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Job Title:Staff Nurse (Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-539-12-O-588894

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$0.00 to $0.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, January 12, 2012 to Thursday, January 19, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

VN-0610-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Cincinnati, OH United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All groups of qualified individuals

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 588894

Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.  

One (1.0) FTEE exists for a Registered Nurse in the Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program within the Substance Use & Dependence Program. The incumbent will be directly responsible to the Nurse Manager, SUDEP. Staff nurse positions in the Mental Health Care Line provide psychiatric nursing care to a wide variety of clients with DSM-IV diagnoses, including many patients with dual-diagnoses, complex psycho-social and behavioral issues, which requires specialized treatment plans.  In addition, Mental Health registered nurses provide and participate in group therapy, educational groups and 1:1 patient counseling. Registered Nurses are responsible and accountable for all elements of the nursing process when providing and/or supervising direct patient care. The RN is responsible for medication administration and day to day management of the safe medication program per established policies and guidelines. The staff nurse considers all characteristics of the individual, including sex and sex role identification, age and life stage, state of health, race and culture, socio-economic status, values and previous experience with similar events, in order to assist each patient to identify and meet basic health needs and improve his/her health status to the individual's maximum potential.

WORK SCHEDULE: Primarily evening tour must also be able to work weekends and holidays and adjust work schedule to accommodate patient and/or program needs.

 

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.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional nurse, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .

Relocation expenses are not authorized 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.

DUTIES:

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This Registered Nurse in the Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program within the Substance Use & Dependence Educational Program in the Mental Health Care Line provides nursing care to a wide variety of patients with DSM-IV diagnoses, including dual-diagnoses, psycho-social and behavioral issues. Incumbent p rovides supportive nursing care to a diversity of patients and must possess the necessary skills to carry out the most complex practical nursing care assignments.  A significant number of patients also have post-traumatic-stress-disorder, which requires specialized treatment plans.  Incumbent is responsible and accountable for all elements of the nursing process when providing and/or supervising direct patient care. He/she administers medications and procedures per established policies and guidelines. Incumbent is responsible for demonstrating and maintaining full competency in the use, pre-cleaning and/or reprocessing of reusable medical equipment. The employee must ensure that the appropriate Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and manufacturer's instructions are followed for any step in the use of RME (pre-cleaning, reprocessing, disinfection, sterilization, maintenance) in which he/she is involved. 

 

Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Taking vital signs.
  • Giving medications and treatments as prescribed.
  • Communicating preventive health care issues to patients.
  • Provide patient education regarding a healthy lifestyle.
  • Accessing a variety of computerized clinical application programs, including documenting patient information in the computerized medical record. 
  • Provide extensive observation to suicidal/psychotic patients in mental health as well as other nursing areas of the facility. 
  • Promotes flexibility with scheduling and work assignments that may be required on units other than the home base unit. 
  • Provide effective care to patients, i.e. assess, plan, document and evaluate patient care related to the disease of chemical dependency.
  • Works effectively with patients, families or significant others, and with professional and supportive personnel who provide patient care.
  • Use critical thinking skills to prevent or respond to emergency situations.
  • Perform initial and ongoing physical and mental status assessments and utilize the nursing process to plan and provide patient care.
  • Utilizes highly effective communication, both verbal and written.
  • Help patients and family members to adapt or adjust to changes in emotional status and to implement appropriate coping skills and interventions related to early recovery.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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According to VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD; All RN's must meet the following Qualifications in order to be eligible for this position.

 

  1. Citizen of the United States. 
  2. 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 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 
  3. 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.  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.    
  4. Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.   Experience as a RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel. The criteria are as follows: Practice: practice, ethics and resource utilization, Professional Development: performance, education/career development, Collaboration; collaboration, collegiality, Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research.     Education/Experience Requirements: 

  • Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, no experience.
  • Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field and no experience; or a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and no experience.
  • Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of experience; or a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of experience, or a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no experience.
  • Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of experience, or ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years experience or a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years experience, or a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no experience. 
  • Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years experience or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years experience.    

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

SELECTION FACTORS:

  • Current psychiatric nursing experience required.  
  • Substance abuse/addiction experience required.
  • Possess a Current Basic Life Support Certification for a healthcare employee, by an approved provider.

Must demonstrate the ability to:

  • Provide effective care to patients, i.e. assess, plan, document and evaluate patient care related to the disease of chemical       dependency.
  • Works effectively with patients, families or significant others, and with professional and supportive personnel who provide patient care.
  • Use critical thinking skills to prevent or respond to emergency situations.
  • Utilizes highly effective communication, both verbal and written.
  • The ability to help patients and family members to adapt or adjust to changes in emotional status and to implement appropriate coping skills and interventions related to early recovery.
  • Documented skills as an educational group leader and co-leader for psycho-educational groups.  
  • The ability to quickly adjust to changes in the care and activity level of the patient population.
  • The ability to perform initial and ongoing physical and mental status assessments and utilize the nursing process to plan and provide patient care.


