Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Practical Nurse (Community Living Center) in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Ann Arbor, MI
Work Schedule is Part Time 56 hours - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 3/31/2016 (207 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (68 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1666509

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education and experience.

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.

Since 1953, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS) has provided state-of-the-art healthcare services to the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. We consider it our privilege to serve your healthcare needs in any way we can. More than 65,000 Veterans living in a 15-county area of Michigan and Northwest Ohio utilized the VAAAHS in fiscal year 2015.

The main hospital campus located in Ann Arbor serves as a referral center for specialty care and operates 105 acute care beds and 40 Community Living Center (extended care) beds. More than 800,000 outpatient visits were made at our facilities in fiscal year 2015; there were nearly 6,000 inpatient episodes of care provided in the hospital and extended care center.

In addition to our main facility in Ann Arbor, we offer services in three community-based outpatient clinics. These clinics are located in Flint and Jackson Michigan and Toledo Ohio.

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.

To find out more, go to VA Jobs.


The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is assigned to the Community Living Center. The LPN provides technical nursing care to adult and geriatric patients according to a plan of care established by a Registered Nurse (RN). The LPN reports to the RN who is responsible for the assigned patient's care. The LPN provides for the personal care of patients. Identifies and reports more subtle signs of change in patient's condition. Assists the RN in formulating nursing objectives for individual patient care. Participates in the implementation of the care plan developed by the RN. Assists the RN with modifications in treatment plans to accommodate the changes that occur with aging. Solicits information on cultural and religious preference as they relate to illness, health and dying. Shares information with team members for the purpose of planning patient care. Provides input into discharge planning rounds. Interacts with patients, family members, professional and supportive personnel who provide patient care and with members of other services. Recognizes and initiates appropriate actions in urgent/emergent situations, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (BLS) when appropriate.

Tour of Duty: Rotating tour of Duty 7:30 am to 4:00 pm and 3:30 pm to Midnight

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
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
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Licensure and/or certification required


  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens.
  • Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing.
  • 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.
  • Licensed practical or vocational nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in both spoken and written English.

NOTE:Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


NOTE: To and From dates on your resume MUST be in MM/YYYY format, MUST include number of hours worked per week, and you MUST indicate Full or Part time status. Failure to include this information will result an ineligible rating for not being able to compute specialized experience.

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.


a) Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or

b) 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

c) 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.


a) Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent.

b) 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.]

c) 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.

d) 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.

e) 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.

f) Recognizes and appropriately responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action.

g) 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.


a) 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.

b) Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations.

c) 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.

d) 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.

e) 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.

f) 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.

g) 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.

h) 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.

i) 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.

j) Actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge gained with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice.


Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G13, Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification

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: College Accreditation in the United States. 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. AAVAHCS is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical, neurological, and psychiatric in-patients and outpatients. Generally this position does not require the following physical demands; however there may be times the RN is required to provide direct patient care and must be able to meet the physical demands. This position requires the ability to perform the following physical standards & environmental factors: Heavy Lifting, 45 pounds heavy carrying, 45 pounds straight pulling (4 hours); pushing (4 hours); use of fingers; both hands required; walking & standing 8-12 hours; repeated bending 8 hours; both legs required; ability for rapid mental & muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable @ 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; depth perception; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aide permitted). Working closely with others; & protracted or irregular hours of work. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and is required to adhere to infection control practices. 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.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.

We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.

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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 The Benefits of Working for VA.

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.

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

**Patient Centered care is our approach to delivering healthcare to our Veterans. This philosophy gives patients and their families the chance to work closely with their healthcare providers to create more personalized care plans. Patient-centered care also considers the Veterans' personal preferences and values, family situations, cultural traditions, and lifestyles; it keeps them informed and engaged throughout their treatment. The Veteran and family members become key members of the healthcare team and are active participants in making healthcare decisions.

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

Probationary Period:You may be required to complete a 1 year probationary period.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Actions to fill this position will not be based on discriminatory factors such as sex, race, color, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, physical handicap, age, gender identity, or expression, which are prohibited by law.

Reasonable Accommodations: Department of Veterans Affairs provides reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees with disabilities. Reasonable accommodation decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.

Credentialing and Privileging: Any registered, and certified health care providers appointed to a Veterans Health Administration Medical Center must, upon acceptance of an employment offer from Human Resources, enter their employment history, education history, and all licensure/certification/registration information through the internet-based credentialing system (VetPro). VetPro ensures the consistency of the credentialing process for all employees and provides a reliable electronic data bank of health care provider credentials. This system is used nationwide by all VHA healthcare facilities in an effort to maximize patient safety. This prerequisite must be initiated after an employment offer has been extended. Employment commencement dates will be contingent upon the completion and approval of the VetPro credentialing/verification process.

Interviews:Any interviews that may be conducted for this position will use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process. Further information is available at

Note:Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

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

Salary Range: $42,004.00 to $50,947.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0620-06/06

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 434281300

Job Announcement Number: AD-16-LC-1666509-BU