Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Practical Nurse - Rehabilitation and Transitional Care in Tucson, Arizona

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Few vacancies in the following location:
  • Tucson, AZ
Work Schedule is Full Time - Multiple Appointment Types

Opened Thursday 4/21/2016 (183 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (70 day(s) away)

Job Overview


*Please read this entire announcement before applying online!*

*Vacancy ID: 1682457*

*Note: If you are a VA employee, apply to Vacancy Announcement: PM-16-MEK-1682456-BU, Licensed Practical Nurse, Rehabilitation & Transitional Care Line.*

This announcement is opened until the position is filled. Applicants will be referred to the selection staff every 2 weeks, as needed.

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 off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to .

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System honors America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well being.

  • Proficient in taking vital signs, recognizing, and reporting abnormalities.
  • Experience with dressing changes.
  • Administers medication (oral, subcutaneous, intramuscular) as scheduled.
  • Considers cognitive, physical, emotional, and chronological maturation of adult and geriatric patients' needs in providing patient care.
  • Provides hygienic care needs /assistance with activities of daily living.
  • Assists the patient to direct energies constructively through encouraging participation in self care, unit, and group activities.
  • Provides quality, personalized, timely health care in an accessible and convenient manner for the patients and guests.
  • Uses proper lift/transfer equipment that is appropriate for safe transfers to protect the patient and the staff.
  • Recognizes that illness and/or hospitalization may cause fear and anxieties, which the patient may express in a variety of behaviors.
  • Capable of responding to unusual situations; recognizes when to seek guidance from team leader.
  • Sensitive to special needs related to end-of-life and palliative care issues.
  • Provides patient and family education and emotional support.
  • Flexible--able to change priorities according to patient and team needs.
  • Demonstrates ability to maintain self-control in stressful and emergency situations.
  • Hours: Various shifts - days, evenings, nights with rotation

  • Functional Statements: GS-0620-04, GS-0620-05, GS-0620-06

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must be a graduate of a school of practical/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) Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school.
  • Must have a current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a graduate practical/vocational nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia. In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.
  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6.

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

Physical Requirements: Satisfactory physical examination as determined by the Employee Health Unit upon appointment only. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019 ( Functional requirements include light lifting under 15 lbs, light carrying 15-44 lbs, walking and standing and standing for up to 8 hours, use of rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, ability to read type written characters (glasses permitted), ability to hear the whispered voice (hearing aid permitted), repeated bending for up to 8 hours, etc.

References : *VA Handbook 5005/3 Part II Appendix G13 ( *available in the local Human Resources Office.

*Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's web site at *

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.

After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.


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

Other Information

This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

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

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.

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Salary Range: $36,002.00 to $52,504.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0620-03/06

Promotion Potential: 06

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 436777000

Job Announcement Number: PM-16-MEK-1682457-BU