Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Practical Nurse(Generic) in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Many vacancies in the following location:
  • San Juan, PR
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/4/2016 (22 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 4/3/2017 (159 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1817131



*This announcement establishes a standing register of eligible applicants to be considered for this position. The "What To Expect Next" area of the announcement provides additional information on the referral process for this type of announcement.

*Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with an education requirement.) Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:*. Accordingly, all education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency.

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.**


Ensures that quality nursing care is rendered to patients in accordance with policies, procedures, and the standards of Nursing Service, Surgery Unit, and the Medical Center. He/she provides direct nursing care to individual and groups of surgery patients under guidance and directives of the unit supervisor.

Work Schedule:Rotating shifts to provide 24-hour service coverage, seven (7) days a week including holidays.

Functional Statement Title/#: As per area of assignment.

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 proficient in spoken Spanish

Basic Requirements:

•U.S. citizenship. •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; or Health care education in the military service or training in the military which is accepted by the licensing body in the jurisdiction in which the individual is licensed as qualifying for full LPN/LVN licensure; or Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school. •Licensure: Candidates must be currently licensed to practice as practical or vocational nurse in a state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia, and must possess current, full active and unrestricted license registration of said license. •English Language Proficiency: Applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 USC 7402(d) and 7407 (d). (No person that is not proficient in spoken and written English will be appointed under authority of 38 USC Chapter 73 or 74 to serve in a direct patient-care capacity.)


Proficient in spoken Spanish.


At the 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.

At the GS-4 :Employees may be appointed at or advanced to GS-4 if they meet any of the following criteria (a thru c): a. Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or b. 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, c. Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration. d. 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.

At the 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 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. 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. Observation and documentation will include patient’s response to medication administered and the reporting of any noted change in patient’s condition to RN or MD/DO. 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.

At the GS-6: 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. 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. 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. d. Ability to observe, identify and respond to the patient’s needs for care, including medication, equipment-assisted care and patient/family education. 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 treatments according to established policies/procedures. Observes for physical and/or emotional changes in patient’s condition from prescribed medications/treatments, promptly and accurately documenting noted changes, and reporting any deviations from normal to RN or MD/DO. 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. Fosters an environment of respect for individual patient and family rights to privacy and dignity in all aspects of care delivery. Effectively incorporates knowledge and understanding of established customer service standards in all interactions with patients, family members, and/or other internal/external customers. 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. Serves as a preceptor in orienting, educating, and training less experienced LPNs/LVNs or NAs/HTs related to support duties for these more complex, specialized tests/procedures. 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 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G13, LICENSED PRACTICAL OR VOCATIONAL NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD dated 04/10/2003. 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:This position involves lifting, moving, and transporting of patients. The position involves exposure to blood borne pathogens, fine manipulation, standing, walking, bending, crouching, and reaching patients. It requires dealing with the acutely ill, with patients who may display disturbed behaviors, and with stressful situations. Assisting with transferring patients to wheelchairs and/or may need to escort a patient to other areas. Wearing of a respirator may be required at times in the performance of the duties of this position.

*Heavy lifting: 45 lbs. and over; straight pulling: 4 hours; pushing: 5 hours; walking: 7 hours; standing: 7 hours.

When required to use respirator, employee cannot have facial hair or any condition that interferes with the face to face piece seal or valve function of the respirator. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

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.

This is an open continuous announcement. The first list of eligible applicants will be pulled for referral on October 14, 2015. Subsequent referrals will be made every 10 days after that date. Applications received after that first cut-off date, will be considered for the second cut-off, and so on throughout the life of the announcement and within your specific period of eligibility or until vacancies are filled.

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.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is 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.

  • Qualified candidates referred for consideration will be interviewed using the Performance Based Interview (PBI) Process. For information about PBI, you may access

VETPRO CREDENTIALING: Individuals selected for positions that have patient care responsibilities are subject to undergoing an electronic credentialing process called VetPro. As part of this process, it will be necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure and certifications using VetPro. The candidate selected will be provided further information on how to use VetPro.

-DRUG FREE WORKPLACE: This position may be designated as sensitive as defined in Presidential Order 12564. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment. After hire, persons employed in sensitive positions are subject to random testing for use of illegal drugs. Testing will be conducted in accordance with Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Guidelines for Drug Testing Programs. Random testing will begin no sooner than 30 days from the date a Drug Testing notice is received.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after appointment. Applicants must meet any physical, language, license or degree requirements. Applicants must be citizens of the United States. New appointees must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, by completing the I-9 form and supplying acceptable documentation. If required for the position, the applicant must have a valid State licensure, registration or certification. Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database. New appointees are subject to a probationary period, and to a background investigation to determine suitability. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Currently the VHA queries the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) and/or the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank Practitioner (HIPDB), as applicable for all current and/or new employees to ensure no sanctions have been taken against them.

THE VA CARIBBEAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IS AN EQUALOPPORTUNITYEMPLOYER: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process please notify the Agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. Actions to fill this position will not be based on discriminatory factors, which are prohibited by law.

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: 452407900

Job Announcement Number: 672-17-LR-1817131-BU