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    Summary

    The U.S. Department of State is developing a rank-order list of eligible hires for a limited number of Registered Nurse Limited Non-Career (RNLNA) position vacancies based on the needs of the Department.

    To learn more about the Department of State career opportunities, please visit us at https://careers.state.gov.

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    Responsibilities

    The Bureau of Medical Services (MED) maintains and promotes the health of employees and their eligible family members (EFM) who represent U.S. government (USG) agencies abroad. The Department assigns Foreign Service Medical Specialists, Medical Providers (MP), Regional Medical Officers (RMO), Regional Medical Officer/Psychiatrists (RMO/P), Regional Medical Laboratory Scientists (RMLS), Limited Non-Career Appointment Social Workers (SWLNA), and Limited Non-Career Appointment Register Nurses (RNLNA) to select posts overseas. Many of these posts have significant health risks and local medical facilities are often inadequate to cope with them. This position is for a Registered Nurse (RN).  A Limited Non-Career Appointment (LNA) does not lead to onward employment in the State Department or conversion to another form of employment.

    Individuals must be willing to serve worldwide, primarily high threat locations. Limited Non-Career Registered Nurses (RNLNA) presently serve at unaccompanied posts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan. Family members are not permitted to accompany RNLNAs to post. However, at some locations, adult eligible family members (EFMs) may be approved to accompany the SWLNA to post if they will fill certain mission-critical positions. EFMs must be employed/hired in the mission before traveling to post.

    Serves as a Registered Nurse for posts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan.  If selected as an RNLNA, you would be deployed to a challenging environment where you may encounter extremely dusty conditions, significant air pollution, high elevations, lack of potable water, food and waterborne diseases, and communicable diseases and be required to walk distances of a half-mile or more, run, and step up to two feet while wearing a helmet and body armor that weigh a minimum of 30 pounds.


    RNLNAs are responsible for Department of State medical and safety policies, provision of a range of medical services, and the actual performance of all of the following essential functions in addition to routine medical care:

    • Provide care in possibly hazardous and/or difficult to access environments.
    • Provide patient care that may include heavy lifting, pulling, stooping and twisting in adverse settings.
    • Travel independently to regional constituent posts (if applicable) utilizing air carriers and transportation facilities that may be difficult to access.

    The essential RNLNA functions of providing emergency care include the following responsibilities:

    • Provision of a range of medical services including establishing IV access and providing trauma care for injured patients.
    • Triage and manage the care of injured persons in any location following an accident, natural disaster, or attack.
    • Provide emergency care as required in a hostile or physically challenging environment, such as in buildings without elevators or in areas of irregular spaces that require kneeling, bending, lifting, and running.  Transport patients via small aircraft, ambulance, helicopter, or other vehicle with high floors.
    • Assist with evacuation via sea or air in the event of political unrest.

    RNLNAs are considered 'essential personnel' and are on call to provide services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - RNLNAs serve in the country specified and may be assigned to or perform Temporary Duty Travel overseas and at times, live away from family and/or in difficult or isolated conditions.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    04

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    0620 Practical Nurse

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • Be a U.S. citizen and available for worldwide service.*
    • Be able to obtain a Top Secret Security Clearance.
    • Be able to obtain an appropriate Foreign Service Medical Clearance.
    • Be able to obtain a favorable Suitability Review Panel determination**
    • Be at least 20 years old and at least 21 years old to be appointed.

    Education

    Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited Nursing program with a minimum of an Associate's degree. 

    Applicant also must have:

    • Current and active license as a Registered Nurse in a state, the District of Columbia or a territory of the United States, and
    • Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.

    You must submit a copy of your university transcript(s) with your application. If you do not submit this documentation to demonstrate your educational achievements, you will not be given credit.

    Official or unofficial transcripts may be submitted with your application. Your transcript must include your name, the school’s name, and, if applicable, the degree and date awarded. A transcript missing any of these elements will not pass the minimum qualifications and the candidacy will be ended. Copies of diplomas may not be submitted in lieu of transcripts for education above high school level.

    Education from a program or institution within the United States must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation, in order to be credited towards qualifications.

