves as a member of a health care team with these selected patients and provides care to them on a regular and recurring basis. Complete assigned duties and responsibilities which involve performing nonstandard and specialized practical nursing activities at the GS-6 level, requiring broad work experience and demonstrated skill sufficient to resolve a range of nursing problems.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References: VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G13, Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard, dated April 10, 2003. VA Handbook 5005 available in the local Human Resources Office.
Physical Requirements: Position is subject to a pre-employment physical and medical examination.
This position requires: heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over; pushing (2 hours); use of fingers; both hands required; walking (8 hours); standing (8 hours); kneeling (.25 hours); climbing, legs only (.25 hours); both legs required; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted). Environmental Factors: outside and inside; excessive heat; excessive noise, intermittent; dust; working closely with others; protracted or irregular hours of work; unusual emotional strain.
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. Applicants must, therefore, only report 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. ***
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. 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.