Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Vocational Nurse, (2K) External in Temple, Texas

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Temple, TX
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

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

** Closes Friday 11/4/2016 (14 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1820152

The 2K unit is a 24 bed Cardiac/Medical unit with telemetry capability.

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?

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting documents type(s):

  • Other (VA Form 10-2850c, Application for Associated Health Occupation), Available at the following*website:* :;=&Action;=Search

  • Resume

If you fail to submit the required documents, you will be considered ineligible for consideration

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) is one of the largest integrated health care systems in the Department of Veterans Affairs and included facilities in Temple, Waco, and Austin, TX. Community-Based Clinics are located in Brownwood, Cedar Park, Palestine, and Bryan-College Station. NO STATE TAXES!!!

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.

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for a student loan reimbursement award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). Please contact the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinators for this medical center at to obtain additional information.



Tour of Duty: Preference; Night Tours, 8 or 12 hours shifts, 7:30 pm to 8:00 am, or 11:30 pm - 8:00 am. Other Tours of Duty to include rotating tours to days to weekends, evening and night shifts. Primary schedules are 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, 3:30 pm - 12:00 am, and 11:30 pm - 8:00 am.

DUTIES:The LVN performs patient care duties under the direct supervision of the RN. He/she provides patient care which is appropriate to the cognitive, emotional, spiritual, chronological, recreational, and diversion needs of the adult (ages 17-59) or geriatric (ages 60+) patient. The LVN demonstrates knowledge of changes associated with aging and provides care based upon age related factors as specified in his/her competencies. Contributes to the interdisciplinary team in developing, implementing, and evaluating the patient's treatment plan. Promotes patient participation in the therapeutic community by fostering self-reliance and independence. This is a clinical role and functions will include providing assistance to medical, nursing and ancillary personnel with patient care and diagnostic or therapeutic tests and procedures. Performance of phlebotomy, lab specimen preparation and storage, obtaining and recording vital signs, body measurements, medication administration including vaccinations, narcotics and skin testing and monitoring of supplies. Responsible for providing care for patients with porta-caths, central lines, PICC lines, dressing changes, etc. The incumbent must demonstrate the ability to observe, identify and respond to the patient's needs for nursing care and to recognize deviations from normal. Performs assigned duties, treatments, or procedures in acceptable timeframes, following established policies and practices. The position requires an individual who is motivated and an excellent team player, with flexibility to assume other functions related to patient care on an as-needed basis within the clinic environment. Possesses excellent communication skills and is able to interview and effectively interact with Veteran's and their families. Demonstrates time management and organizational skills in the work day.

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.

  • Must be a graduate 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.

  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

  • Must have a full, current, active and unrestricted license 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.

  • Must pass a pre-employment examination if selected.

Preferred Experience:

  • Ability to perform in the role of charge nurse w/ the ability to communicate effectively while delegating tasks and overseeing other LVNs and CNAs

  • Astute prioritization skills

  • Critical thinking skills with ability to apply hands-on

  • Medication administration

  • At least 1 year of experience in rehabilitation, long-term care, hospice/palliative

  • Experience in computerized documentation and med administration

  • Current BLS

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:

GS-3: 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.

GS-4: 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.

LVNs 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, procedures, and techniques.

GS-5: Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent.

GS-6: Completion of at least 1 year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent, fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN/LVN.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS: Grades and salaries will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB).

References: VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G-13 Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard. 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: This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures.

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: $30,828.00 to $48,326.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0620-03/06

Promotion Potential: 6

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452730300

Job Announcement Number: AG3817010-Bbo-1820152-BU