Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Practical Nurse (Acute Psychiatry) in Portland, Oregon

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
10 vacancies in the following location:
  • Portland, OR
Work Schedule is Intermittent - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Tuesday 5/17/2016 (160 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (68 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1703193**

OUR MISSION:To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – To care for those "who shall have borne the battle" and for their families and survivors – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's 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 and leadership positions 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

VA encourages personswith 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.

* The incumbent serves as a clinic patient advocate by answering patient inquiries and resolving patient concerns at a local level. He/she acts as patient advocate to assure appropriateness and quality...acts as a patient guide and advocate, assisting the patient in seeking information, assuring that the patient has the opportunity for informed consent for treatment decisions, and promoting our core *I CARE values: to act with Integrity and Commitment, to Advocate for Veterans, to show Respect to all, and to pursue Excellence.


The Licensed Vocational/Practical Nurse (LVN/LPN) is assigned to the Acute Psychiatry or Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP) and functions as a team member under the guidance of the Registered Nurse. He/She must be self-directed and able to function with minimal direction. Incumbent is responsible for completing clinical reminders and medication reconciliation, providing medical assistive care and administrative support when needed. Demonstrates flexibility in taking assignments and complete a comprehensive system of tasks that are specific to the unit. The incumbent must demonstrate the ability to observe, identify and respond to the patient's needs for nursing care, including, but not limited to medical administration, wound care treatments, EKG meter downloading, specimen collection, various urologic procedures, suture and staple removal, capillary blood glucose testing, equipment assisted care and be able to recognize deviations from normal. The LPN/LVN is also responsible for patient education and documentation. He/She performs age appropriate care, uses techniques to appropriately de-escalate disruptive patients.

Work Schedule:Intermittent schedule

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


  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may 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 accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) at the time the program was completed.
  • 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. Experience:

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; religious; 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: GS-03: None beyond the basic requirements.


(a) Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or (b) 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; or (c) Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration. (d) LPNs at the GS-4 grade level perform all duties expected of employees at the GS-3 grade level; however, they are expected to exercise greater judgment, require less supervision, and to operate in accordance with all established policies, procedure, and techniques.

GS-05: (a) Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent.

GS-06: (a) Completion of at least one (1) year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G13

*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.

Physical Requirements:The work requires some walking, standing, bending, carrying of light items such as papers, books, small parts, lifting patients, etc. No special physical demands are required to perform the work. Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your Member-4 DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or 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 Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.

We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

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

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

  • Public transit subsidy benefits are available and carpooling assistance is provided; however, single occupancy parking is limited on main Portland campus.

  • The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

Salary Range: $35,778.00 to $55,718.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0620-03/06

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens and Federal Employees

Control Number: 438729400

Job Announcement Number: VS-16ALL-1703193-OCA-BU