Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Practical Nurse - External (AMENDED) in Brockton, Massachusetts

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Brockton, MA
Work Schedule is Multiple Schedules - Permanent

Opened Friday 9/30/2016 (20 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (4 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1785617

Service: Nursing Service

Positions are located at the Brockton, MA campus


This position has been amended to clarify as being Inpatient rather than Outpatient

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.

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 and leadership positions 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 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.**

Current VA employees should apply under the Announcement RS-16-SD-1813640-BU.


LPN/LVN works under the direction of the nurse manager/charge nurse. He/she will be responsible for practical nursing care to adults and older adults in the Inpatient settings. The LPN/LVN must observe patients and report any changes in a timely manner; complete patient assignments and maintain a safe, dignified environment. Ability to set limits, redirect and promote a safe environment for patients and staff.

WORK SCHEDULE: There are two vacant positions located at the Brockton Campus:

  • 1 Full-Time Days with Rotation to off Shifts, Weekends, Holidays and Nights
  • 1 Part-Time Nights with Rotation to Weekends and Holidays

Functional Statement Title: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Functional Statement #: 902730 (GS-03), 902740 (GS-04), 902750 (GS-05), 902760 (GS-06)

NOTE: This position is an NAGE Bargaining Unit position. NOTE: This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay. NOTE: Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized. NOTE: Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed. NOTE: Candidates who meet the qualification requirements within 15 calendar days following the closing date of the announcement will be considered. NOTE: Permanent appointment and salary in this position is subject to review by the LPN Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience. NOTE: Incomplete applications will be found ineligible. NOTE: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. NOTE: Narrative responses to the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) will be required in order to proceed with appointment. NOTE: Current or Former Federal Employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held. NOTE: Designated Drug-Testing Position: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

NOTE:Veteran's Preference does not apply to current Federal Employees.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: In Accordance with the VA Qualification Standards VA Handbook 5005

Basic Requirements

A. Citizenship. You must be a citizen of the United States.

B. Education. You must be a graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the state and/or accredited by the National League for Nursing(Accrediting Commission NLNAC) at the program was completed by the applicant.

C. Licensure. You must have a 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.

D. 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).

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Drug Testing is required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation is required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a LPN Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. Experience as an LPN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to grades and salary of the applicant selected. Experience as a LPN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 based on the following criteria in addition to the basic qualifications (applicants will be required to submit narrative responses to the qualifications listed for grades 5 or 6 if tentatively selected for those grades before boarding.

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 - [Employees may be appointed at or advanced to GS-4 if they meet any of the criteria in paragraphs 3b (2) (a) through (c) below:

(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.]

GS-5 -* (a)* Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent. In addition to meeting the basic requirements in order to be considered for the GS-5 LPN, you will be required to provide a written answer to the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities upon selection: * 1.* 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.]

* 2.* 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.

* 3.* 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.

* 4.* 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.

* 5.* Recognizes and appropriately responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action.

* 6.* 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.

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. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you will be required to provide a written answer to the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities upon selection:

* 1.* Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations. 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.

* 2.* 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.

* 3.* 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.

* 4.* 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. * 5.* 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.

* 6.* 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.

* 7.* 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.

* 8.* Actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge gained with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice.

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:

  1. Lifting up to 45 lbs. (Intermittently)
  2. Carrying up to 45 lbs. (Intermittently)
  3. Repeated bending
  4. Straight Pulling up to 45 lbs.(Intermittently)
  5. Straight Pushing up to 45 lbs. (Intermittently)
  6. Stooping (Intermittently)
  7. Squatting (Intermittently)
  8. Kneeling (Occasionally)
  9. Use of both arms
  10. Use of both hands
  11. Use of fingers
  12. Overhead work; both arms (Intermittently)
  13. Prolonged walking (Up to 4 hrs./day)
  14. Prolonged standing (Up to 4 hrs./day)
  15. Sitting (Up to 2 hrs./day)
  16. Far Vision - correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other
  17. Near Vision - correctable to read newsprint at 13 - 16 inches
  18. Ability to distinguish shades of colors
  19. Hearing - ability to hear and understand the spoken voice from a distance of 8 feet.
  20. Emotional and mental stability - ability to effectively perform the essential functions of the position and respond appropriately in emergency situations.
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.


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

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.

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: $43,879.00 to $68,803.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0620-03/06

Promotion Potential: 06

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens and other current permanent Federal employees of other Agencies

Control Number: 451968000

Job Announcement Number: RS-16-SD-1785617-BU