Veteran Health Administration LVN - Plano Outpatient Clinic in Plano, Texas

Announcement Number: AH-16-CLH-1789489-BU

Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Position Info: Full Time

Location(s): Plano, TX

Open Period: 2016-08-29 to 2016-09-19

OverviewWho May Apply

Current VANTHCS Employees Only

Appointment Duration

Agency Employees Only

Job Status

Full Time

Agency Marketing Statement

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1789489

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?

Job Summary

VA North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS) is the second largest and most complex VA system in the nation, comprised of the Dallas VA Medical Center, Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center in Bonham, Fort Worth Outpatient Clinic and Tyler VA Primary Care Clinic. VANTHCS includes six Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) locations as well as an annex clinic located three miles from Dallas VAMC. A Fisher House is located on campus at Dallas VAMC. VANTHCS is an integrated health care system with approximately 5,000 employees and over 1,600 volunteers and clinical trainees. Through these four facilities and relationships with other agencies, VANTHCS offers health care services to approximately 500,000 veterans.

The recent added Plano VA Outpatient Clinic is expected to open in August 2016 and will offer primary care, mental health, telemedicine, laboratory, and x-ray services to approximately 6,000 veterans annually living within 15 miles of the clinic.

These vacancies are advertised at the range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard. 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 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 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.

Key Requirements

  • Must pass pre-employment examination.

  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.

  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required

DutiesMajor Duties

NTX is excited to announce the opening of our new ambulatory Clinic in Plano, Texas.

VHA provides patient centered care, delivered by engaged, collaborative teams in an integrated environment that supports learning and continuous improvement. The Veteran's experience and health outcomes are improved with an emphasis on prevention through healing relationships in an optimal healing environment.¿We are seeking new team members interested in working in this environment. We are looking for team members that possess high energy, a strong work ethic, integrity, who are kind and empathetic, have a sense of humor, and who enjoy working for a collaborative, team-oriented system. The team member must be willing to build customer confidence by presenting themselves in a caring, helpful, attentive, and professional manner.We invite you to apply to become part of a team of energetic, open-minded, and positive professionals engaged in shifting health care from problem-focused health care—to personalized, proactive, and patient-driven Whole Health Care.As part of this team, you will contribute to positive organizational change, improve patient health outcomes, and create a positive healthcare experience for patients, families, and caregivers.

Final candidates may be subject to one or more interviews with hiring managers and a panel of interviewers, in one or more of the following formats: phone, face-to-face at a VA North Texas Health Care System facility, Skype, FaceTime, or V-Tel arranged at the VA nearest the applicants current location.

All Selected staff will be trained and work in Dallas Campus until Plano Clinic is officially opened.

There is a position in the Ambulatory Care nursing for PACT Clinic experienced LVNs.

The following is a list of required skills and characteristics considered essential assignment attributes:

·Completion of LVN degree from a state accredited school of nursing.

·A minimum of 2 years of current PACT ambulatory Care experience is experience required.

·Phlebotomy experience is a must.

·Experience in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

·Effective oral and written communication skills.

·Ability to provide accurate physical, mental, and preventive health data collection skills.

·Demonstrates self-direction and flexibility in managing assignments.

·Must be effective in providing educational instructions to patients and others.

·Demonstrates effective interpersonal skills when dealing with patients, families, all staff, and management at a professional level.

·Knowledge of and proficiency in keyboarding and basic computer operations.

·Flexibility in assignment scheduling. This may include floating to other clinics, working Saturdays, some holidays, and flexible tours of duty (early/late hours).

·Able to perform phlebotomy

Must have the physical capability to initiate crisis intervention measures and the ability and willingness to accomplish satisfactory training and performance in nursing care emergencies.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, scheduled shifts with flexible rotating ours to meet the needs of the clinic.

Duty Location: Plano Campus - CBOC

Recruitment/Relocation is not authorized.

Qualifications And EvaluationQualifications


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

· 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 Sate 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).

Preferred Experience: Two years of recent nursing experience is preferred, including experience with wound care and rehab patients.

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.


GS-3: None beyond the basic requirements. LPNs at this grade level are expected to perform all duties within the scope of their license (e.g., medication administration); however, completed work may require routine or detailed higher level review depending upon the complexity of the duties involved.

GS-4: Employees may be appointed at or advanced to GS-4 if they meet any of the criteria below: (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.

GS-5: Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent.

GS-6: Completion of at least 1 year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent , fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN/LVN. Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations.


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: The work requires regular walking throughout the 10,000 sq. ft. Outpatient Clinic to facilitate patient care, meeting, training, and other administrative tasks as may be required. This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking (8 Hours), standing (8 Hours), repeated stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, lifting & carrying (15-45 pounds) and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.


References:VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G13, LICENSED PRACTICAL OR VOCATIONAL NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated April 2003, (

In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE: Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and step of the applicant selected.

NOTE: 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.

How To Apply InformationHow To Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

Individuals interested in applying can find out more about Patient Centered Care at the official Veterans Health Administration, Office of Patient Centered Care & Cultural Transformation website:

To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, September 19, 2016 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 USAJOBS 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 USAJOBS account,, 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 USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Required Documents

Current VANTHCS employees must submit the following documents

  1. Resume (required)

  2. VA Form 10-2850c -Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at and must be completed, signed in ink and dated).

  3. Copy of unofficial college transcripts (required)

  4. Copy of nursing license showing current expiration date (required)

  5. Copy of your latest SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) required

  6. Any other supporting documentation if desired

  7. Occupational Questionnaire (only required if unable to apply on line)

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1789489.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

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.

Final candidates may be subject to one or more interviews with hiring managers and a panel of interviewers, in one or more of the following formats: Telephone, face-to-face at a VA North Texas Health Care System facility, Skype, FaceTime, or V-Tel arranged at the VA nearest the applicants current location. The VA will fund the cost of travel and lodging if required, for final candidates residing outside the immediate area.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information." Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

Benefits And Other InformationBenefits

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

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.

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.