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    Summary

    Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) is one of the largest integrated health care systems in the Department of Veterans Affairs and includes facilities in Temple, Waco, and Austin, TX.  Community-Based Outpatient Clinics are located in Brownwood, Cedar Park, Palestine, and Bryan-College State.  NO STATE TAXES!!!

    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.
     

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

     

    Application 10-2850a is required to be considered for this position. Please complete form in its entirety. If you answer "YES" to questions 30 through 38, please attach a separate sheet of paper with a brief explanation for each question to which you answered "Yes".  Incomplete applications will be ineligible for consideration. 

     

    Other - (VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (required) Available at the VA Forms website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850a-091998-fill.pdf

     

    Resume: Your resume must include the following information for each job you list:Job title; Complete Work Place Addresses ;  Duties (be as detailed as possible); Month and year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008); Full-time, part-time status, and PRN (include hours worked per week) 

     

    If you fail to submit the required documents, you will be considered ineligible for consideration. 

     

    Area of Consideration includes: U.S. Citizens, VA Wide and current permanent Federal employees of other agencies

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    Responsibilities

    THIS IS A BARGAINING UNIT POSITION

    TOUR OF DUTY: Primary schedules are 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, 11:30 am-8:00 pm, 3:30 pm - 12:00 am, and 11:30 pm - 8:00 am, to include 10 hours tours, 7:30 am -6:00 pm, 11:30 am – 10:00 pm, and 1:30 pm-12:00 pm. May be required to work nights, weekends, holidays and off-tours to meet the needs of the veterans. 

    DUTIES:  The Vascular Access Nurse provides assessment and care to acutely ill patients, requiring Peripheral Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) procedures. The Vascular Access Nurse demonstrates a broad perspective of clinical practice and its relationship to unit, service, and hospital goals and objectives.  The Vascular Access demonstrates specialized knowledge of Peripheral Inserted Central Catheter (PICC), Midline Catheter, Ultrasound Guided PIV, and PIV Insertion based on nationally recognized scientific standards, and provides consultation and instruction to staff, physicians, and patients regarding Vascular Access Placements. Proficient in Vein cannulation using Ultrasound Sonography and/or best practice techniques as identified by the facility. The Vascular Access Nurse independently uses sound judgment in making decisions regarding responsibilities and provides leadership to interdisciplinary groups at all levels. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential as the Vascular Access Nurse requires minimal guidance except in unusual situations.  Responsible for obtaining consent for the Peripheral Inserted Central Catheters (PICC). Responds to all consultations for PICC, Midline and other Vascular Access Device placement, screens those patients for appropriateness/need for a Vascular Access or recommends alternative IV access.  Inserts PICCs after completing training and PICC insertion competency.  Provides education and problem solving strategies for the staff related to IV therapy Peripheral Intravenous (PIV) lines and Peripheral Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) insertion.  Tracks and trends issues related to vascular access care delivery, leads and participates in performance improvement activities such as, but not limited to, monitoring of catheter related blood stream infection rates, utilization review, and central line bundle compliance and infection rates.  Maintains and generates quarterly reports.  Vascular Access Nurse may provide direct patient care in Critical Care/Intensive Care Unit as required by Veteran needs.  Competency is demonstrated in performing clinical skills commensurate with assignment as documented on both the Vascular Access Nurse competency assessment and Critical Care/Intensive Care Unit Nurse competency assessment.  The duties of the ICU Registered Nurse (RN) is responsible and accountable for all elements of the nursing process when providing and/or supervising direct patient care in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The RN will effectively demonstrate successful nursing practice characterized by using sound clinical judgment, and characteristics of critical care nursing practice in assessment/reassessment, analysis, nursing diagnosis, planning of interventions, outcome identification, and evaluation of human responses of individuals to care/treatment; triage and prioritization; stabilization and resuscitation; Incumbent directs the delivery of nursing care and leadership provided through assignment, delegation and supervision of ancillary staff and through committee participation, patient care and discharge instructional teaching activities, and demonstrated ability to function as a preceptor to other nurses. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, and able to shift priorities based on patient needs. The incumbent must be poised and articulate in communicating with people of varied educational levels and varied ethnic backgrounds. Willing to work cooperatively as a member of a team in all assignments. Makes caring for the Veteran his/her priority while in the work setting and demonstrates customer service principles in all aspects of work. Self-motivated in the pursuit of meeting professional work standards. The incumbent is directly responsible to the Nurse Manger. 

