Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) - Freeport Clinic in Freeport, Illinois

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Freeport, IL
Work Schedule is Part Time 40 hours - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (10 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 11/3/2016 (10 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1825048

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?

The William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, WI ( is an 87-bed acute care facility which provides tertiary medical, surgical, neurological, and psychiatric care, and a full range of outpatient services. This facility serves 130,000 Veterans who live in 15 counties in south-central Wisconsin and in five counties in northwestern Illinois. The Madison VAMC is also the specialty care referral center for an additional 57,000 Veterans who reside in the Tomah VAMC primary service area, is affiliated with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and is physically connected to the University of Wisconsin Clinical Science Center which includes the UW Hospitals and Clinics, and supports a Vet Center in Madison.

Madison VAMC is responsible for community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) at Janesville, Baraboo, Beaver Dam, WI, and Rockford and Freeport, IL and a primary care annex at Madison West Clinic, and is one of seven facilities that comprise Veterans Integrated Services Network 12 (VISN12) which is administratively headquartered at Hines, IL, and includes facilities in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan. This position is located at the Freeport Community Based Outpatient Clinic.

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.


Major Duties:

  • Demonstrates concentrated effort, self-direction, and sound practical nurse judgment in planning and providing nursing care and assistance for complex, specialized patients.

  • Performs venipuncture and processing of specimens after specific training.

  • Performs complex nursing procedures, examples being ostomy care and unna boot re-applications.

  • Initiates procedure preparation, adapting them to the patient's physical and emotional needs before, during, and after procedures, observing and managing therapeutic or possible complications resulting from the procedure.

  • Initiates measurement of and documents patient data including vital signs, pain, weights and clinical reminders.

  • Provides safe administration of medications in accordance with Medical Centers and Nursing Service policy and monitors the side effects on the patient. Continues to keep updated on new medications. Instructs patients and/or families in proper/safe administration of medications.

  • Responds promptly to Ambulatory Care call lights and emergency situations.

  • Monitors and implements infection control measures.

  • Initiates protective and safety measures including recognition of patients exhibiting signs of confusion, sedation, and/or behaviors which are potentially dangerous to self and others.

  • Exhibits knowledge and sound judgment in varying the sequence and order of performing treatments and procedures as indicated by the patient condition, nursing care plan and/or physician orders.

  • Exhibits willingness to accept additional responsibility with learning and implementing advances in nursing practice.

  • Charts in the patient's medical record observations of patient's physical and emotional status as well as responses to procedures performed and treatment rendered.

  • Serves as a role model for other staff, assists with unit orientation of new employees, participates on Nursing Service committee(s), and demonstrates constructive problem solving skills.

Work Schedule:

.5 FTEE (Part time)

Monday through Friday, day shift. May include some evenings, weekends and holidays.

Functional Statement Title/#: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

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.


  • Must possess a current, full, active and unrestricted licensure as a licensed practical nurse or vocational nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or District of Columbia. This is required in order to hold a position as a Licensed Practical Nurse with the Federal Government.

  • Must be a graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing that was approved by the appropriate State agency and/or accredited by the National League for Nursing (Accrediting Commission, NLNAC) at the time you completed the program.

  • Must be proficient in both spoken and written English. Licensed practical or vocational nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in both spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402 (d), and 7407 (d).

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

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:

In addition to the Basic Requirements you must meet one of the following grade requirements:

GS-3: None beyond the Basic Requirements.

GS-4: Must have completed at least (6) six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN.


GS-4:Must have graduated from an approved school and have (1) 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.


GS-4: Must have graduated from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.

GS-5: Must have completed at least (1) one year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent that has included:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Recognizes and appropriately responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action.

  • 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 review.

GS-6: Must have completed at least (1) one year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent and fully meets all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN and demonstrates the following:

  • Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.Effectively incorporates knowledge and understanding of established customer service standards in all interactions with patients, family members, and/or other internal/external customers.

  • Knowledge and skill in performing support duties for complex diagnostic tests and/or specialized practices or procedures, which include 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.Serves as a preceptor in orienting, educating, and training less experienced LPNs/LVNs or NAs/HTs related to support duties for these more complex, specialized tests/procedures.

  • Actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge gained with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice.

References:VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G13. 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:

Walking, bending, stooping, and some lifting in the direct care of patients. There may also be extended periods of sitting.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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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. 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.

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: $31,507.00 to $49,333.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0620-03/06

Promotion Potential: 06

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453352700

Job Announcement Number: MA-17-KC-1825048-BU