    Education completed in foreign high schools, colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Only accredited organizations recognized as specializing in the interpretation of foreign education credentials that are members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) are accepted.

    NACES: www.naces.org/members.htm
    AICE: www.aice-eval.org/members

    For further information on the evaluation of foreign education, please refer to the Office of Personnel Management and the U.S. Department of Education. The U.S. Department of State neither endorses nor recommends any individual evaluation service.

    OPM: www.opm.gov
    U.S. Department of Education: http://www.ed.gov

    Qualifications

    Applicants must have a minimum of five years of experience within the last six years providing direct patient care as a Registered Nurse.

    Prior emergency and/or critical care experience with Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is preferable.

    Prior military experience or experience with other U.S. agencies working abroad is desirable, but not required.

    Applicant must be a skilled and experienced nurse with excellent interpersonal skills. Applicant must be able to function well within a complex organization and have experience working in a high stress environment.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA)

    Serving as a RNLNA in support of the employees of the United States Government and their eligible family members, a RN will work in conjunction with other Foreign Service medical personnel. The LNA/RN duties include but are not limited to the following:

    A. Health Orientation of New Arrivals:

    • Assist administrative staff with patient forms and confirm medical clearance status for all eligible beneficiaries.
    • Provide orientation to public health risks and preventive health behaviors.
    • Assess health and immunization needs.
    • Describe services provided by the health unit and various roles of health care personnel.
    • Distribute a copy of the Health and Medical Information Booklet to all new employees.
    • Complete age appropriate health promotion reviews.

    B. Coordinate Medical Clearance Examinations:

    • Prepare requests for funding.
    • Schedule medical appointments, labs, and special tests as required by Washington (e.g., colon screening, PSA, mammogram).
    • Request consultations and additional studies to complete the clearance evaluation.
    • Assist medical personnel with clinical examinations performed in the Health Unit and perform basic diagnostic assessment tests as approved by the Regional Medical Officer (RMO) or Medical Provider (MP).
    • Review completed clearance exams for thoroughness and email/fax via secure line to the Department’s Office of Medical Services’ Medical Clearances.
    • Package and ship lab specimens to the Department’s Office of Medical Service’s  (MED’s) lab as necessary.

    C. Coordinate Medical Evacuations (Med Evac):

    • Arrange Med Evacs through RMO/MP and in coordination with MED/Foreign Programs or other Regional Medical Evacuation sites.
    • Coordinate requests for specialty appointments with MED/Foreign Programs and/or overseas Med Evac site.
    • Request funding from MED or appropriate agency.
    • Accompany patient as a medical attendant as needed.

    D. Maintain an Immunization Clinic for Routine and Travel Immunizations:

    • Assess each new patient’s immunization needs and make recommendations.
    • Follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) guidelines for immunization.
    • Maintain logs and/or databases with Federal Requirements for record keeping of administered vaccines.
    • Budget, order, and rotate vaccine stock.
    • Maintain current knowledge of recommended immunization schedules and management/reporting of adverse events.

    E. Serve as point of contact for Regional Medical Officers/Medical Providers and Office of Medical Services:

    • Coordinate transmission of prescriptions with RMO/MP.
    • Regular communication with RMO/MP.

    F. Maintain an occupational health clinic during assigned work hours:

    • Maintain custody and proper internal controls for the Health Unit. This includes ordering and inventory control of medical supplies and medications.
    • Utilize the nursing process in providing patient care (assessment, nursing diagnosis, plan, intervention, and evaluation) to employees (US Direct Hire, Locally Employed Staff, any eligible beneficiary).
    • Evaluate and assess patients within the scope of training and expertise by means of health history, observation, interview, physical examination, and other selected diagnostic measures. Interpret, review, and record history and clinical findings.
    • Select appropriate action and initiates treatment or referral if indicated according to the nurse’s scope of practice.  This will include triage.
    • Maintain an overseas medical record (paper or electronic) of all employee visits to the Health Unit.
    • Dispense medications according to protocols approved by the RMO.
    • Render first aid and emergency treatment to the sick and injured anywhere on the embassy compound as appropriate.
    • Perform periodic sanitation inspections as directed by the RMO/MP or the Management Office.
    • Test and maintain emergency equipment and safe haven materials in coordination with the Regional Security Officer (RSO).
    • Conduct workplace health and safety surveys with the Post’s Occupational Safety and Health Officer (POSHO).
    • Maintain accident log and/or accident reporting documents per MED/Safety Health Environmental Management (SHEM) guidelines.

