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Licensed Practical Nurse - Intermittent - Open Continuous
Overview
Locations
Anchorage, AK; Fairbanks, AK; Juneau, AK; Kenai, AK; Wasilla, AK
Summary
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 Alaska VA Healthcare System (AVAHS) is a Joint Commission accredited, complexity level 3 facility serving Veterans throughout Alaska. The parent facility is located in Anchorage, Alaska and is adjacent to the 673d Medical Group, Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson which is a VA/DoD Joint Venture Hospital. We manage four VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC), located in Fairbanks (358 miles north of Anchorage), Kenai (158 miles south of Anchorage), Wasilla (41 miles north of Anchorage) and Juneau (569 air miles from Anchorage). We manage a VA Outreach clinic located in Homer and served by staff from the Kenai VA CBOC We also manage a 50 bed Domiciliary for homeless veteran's located in downtown Anchorage. Anchorage is a mid-sized city of approximately 292,000, with all of the modern amenities expected, including shopping, dining, cultural opportunities, entertainment, and public transportation. Leave the traffic jams and commuter stress behind and enjoy the scenic mountains or Cook Inlet views as you travel around the area. Within 15-20 minutes you can be in the Alaska wilderness of the Chugach National and State Forests, with little evidence of civilization. Hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, boating, skiing, climbing, golf, tennis, recreational leagues and wildlife photography are all pursuits available in or near Anchorage. The University of Alaska Anchorage provides educational opportunities for continued personal education and growth.

Alaska has no state income tax and Anchorage has no sales tax.

Positions in Alaska receive a tax free Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) in addition to the base salary. The COLA for Anchorage is currently 4.22% and is subject to change in the future.

Duties

Practices as a Licensed Practical Nurse at the Alaska VA Healthcare System (AVAHS), in the Primary Care Clinic and provides outpatient primary care to patients who present with urgent/chronic medical conditions, change in mental status and/or functional decline.
Accurately collect data on patients.
Administer prescribed medications.
Document care accurately.
Demonstrate the ability to vary the order and sequence of assignments based on the patient's conditions.
Demonstrate knowledge, skill and ability to recognize and respond appropriately to emergency situations.
Demonstrates clinical competence in performing core and practice-specific competencies as listed on the skill/competency checklist.

Work Schedule: 5 days per week, not to exceed 8 hours per day between the hours of 6am to 6 pm, weekends included.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
Telework: This position has been determined to be not suitable for telework.
Bargaining Unit Status: AFGE
Functional Statement Title: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) GS-0620-4/5/6
Relocation Expenses have not been authorized for this recruitment effort.
Relocation Recruitment Incentives have not been authorized for this recruitment effort.


graph of estimated pay ranges
$40,927
$66,358
Job Details
Application Open Date
12/14/2017

Application Close Date
11/30/2018
Organization
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Who May Apply
United States Citizens

Status
Intermittent


  • More About VAOpen More About VA SectionClose More About VA Section
    • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

      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.

      United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

      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 or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

  • QualificationsOpen Qualifications SectionClose Qualifications Section
    • BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

      Citizenship: U.S. citizenship

      English language proficiency. (written and spoken)

      Education: Graduate of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State agency and/or accrediting agency and/or National League for Nursing at the time the program was completed by the applicant. Exceptions include: 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; 2) VHA employees who converted to appointments under 38 U.S.C. 7401(3) in implementation of P.L. 98-160 enacted November 21, 1983, and for VHA employees converted to appointments under 38 U.S.C. 7405 in implementation of P.L. 99-576, enacted October 28, 1986; 3) Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school.

      Licensure: Must possess and maintain a full, active, current and unrestricted license as a graduate/licensed practical or vocational nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States or District of Columbia.

      Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may
      be required.

      IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

      GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

      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 Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.
      GS-5 Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent.
      GS-6: Completion of at least one (1) additional year of qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent.

      References: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G13, LICENSED PRACTICAL OR VOCATIONAL NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated April 10, 2003.

      PLEASE NOTE: 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.

      Salary to be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.


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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 11/30/2018 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, https://my.usajobs.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.
  • Additional DetailsOpen Additional Details SectionClose Additional Details Section
    • Series: 0620-Practical Nurse
      Job Pay Type: Per Year
      Job Openings:
      Job Position: DE-10099819-18-VD

      Practices as a Licensed Practical Nurse at the Alaska VA Healthcare System (AVAHS), in the Primary Care Clinic and provides outpatient primary care to patients who present with urgent/chronic medical conditions, change in mental status and/or functional decline.
      Accurately collect data on patients.
      Administer prescribed medications.
      Document care accurately.
      Demonstrate the ability to vary the order and sequence of assignments based on the patient's conditions.
      Demonstrate knowledge, skill and ability to recognize and respond appropriately to emergency situations.
      Demonstrates clinical competence in performing core and practice-specific competencies as listed on the skill/competency checklist.

      Work Schedule: 5 days per week, not to exceed 8 hours per day between the hours of 6am to 6 pm, weekends included.
      Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
      Telework: This position has been determined to be not suitable for telework.
      Bargaining Unit Status: AFGE
      Functional Statement Title: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) GS-0620-4/5/6
      Relocation Expenses have not been authorized for this recruitment effort.
      Relocation Recruitment Incentives have not been authorized for this recruitment effort.