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     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?

    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:  http://www.paloalto.va.gov/about/

    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 interviewed, 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.***

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    Work Schedule: Varies depending on patient care needs


    The Nursing VA Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) Program designed to attract outstanding US citizen students who have completed the final semester/quarter of the junior year from an accredited baccalaureate nursing program approved by one of the following accredited bodies: Accredited Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The VALOR participant is a student nurse who delivers safe care to assigned clients while developing the technical competencies required for the assigned area under the direct supervision of a BSN- RN preceptor and coordination of the on- site VALOR program Coordinator. The practice of each VALOR student is based on skill, experience, evidence and research and has a direct and indirect impact on client outcomes and the facility as a whole. VALOR students develop clinical competencies in nursing specialty areas such as Medical/Surgical/Telemetry, Emergency Department (ED) and the Polytrauma Unit. Along with one to one preceptor-ship at the bedside, the learning opportunities are enhanced by didactic course work, structured clinical experiences including competency-based clinical practice, and clinical conferences.

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

    • Under Preceptor supervision the student gives direct care to assigned patients including procedures.
    • Reassesses each patient in his/her care for any changes in health and/or care status necessitating a change in the plan of care.
    • Works with the preceptor's assignment of care for the day; does not carry an independent patient care load.
    • Reassesses nursing actions for effectiveness in achieving desired outcomes and communicates changes in patients progress note and to preceptor.
    • May only perform care treatment and/or medication administration after content covered in nursing school curriculum.

    Additional Information:

    • This position is intermittent and temporary, not to exceed 400 hours with a possibility of additional funding of 400 hours with scholarship program pre-approval and funding.
    • Students will be paid at a salary rate equal to 80 percent of the local VA facility's annual salary rate for a Nurse I, Level 1, Step 1 (at the Veterans Administration Palo Alto Health Care System, this will be 80% of $94,359).
    • No future obligations to the VA, or guarantees from the VA will be incurred as a result of participating in this program.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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    0610 Nurse

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • 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.

    Physical Requirements: This position requires heavy lifting, 45 pounds heavy carrying, 45 pounds straight pulling (2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking & standing 8 hours - intermittently; repeated bending; both legs required; ability for rapid mental& muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; depth perception; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aide permitted). 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.



    • United States citizenship
    • Must be proficient in spoken and written English.


    • Currently enrolled as a full-time nursing student in a traditional BSN program at one of our five affiliated schools (San Jose State University, San Francisco State University, University of San Francisco,  CA State University East Bay, and or Samuel Merritt- not the accelerated program).
    • Have completed the final semester or quarter of the junior year in a "Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)" or a "Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)" accredited baccalaureate nursing program by June 2017, with anticipated graduation date by June 2018.
    • Possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, with no grades lower than a "C" in any nursing course. The cumulative GPA for the nursing core courses may not be less than a 3.0.
    • Submit a letter of nomination to the VALOR program from the Dean, the Director or Faculty Advisor of your nursing program that verifies completion of your junior year by June of 2017, full-time status, and anticipation graduation of June 2018.
    • Students with a service obligation to any federal, state or private institution, or recipients of any federal scholarships are ineligible for the Nursing VALOR Program.
    • If selected: must meet physical examination standards including designated and/or random drug testing; must submit to background and/or security investigation; must be proficient in written and spoke English, must meet Selective Service Registration requirement for males born after 12/31/1959 and must attend VA employee orientation.

    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: 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.

    Additional 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. 

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    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.

    Background checks and security clearance

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    Required Documents

    All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document(s):

    • Resume (Required for ALL applicants)
    • Copy of Transcripts (Current GPA must be listed; official transcripts will be required if selected).
    • Letter of nomination to the VALOR program from the Dean, the Director or Faculty Advisor of your nursing program that verifies completion of your junior year by June 2016, full-time status, and anticipated graduation date of June 2017.
    • Non-Award SF-50 (VA, other Federal Employees)
    • DD-214 (if applying as a Veteran)
    • SF-15 (if a Veteran claiming 10 point preference)https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf15.pdf

    Applicants are not required, but highly encouraged to submit the following document:

    Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

    Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.  Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

    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 1935080.

    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.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

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

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

    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 Friday, April 07, 2017 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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.

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    VHA Palo Alto HCS
    Department of Veterans Affairs
    Palo Alto Health Care System
    Mountain View, CA 94043
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    Vacancy Identification Number: 1935080

    Next steps

    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.

    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.

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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/466718700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.