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Job Title:  LPN - Float Pool
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  WV-14-KI-1018311

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$28,392.00 to $40,227.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 to Thursday, January 09, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Syracuse, NY View Map
United States Citizens
Not Applicable


 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1018311

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

Note:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-05.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-03 to GS-05.  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.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Current LPN/LVN State License required.


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The Licensed Practical Nurse position is located at the Syracuse Veterans Administration Medical Center Syracuse, NY.  The LPN works under the clinical direction of a RN and is responsible for observing, recording and reporting changes in the patient's condition. The LPN performs, reports and records care provided in the Med/Surg Unit that includes, but is not limited to:

  • Takes and records vital sign, weight, and height.
  • Medication administration.
  • Clinical reminders with appropriate consults and alerts.
  • Verifies expiration dates of medication, equipment and supplies.
  • Assists in diagnostic/medical procedures.
  • Monitors patient during procedures.
  • Prepares examining rooms.
  • Positions patient ensuring comfort and privacy.
  • Provides patient and their families with health and wellness information.
  • Informs provider of changes in patient's condition.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is required.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Tour of Duty: 8 and 12 hour shifts. Rotating tour of duty that could include days, evenings, nights, holidays, and weekends. Management reserves the right to change the tour of duty as necessary to meet mission requirements.


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  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Graduate of an approved LPN school, health care education in the military service this is accepted by the licensing board in the jurisdiction in which licensed as qualifying for full LPN/LVN licensure meets the education requirements or individual granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved LPN school.
  • Current LPN/LVN State License.
  • English Language Proficiency.
  • Current Basic Life Support Certification (BLS).


Preferred Experience:

Candidates' experience must demonstrate they possess the following competencies in their work experience:


  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems.
  • Provide effective education to patient and/or family members in relation to common disease processes, medication and/or prescribed treatment regimes.
  • Demonstrate exceptional customer service skills and reflects the ability to serves as a responsible member of the nursing team and appropriately interacts with patients, family members, professional and other supportive personnel involved in the delivery of patient care.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skill sufficient to prepare, administer and appropriately document actions taken specific to commonly prescribed oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous medications.
  • Demonstrates ability to recognize and react promptly to emergency situations.



GS-3 None beyond the basic requirements.

GS-4: 6 months of qualifying experience as a Licensed Practical Nurse equivalent to a GS-3 level.

GS-5: At least 2 years of qualifying experience (Federal or non-Federal) one of which would be considered equivalent to GS-4 level work as a LPN. This experience would have been gained in a critical care or similar advanced care environment.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II Appendix G13 - LPN Qualification Standards.

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: Moderate lifting (15-44 pounds), Light carrying (under 15 pounds), pushing (1-2 hours), reaching above shoulders, use of fingers, both hands required, walking up to 2 hours, standing over 3 hours, repeated bending (up to 1 hour), ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13” to 16”; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Hearing (aid permitted); working closely with others, and clear speech.

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


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 Thursday, January 09, 2014 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.



  • VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).
  • Resume - list your duties and responsibilities for each work or volunteer experience; for each experience entry, list the location, organization/company, supervisor and month and year for the start and end - submit under the Resume documents. (required).
  • On-line Questionnaire responses. (required).
  • OF 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at ) Submit under OF 306 (required).


Other Forms that may be required:

  • If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Form 214 - submit under DD 214.
  • If 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 and required documentation- submit under Other Veteran documents.
  • If a current or former Federal employee, include most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) which indicates Appointment Type and Tenure - submit under SF 50.


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 1018311.
  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 Thursday, January 09, 2014Thursday, January 09, 2014 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.


Kathryn Impelizzieri
Phone: (315)425-4400x52410
Agency Information:
VHA Syracuse VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
VAMC Syracuse
800 Irving Ave
Syracuse, NY


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. 

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