Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration LPN Outpatient Ambulatory Care Clinic (Open Continuous Announcement) in Indianapolis, Indiana

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Few vacancies in the following location:
  • Indianapolis, IN
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 8/25/2016 (59 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (68 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1786826

*This is an Open Continuous Announcement. *The first list of eligible applicants will be pulled for referral on 9-8-16. Subsequent referrals will be made every month after that date. Applications received after the first cut-off date will be considered for the second cut-off, and so on throughout the life of the announcement and within your specific period of eligibility.

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.


We are people who take great pride and deep satisfaction in providing America's veterans with the best clinical care, the most innovative technology, and the most comprehensive array of benefits America has to offer.

In Indianapolis, it's so easy to do so much offering big-city amenities in a convenient, easy-to-navigate package wrapped in a friendly, inviting atmosphere.

The nation's 13th largest city has gone through a dramatic revitalization and a stunning renaissance that makes it a different place than it was just a decade ago. Indy is the perfect balance of cosmopolitan style and small-town charm that makes it a successful destination for leisure travel, conventions and group tours, catering to more than 21 million visitors a year.

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.

VA e*ncourages 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.*

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; religious; 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


Job Summary:

This person will provide nursing care and support duties within this busy outpatient clinics. He/She will perform vital sign measurements, preventative health screenings, nursing treatments, assist with patient examinations, documentation, patient teaching, coordinate pain school enrollment and pain patient conferences and assist with check-in, check-out to clinic and any ward admissions. This person will report to the Ambulatory Care Service Primary Care Unit Manager.

Work Schedule:* Primarily day shift; some positions may include every Saturday or every other Saturday.*

*Functional Statement Title/#: LPN Outpatient Ambulatory Care Clinic *


1. Perform clinical guideline screening and other preventative health screening.

2. Measuring and recording patient’s vital signs.

3. Perform nursing procedures and treatments as needed in various clinics.

4. Participating in patient and family education with documentation of teaching and patient response.

5. Assisting with admissions, discharges, discharge plan, check-in, check-out and ward admissions.

6. Assisting with minor procedures and dressing changes.

7. Assist in stock management.

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. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Candidate must possess a current, full, active and unrestricted licensure as a licensed practical nurse or vocational nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or District of Columbia. This is required in order to hold a position as a Licensed Practical Nurse with the Federal Government.
  • Must be a graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing that was approved by the appropriate Sate agency and/or accredited by the National League for Nursing (Accrediting Commission, NLNAC) at the time you completed the program.
  • Must be proficient in both spoken and written English. 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:

1. Clinical experience in the past year.

2. Outpatient experience preferred.

Grade Determinations:

In addition to the Basic Requirements you must meet one of the following grade requirements:**

GS-3:None beyond the Basic Requirements.

GS-4: Must have completed at least (6) six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN.


GS-4: Must have graduated from an approved school and have (1) 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.


GS-4: Must have graduated from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.

GS-5: Must have completed at least (1) one year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent that has included:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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: Must have completed at least (1) one year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent and fully meets all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN and demonstrates the following:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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


VA Handbook 5005/5, Part II, Appendix G13, Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard, dated April 10, 2003.

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:

This position involves considerable amount of standing, walking, stooping, bending, reaching, lifting, and turning. It requires restraining confused clients, repositioning patients, assisting with transfers from wheel chairs/stretchers and transporting them to other departments or facilities. Mechanical devices are available and are required to be used for heavy or difficult to lift clients. The work may involve pushing or lifting in excess of 50 pounds and going up and down flights of stairs. The position requires visual and auditory acuity at a level to provide safe and effective nursing care. The position requires the nurse to work for periods of time with arms above shoulder level or with neck in a fully flexed or extended position and the ability to physically control or defend against emotionally ill clients. The position also requires ability to work on computers for extended periods of time.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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:**

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

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: $35,328.00 to $56,107.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0620-03/03

Promotion Potential: 06

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 448763700

Job Announcement Number: HT38-583-16-JDH-1786826-OCA