• Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
  • $40,390.00 -50,980.00/year*
  • Columbia, SC
  • Healthcare - Nursing
  • Full-Time
  • 1111 Gervais St

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Licensed Practical Nurse Community Living Center
##### Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
- ##### Open & closing dates
01/01/2019 to 12/31/2019
- ##### Service
- ##### Pay scale & grade
GS 00
- ##### Salary
$29,267 to $53,263 per year
- ##### Appointment type
- ##### Work schedule
Many vacancies in the following location:
Columbia, SC
##### Relocation expenses reimbursed
##### Telework eligible
- Duties
### Summary
Come join our team at the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Health Care
System in Columbia, South Carolina. Columbia is the geographic
center of South Carolina, with easy access to beach resorts (two
hours east). Columbia boasts a nationally acclaimed library system,
highly rated schools, and many outstanding golf courses. Big time
college sports abound with two major schools - the University of
South Carolina, and the Southeastern Conference and Clemson
Learn more about this agency
### Responsibilities
The Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Health Care System is recruiting for
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) for the Community Living Center
(CLC), Acute Service. The LPN is responsible for observing,
recording and reporting changes in the patient's condition, as well
as assisting in the development and revision of the patient-driven
holistic care plan. The LPN requires a general review of their work
by an RN for appropriateness and conformity with license, policies
and procedures. The LPN demonstrates active collaboration and
communication with Patient Aligned Care Teamlet (Patient, Primary
Care Provider, RN Care Manager and Administrative Associate) and
Larger Team (family/caregiver, internal and community based services
and disciplines involved in providing care to the patient). Performs
other related duties as required by Nurse Manager.
**Work Schedule:** Rotating shifts to include nights, weekends and
holidays. Tour of duty is subject to change depending on agency
**Financial Disclosure Report:** Not Required
**Functional Statement:** 544-01252-A, 01251-A, 01250-A, 01249-A
### Travel Required
Not required
##### Supervisory status
##### Promotion Potential
- #### Job family (Series)
0620 Practical Nurse
#### Similar jobs
- Licensed Practical And Licensed Vocational Nurses
- Licensed Practical Nurses
- Licenses Vocational Nurses
- Lpns
- Lvns
- Nurses, Licensed Practical
- Requirements
### Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
onboarding process
### Qualifications
**Basic Requirements**:
- **United States Citizenship:** Non-citizens may only 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. 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 web
site. Exceptions include: o 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.o VHA employees who were converted to appointments
under 38 U.S.C. 7401(3) in implementation of Public Law 98-160,
enacted November 21, 1983, and for VHA employees converted to
appointments under 38 U.S.C. 7405 in implementation of Public
Law 99-576, enacted October 28, 1986; and for their future
personnel actions under this authority. The waiver will not
apply to persons appointed under 38 U.S.C. 7401(3) or 7405 after
these conversions.o Individuals granted a license by a
jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved
school. See paragraph 4, section C.
- **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.
- **English Language Proficiency:** Licensed practical or
vocational nurses appointed to direct patient care positions
must be proficient in both spoken and written English.
**Preferred Experience:** At least 2 years LPN experience.
**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.
**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.** (a) Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN;
OR (b) 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 (c) Graduation from an
approved school of at least 24 months duration.
**GS-5.** (a) Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience
at the GS-4 level or equivalent. (b) 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 and/or MD/DO to appropriately orient/train less
experienced LPNs/LVNs and/or Nursing Assistants (NAs)/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. (c) 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. (d) 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 or
MD/DO. (e) Knowledge and ability to recognize the need for and to
institute emergency measures when indicated, promptly seek the
assistance of the RN or MD/DO, and assist in resuscitation
procedures in cardiac and/or pulmonary arrest. (f) Recognizes and
appropriately responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment,
safety hazards, and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to
appropriate personnel for corrective action. (g) Completed work is
under the general supervision of an RN or MD/DO. Individuals at this
grade level are expected to have a broad working knowledge of
practical nursing procedures. However, completion of more complex
practices or procedures may be subject to closer higher-level
**GS-6.** (a) Completion of at least one (1) year of additional
qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent, fully meeting
all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN/LVN. (b) Technically
proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties
in providing care to variable patient populations. (c) 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. (d) 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. (e) Prepares and administers prescribed
medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or
intravenous) and performs treatments according to established
policies/procedures. (f) Knowledge and ability to recognize urgent
or emergent patient care situations, (g) 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. (h)
Establishes constructive relationships with individual patients and
their families to elicit feelings and attitudes, and to promote
positive relationships, communication and socialization skills.
