Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Practical Nurse (CBOC-Fredericksburg) in Fredericksburg, Virginia

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

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (6 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 10/26/2016 (6 day(s) away)

Job Overview

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.

These vacancies are advertised at the range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard. 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 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 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.


This position is located at the Primary Care Clinic at the Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Fredericksburg, VA. Clinic LPN's perform a variety of tasks in support of the Outpatient Clinics in Primary Care which may include, but are not limited to:

  • Gathering patient information, including clinical reminders;
  • Obtaining EKGs;
  • Medication Administration;
  • Telephone care follow-up;
  • Patient/Family education;
  • Wound care
  • Equipment training;
  • Assisting with surgical and/or specialized procedures;

This LPN will be administratively and clinically responsible and accountable to the Nurse Manager - CBOC , through the Chief Nurse, Ambulatory Care, through the Associate Director for Patient Care Services.

Work Schedule: The normal work schedule will be the day tour of duty, Monday-Friday. Alternate tours are required as dictated by patient care needs, as well as the possible need to provide evening and weekend coverage. Management reserves the right to determine and/or change the tour of duty.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Exempt

Supervisory Position: No

Bargaining Unit Position: Yes

Recruitment/relocation incentives: Recruitment/Relocation incentives are not authorized for this position.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Probationary Period: May be required.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • 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.


* Citizenship:* Citizen of the United States.

* 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. Exceptions include: 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; Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school.

* 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).

Preferred Experience: A minimum of four (4) years of LPN experience in an acute care or clinic setting strongly preferred.


GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Grade Determination. In addition to the basic requirements stated above, the following qualification criteria must be met for the GS-6. The candidate's qualifications must clearly demonstrate the level of competence required for the grade.


(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 assignedduties in providing care to variable patient populations.

(c) Knowledge and ability to appropriately carryout assigned patient care based on the patients' conditions; to use judgment inselecting the appropriate order and sequence of procedures and treatments; andto accurately recognize, report and record relevant] patient information. Completed work [should need] only a generalreview by a registered nurse [(RN) or physician (MD/DO)] for [ ] appropriatenessand 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/familyeducation]. 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 treatmentsaccording to established policies/procedures. Observes for physical and/or emotional changes in patient's conditionfrom prescribed medications/treatments, promptly and accurately documenting notedchanges, and reporting any deviations from normal to RN or MD/DO.

(f) Knowledge and ability to recognize urgent or emergent patient caresituations, seek assistance of the RN and/or MD/DO, and initiate appropriateemergency interventions as directed.

(g) Knowledge and understanding of human behavior, patient motivations andreactions to situations, and ability to appropriately utilize this knowledge inworking effectively with patients, family members, and other staff.

(h) Establishes constructive relationships with individual patients andtheir families to elicit feelings and attitudes, and to promote positiverelationships, communication and socialization skills. Fosters an environment of respect forindividual patient and family rights to privacy and dignity in all aspects ofcare delivery. Effectively incorporatesknowledge and understanding of established customer service standards in allinteractions with patients, family members, and/or other internal/externalcustomers.

(i) Knowledge and skill in performing support duties for complex diagnostictests and/or specialized practices or procedures, which include preparing thepatient, assisting in the diagnostic examination, preparing and handlingspecialized instruments or other specialized equipment, and monitoring thepatient'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 tosupport duties for these more complex, specialized tests/procedures.

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

To be creditable, practical nursing experience (as an LPN or LVN) must be documented on the application and verified in an employment reference or through other [independent] means.

Part-time experience is credited according to the relationship it bears to the full-time workweek (e.g., an LPN/LVN who worked 20 hours per week, i.e., half-time, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of such service).

* BLS/ACLS REQUIREMENTS* : Current certification in BLS is required for all staff providing direct patient care, and police. Additionally, current ACLS is required for patient care staff that work in specified or high risk areas (SICU/ICU/CCU/MICU/PACU/ED/and all procedure suites using moderate sedation, etc.). If you are selected for a position which requires BLS/ACLS certification, you will be required to have proof of certification prior to being boarded for appointment with VA. If selected, obtain such certification in order to avoid any delays in the hiring process.

* REFERENCE:* VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2, Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated April 2003, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at

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: The physical requirements of this position include lifting, prolonged standing and sitting, frequent bending, walking (distance), climbing (steps, ladder, etc, reaching (overhead, extensive/repetitive), repetitive motion and stooping. The mental/sensory requirements include recall, reasoning, problem-solving, hearing, speaking clearly, writing legibly, keyboarding, reading and logical thinking. The environment's pace can vary from steady to a sometimes fast pace requiring handling of multiple priorities, frequent, sometimes intense customer interactions, and the ability to adapt to frequent changes in a sometimes noisy environment. There may be the need to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to disease, illness and hazardous materials. Eligible applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others. Depending on the essential duties of a specific position, usable vision, color vision, hearing, or speech may be required. However, in most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant for appointment. The loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid.

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

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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.


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

Other Information
  • This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

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

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

  • Male applicants born after 12/31/1959, who are required to register with the Selective Service under Section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act, must be registered (or must have registered a the time they were required to do so) in order to be eligible for appointment.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity: All applicants will receive consideration regardless of race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status as a parent, or non-disqualifying physical handicap. For information regarding the No FEAR Act Regulations, refer to 5 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 724.

Salary Range: $47,256.00 to $61,431.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0620-06/06

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452926500

Job Announcement Number: VHA-652-17-RJ-1821628-BU