Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Practical Nurse Outpatient Clinic-Pensacola, FL in Pensacola, Florida

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Few vacancies in the following location:
  • Pensacola, FL
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Monday 9/19/2016 (34 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (68 day(s) away)

Job Overview

This is an open and continuous announcement, applications will be referred as vacancies occur.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1752681

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?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. 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 professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to **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 (Outpatient) position is located at the VAGCHCS Out Patient Clinic, Pensacola, FL. The LPN provides nursing care topatients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems.

  • Provides for personal hygiene (bathing, shaving, shampooing hair, skin and mouth care) for assigned patients according to defined procedure.

  • Turns, positions, and transfers patients in, to, and from bed, chair, stretchers and escorts patients to appointments within the hospital and off-station; leaves no dependent patient in one position longer than two hours.

  • Administers and records medications (IM, PO, rectal, topical, subcutaneous intradermal), monitors IV's, and performs treatments for patients using medical and/or surgical aseptic techniques.

  • Applies proper medical and surgical aseptic techniques and isolation precautions in performance of patient care and maintenance of a safe environment.

  • Identifies patients prior to performing assigned care and administering medicines/treatments according to defined procedures.

  • Interacts with patients according to the Patient bill of Rights, VA Code of patient concerns and Nursing Service philosophy to provide holistic care to patients.

  • Interacts with patients and/or significant others in order to establish a therapeutic relationship. Orients patients to the unit and is actively involved in patient teaching.

Work Schedule: Upon selection you will be assigned to one of the following tours: 7:00AM- 3:30P/9:00AM-5:50P, 7:00AM- 4:30PM/SAT 8:00AM-12PM

Functional Statement Title/#:Licensed Practical Nurse; GS-3, GS-4, GS-5, GS-6

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.
  • Must be U.S. Citizen

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • 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.
  • Physical Standards. Must be able to pass a Pre-employment Medical Examination.
  • English Language Proficiency. Licensed Practical or Vocational nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in both spoken and written English.

Preferred Experience: In addition to the basic qualification requirements, applicants must have demonstrated evidence of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities determined to be essential for satisfactory performance in the position.

  1. At least two (2) years clinical experience as an LPN is required.

  2. Outpatient experience is desired.

  3. Ability to practice cooperative and professional interpersonal communications with diverse multidisciplinary teams.

  4. Ability to work with patients exhibiting a variety of physical problems.

  5. Ability to collect and record a variety of patient data in a computer based electronic medical record system.

  6. Ability to perform direct nursing care in compliance with organization standards, policies, procedures, and guidelines.

  7. Skilled in patient and family education for patient medications and disease processes.

  8. Ability to work with Mental Health patients with behavioral problems

  9. Current license and BLS certification.

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: 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.


(A) Must meet basic requirements listed above (Licensure, citizenship, education,etc.) LPNs at this grade level are expected to perform all duties within thescope of their license (e.g., medication administration); however, completedwork may require routine or detailed higher level review depending upon thecomplexity of the duties involved.

* GS-4:*

(A) Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN.

(B) Graduation from an approved school and one year of experience that involvednursing care work in a hospital, outpatient clinic, nursing home, or othersupervised medical, nursing, or patient care facility that provided a practicalknowledge of human body structure and sterile techniques and procedures.

* GS-5:*

(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 nursingcare to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems; 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; 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 notedchange in patient's condition to RN or MD/DO; knowledge and ability torecognize the need for and to institute emergency measures when indicated, promptly seek the assistance of the RN or MD/DO, and assist in resuscitation proceduresin cardiac and/or pulmonary arrest; recognizes and appropriately responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action;completed work is under the general supervision of an RN or MD/DO.

* GS-6*

(A) Completion of at least one year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-5level or equivalent.

(B) Demonstrated 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005; Appendix G13; Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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 work of the LPN requires walking, standing, stooping, lifting, bending, pushing, turning and at times carrying heavy loads during transfers and escort of patients. The LPN must be able to utilize good body mechanics and have stamina to with stand stress.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

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.

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.


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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: $25,731.00 to $46,831.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0620-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 450942400

Job Announcement Number: RV-16-DN-1752681-BU