Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Practical Nurse ( Specialty Care) in New Orleans, Louisiana

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

Opened Tuesday 10/11/2016 (16 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (64 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1822538

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?

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.

Position Description Fuctional Statement is available for review in Human Resources Management.**

Project Legacy Statement

Residents of Greater New Orleans enjoy one of the highest qualities of life in the United States. While we are known to enjoy many of the best restaurants in the world, more than 300 festivals, vibrant nightlife, not to mention Mardi Gras, that's just the beginning of what we have to offer. We treasure family and community, our children have access to high-quality education, we enjoy an incredible abundance of the arts, and so much more!

Here at Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, we strive to be an efficient organization through continual process improvement and orderliness by eliminating waste in everything we do. We are generating a Lean environment of abundance and ownership, enabling us to become "one team creating the perfect patient experience" so that we may honor Veterans and their families.

We're in the process of constructing and activating a new medical center that will serve as a model for health care of the future and set the standards for patient-centered care, flexibility and sustainability. It will be a level one, 200 bed tertiary care regional referral center that is projected to serve 70,000 enrolled Veterans. The new medical center will be approximately 1.6 million square feet, with two additional 1,000-car garages for both patients and staff on a 30-acre site in New Orleans. The facility has been designed to meet the full array of VA missions: health care to America's heroes, education, research and national preparedness. It will authentically reflect the culture of the region and be the cornerstone for the emerging biosciences industry in New Orleans. You can help us build from the ground up. Create history with us and join our team! For more information about the greater New Orleans area, visit

To learn more about Project Legacy, the project to design and build a new medical center to replace the one damaged from Hurricane Katrina, visit Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter:



A Licensed Practical Nurse has the knowledge, skills and self direction to carry out and complete nursing procedures, comprehensive patient education, broad assignments and nursing care expected in the outpatient, ambulatory care setting. Duties include the following:

  • Participate in complex ambulatory procedures common to primary care, spinal cord, medicine/surgical sub-specialty clinics and treatment modalities in response to chronic and acute medical conditions.

  • Work under the guidance of a RN and/or the medical staff physician/provider with general overview by RN or medical staff.

  • Demonstrate competency and possesses knowledge to appropriately determine clinical care needs, based upon patient history or medical chart entries.

  • Provide preventive health and chronic disease management, including patient education and screening inquires allowed within the practice of nursing and approved by nursing and medial leadership.

  • Adhere to the practice restrictions outlined in state license and facility protocols and polices.

  • Has practical knowledge of human behavior, motivation and reactions to situations that may be of a chronic or acute nature.

  • Perform routines expected of the position and or competency with minimal oversight.

  • Recognizes the need for optimal customer service and immediate service recovery to promote the perfect patient experience.

  • Take all necessary precautions to avoid the spread of illness or disease when administering care to patients.

Work Schedule: 7:30am-4:30pm Monday - Friday and Weekends (as patient care dictates) *Functional Statement Title: *Licensed Practical Nurse (Functional Statement is available for review in the Human Resources Office)

This is a Bargaining Unit position.

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:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

  • 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. Exceptions include: 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; Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school.

  • 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.

  • Physical Standards: Must meet the physical standard in VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

  • 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).

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: A minimum of one year of qualifying experience as a GS-5 or fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN.

References: VA Handbook 5005 , Part II, Appendix G13, Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standards. 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.

Physical Requirements:Heavy Lifting (45 lbs. and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs. and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 – 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 6 hours); Standing (up to 8 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Hearing (aid permitted).

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.

This position is* opened until filled*. Applicants will be referred every Friday. Once filled, we will close the announcement.


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. [HR users - input the following if applicable to your JOA] 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: $36,025.00 to $46,831.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0620-06/06

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: All U.S. Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 453037200

Job Announcement Number: FEB-16-1822538-GEB-BU