    G. Maintain current working knowledge and U.S. license/credentials:

    • Maintain good communication and working relationship with staff in Health Unit.
    • Participate in staff meetings.

    H. Must be available outside of normal embassy working hours:

    • Participate in Embassy medical duty call rotation as appropriate.
    • Respond to urgent telephone requests for medical information from the duty officer during off-duty hours.
    • May be required to travel as a medical attendant during a medical evacuation.
    • Attend continuing medical education conferences held outside of country as scheduled.
    • May be required to make visits during off-duty hours to monitor an individual’s care.
    • Available to respond to the embassy on an emergency basis.

    I. Reporting requirements:

    • Monthly Statistics Report for Washington and in conjunction with RMO/MP provides input to the Post Medical Capability Database, Annual Update of Health and Medical Information Guide with distribution to MED and Maintain or contribute to an Accident Report Log.

    J. Health Promotion Program

    • Write health promotion/education articles for the embassy newsletter.
    • Provide health promotion and safety activities at the embassy.
    • Conduct health education programs to include first aid, CPR, HIV/STD, smoking cessation and weight control.
    • Document health promotion activities on State Department health promotions flow sheet.

    K. Additional Administrative Duties:

    • Regular use and update as appropriate of State Department medical regulations as delineated in 16 Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM).
    • Serve on other committees as appointed.
    • Maintain written or electronic record of policies and procedures for the Health Unit.
    • Assist Department and MED in obtaining medical information and completing documentation for local Office of Workers Compensation Programs (OWCP) claims when necessary.
    • Other duties and training as assigned by RMO/MP.

    Other requirements include worldwide availability, tolerance of intensive world travel, living away from family, and working and living in difficult and/or isolated conditions.

    Level IV English ability (fluent) is required. Successful applicants must also consistently meet a high standard for English, both written (overall structure as well as grammar, spelling and punctuation) and spoken (overall structure as well as delivery, clarity and succinctness).

    Education

    Education

    Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited Nursing program with a minimum of an Associate's degree. 

    Applicant also must have:

    • Current and active license as a Registered Nurse in a state, the District of Columbia or a territory of the United States, and
    • Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.

    You must submit a copy of your university transcript(s) with your application. If you do not submit this documentation to demonstrate your educational achievements, you will not be given credit.

    Official or unofficial transcripts may be submitted with your application. Your transcript must include your name, the school’s name, and, if applicable, the degree and date awarded. A transcript missing any of these elements will not pass the minimum qualifications and the candidacy will be ended. Copies of diplomas may not be submitted in lieu of transcripts for education above high school level.

    Education from a program or institution within the United States must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation, in order to be credited towards qualifications.

    Education completed in foreign high schools, colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Only accredited organizations recognized as specializing in the interpretation of foreign education credentials that are members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) are accepted.

    NACES: www.naces.org/members.htm
    AICE: www.aice-eval.org/members

    For further information on the evaluation of foreign education, please refer to the Office of Personnel Management and the U.S. Department of Education. The U.S. Department of State neither endorses nor recommends any individual evaluation service.

    OPM: www.opm.gov
    U.S. Department of Education: http://www.ed.gov

    Additional information

    *EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION PROGRAM (E-Verify) – Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.

    U.S. law requires companies to employ only individuals who may legally work in the United States – either U.S. citizens, or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization. This agency utilizes E-Verify to compare information from the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) records to confirm employment eligibility. If the employee’s information does not match DHS and/or SSA records, the employee is given an opportunity to resolve the problem. If eligibility cannot be verified, employment will be terminated.

    **The Department of State Suitability Review Panel and standards are defined in Chapter 3 of the Foreign Affairs Manual. For more information please visit: https://fam.state.gov/.