**References:** VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part
II, Appendix G13, Licenses Practical or Vocational Nurse
Qualification Standard.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06. The actual
grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in
the range of GS-03 to GS-06.
**Physical Requirements:** Position requires standing up to 4 hours,
walking up to 4 hours, bending/stooping up to 2 hours, heavy
lifting/carrying (45 pounds and over) and transferring in
administration of patient care. In addition, the incumbent must be
emotionally stable and adjust to different types of personalities,
demonstrating cheerfulness, compassion, courtesy and concern. He/she
must be quick and dependable in taking emergency action as directed
and use initiative in preventing accidents
### Education
**IMPORTANT:** A transcript must be submitted with your application
if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
**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:
d.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit:
### Additional information
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional
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.
### How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the
qualifications above.
application, r sum , C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be
verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or
omissions may affect consideration for employment.
**NOTE:** The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group)
will review the selected candidate's education and experience and
recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be
placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board
will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with
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.
### Background checks and security clearance
##### Security clearance
##### Drug test required
- Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application
Package which includes:
1. VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations
can be found at:
**This is a required form and must be submitted. Applicants who fail
to submit will be rated ineligible for consideration. Additionally,
applicants who fail to provide a complete and detailed explanation
in response to any question (28-37) in which your answer is \"Yes\"
will also be rated ineligible for consideration. This response
should be provided on a separate sheet of paper as instructed on the
2. CV or Resume (please ensure that you include the month and year
for each period of employment). If Federal employment, please
include the grade level of the position.
3. Copy of latest non-award SF-50 -Notification of Personnel Action
(that shows title, tenure, grade, series). **Applicants will be
rated ineligible if not submitted and/or an award SF-50 is
4. Copy of licensure.
5. Copy of transcripts (unofficial are sufficient, but must document
that degree was awarded).
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if
applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this
position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all
documents required for your application, such as a copy of your
transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation
to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for
displaced Federal employees).
- Cover Letter
- VA Form 10-2850c
- Resume
- SF-50
- Transcript
**Veterans' Preference:** When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible
Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or
for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must
provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and
character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are
currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or
discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to
your active duty service which reflects the dates of service,
character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of
impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others
eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of
eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 \"Application for 10
Point Veteran Preference\" with required proof as stated on the form.
Documentation is required to award preference. For more information
on Veterans' Preference, please visit
#### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the
attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting
institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this
vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may
affect the overall rating.
- Benefits
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a
comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your
family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to
make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal
Review our benefits
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold
and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent.
Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific
benefits offered.
- How to Apply
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
12/31/2019 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, sajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.
**NOTE**: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a
condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of
Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals
who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where
patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as
part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to,
VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers
(CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary
units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA
licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and
unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee
basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers,
and trainees who work at these facilities. HCP that are unable to
receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a
face mask throughout the influenza season.
### Agency contact information
### Keewanda Smith
##### Phone
803-###-#### X6562
##### Email
##### Address
Wm Jennings Bryan Dorn Department of Veterans Affairs Medical
6439 Garners Ferry Road
Columbia, SC 29209
Learn more about this agency
### Next steps
Once your online application is submitted you will receive a
confirmation notification by email. 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. After the review
is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will
be notified of their status by email. 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.
You may check the status of your application at any time by logging
into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information
regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help
- Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent.
Please read the following guidance.
### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on
the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and
gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual
orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age,
membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental
status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job
### Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants
with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable
accommodation for any part of the application process should follow
the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part
of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the
hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable
accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work
environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an
individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties
or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide
reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an
equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform
the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive
equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and
office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the
application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are
considered on a case-by-case basis.
Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations
or how to contact an agency.
#### Legal and regulatory guidance
- Financial suitability
- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to
apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/520600800. Only resumes
submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed
at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
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