The incumbent practices as a LPN in Social & Behavioral Health Service (S&BHS). The clinic provides outpatient mental health, social work and addictions treatment to patients who present with urgent /chronic psychosocial conditions, change in mental status and/or functional decline.

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  • Accurately collects data on patients.
  • Administers prescribed medications.
  • Documents care accurately.
  • Demonstrates the ability to vary the order and sequence of assignments based on the patient’s condition.
  • Demonstrates 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 skills/competency checklist.

Patient Care:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability to appropriately perform patient care based on patient’s condition(s) and needs.
  • Accurately identify, report, and record relevant patient care information within the guidelines for established standard of care.
  • Under minimal supervision, plan and carry out assigned tasks following VHA directives and local policies.
  • Provide patient and family education regarding mental health condition(s), care, tests, medications, and general health maintenance.
  • Observes and appropriately responds to subtle changes in patient behavior to include providing emotional support and interventions to maximize patient outcomes.
  • Complete clinical reminders due during each patient visit.
  • Complete assigned TMS training related to Suicide Prevention to improve ability to recognize suicidal or homicidal ideation and seek appropriate help.
  • Identify every Veteran with at least 2 identifiers.
  • Follow the 5 rights of patient medication administration.
  • Prepare and administer medications in accordance with VHA directives and AVAHRSO policies.
  • Monitor for medication side-effects and take appropriate action.
  • Conduct a medication reconciliation using the most recent medication list. Review each medication with the Veteran/caregiver including any non-VA medications. Notate and changes.

Customer Service:

  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of professional interpersonal relationships, ability to establish rapport, and an understanding of human behaviors and motivations.
  • Promote Veteran trust by accurately documenting message and routing them appropriately.
  • Recognize the importance of teamwork, cooperation, and volunteer to help other team members as appropriate.
  • Communicate aptly and courteously with all internal and external customers.
  • Use appropriate channels of communication. 6. Participate in SBHS quality improvement initiatives.
  • Attend and participate in the monthly SBHS Staff Meetings.
  • Use active listening and therapeutic communication with Veterans, their families, and caregivers.
  • Promptly answer phone calls and routinely check voice mail throughout the day.
  • Coordinate Veteran follow-up appointments with SBHS scheduling staff.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8AM – 4:30PM

Telework: Not Available

Virtual: This is not a virtual position

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required



Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job.
  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a 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 VA.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Subject to background/security investigation.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP).
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) – See “Additional Information” below for details.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

Basic Requirements:

  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

  • Education: Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State agency and/or accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) at the time the program was completed by the applicant.
    • Transcripts must be submitted at time of application. Conferral of degree(s) must be stated on transcript(s). Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
    • Exceptions include:
      • Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school.
      • 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 as meeting the education requirements for VHA employment.
  • Licensure: Full, active, current and unrestricted licensure as a licensed practical or vocational nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or District of Columbia.

  • English Language Proficiency: Licensed practical or vocational nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in both spoken and written English.

May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).

Grade Determinations:


None beyond the basic requirements.


Candidates may be appointed at or advanced to GS-4 if they meet any of the following criteria:

  • Six months of qualifying experience as LPN/LVN; OR
  • 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.


  • Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent.
  • Employees assigned to this position must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
    • Demonstrated knowledge/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/MD/DO to appropriately orient/train less experienced LPNs/LVNs and/or NAs/HTs in relation to acceptable standards of practice in promoting optimal patient care delivery. Provides education to patients/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/skill sufficient to prepare, administer, and document actions taken specific to prescribed oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular, and/or intravenous medications as permitted by approved local facility policies and procedures. Observation/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/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/responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action.


  • 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.
  • Employees assigned to this position must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
    • Proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations. Knowledge/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 patient information.
    • Ability to observe/identify/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/considers emotional , cultural, spiritual, socio-economic, and age-related factors.
    • Prepares/administers medications and performs treatments according to established policies/procedures. Observes for physical and/or emotional changes in patient’s condition from prescribed medications/treatments, documenting noted changes, and reporting any changes from normal to RN or MD/DO.
    • Knowledge/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/understanding of human behavior, patient motivations and reactions to situations, and ability to utilize this knowledge in working with patients, family members, and other staff.
    • Establishes 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. Incorporates knowledge and understanding of customer service standards in all interactions with patients, family members, and/or other internal/external customers.
    • Knowledge/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 educating and training less experienced LPNs/LVNs/NAs/HTs.
    • Seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge gained with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice.

Preferred Experience: One year mental health experience


The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-03 to GS-06.

Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; Pulling hand over hand, 4 hours; Pushing, 2 hours; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking, 4 hours; Standing, 3 hours; Kneeling, .5 hours; Repeated bending, 1 hours; Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Both eyes required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid may be permitted);


A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional information

Receiving Service Credit or 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. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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

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

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.

Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.

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.

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Anchorage VA Medical Center

1201 North Muldoon Road

Anchorage, AK 99504