    For more information about Veteran’s Preference and how it is applied, please visit: http://careers.state.gov/faqs/faqs-wiki/are-veterans-given-hiring-preference-

    No applicant will be considered who has previously been separated from the Foreign Service under sections §607, §608, §610 or §611 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980, as amended, or who resigned or retired in lieu of separation under these provisions. In addition, no applicant will be considered who has previously been separated for failure to receive a career appointment under section §306 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980, as amended, or who resigned or retired in lieu thereof.

    An FSS separated for failure to receive a career appointment under section 306 may not re-apply to be an FSS in the same skill code, but may apply for another skill code (or to be a Foreign Service Generalist).

    Executive Branch agencies are barred by 5 US Code 3303 as amended from accepting or considering prohibited political recommendations and are required to return any prohibited political recommendations to sender. In addition, as mandated by 5 US Code 3110, relatives of federal employees cannot be granted preference in competing for these employment opportunities.

    It is the policy of the Federal Government to treat all of its employees with dignity and respect and to provide a workplace that is free from discrimination whether discrimination is based on race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity or pregnancy), national origin, disability, political affiliation, marital status, membership in an employee organization, age, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors.

    The Department of State provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for any part of the application or hiring process should so advise the Department at ReasonableAccommodations@state.gov, within one week of receiving their invitation to the oral assessment. Decisions for granting reasonable accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Candidates will be evaluated on their total background including experience, education, awards, training, and self-development as it relates to the position. Selection for this position will be made only from among candidates possessing the best qualifications. Part-time work experience will be prorated.

    Selected applicants will be interviewed via telephone.

    Medical Credentialing & Indemnification

    Applicants are subject to a Medical Credentialing process conducted by the Quality Improvement Staff of the Office of Medical Services. The Medical Credentialing process includes queries of the American Nurses Association. Once hired, medical personnel are indemnified for official duties only through the U.S. Federal Tort Claims Act.
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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Yes

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    Required Documents

    It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all required documents are uploaded and the application is fully completed before the closing deadline of this announcement. Any missing required documents or incomplete applications will result in your application not being considered further.

    1.  USAJobs Résumé Builder is the résumé format that is accepted for this Vacancy Announcement.

    2.  Completed online application including the required Accomplishments Questionnaire and Statement of Interest narratives in the online application.

    3.  Uploaded/faxed all required supporting documentation including proof of educational achievements, certifications, professional licenses, or completed forms as required in this Vacancy Announcement to qualify for this position.

      • Transcripts:  as described in the Qualifications/Education Requirements Section.
      • Copy of all current professional licenses as a Registered Nurse in a state, a territory of the United States or the District of Columbia.
      • Copy of Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.
      • Standard ECFMG certificate (if applicable).

    4.  For applicants who are age 60 to 65, you must provide your Veteran’s Preference documentation at the time of your application. If claiming a 5 pt. veteran’s preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or Certification of service. If claiming a 10 pt. veteran’s preference, you must submit your VA letter and SF-15, in addition to your DD-214 or Certification of service. A Certification must be from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions within 120 days after the Certification is submitted by the applicant and should include military service dates, date of expected discharge or release, and character of service and disability rating, if applicable.

    Accomplishments Questionnaire and Statement of Interest

    These required questions provide an opportunity to describe examples and accomplishments from your education, life, and/or work experience that demonstrate your qualifications for becoming an RNLNA. Examples can be drawn from any part of your professional or personal experience. The information you give may be used in your oral assessment/interview should you be invited and is an important factor in the competitive evaluation of applicants. Responses are limited to 300 words or fewer (maximum length 2,000 characters) for each item. You should compose your replies carefully, as one of the skills necessary to succeed as an RNLNA is the ability to write clearly and concisely.  Answers to the all of the items in the Accomplishments Questionnaire and Statement of Interest are required and must be completed in the online application.

    Clinical skills: Describe a specific complex clinical case which demonstrates your skills in diagnosing and treating patient chronic health problems.

    Crisis management skills: Describe an example in which your skills significantly contributed to the positive outcome of a complex or difficult clinical crisis situation.

