Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Vocational Nurse - Ambulatory Care Northern Clinics in Bakersfield, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Few vacancies in the following locations:
  • Bakersfield, CA
  • San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • Santa Maria, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Tuesday 7/19/2016 (96 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (69 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1755818

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

This announcement is for an immediate opening. Candidates notified of tentative selection will be required to complete a physical examination, background investigation to include fingerprinting, and VetPro credentialing. For all requirements, additional information may be required and candidates will be provided one to five business days to meet these requirements.**For tentative selectees who fail to report for a physical, fail to submit additional information regarding the physical, fail to complete the on-line background investigation and/or submit the signature pages required to complete the investigation within the five day period may have their name removed from further consideration for this vacancy. These candidates may apply for future vacancies as they are posted on USAJobs.

**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.


The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) is seeking experience Ambulatory Care Licensed Nurses (LVNs) to work in our Primary & Ambulatory Care Clinics located in Bakersfield, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo. He/she functions as a member of the Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT) and will be responsible to assist with the day-to-day operations of the clinic. The Ambulatory Care LVN will ensure that Veteran-centered healthcare is provided and delivered in a quality, timely, accessible and respectful manner, consistent with the missions, goals and objectives of the Veterans Health Administration.

Include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Delivers a broad range of vocational nursing care to a group of patients in a variety of settings.

  2. Monitors patients for illness or incapacity.

  3. Evaluates and observes patients, identifying obvious and subtle deviations.

  4. Recognizes emergent situations and initiates appropriate interventions.

  5. Uses practical knowledge of human motivation behavior and reactions to situations.

  6. Acts as a patient advocate in facilitating patient care.

  7. Exercises self-direction in performing the most complex LVN assignments involving both standard and non-standard specialized activities

  8. Participates in identifying, developing, and conducting self-reliance health related teaching programs for patients and families.

  9. Contributes to the interdisciplinary team in developing, implementing and evaluating patient treatment plans.

  10. Maintains and orders adequate supplies, drugs, and equipment necessary for clinic functions.

  11. Participates in clinic Quality Assurance activities.

  12. Assists in maintaining accurate logs and statistics as required.

  13. Reviews patient records for preventive care, tracts preventive care and conducts patient education associated with chronic disease.

  14. Performs other duties as assigned depending on nursing care demands and/or needs.

  15. Performs blood draws, EKGs, medication administration and implementation of orders for patient care in select areas.

  16. Prepares rooms and patients for examinations and takes responsibility for coordinating smooth patient flow in the clinic area.

Duty Location: Will be at one of the following depending on facility needs

Bakersfield CBOC 1801 Westwind Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93301

Santa Barbara CBOC 4440Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Santa Maria CBOC 1550 East Main Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93454

San Luis Obispo CBOC 1288 Morro Street, Ste 200, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday Various 8 hour shifts ending no later than 5:30 pm.

Functional Statement Title/#: LVN/GS 04-06

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.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

  • Education: Must be a graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State accrediting agency and/or the ACEN at the time program was completed or completion of education or training in the military service which is accepted by the Licensing body in the jurisdiction in which the individual is licensed qualifying for full LPN/LVN licensure will be accepted as meeting the education requirements

  • Licensure: Possess a 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

  • English language proficiency

Preferred Experience:

  • Basic computer literacy proficiency with the use of Microsoft Office programs or comparable word processing, spreadsheet and graphic software and the ability to learn new programs specific to the VA.

  • Minimum 2 years of recent, successful clinical nursing practice as an LVN/LPN preferred.

  • At least 1 year of formal phlebotomy experience and competency in designated areas preferred.

  • Intravenous Therapy and Blood Withdrawal Certification preferred in designated areas preferred.

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certification from the American Heart Association or Military Training Network

  • Demonstrated evidence of interdisciplinary collaboration, team work, and excellent interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to be self-directed and require minimal supervision.

  • Demonstrated experience in providing patient education and health coaching.

  • Demonstrated ability to work well with patients/families and with other health care professionals.

  • Documented evidence of providing consistent excellent customer service.

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; religions; 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.

Grade Determinations:

  • GS-4 (Experience): Must have completed at least (6) six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN.

  • OR

  • GS-4 (Education): Must have graduated from an approved school and have (1) 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 (Education Continued)Must have graduated from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.

  • GS-5: Must have completed at least (1) one year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level

  • GS-6: Must have completed at least (1) one year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent and fully meets all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN and demonstrates the following:

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: 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:

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, kneeling, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The candidate 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 candidate 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. The candidate will be working closely with others and may have protracted or irregular hours of work.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

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.

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

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

Salary Range: $32,246.00 to $52,504.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0620-04/06

Promotion Potential: 06

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 445129900

Job Announcement Number: 16-RN-TRP-1755818-BU