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** 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. ***

Veterans' Preference:  When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements.  To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome. 


BENEFITS:

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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp



OTHER INFORMATION:

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 

 

EEO Policy Statement:   http://www.usajobs.gov/eeo

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:   http://www/usajobs.gov/raps

Legal and Regulatory Guidance:   http://www.usajobs.gov/lrg  

 

ICTAP and CTAP: The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.  VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

 

This announcement may be used to fill additional unanticipated vacancy(s) at the same grade level(s) and location(s) as stated in this announcement that occur within ninety (90) days of the issue date of the certificate of eligible's for this vacancy. 

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (see "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, January 19, 2012 

 

Apply Online: To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

 

NOTE: To change or update your application, simply re-apply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/login/aspx), select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. To verify that your uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan.  You can then verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the "Details" tab of your Application Manager account (https://applicationmanager.gov/ ) for this vacancy announcement.  Your documents will display under the "Details" tab in the Document area. 

 

You may upload the completed forms to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded forms again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( http://www.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc ) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way. Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you. 

If you cannot apply online:

Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

  1. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  2. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  3. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

NOTE:   Mailed/e-mailed application packages will not be accepted.  Paper application packages can not be faxed or delivered to the Human Resources at the Cincinnati, OH VA Medical Center.

 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 588894.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Please read this entire announcement. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package.  We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, etc.

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

  1. VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850a-fill.pdf) (required).
  2. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www4.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/OF306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  3. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).
  4. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).
  5. Copy of your transcripts. (Original transcript will be required if you are selected for this position).
  6. Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy (please see checklist).
  7. Any other documents required by the checklist .

 

CURRENT VA EMPLOYEES PLEASE NOTE:  The selecting official for this position is not allowed access to your electronic OPF which is why it is required for you to submit a thorough and complete resume to include all of your relevant work information (ie starting and ending dates of employment, hours worked, duties, etc).  The resume you provide through this application process is forwarded to the selecting official.  It is highly recommended that you use the resume builder in USA JOBS as it contains all of the information we need to determine whether or not you are qualified for this position.  Failure to provide a resume and all the documents requested in the announcement may render you not qualified for the position you are applying for.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Cincinnati Human Resources
Phone: (513)475-6361
Email: CINVAMCHR@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Cincinnati VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
3200 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH
45220

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You can check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto your "My USAJOBS" account and clicking on "My Application."  https://applicationmanager.gov/.

Do not call the Human Resources office to check on the status of your application.You will be contacted either by e-mail or phone.

 

After you Submit Your Application...
Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive a notification of receipt.  Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements, and you will receive a notification. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses.  Applicants that are found qualified may be referred to the hiring official for consideration.  The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision. You can expect a communication from us concerning your application via email.  If you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communications that could affect your consideration for this position.  If your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement, please notify the Employment Office (contact provided in this announcement) and update your USAJOBS profile.

What happens when your application is referred?

An AFGE agreement ensures that internal applicants must be considered before external candidates. If the Selecting Official (which is not the HR Specialist) elects to consider external candidates, he or she may contact you for an interview. The interview will be arranged and coordinated by the Selecting Official.

After interviewing is Complete...

Many factors influence how quickly a selectee can be brought on board. If the Selecting Official chooses an internal candidate all other candidates will be notified of the outcome. Otherwise, once the Selecting Official makes their selection, a Professional Standards Board (PSB) will convene to determine the salary to be offered. At this point a tentative offer would be made and upon acceptance the pre-appointment process would begin.

What does the pre-appointment process entail?
If you are selected for this position a number of pre-employment requirements must be met before a final commitment of employment can be made. The more active you are in this process, the quicker you can be brought on board. There are a number of steps in the pre-employment process. The first part is VetPRO, the VA's credentialing system used to verify your education, work history, license(s) and references. EQIP is the second piece that must be initiated. EQIP is a background investigation conducted by the Office of Personnel Management. Included with the EQIP process is the requirement to obtain fingerprints. You will be asked to report to the VA Police Station to be fingerprinted when you arrive to complete your pre-employment physical. The background check (E-Qip) and Credentialing (VetPro, if required), must be initiated and completed by the applicant within three (3) days of the tentative offer of employment.  Failure to complete E-Qip and Credentialing (VetPro) within three (3) calendar days will result in withdrawal of the tentative employment offer. Once all of the steps in the pre-employment process are complete, you will be contacted by a Human Resources Specialist with an official start date and commitment package.


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Job Announcement Number:

VHA-539-12-O-588894

Control Number:

306687800