Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Practical Nurse (Specialty Clinics) - PRN - Intermittent in Portland, Oregon

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
5 vacancies in the following location:
  • Portland, OR
Work Schedule is Intermittent - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Wednesday 10/5/2016 (17 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 10/25/2016 (3 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1819843

  • 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?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

VA Professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time of and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

Salary based on education and experience and to be determined by a Professional Standards Board.

This position is located with the Division of Hospital and Specialty Medicine at the VA Portland Health Care System.

In the role as a member of the discipline of nursing, LPN's actively participate in and subscribe to the legal and ethical tenets of the nursing profession.


The Licensed Practical Nurse assigned to the VA Portland Health Care System, Specialty Care Clinic functions as a team member under the guidance of the Registered Nurse. The incumbent must be self-directed and able to function with minimal direction. He/she is responsible for completing clinical reminders and medication reconciliation, providing medical assistive care and administrative support when needed. The incumbent must demonstrate the ability to observe, identify and respond to the patient's needs for nursing care, including, but not limited to medication administration, wound care treatments, home meter downloading, various urologic procedures, suture and staple removal, capillary blood glucose testing, equipment assisted care and be able to recognize deviations from normal. The incumbent is also responsible for patient education and documentation. He/ she performs age appropriate care, uses techniques to appropriately de-escalate disruptive patients.

PREFERRED CANDIDATE: "minimum of 2 years of nursing experience with knowledge of sterile/procedural care, scheduling, excellent customer service and multi-disciplinary services."

WORK SCHEDULE: * M-F: 7am-7pm (variable hours)*

NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-3 to GS-6.

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


  • Citizen or Naturalized Citizen of the United States
  • 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. 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.
  • 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.

*GRADE DETERMINATIONS: *In addition to the basic requirements, 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 as provided below in specialized experience:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-3 LEVEL: None beyond the basic requirements.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-4 LEVEL: Employees may be appointed at or advanced to GS-4 if they meet any of the criteria: demonstrated six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or 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 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.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-5 LEVEL: 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, OD and/or MD/DO to appropriately orient/train less experienced LPNs/Ophthalmic Tech and/or Optical Techs/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, OD or MD/DO.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-6 LEVEL: Requires a minimum of at least one (1) year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent: 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.


References : VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G13, Licensed Practical Nurse *QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated February 2009, *VA Handbook 5005 at* (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and* OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.


Veterans' Preference:When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

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Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.


Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at .

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 position will be filled on a Intermittent (PRN) permanent basis.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

  • Although the duty station is shown in this announcement, it may be necessary to utilize the selected person's services at a different location within the Portland VA Medical Center commuting area if conditions require it in the future

  • A security clearance and a favorable suitability determination are required. Misconduct in prior employment, criminal, dishonest or disgraceful conduct, habitual use of intoxicating beverages, abuse of narcotics, drugs or other controlled substances, or reasonable doubt of loyalty to the United States are examples of reasons an offer of employment may be denied.

  • A drug test may be required for an applicant who is tentatively selected.

  • A pre-employment physical examination will be required for an applicant who is tentatively selected.

  • Applicants appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 USC 7402(d) and 7407(d).

  • This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis

  • The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

  • It is the policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs that all Federal wage and salary payments are paid to employees by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer (DD/EFT).

Salary Range: $35,778.00 to $55,718.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0620-03/06

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: First consideration for this vacancy will be given to Current/Permanent VA Employees; Second consideration will be given to Veterans with preference; Third consideration will be given to all U.S. Citizens.

Control Number: 452691300

Job Announcement Number: VS-17-ML-1819843-BU