Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Practical Nurse (Phlebotomy/PACT) in Cambridge, Ohio

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Cambridge, OH
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/11/2016 (16 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (4 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1822518

Please Note: If you have previously apply under this announcement RW-16-CL-1768507-BU, you will have to re-apply again for this announcement RW-17-CL-1822518-BU-R.

Chillicothe,Ohio is nestled in the beautiful hills of Ross County. Chillicothe is blessed with an abundance of historical and recreational opportunities. There are five state parks within a 30-minute drive. Strong schools and affordable housing make Chillicothe a great place to live and work. The small town charm of this city is perfectly complimented by easy access to Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati for those seeking city amenities.

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.

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 licensed practical nurse will maintain acceptable standards of practice within a Primary and Preventive Care Line Health Care setting under the direction and supervision of a registered nurse or provider. He/she will be accountable for ensuring the delivery of safe nursing care for a group of patients based on their role in the nursing process, taking into consideration each patient's developmental stage, progressing from young adult to geriatric stage. Expected to comply with all mandated annual review requirements, rotate to clinical areas as assigned and take responsibility for attending in-services and continuing education.

The LPN delivers fundamental, knowledge-based care to assigned clients while developing technical competencies.

  • The LPN is expected to work in collaboration with the registered nurse and/or providers from the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) within their scope of practice, according to policies, training and accepted practice.

  • The LPN functions under the supervision of a Registered Nurse and/or provider and is directly responsible to the PPCL Manager.

  • The function of the LPN is to provide quality nursing care to Veterans.

  • The LPN is expected to work as a vital team member in collaboration with the PACT team and the ancillary departments to provide excellent quality patient care.

  • The LPN collects and accessions specimens; prepares specimens for various automated urinalysis.

  • Obtain blood samples by venipuncture; assures that proper specimens are obtained and physiological properties and test requirements are maintained until actual testing procedure; assures proper routing of specimen and requisitions; checks the requisitions for proper patient and specimen data.

  • The LPN informs patients on specimen collection procedures to be performed. Reviews laboratory request slips to ensure all required information is present.

  • Determines types of specimens to be collected and if proper patient preparation has been accomplished.

  • Applies sterile dressing to site and instructs patients on care required to prevent infection and/or bruising.

Note:IV procedure/practice must conform to Ohio Nurse Practice Act and completion of LPN Certified IV Course. (Core skills are defined as skills found within the curriculum of an accredited school of nursing.)

Work Schedule:**Monday - Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm or 7:30 am to 4 pm. Weekends and evenings may apply.

*Functional Statement Title/#:*Licensed Practical Nurse (Primary Care Team- All locations), FS # 000000

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Traveling my be required to and from Chillicothe and other Community Based Oupatient Clinics as needed.
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.
  • Must possess a LPN Certified IV Course.
  • This is a Bargaining unit position.
  • Must meet time in grade requirements


  • Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

  • Education. Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State agency and/or accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) at the time the program was completed by the applicant. Verification can be obtained from the State approving agency [or] the National League for Nursing [Accrediting Commission], 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10006. Health care education in the military service or training in the military service which is accepted by the licensing body in the jurisdiction in which the individual is licensed as qualifying for full LPN/LVN licensure will be accepted as meeting the education requirements for VHA employment.

Health care education in the military service or training in the military service which is accepted by the licensing body in the jurisdiction in which the individual is licensed as qualifying for full LPN licensure will be accepted as meeting the education requirements for VHA employment.

  • Licensure. 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. Licensed practical or vocational nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in [both] spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

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 Determination: *In addition to the basic requirements stated in section A, the following qualification criteria must be met for each grade. * The candidate's qualifications must clearly demonstrate the level of competence required for the grade.

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.]

GS-4. Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or

(a) Graduation from an approved school (which may be waived as provided in paragraph 4 of Section C) 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

(b) Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.

(c) 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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

(d) Ability to observe, identify and respond to the patient's needs for care, including medication, equipment-assisted care and patient/family education.

(e) Prepares and administers prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous) and performs treatments according to established policies/procedures.

(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.

(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.

(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.

References: VA Handbook 5005 reference Part II, Chapter 3, Appendix G13, Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse VA Qualification Standard.

PLEASE 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: As an LPN, the incumbent handles patients and the position will require regular and recurring periods of standing, walking, bending, lifting, stooping, stretching, and similar activities.

Mental/Emotional Requirements: The incumbent of this position will be expected to Understand, remember, and apply oral and/or written instructions or other information; Understand, remember, and communicate routine, factual information; Understand opposing points of view on highly complex issues and to negotiate and integrate different viewpoints; Organize thoughts and ideas into understandable terminology; Organize and prioritize own work schedule on short-term basis (longer than one month); Organize and prioritize work schedules of others on short-term basis; Organize and prioritize work schedules of others on long-term basis; Apply common sense in performing job; Make decisions which have significant impact on the immediate work unit and monitor impact outside immediate work unit; Make decisions which have significant impact on the department's credibility, operations, and services; Understand and follow basic instructions and guidelines; Compose letters, outlines, memoranda, and basic reports and/or to orally communicate technical information; Communicate with individuals utilizing a telephone; requires ability to hear and speak effectively on phone; Express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word, communicating orally with others accurately, loudly, and quickly; Add, subtract, multiply, divide and to record, balance, and check results for accuracy; Compute, analyze, and interpret numerical data for reporting purposes.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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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: $30,002.00 to $48,084.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0620-03/06

Promotion Potential: 06

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453033200

Job Announcement Number: RW-17-1822518-BU-R