Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licenced Practical Nurse - PRIMARY CARE (PACT) in Jackson, Mississippi

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
3 vacancies in the following location:
  • Jackson, MS
Work Schedule is Shift Work - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 9/30/2016 (20 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (11 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1804351


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?

We are seeking new team members interested in working in this environment. We are looking for team members that possess high energy, a strong work ethic, integrity, who are kind and empathetic, have a sense of humor, and who enjoy working for a collaborative, team-oriented system. The team member must be willing to build customer confidence by professional dress and demeanor.

We invite you to apply to become part of a team of professionals engaged in promoting positive organizational change to improve business outcomes and create a positive healthcare experience for patients, families, and caregivers. 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.

Current VA employees should apply under VA-16-SBF-1809855-BU.

The Primary Care Licensed Practical Nurse works under the direction of a PACT RN and reports to the Nurse Manager. The LPN is responsible for observing, recording and reporting changes in the patient's condition, as well as assisting in the development and revision of the patient-driven holistic care plan for life. The LPN demonstrates active collaboration and communication with Team let (Patient, Primary Care Provider, PACT RN and Clinical/Clerical Support Technician) and Larger Team (family/caregiver, internal and community based services and disciplines involved in providing care to the patient).


This LPN position will be located in the Primary Care as Patient Aligned Care Team Licensed Practical Nurse. The Licensed Practical Nurse works under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or Provider and is responsible for the demonstrating knowledge and ability to provide practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems. Demonstrates the ability to serve as a member of a PACT teamlet and interacts in an appropriate manner with patients, family members, professional and other supportive personnel; demonstrates professional behavior, respect for others, collegiality, ability to accept constructive feedback. Exhibits skill, creativity and initiative in contributing to the interdisciplinary team efforts to promote healthy lifestyles for positive patient outcomes. The Licensed Practical Nurse will prepare and appropriately document actions including patient's response to medication administered and the reporting of any noted change in patient's condition to RN or Provider; demonstrates understanding of standard infection control precautions appropriate for the assigned position and environment.

The Licensed Practical Nurse will also monitor for any evidence of abuse/neglect and demonstrates knowledge of the abuse reporting process. Implement interventions to maintain skin integrity and prevent skin breakdown. Knowledge and ability to recognize the need for emergency measures when indicated, promptly seeking the assistance of a RN or Provider.Excellent customer service and communication skills are required. Uses equipments, materials, medications and supplies in a variety of diagnostic and treatment procedures that support nursing care of all patients. Observes and reports the patient's physical, emotional and psychological response to nursing care, medical treatment and other therapy. Administers prescribed therapies using appropriate judgment and in and accordance with medical center and Ambulatory Care policies and procedure:

  • Provides care to patients with various prosthetic devices
  • Demonstrates skill and knowledge in use of suppositories and enemas
  • Performs phlebotomy procedures
  • Performs medication reconciliation
  • Bladder scan pre and post void residuals
  • Takes dermatology pictures and downloads to CPRS
  • Assist in GYN/Women's exams as needed

Work Schedule:

8 HOUR SHIFT between: 7:00am - 5:30pm to include extended hours and Saturday rotation. Functional Statement/#: 0620 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
    • ### Qualifications


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. Physical Standards. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

e. 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:

5 years prior LPN experience with 1-2 years outpatient clinic experience.

2 years prior LPN experience in clinical 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:


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.


Employees may be appointed at or advanced to GS-4 if they meet any of the criteria in paragraphs: Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or Graduation from an approved school (which may be waived as provided in paragraph 4 of Section, 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. 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, procedure, and techniques


Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent.


(a) 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.

(b) Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations.

(c) 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.

(d) [ ] 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.

(e) 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.

(f) 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.

(g) 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.

(h) 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.

(i) 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.

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


For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at

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 hrs); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both Hands required; Walking (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 musular coordination simultaneously.

Security Clearance


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. 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.

Salary Range: $33,002.00 to $48,304.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0620-03/06

Promotion Potential: 06

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 451472300

Job Announcement Number: VA-16-SBF-1804351-BU