Date:  Sep 8, 2023


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Requisition No: 793979 

Agency: Veterans Affairs


Position Number: 50326645 

Salary:  45,760.00 

Posting Closing Date: 10/01/2023 

Requisition 793979



Ardie R. Copas State Veterans’ Nursing Home

Port Saint Lucie, St. Lucie County

Non-Negotiable Annual Salary: $45,760.00

Paid Bi-Weekly

Position is Overtime Eligible!

Shifts Available:
7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (30-Minute Break)

3:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. (30-Minute Break)

11:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. (30-Minute Break)

All SLPN's working 2nd or 3rd shift will be eligible for $1.00/hr shift differential.

This position may include a sign-on bonus of $2,000.00, which will be paid out over a two-year period at 6-month intervals (restrictions apply).  Any employee leaving employment with the agency or moving to OPS prior to that timeframe will forfeit any additional bonus reimbursement.  There is no guarantee of payment unless you complete the term of employment. If you leave prior to completion of the term, you are owed nothing by the Agency, and the recoupment of any previously paid bonus amount will be at the Agency’s discretion.  Returning employees must have left the Department for a period of 12 months or more to be ‎eligible for the sign-on bonus. 


The Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs is an agency dedicated to serving those who served U.S.  We are seeking a motivated, dynamic individual to join our team. 

Excellent retirement package and optional deferred compensation plan. Health, vision, dental, disability, and other supplemental insurance available at reasonable premium rates. Paid vacation and sick leave. Nine (9) paid holidays and personal day. Tuition waiver available for State Universities and Community Colleges (up to 6 credits per semester). Education and employment history must be verifiable.  Please attach any credentials you claim (degrees, certifications, etc.) to your application.

**Other vacant positions/shifts may be filled from this advertisement within six (6) months of the closing date.**


The FDVA Nursing State Veterans’ Nursing Homes and Domiciliary are designated employment sites for the Nursing Student Loan Forgiveness Program.

  • From funds available, the program may make nursing education loan repayments of up to $4,000.00 per year, per nurse enrolled in the program, for a maximum of four years.
  • Payment is made at the end of each 12 month enrollment period and made directly to the participant’s lender.
  • Enrollment and payment of awards is based on available funds.



  • Must be willing and able to work weekends and holidays, as needed.
  • Must possess licensure as a Practical Nurse in the State of Florida.
  • Must have current CPR certification.
  • Knowledgeable in the use of Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Successful completion of the due diligence process, to include but not limited to, a Level II Background check and drug screen.



  • One (1) year of experience in long-term care / 120 bed skilled nursing facility, with a geriatric population.
  • One (1) year of experience providing practical nursing services.
  • Experience with Electronic Medical Records.



The incumbent is responsible for providing quality care to the veteran residents to ensure their health, safety and security in accordance with established agency Standard Operating Procedures and Nurse Practice Act. 

Perform assigned duties to include, but not limited to administration of medications and treatments per MD order, monitoring and providing interventions to meet the needs of the resident, completing accurate Clinical documentation reflective of resident’s current status and supervising CNA and other supportive caregiver.

Administer medications and perform treatments to assigned patients.  Complete documentation of needs and treatment as required by local, state, and federal requirements.  Assist team members in giving care to patients. 

Administer direct care using nursing skills and judgment as needed.  Evaluate and document the patient's condition and nursing needs. Set goals and prescribe appropriate nursing interventions to meet the physical, psychological, social rehabilitative and discharge planning.  Initiate and share in leadership of team conferences in development of individualized nursing care plans.  Assign nursing care to team members in accordance with the patients' needs and available staffing. Coordinate other duties as needed.

Direct and evaluate nursing care provided to patients.  Assist with orientation of new personnel. 

Coordinate nursing care of patients when scheduled for therapy or procedures by other departments/disciplines. 

Establish and maintain communications and utilize teaching opportunities with patients and other significant individuals.

Report pertinent observations and reactions regarding patients to the appropriate person (i.e. physician, head nurse, charge nurse, and/or nursing supervisor and appropriate family member). 

Record observations accurately and concisely.  Assist physicians with special tests and procedures within the scope of the Florida Nurse Practice Act.  Maintain the standards of nursing care and implement the policies and procedures of the facility and nursing department. 

Follow all local, state, and federal rules and regulations. Comply and perform within the scope of practice as defined by the Florida Nurse Practice Act.  Ensure economical utilization of supplies and ensure that equipment is maintained in a clean and safe manner. Assist with or institute emergency measures for sudden adverse developments in patients such as cardiac arrest. 

Participate in the maintenance of a clean and safe environment.

Actively participate in continuing educational programs for self-development and in overall quality improvement programs.

Perform other related duties, including special projects, as assigned.

This position is in the Career Service system.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Port Saint Lucie