Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration LPN in Huntington, West Virginia

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
8 vacancies in the following location:
  • Huntington, WV
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (5 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 11/3/2016 (15 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1826242

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?

Huntington WV, set along the Ohio River, is the second largest city in West Virginia, behind Charleston, and is home to Marshall University. The city has a wealth of interesting architecture, most of it from the time when Huntington was dominated by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad and the Baltimore Railroad. West Virginia, being centrally located in the East Coast, major cities are just a drive away. As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. We invite YOU to apply to become part of a team of dedicated professionals engaged in promoting positive outcomes for our Veterans.

Our Veterans have shown us what they are made of - now it's your turn, apply today! **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.


Major duties:

  1. Implements age specific knowledge and skills to modify communication to accommodate hearing, visual, and cognitive impairments for adult and geriatric patients.

2 Courteous relationships with supervisors, co-workers, all members of the health care team, and with patients, family members, and the general public.

  1. Fosters and environment of respect for individual patient and family right to privacy and dignity in all aspects of care delivery.

  2. Promotes individualized nursing care that meets the needs of the patient.

  3. Coordinates activities under the supervision of the RN/MD in a manner which facilitates patient care and flow.

  4. Uses appropriate judgment in selecting the most appropriate order and sequence of procedures and treatments.

  5. Accurately reports and records significant patient information with only general review by the RN for technical soundness, appropriateness, and conformity with policy and nursing assignments.

  6. Performs assignments in a timely and proficient manner.

  7. Follows the local Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) drafted in accordance with the manufacturer's written recommendations in the handling of Reusable Medical Equipment (RME).

  8. Completes treatments, procedures, and administration of medications in a manner consistent with Medical Center and Nursing Service guidelines.

  9. Observes for physical and/or emotional changes in patient's condition from prescribed medications/treatments, promptly and accurately documents changes, and reports any deviations from normal to RN or physician.

  10. Proficient in providing pre- and post-operative care to a wide-range of patients.

  11. When organizing and delivering care, recognizes and considers emotional, cultural, spiritual, socio-economic, and age-related factors.

  12. Assists RNs and physicians in minor procedures performed in the outpatient surgery clinic including, but not limited to, maintaining sterile field, passing surgical instruments, and draping and positioning patients.

  13. Keeps other staff informed of patient problems and the need for resolution.

  14. Documentation will consistently be complete, legible, and accurate using CPRS, and readily available to all members of the health care team.

  15. Maintains confidentiality of patient information via written, verbal, and/or electronic record.

  16. Contributes to the overall care delivery and family/patient satisfaction levels through active participation in committees/task forces.

  17. Routinely counsels and provides health teaching to enhance the client's knowledge to maintain comfort and an environment conducive to well-being in the events surrounding peri-operative care.

  18. Routinely assists individuals or groups of patients and their families to take an active role in promoting healthy lifestyles for positive outcomes

Work Schedule:Fluctuating schedules depending on assignments; typically 8 hour shifts to provide 24 coverage.

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.


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 accrediting agency and/or the National League for Nursing at the time the program was completed by the applicant. Verification can be obtained from the State approving agency of the National League for Nursing, 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10006.

(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) The education requirement is waived for 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.

Licensure:Full, active, current and unrestricted licensure as a graduate 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 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.

Physical Standards:See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

English Language Proficiency: Licensed practical or vocational nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).



(1) Qualifying experience is successful nursing practice maintaining acceptable standards within a health care setting under the direction of a registered nurse or physician. This may include experience as a GPN (graduate practical 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 means.

(3) Part-time experience is credited according to the relationship it bears to the full-time workweek (e.g., an LPN 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.)

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.

(1)* GS-3.* None beyond the basic requirements.

(2)* GS-4.* Six months of qualifying experience.

(3)* 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.

(c) Demonstrated ability to serve as a responsible member of the nursing team and interact with patients, family members, professional and supportive personnel who provide patient care, and with members of other services.

(4)* GS-6.* In addition to meeting the requirements for the GS-5 level, has completed at least an additional year of qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent. Has the knowledge and skills necessary for concentrated effort and self-direction in carrying out the most complex practical nursing care assignments, including assignments for selected acute care, long-term or ambulatory care, or psychiatric patients requiring skilled nursing care. Serves as a member of a health care team with these selected patients and provides care to them on a regular and recurring basis. Completes assigned duties and responsibilities which involve performing nonstandard and specialized practical nursing activities at the GS-6 level, requiring broad work experience and demonstrated skill sufficient to resolve a range of nursing problems. The GS-6 grade is restricted to individuals whose assignments include the following:

(a) Practical nursing characterized by:

1. The employee's ability to vary the order and sequence of assigned procedures based on the patient's condition; to use judgment in selecting the most appropriate application of procedures and guidelines; and to accurately report and record significant patient information. Completed work needs only a general review by a registered nurse for technical soundness; appropriateness and conformity with policy and nursing assignments.

2. Demonstrated ability to observe, identify and respond to the patient's needs for nursing, medication, and equipment-assisted care and to recognize deviations from normal. In modifying patient care plans, the employee considers physical, emotional and social factors.

3. Practical knowledge of human behavior, motivations and reactions to situations. Demonstrated ability to use this knowledge in working effectively with patients, family and other staff members.

4. Demonstrated knowledge, skill and ability to recognize and respond appropriately to emergency situations.

(b) Typically, duties will include:

1. Contributes to the interdisciplinary team in the development, implementation and evaluation of the patient's treatment plan and promotes patient participation in the therapeutic community by fostering self-reliance and independence.

2. Conducts group meetings to help patients share feelings, interact and function in accordance with the patient's treatment plan.

3. Establishes constructive relationships with individual patients to elicit feelings and attitudes and to promote positive relationships, communication and socialization skills.

4. Administers prescribed medications and performs more complex treatments.

5. Performs support duties for diagnostic procedures, which includes preparing the patient, assisting in the diagnostic examination, preparing and passing instruments, and monitoring the patient's condition.

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.

References : VA Handbook 5005 at (also available 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 work of an LPN's involves sitting, standing, walking and lifting.

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: $25,731.00 to $46,831.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0620-03/03

Promotion Potential: 06

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453481500

Job Announcement Number: 17-008-1826242-HUNH38-CM-BU