    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Vascular Access Board Certification and recent ICU experience

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Current permanent employees of CTVHCS, Other permanent VA employees, permanent employees of other Federal agencies and US Citizens

    Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.

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    Requirements

    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.
    • This position is not required to file a financial disclosure report.

    Physical Requirements: This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling 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.

    Qualifications

    BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  
    • U.S. citizenship.  Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
    •  Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required
    • Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant:  The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.
      • The completion of coursework equivalent to a nursing degree in a MSN Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration constitutes the completion of an approved course of study of professional nursing.  Students should submit the certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX to the VA along with a copy of the MSN transcript. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6)Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia. 

    Grade Determinations: 
    The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade:

    Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience required.

    Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience; OR a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) with no additional nursing practice/experience.

    Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no additional nursing practice/experience.

    Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience required. 

    Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience.


    Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard.  This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.


    Preferred Experience:

    1. BSN and approximately 2-3 years of experience; or

    2. MSN and approximately 1-2 years of experience; Masters in a field related to nursing and a BSN and approximately 1-2 years of experience; or

    3. Docotoral degree in nursing, or in a field related to nursing and no experience.

    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.

    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.

    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 type(s):

    Application 10-2850a is required to be considered for this position. Please complete form in its entirety. If you answer "YES" to questions 30 through 38, please attach a separate sheet of paper with a brief explanation for each question to which you answered "Yes".  Incomplete applications will be ineligible for consideration.

    · Other - (VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (required) Available at the VA Forms website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850a-091998-fill.pdf ). 

    · Resume: Your resume must include the following information for each job you list:Job title; Complete Work Place Addresses;  Duties (be as detailed as possible); Month and year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008); Full-time, part-time status and PRN (include hours worked per week)

    Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants (if applicable):

       ·DD-214 – If claiming Veteran's Preference

       ·Other Veterans Document – VA Rating Letter

       ·SF-50 – If current Federal Employee

       ·Cover Letter – Optional

       ·OF-306 – Optional

       ·SF-15 - Optional

       ·Transcript – optional

    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, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

    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), VA letter and SF-15 if claiming 10 pt. preference or if you currently on active duty; a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty stating you are expecting to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days must be submitted with your application 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 TAG:VacancyID.

    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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    Benefits

    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 Thursday, December 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.

    Agency contact information

    Bettye Boudreaux

    Phone

    (254)743-0341

    Fax

    (478)757-3144

    Email

    BETTYE.BOUDREAUX@VA.GOV

    Address

    VHA Central Texas HCS Temple
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    APPLY ONLINE OR BY FAX ONLY, TX
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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 CTVHCS Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is a combined 18 bed medical cardiac and surgical critical care unit designed for adult and geriatric Veterans experiencing life-threatening problems requiring complex assessment and therapies, high intensity interventions and continuous nursing vigilance. The ICU has an all RN staff who has a specialized body of knowledge, skills and experience. Treatment and procedures frequently provided include (but are not limited to) mechanical ventilation, respiratory distress/failure, pneumonia, COPD, GI bleed, sepsis, and complications of diabetes (DKA). Treatment and procedures frequently provided, but are not limited to: mechanical ventilation, hemodynamic monitoring, temporary and permanent pacemakers, titration of intravenous medications, thrombolytic therapy, intensive monitoring of chest tubes, a variety of surgical drains, bedside tracheostomies, etc.

    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.

Fair & Transparent

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 and hiring process 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/485028900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.