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Licensed Practical Nurse (Community Livivng Center)

VA Medical Center

Vancouver, WA
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This position is located at the VA Portland Health Care System Vancouver, WA Campus. The Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse (LPN/LVN), functioning in the Community Living Center demonstrates the ability to 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. Incumbent is an integral member of the CLC interdisciplinary care team, with span of services including acute rehabilitation, skilled care, hospice and palliative care, respite and long term care. As a member of the interdisciplinary care team, is self-directed in delivering individualized care to adult and elderly patients under the direction of the Registered Nurse (RN). The incumbent performs a variety of routine and complex patient care procedures based on the work assignment and the needs of the nursing unit to which assigned.

WORK SCHEDULE: Various, Rotating weekends; 6:00 am - 2:30 pm, 2:00 pm - 10:30 pm, 10:00 pm - 6:30 am



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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Who May Apply




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    • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

      Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

      It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

      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.

      Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

      If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

  • QualificationsOpen Qualifications SectionClose Qualifications Section

      • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
      • Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State agency and/or accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) at the time the program was completed by the applicant.
      • Hold a 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.
      • Proficient in both written and spoken English.
      • Long Term Care
      • Ventilator experience

      GS-03: Experience - None beyond the basic requirements.

      GS-04: Experience - Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN;


      Graduation from an approved school (which may be waived as provided in paragraph 4 of Section C) 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;


      Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.

      GS-05: Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent. Experience includes the ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems; 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; skill to prepare, administer and appropriately document actions taken specific to commonly prescribed oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular, and/or intravenous medication; ability to recognize the need for and to institute emergency measures when indicated; recognize and appropriately respond to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies; and complete work under the general supervision of an RN or MD/DO.

      GS-06: Completion of at least one (1) year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent. Experience includes technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient population; ability to appropriately carry out assigned patient care based on the patients' condition; ability to observe, identify and respond to the patient's needs for medication, equipment-assisted care; prepare and administer prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous) and perform treatments; ability to recognize urgent or emergent patient care situations, seek assistance and initiate appropriate emergency interventions; understand human behavior, patient motivations and reactions to situations; establish constructive relationships with patients and families to elicit feelings and attitudes, and to promote positive relationships, communication and socialization skills; skill in performing support duties for complex diagnostic tests and/or specialized practices or procedures, which includes 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.

      REFERENCE: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G13. This can be found in the local VA Human Resources Office.

      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: The work may require extensive walking, standing, lifting, stretching, bending and kneeling in the care of patients. Using body mechanics is able to lift 45-60 pounds and heavier weights, using assistive devices. There is a recurring need to interact with patients demonstrating unpredictable behavior.

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  • How To ApplyOpen How To Apply SectionClose How To Apply Section

    • All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 05/15/2018 to receive consideration.

      1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
      2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

      NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

      To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

  • Additional DetailsOpen Additional Details SectionClose Additional Details Section

    • Series: 0620-Practical Nurse

      Job Pay Type: Per Year

      Job Openings:

      Job Position: CBCA-10195524-18-TL


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 The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has one of the most diverse, challenging, and rewarding missions in the United States Government. We strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans and their families today and in the future.

VA manages one of the largest health care systems in the world and the nation's leading employer of registered nurses. Nurses in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) are engaged in a variety of roles and have multiple opportunities for career and professional development. The VHA provides veterans and their dependents with many other services such as benefits and education, and also provides burial benefits.

Our goal is to provide excellence in patient care, veterans' benefits and customer satisfaction. We can provide you with challenging, interesting, meaningful work to care for the veterans who have risked their lives to protect our freedom.

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