Practical Nurse

Department of Defense Charleston, SC
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

You will serve as a PRACTICAL NURSE in the Primary Care Clinic of NAVHEALTHCLINIC CHARLESTON SC.

This announcement is being used to recruit qualified individuals, under the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Direct Hire Authority, authorized by 5 United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 3304 and 5 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 337, Subpart B. The Rule of Three, Veteran's Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to the Direct Hire process.

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* You will direct patients to the pharmacy, laboratory, x-ray, and other areas for continued health service.

* You will collect or assit in the collecting and labeling of specimens using established processes and procedures.

* You will perform a range of treatments (e.g., sterile dressing, sterile gauze application of appropriate solutions to remove and neutralize chemical contaminants from the skin, application of topical medications) to treat patients with injuries.

* You will administer medications orally and by subcutaneous, intradermal, and intramuscular injections according to orders of the physician for patient treatment.

* You will assist providers during a variety of clinical examinations or procedures, including incision and drainage and various other procedures to support medical efforts.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

0620 Practical Nurse

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* Must be a US Citizen.

* Must be determined suitable for federal employment.

* Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.

* New employees to the Department of the Navy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit

* Selectee must obtain and maintain a current practical or vocational nurse license.

* Selectee must obtain and maintain a current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.

* Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.

* You will be required to successfully complete a pre-appointment physical examination.

* You will be required to obtain and maintain an interim and/or final security clearance prior to entrance on duty. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal.

* Successful completion of a pre-employment drug test (including marijuana) is required. A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if you fail to report to the drug test appointment or pass the test. You will be subject to random testing.


In addition to the Basic Requirements for this position, your resume must also demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-05 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

* Experience utilizing nursing principles, procedures, and their application in the primary care setting in order to initiate appropriate action during routine and acute medical situations;

* Experience identifying normal and abnormal results and initiating a variety of emergency procedures in order to report abnormalities and provide prompt effective care during routine and emergency situations;

* Experience utilizing the Composite Health Care System (CHCS) or similar computer systems and;

* Experience applying knowledge of routine clerical tasks, specific medical terminology, and record keeping and clinical skill sufficient to document in logs, prepare summary of test results, workload reports and to chart patient care and responses to care.

Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management website:


Currently licensed to practice as practical or vocational nurses in a State or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia or must have applied for a license to practice. Applications of candidates possessing a license must be accompanied by a certified or photostatic copy of the license, a notarized statement attesting to the fact, or a citation of the license number and State issuing it. Non-licensed candidates who have completed their training may be appointed subject to obtaining the required license during the probationary period. Those not licensed must furnish the date on which they applied for a license and the jurisdiction involved. No person appointed pending licensure may be retained beyond the probationary period if licensure has not been attained.

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