    Organizational skills: Describe a specific achievement demonstrating your planning and organizational skills in the setting of a multidisciplinary health team or practice.

    Leadership and teamwork skills: Discuss your abilities to participate as a team member working toward a common goal, as well as examples of your ability to lead a team in the accomplishment of a goal.

    Public speaking and teaching skills: Describe specific examples demonstrating your public speaking and teaching abilities as part of an assignment or work-related task.

    Statement of Interest 

    Required narrative Statement of Interest which discusses your:

    • Motivation for joining the Foreign Service,
    • Comments about your work experience:  Please include in your Statement special skills (e.g. computer), current licenses, honors, awards, special accomplishments, and/or training (with date completed) relating to this position, and
    • Experience living or working in a multicultural environment, overseas or in U.S.

    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.

    Health and medical coverage, federal retirement benefits, paid leave, and an unprecedented chance to see the world and experience different cultures. Overseas benefits include tax-free housing.

    Not all benefits are available to LNA positions. The Student Loan Repayment and Language Incentive Pay (If language is a hiring prerequisite) programs are not included under the LNA program.

    For information on FS Salary, please visit https://careers.state.gov/faqs/faqs-wiki/foreign-service-salary-matching-pay-tables-danger-pay-overseas-moving-expenses-and-taxes

    http://careers.state.gov/work/benefits

    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

    You should submit your application early, not waiting for the deadline, as application packages must be complete, submitted, and received by the closing date/time to be considered. There are no exceptions.

    1. From this Vacancy Announcement, click on “Apply.” Go to the USAJobs Log In screen and log into your USAJobs account or follow the link and instructions to create an account.
    2. Follow the USAJobs Application Process and provide your required USAJobs federal online resume. USAJobs will transfer you to the State Department online application site, Monster Government Service (MGS). Follow the instructions and answer the online questions. Your Accomplishments Questionnaire and Statement of Interest responses must be completed in the online application. You may save your work and can return to the application from USAJobs at any time prior to the deadline.
    3. The application system allows up to three methods to submit required documentation: Transfer documents from a USAJOBS portfolio; upload documents from your computer; or resubmit documents from a previous application.
    4. After you attach all of your required supporting documentation, answer all the required application questions, and complete the application steps, please review the entire application packet, including the links for your submitted documents.
    5. Confirm and submit your application package, which will be used to evaluate your qualifications for this position.

    Application Submission Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement to complete the application process and successfully submit any documentation required in this Vacancy Announcement.

    Application packages must be complete and received by the closing date to be considered. There are no exceptions.

    You should submit your application early, and may make changes as often as needed, up until the closing date of the announcement. We strongly recommended that you go back into your application and verify that your documents are attached.

    If you are having technical difficulty with the application process, please contact the Monster Help Desk by calling 1-866-656-6830 or by emailing mgshelp@monster.com. The Monster Help Desk is available Monday through Friday from 7 am to 7 pm Eastern Time.

    Agency contact information

    Bureau of Medical Service

    Phone

    202-663-1084

    Fax

    000-000-0000

    Email

    medhr@state.gov

    Address

    U.S. Department of State
    2201 C St NW
    SA-1 - Room L-217
    Attn: MED PERSONNEL
    Washington, DC, District of Columbia 20520
    United States
    Learn more about this agency

    Visit our careers page

    Learn more about what it's like to work at Department of State - Agency Wide, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.

    http://careers.state.gov/work/foreign-service/lna/

    Next steps

    Once submitted, your application status on USAJobs will change from “received” to “referred" or "not referred" after the close of the announcement. This status on USAJobs will not be updated further. 

    All applicants will be notified via his/her Monster account about the outcome of the initial application review and if they will be further considered for this FS position. Additional notifications to applicants concerning the application status will be by e-mail from the U.S. Department of State.

    Due to the high volume of applications, we ask all applicants to remain patient and await communication. It is not uncommon for several months to pass before you are informed of the results of your applications.

    We recommend adding the Department of State domain (@state.gov) as an approved sender.

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 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 to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • 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.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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