Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) - 7W in Denver, Colorado

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Denver, CO
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 10/7/2016 (13 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (8 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1820227

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?

Current VA and Federal Employees apply to vacancy announcement: *EC-118-16-JMM-1818024-BU*

VA Eastern Colorado HealthCare System (ECHCS) is complexity level 1a and provides a full range of state-of- the-art patient care services, and will soon be providing care in a new state-of-the-art hospital in Aurora, CO. ECHCS provides tertiary care and services to over 89,000 patients and is a major referral center for veterans living in Wyoming, Montana, Kansas, and New Mexico. ECHCS serves as an educational and research center, it is highly affiliated with medical and educational institutions. Health Care Services are provided at 15 different geographically dispersed locations incorporating nine Community Based Outpatient Clinics, two Primary Care Telehealth Outpatient Clinics, one local and one remote Community Living Center, Homeless Veteran's Domiciliary, a Community Referral and Resource Center, a Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation Center and VA presence on two DOD bases; Fort Carson and U.S. Air Force Academy covering a geographical area of over 10,000 square miles. ECHCS employs over 3,000 personnel in 150 occupations. 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 LPN assigned to 7W performs a variety of supportive, nursing and medical tasks necessary to the care of patients in the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Residential Rehabilitative Treatment Program (PTSD-RRTP). The LPN demonstrates knowledge and ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems. Performs routine evaluation of patients by obtaining current symptoms and complaint, observing the patient's condition, behavior and response to treatments and/or medications. The 7W LPN assists with specialized treatments, therapies and examinations, cares for the patient with multiple complex needs and chronic serious illnesses. The LPN will instruct patients and families in such areas as medications, breathalyzer, urine testing and ADLs. The 7W LPN takes an active role in carrying out psychosocial aspects of the rehabilitative treatment plan under the direction of clinical/administrative staff. These roles include colleting data for psychologists, directing patients toward more appropriate behavior in their personal interactions and assisting patients with problem-solving activities.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems.

  • Perform routine evaluation of patients while in the clinic setting by obtaining current symptoms and complaints, observing the patient's condition, behavior, and response to treatments and/or medications.

  • Document appropriate information in the patient record and report significant deviations to the RN and/or provider.

  • Provide effective education to patients and/or family members in relation to common disease processes, medication, and/or prescribed treatment regimes.

  • Recognize the need for and institute cardiopulmonary resuscitation measures when indicated.

  • Perform other assignments designated by the RN or clinic providers which are essential to patient care.

  • Independently perform coordinating duties related to the operation of the clinic.

  • Order and maintain supplies and mediations.

  • Obtain patient data.

Work Schedule: Full-Time: 40 hours per week, 80 hours per pay period. Rotating tours Sunday through Saturday, this rotation includes off-tours (evenings and nights), weekends, and/or holidays.

Functional Statement Title/#: Licensed Practical Nurse, PTSD-RRTP / 000000

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.

Basic Requirements:

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.)

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.

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.

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).

Preferred Experience: One (1) year experience in a Mental Health setting.

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:

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. *Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or (b) 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 (c) Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.

GS-5.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 [involved in the delivery of] patient care.

*GS-6. *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. Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations.

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.


  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification for a healthcare employee, by an approved provider

*Physical Requirements: *


  • Heavy Lifting, 45 pounds and over

  • Heavy Carrying 54 pounds and over

  • Straight pulling (2-6 hours)

  • Pushing (2-6 hours)

  • Reaching above shoulder

  • Use of fingers

  • Both hands required

  • Walking (5-9 hours)

  • Standing (4-8 hours)

  • Kneeling (1-2hours

  • Repeated bending (2-4 hours)

  • Climbing, legs only (1-2 hours)

  • Twisting (2-4 hours)


  • Excessive noise, intermittent

  • Constant noise

  • Radiant energy

  • Electrical energy

  • Slippery or uneven surfaces

  • Working around moving objects and vehicles

  • Unusual fatigue factors

  • Working with hands in water

  • Working closely with others

  • Working alone

  • Heavy patient care

  • Rotating/Multiple shifts

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides 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.

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: $35,252.00 to $51,454.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0620-03/06

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens

Control Number: 452738200

Job Announcement Number: EC-118-17-JMM-1820227-BU