Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Practical Nurse (Community Living Center - 6th Floor) in Clarksburg, West Virginia

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Clarksburg, WV
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (10 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (4 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1827272

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.

Clarksburg, approximate population of 18,000 citizens, is located at the center of West Virginia's 1-79 High Tech Corridor. The High Tech Corridor is anchored on the north by Morgantown, which is the home of West Virginia University, a Carnegie Foundation Research Institution and training academy for Cisco Systems, Inc., and Oracle. Morgantown was recently rated the best small city in America Other regional high technology operations include the National Energy Technology Laboratory, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NASA IV and V Center, and Department of Defense Biometrics Fusion Center. Additional educational opportunities are available through Fairmont State University, Salem International University, Alderson-Broaddus College and West Virginia Wesleyan College. In addition to exceptional professional challenges, Clarksburg offers an unsurpassed quality of life, which includes low cost of living, short commutes, and outstanding recreational opportunities. For additional information, please visit

Note: The full performance level of this vacancy is grade 6. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of grade 4 to grade 6. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. 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.

*Relocation Expenses: *Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide direct patient care to patients in the medical-surgical setting, evaluate outcomes, consult with other specialists as required, and adjust processes as indicated to ensure optimal care.

  • Maintain accurate and continued nursing documentation, including patient conditions, treatments, and responses.

  • Maintain current knowledge of medications and their correct administration based on age of patient and his/her clinical condition.

  • Prepare, hang monitor, and discontinue intravenous (IV) fluids as determined by policy.

  • Respond promptly to changes in workload, and adjust assignments as necessary to achieve optimal productivity and efficiency.

  • Demonstrate the ability to assist physicians with diagnostic and therapeutic procedures on the Community Living Center (CLC).

  • Assist in providing patient education based on a teaching plan formulated by the Registered Nurse (R.N.) and evaluate effectiveness of learning; include family in teaching as appropriate.

  • Interact professionally with patient and family.

  • Orient new Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) employees to the CLC.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Tour of Duty

Off-tour Float, but subject to change based on facility and service needs.

Preferred Experience:

  • A minimum of 1 year of successful clinical nursing practice as a LPN/LVN is preferred.

  • Demonstrated skill in performing multiple tasks, managing assignments, and expediting oral and written communications.

  • Demonstrated ability to interact with others effectively and appropriately, presenting a professional image of the service and the VA.

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

NOTE: Current Basic Life Support Certification is a requirement of this position.

VA Qualification Standard for Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse

Basic Requirements

a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

b. 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. Verification can be obtained from the State approving agency or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10006. Additional information may also be obtained from the NLNAC Website. Exceptions include:

(1) 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.

(2) 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.

(3) Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school. See paragraph 4, section C.

c.* 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. 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 provisions in chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16 of this part.

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).

Grade Requirements

a. Definitions

(1) Qualifying experience is successful nursing practice as an LPN/LVN, maintaining acceptable standards within a health care setting under the direction of a registered nurse (RN) or physician (MD/DO). This may include experience as a GPN or GVN (graduate practical or vocational nurse) provided the candidate was utilized as a practical or vocational nurse and passed the State licensure examination on the first attempt.

(2) To be creditable, practical nursing experience (as an LPN or LVN) must be documented on the application and verified in an employment reference or through other independent means.

(3) Part-time experience is credited according to the relationship it bears to the full-time workweek (e.g., an LPN/LVN] who worked 20 hours per week, i.e., half-time, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of such service.)

(4) The only exception to paragraphs 3a(1) through (3) would be qualifying experience for GS-4. See paragraph 3b(2)(b) below.

(5) For the purposes of this Handbook, the term "State" includes States, Territories of the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

b. Grade Determination. 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 be a US citizen, possess full and current license as an LPN in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States or District of Columbia. Maintain current BLS certification.

B. A 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 or training in the military service that is accepted by a licensing body.

C. Demonstrates 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 to appropriately orient/train less experienced LPNs 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.

D. Demonstrates 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.

E. Knowledge and skills 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.

F. Knowledge and ability to recognize the need for and to institute emergency measures when indicated, promptly seek the assistance of the RN, and assist in resuscitation procedures in cardiac and/or pulmonary arrest.

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

H. Completed work is under the general supervision of an RN. 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 DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE IN YOUR RESUME, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Note: If your résumé does not support your occupational questionnaire responses, your application packet will not be forwarded to the selecting official for consideration. *

Reference - VA Handbook 5005 at (also available in the local Human Resources Office).

Please Note: The full performance level of this vacancy is Grade 6. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

*PLEASE NOTE: * 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 a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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 of this position include heavy lifting (45 lbs. and over), prolonged standing (4-6 hours) and sitting (3-4 hours), frequent bending, walking (up to 3 hours), climbing (steps, ladder, etc.) reaching overhead, extensive/repetitive use of fingers, (both hands required), repetitive motion and stooping (up to 1 hour). The mental/sensory requirements include recall, reasoning, problem-solving, hearing (aid permitted), speaking clearly, writing legibly, keyboarding, reading, and logical thinking. Also, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13” to 16”. The environment's pace can vary from steady to a sometimes fast pace, requiring handling of multiple priorities, frequent, sometimes intense customer interactions, and the ability to adapt to frequent changes in a sometimes noisy environment. There may be the need to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to disease, illness and hazardous materials (1-2 hours at a time).

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form, along with a letter from a regional VA office that specifies ONLY the percentage of disability. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including ALL required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.


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

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.

Other Information

Successful completion of a one year probationary period is required.

Selectees will be required to successfully pass a physical examination and be cleared by Occupational Health prior to appointment.

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: $28,886.00 to $46,831.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0620-04/06

Promotion Potential: 6

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453605800

Job Announcement Number: T38H-17-7-WAT-1827272-BU