1-3 years of experience
Concerned about your lack of experience? Learn More...
Employment Type:
Full time
Job Category:
Health Care Provider
Licensed Practical Nurse - Primary Care Clinic...
(This job is no longer available)
USAJOBS | Columbia, SC
Grad Date

Not sure what types of jobs you are interested in?

Explore Jobs
Based on Your Education

Follow This Company

Job Description


Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* 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.

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.


Basic Requirements:

Citizenship. 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. 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: Previous acute care and ambulatory care nursing experience, especially with Patient Aligned Care Teams or Medical Home Clinics.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, includingvolunteer 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 criticalcompetencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training andexperience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifyingexperience, including volunteer 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-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. 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. (f) 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. (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. Fosters an environment of

respect for individual patient and family rights to privacy and dignity in all aspects of care delivery.

i) Knowledgeand skill in performing support duties for complex diagnostic tests and/orspecialized practices or procedures, which include preparing the patient,assisting in the diagnostic examination, preparing and handling specializedinstruments or other specialized equipment, and monitoring the patient'scondition before, during, and following the procedure. Serves as a preceptor in orienting,educating, and training less experienced LPNs/LVNs or NAs/HTs related tosupport duties for these more complex, specialized tests/procedures.

(j) Actively seeks out educational opportunitiesto enhance nursing knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge gained withother staff to improve and advance nursing practice.

References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G13, Licenses 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: http://ope.ed.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.

Additional 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.

Read more

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


Your application, résumé 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 recommend the grade and salary for new appointments.

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. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-

review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments. For internal selectees being

promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

Read more

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance