Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Practical Nurse (Hickory CBOC) in Hickory, North Carolina

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Hickory, NC
Work Schedule is Part Time 20 hours - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/11/2016 (13 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 11/1/2016 (8 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1822315

This vacancy is open to United States Citizens and Employees of other Federal Agencies. If you are a current permanent Charles George VA Medical Center or VA Nationwide Employee please apply to vacancy number 637-17-019-KJL-1822493-BU

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.

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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/Vocational Nurse is a member of the healthcare team, who performs a variety of nursing skills specific to the clinical needs of patients on the assigned work unit and under supervision of a registered nurse in a variety of inpatient and outpatient locations. The LPN GS6 functions with more autonomous sequencing of work events than the GS5 LPN and serves as preceptor for new LPN's and Nursing Assistants; minimal supervision is required.

Major Duties:Duties shown are at the GS-6 full performance level.

  • Administers medication accurately and promptly under the general supervision of a registered nurse.

  • Demonstrates understanding of the effects and/or reactions caused by medications, treatments, and procedures. Records and reports these observations.

  • Performs personal care, diagnostic support duties and treatments according to procedure under the direction of the professional nurse in a timely manner. Responds to patient's nursing needs, including physical comfort, and emotional needs and recognizing deviations from the normal. Will involve patients and family to participate in the provision of care throughout the continuum.

  • Participates and reinforces resources and referrals. Completes assignments in a timely manner with constructive utilization of remaining time.

  • Serves as a member of the interdisciplinary team, interacting with patients, families, professionals and supportive personnel. Organizes patient care assignments to meet the needs of the patients. Participates in planning nursing care, recognizing changing needs and prioritizing assignments. Participation in the coordination of care and recommends resources and referrals.

  • Clearly demonstrates ability to comprehend, interpret, and function within the individual's Professional Practice.

  • Participates in ongoing activities/education/certification opportunities demonstrating personal accountability for owning one's practice.

  • Identifies subtle changes in patient condition, both physical and emotional. Demonstrates practical knowledge of human behavior, motivation and reactions to situations. Reports these in a timely manner and initiates appropriate action.

  • Participates in Health Care Team meetings.

  • Instructs patients and family members on principles of health, self-care and protocols for treatments and /or medications. Utilizes teaching materials to promote self-reliance and independence including methods to prevent complications and facilitate recovery. Reinforces instruction provided by other health care professionals.

  • Clearly and thoroughly records significant observations and actions on appropriate forms.

  • Completes required patient care documentation and records significant observations and actions utilizing the nursing process in a clear and concise manner.

  • Maintains a safe, clean, therapeutic environment and adheres to infection control guidelines.

  • Prevents injury to self and others by complying with established safety procedures and uses proper body mechanics and transfer techniques.

  • Participates in accomplishing unit maintenance tasks which includes checking equipment to ensure that it is functioning safely.

  • Practices proper technique during sterile procedures.

  • Demonstrates safe work habits, identifies and immediately reports any unsafe conditions to the registered nurse.

  • Identifies any life threatening environmental hazards immediately, takes appropriate action, and report's findings to the registered nurse.

  • Identifies potential risk and takes necessary precautions to insure the safety of the patient.

  • Uses appropriate equipment for appropriate activity.

Work Schedule: Part Time, Monday – Friday, 7:30 am to 11:30 am

Functional Statement title/#: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)/#000000

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Licensure and/or certification may be required
  • 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.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement Tuesday, November 01, 2016.

Citizenship. Citizenship of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens.

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 (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, 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10006. Exceptions include:

(a) 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.

(b) VHA employees who were converted to appointments under 38 U.S.C. 7401(3) in implementation of Public Law 98-160, enacted November 21, 1983, and for VHA employees converted to appointments under 38 U.S.C. 7405 in implementation of Public Law 99-576, enacted October 28, 1986; and for their future personnel actions under this authority. The waiver will not apply to persons appointed under 38 U.S.C. 7401(3) or 7405 after these conversions.

(c) Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school.

Licensure or Certification. 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. An LPN who has or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions in chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16 of the Qualification Standard.

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).

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.


(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.


(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.


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

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:Must possess mental and emotional stability. Functional requirements include the following abilities: heavy lifting 45 pounds and over, light carrying under 15 pounds, walking for four (4) hours, standing for four (4) hours, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other eye, ability to distinguish shades of color, and hear the whispered voice (aid permitted).

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.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information." Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


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.

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

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: $38,624.00 to $50,404.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0620-05/06

Promotion Potential: 06

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens and Employees of other Federal Agencies

Control Number: 453011300

Job Announcement Number: 637-17-017-KJL-1822315-BU