Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Vocational Nurse/Licensed Practical Nurse (Trauma Recovery Program) in Menlo Park, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Menlo Park, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (6 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 11/2/2016 (14 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number: 1824300

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.

The VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) consists of three inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Livermore, plus seven outpatient clinics in San Jose, Fremont, Capitola, Monterey, Stockton, Modesto, and Sonora. These facilities provide some of the world's finest medical care and cutting-edge technology.

VAPAHCS is a teaching hospital with an affiliation with the Stanford University School of Medicine which provides a rich academic environment including medical training for physicians in virtually all specialties and subspecialties. Our Health Care System operates over 800 beds, including three nursing homes and a 100-bedhomeless domiciliary - all to serve more than 67,000 enrolled Veterans.

You can learn more about VAPAHCS by visiting:

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.


NOTE: Declining to be interviews, failure to respond/accept interview attempts, or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.


Work Schedule: 1st Shift 12:00am to 08:00am. Rotating schedules including weekends and holidays. NOTE: Shifts may vary depending on patient care needs.


The Licensed Vocational/Nurse Licensed Practical Nurse (LVN/LPN) of the Trauma Recovery Program is experienced and highly skilled. She/he practices in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team with direction by the RN on the unit. He/she is a valued participant of the multidisciplinary team. He/she may co-lead psycho educational groups on the unit. The Trauma Recovery Program is a 60-90 day residential rehab program with 50 beds. The LVN must be medically astute in caring for the needs of the patient with PTSD and complex medical issues.

The LVN facilitates meeting medical/psychiatric needs by coordinating with the medical and psychiatric providers to ensure that patients do not miss any groups or classes. The LVN also monitors patients' compliance with the self-medication policy and procedures. This position requires good time management skills, meaning the LVN will need to manage up to 23 patients, as well as many tasks simultaneously, including coordinating care from different medical clinics that patients may be referred to depending on their needs, and at the same time ensuring safety in the unit. Communication skills are essential as the LVN may act as a liaison to many other departments and disciplines. The LVN works independently on off-shifts and weekends and must contact the charge nurse for medical or psychiatric emergencies.

The major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Administers medication and conducts medication education with the Residents.

  • Promptly recognizes, evaluates, and reports urgent or emergent patient care situations and/or subtle changes in patient status as well as seeks assistance and guidance by informing RN or Medical Provider of changes in the patient's condition.

  • Makes sure each patient is aware of their appointments, helps with problem solving regarding timing, escort needs, transportation.

  • Clarifies prescription orders when dealing with Pharmacy and medications that are ordered as Self medications.

  • Takes breathalyzer, vital signs and urine samples for urine drug screen. Prepare urine samples and ensures orders are properly placed in the computer.

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.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

  • Education or Training. Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State Agency and/or accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN); OR Received health care education/training in the military service which is accepted by the licensing body in the jurisdiction in which the individual is licensed as qualified for full LPN/LVN licensure.

  • 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. [NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR CURRENT LICENSURE WITH THE APPLICATION PACKAGE]

  • Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

  • English Language Proficiency. 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).

Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:

GS-6 Licensed Vocational Nurse:

A) Experience:One (1) year of progressively responsible assignments and experience equivalent to the GS-5 level which demonstrates knowledge, skills, and abilities that are directly related to the specific assignment and fully meets all of the performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN/LVN.

In addition to meeting the basic requirements and grade determinations, applicant must demonstrate 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

References:VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G13 Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualifications Standard, dated April 10, 2003,

Preferred Criteria:

  • Current BLS provider card issued by American Heart Association (AHA) or Military Training Network (MTN).

  • Possess successful LVN/LPN practice experience in a psychiatric and/or substance abuse treatment setting.

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; 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.

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.

Drug Testing:All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a drug testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA. In addition, any offer of employment will be rescinded with a verified positive drug test. VA employees in drug testing designated positions are also subject to post appointment random drug testing.

Physical Requirements:This position requires walking, standing, and sitting for long periods of time. Incumbent will be climbing stairs, lifting up to 50 pounds, use dexterity of the hand and wrist and arm strength to perform dispensing of medication orders.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. 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.

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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: $50,721.00 to $65,936.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0620-06/06

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453234400

Job Announcement Number: VK-16-FO-1824300-BU