Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Practical Nurse (Fresh Start Program) in Topeka, Kansas

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

Opened Wednesday 10/12/2016 (9 day(s) ago)

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

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1817980

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

Note: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

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 is an EXTERNAL announcement. Facility, VA or other Federal employees with status MUST apply under the INTERNAL announcement, YN-EA-16-KD-1817955-BU. All applicants applying under this announcement will be subject to Veteran's preference. *

First area of consideration will be given to NAGE permanent employees, Topeka VAMC. Second area of consideration will be given to additional EKHCS permanent employees. Third AOC will be given to the public (U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals).


This LPN position will be located in the Fresh Start Program. The Licensed Practical Nurse works under the supervision of a Registered Nurse and is responsible for the nursing care provided to the patients assigned to him/her. The Licensed Practical Nurse will prepare and dispense medications, perform safety rounds, escort patients on and off the unit, lead or co-facilitate groups, be active in individual discussions with Veterans supporting them in their recovery process, monitoring for pain, prn effectiveness, suicidality, homicidality, cravings, detox signs and symptoms, give complete personal and hygienic care and provide assistance with activities of daily living to include moving, lifting, and positioning. The Licensed Practical Nurse will also provide assistance with food and fluid intake, recording of I&O;'s; vital signs, medications, treatments, and patient care. The LPN reports to the Charge Nurse on duty. Excellent customer service and communication skills are required.

Work Schedule:**Full time, Days with rotation

Functional Statement Title/#:* *Licensed Practical Nurse

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.
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education: Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State accrediting agency and/or National League for Nursing at the time the program was completed by the applicant. This requirement is waived for candidates with health care education or training in military service, which is accepted by the licensing body in the jurisdiction in which the individual is licensed as qualifying or full LPN/LVN licensure.
  • Licensure: Full, active and current licensure as a graduate licensed practical or vocational nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e. Puerto Rico) of the United States or in the District of Columbia. An LPN/LVN 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 provision in chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16 of this part in VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G13.
  • Physical Standards: Must pass a pre-employment physical.
  • English Language Proficiency. LPN/LVNs 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).

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: Grade Determinations:

*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: 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, procedures, and techniques. They may be appointed at or advanced to GS-4 if they meet any of the following criteria:

  • Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN: or

  • Graduation from an approved school 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

  • Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.

*GS-5: *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. In addition, the following criteria must be met:

  • Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care 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.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge and ability to recognize the need for an d 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.
  • Recognize and appropriately respond to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel or corrective action.

GS-6: Requires at least 1 year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent and fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN. In addition, the following criteria must be met:

  • Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient population.
  • Knowledge and ability to appropriately carry out assigned patient care based on the patients' conditions.
  • Ability to observe, identify and respond to the patient's needs of care, including medication, equipment-assisted care and patient/family education.
  • Prepare and administer 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Establish constructive relationships with individual patients and their families to elicit feelings and attitudes, and to promote positive relationships, communication and socialization skills.
  • 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.
  • Actively seek 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 G-13, Licensed Practical or vocational Nurse Qualification Standard, dated April 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:* The physical requirements for this position in accordance with HRML No.05-12-02* , Employment of People with Disabilities, Including Under Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(u).Heavy Lifting (45 pounds and over); Heavy Carrying (45 pounds and over); Straight pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1-2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both Hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Kneeling; Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Both legs required. Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20; Hearing (aid permitted); Ability to hear whispered voice. Emotional stability. Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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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.

Travel and/or relocation expenses are not approved, and will not be reimbursed.

Salary Range: $36,003.00 to $56,517.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0620-03/06

Promotion Potential: 06

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452464900

Job Announcement Number: YN-EA-16-KD-1817980-BU