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Job Title:  Licensed Practical Nurse - Community Living Center, Fort Thomas, KY
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-NV-13-LAD-944586

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$40,277.00 to $51,976.00 / Per Year
Thursday, August 22, 2013 to Monday, August 26, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location:
Cincinnati, OH United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 944586


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.  

At the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, our duty is to make sure Veterans receive the finest health care available within our resources. We are devoted to providing primary health care, specialized care, and mental health service to Veterans whom reside within a 50 mile radius of the Medical Center serving veterans in the states of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. For more information, please visit our web site.


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 onset's Department of Veterans Affairs, go to


The Department of Veterans' Affairs Medical Center Located in Cincinnati, OH is currently seeking Two (2.0) Full-Time Permanent Licensed Practical Nurse positions assigned to the Community Living Center - Fort Thomas, KY


This announcement is open to all U.S. Citizens.     This vacancy is also being announced to all current status employees of the Cincinnati VAMC under Announcement # VHA-NV-13-LAD-944467 from 8/16/2013 to 8/29/2013.


WORK SCHEDULE:  Must be able to work rotating tours, weekends, and holidays.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this annonucement.

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


  • 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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Provides basic personal care,  including oral hygiene, denture care, shaving and grooming, cleaning and clipping fingernails, bathing (shower, bed or tub), according to nursing procedures and guidelines; Provides a safe, comfortable, pleasant environment, including clean bed, bedside stand, over-bed table, and a safe ward in general; Provides safety for patients by proper application of protective device, as indicated; Identifies hazards that relate to patient care management and reports condition that needs correction to appropriate persons; Positions patients and over-bed table and assists patients with meals and nourishments; Feeds patients as indicated, and encourages fluids prn; Measures and records intake and output and disposes of body waste, as assigned; Reinforces or changes simple dressings, using aseptic technique; Applies and removes non-sterile bandages, slings, elastic bandages and stockings, as assigned; Applies non-sterile hot or cold compresses, packs and soaks, as assigned; Applies sterile dressings, such as decubitus dressings; Takes and records vital signs and measurements, which include temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure, height, and weight; In outpatient area records patients’ chief complaint and status since last clinic visit; Transcribes doctors’ orders, when necessary, under the supervision of an RN, and administers medications, including immunizations, following VA Medical Center policy and procedure; Positions, turns, holds, ambulates, and transfers patients in and out of bed, wheelchair, on and off litters and scales, using good body mechanics for safety of patient and self; Provides nursing care to patients in isolation.  Sets up room for isolation and prepares room for terminal cleaning after isolation is discontinued; Sets up and administers oxygen;

Records pertinent observations and care given on appropriate forms; Reports patient care activities to the team leader; Assists with the instruction of patients regarding self-care activities and patient education assigned by the RN for reinforcement;  Performs catherization when assigned; Initiates foley catheter care, according to procedure, and applies external catheter, as directed; Participates in the disposition of the patient and provides care of the body after death; Provides support to the family; Assists in the accomplishment of unit goals and activities; Communicates effectively with co-workers, other professionals, supportive personnel, and members of other services; Works as a cooperative and courteous member of the nursing team to consistently promote harmonious relationships among patients, their significant others, and staff; Identifies own strengths and weaknesses, and seeks assistance as needed for improving performance from an RN; Administers tube feedings after auscultating and aspirating for residual;  irrigates gastric tubes, as assigned; administers gastrostomy feedings and cares for site of insertion by cleaning and dressing change; Gives cleansing and retention enemas, as ordered; demonstrates skill in caring for ostomies; Sets up suction equipment.  Performs nasopharyngeal and tracheostomy suctioning and care, as indicated; suctions ET and nasotracheal tubes, maintaining mechanical ventilation; Recognizes medical emergency situations and initiates appropriate action; Performs finger stick blood sugar testing, using the glucometer; Consistently communicates with customers in a courteous, tactful, and helpful manner; Participates in unit QI and assists with data collection; Assists with diagnostic and therapeutic procedures; Reinforces patient teaching, as directed; Contributes to the development of patient care plan through participation in patient care conferences, rounds, and reports; May administer IV therapy and perform phlebotomy and EKG’s, as ordered, after successful completion of course and supervised practice; Assists in teaching the patient ADL and rehabilitation principles, motivating him/her toward independence; Reinforces and reiterates instructions previously presented by the RN and/or physician that provides the patient/family with information for self-care and/or follow-up outpatient care; Participates with RN in assessing patients’ support system and resources, which influence need for nursing intervention and care; Discusses with, and recommends, interventions to RN; Monitors patients’ conditions with response to interventions, and reports significant changes to RN; Utilizes educational resources to maintain clinical competency in areas described in functional description, which may include IV therapy, EKG, and phlebotomy; Collaborates with RN to establish priorities for patient care; Performs wellness checks and clinical reminders; Schedule special tests and follow-up appointments as needed, and update demographics.  Retrieves and re-files medical records, and secures release of information, as necessary.


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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.   



        2 years of LPN experience is perferred

       LPN experience in a long-term care, skilled rehabilitation, and/or hospice and palliative care facility


Basic Requirements
Candidates must be currently licensed to practice as practical or vocational nurses in a State or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia or must have applied for a license to practice. Applications of candidates possessing a license must be accompanied by a certified or photostatic copy of the license, a notarized statement attesting to the fact, or a citation of the license number and State issuing it. Non-licensed candidates who have completed their training may be appointed subject to obtaining the required license during the probationary period. Those not licensed must furnish the date on which they applied for a license and the jurisdiction involved. No person appointed pending licensure may be retained beyond the probationary period if licensure has not been attained.

Applicants who meet the licensure requirement are considered fully qualified for GS-3.

Additional Requirements for Grades GS-4 and Above
Qualifying experience includes 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, performing such duties as:

Providing pre- and post-operative patient care.
Observing, recording, and reporting changes in behavior of mentally ill patients.
Providing reassurance and encouragement to mentally ill patients.
Assisting surgeons and registered nurses in operating room activities, including passing instruments, maintaining sterile conditions, and draping and positioning patients.
Setting up and operating special medical equipment and apparatus.
For GS-4: 6 months of nursing experience is required.

For GS-5 and above: 1 year of nursing experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level is required.

For GS-4: Successful completion of a program in practical nursing of a least 9 months' duration combined with 1 year of nursing assistant experience; or successful completion of a 2-year degree program in an accredited community college, junior college, or college or university in practical nursing.




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: The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over.  The VA Medical Center is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical, and neurological inpatients and outpatients.  There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with admissions for medical co-morbidities.  This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity.  This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, 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.   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, August 26, 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 (10-2850c)

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

VA Form 10-2850c
- Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).


Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

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 944586.
  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, August 26, 2013Monday, August 26, 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.


Lisa A. Drake
Phone: (513)559-3600x3674
Agency Information:
VHA Cincinnati VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
3200 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH



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.


NOTE: If you are selected for this position a number of pre-employment requirements must be met before a final commitment of employment can be made. Two of these requirements, the background check (E-Qip) and Credentialing (VetPro, if required), must be initiated and completed by the applicant within three (3) days of the tentative offer of employment. Failure to complete E-Qip and Credentialing (VetPro) within three (3) calendar days may result in withdrawal of the tentative employment offer.

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