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Job Title:LPN (Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-552-12-692690

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$25,387.00 to $46,203.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 to Wednesday, January 23, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0620-06

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Dayton, OH United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):   692690 

If you have previously applied, you do not have to re-apply to be considered.

Tour of Duty:  Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (will include odd tours and rotating weekends)

 
Grade and Salary will be determined by a LPN Professional Standards Board.

 

This announcement has been amended to extend the closing date.
Dayton VA Medical Center reserves the right to make a selection at any time during the open and close dates of this announcement.

 

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.

 

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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/.  



 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • **Please see the 'How To Apply' and 'Required Documents' sections**
  • COPY of Licensure verification is required to be submitted.
  • '3' Years LPN practice

DUTIES:

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A Licensed Practical Nurse vacancy exist in the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MHRRTP) located within the Domiciliary of the Mental Health Service at the Dayton VA Medical Center.  The incumbent will provide nursing care, requiring the application of basic knowledge of biological, physical, behavioral, social and nursing sciences to groups and individuals.  Specialized training and/or experience in PTSD, Psychosocial rehabilitation, homelessness, mental illness, addiction therapy with particular emphasis in intensive outpatient treatment and residential treatment in adult populations.

 

Mental Health Experience Highly Preferred.


Please view the 'Required Documents' section below to submit a complete application packet.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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 BASIC REQUIREMENTS

    a.  Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States. 

 

     b.  Education.  Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State [ ] agency and/or [accredited by] the National League for Nursing [Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)] at the time the program was completed by the applicant.  Verification can be obtained from the State approving agency [or] the National League for Nursing [Accrediting Commission], 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10006.  [Additional information may also be obtained from the NLNAC Website.  Exceptions include:]

 

     (1)  Health care education in the military service or training in the military service which is accepted by the licensing body in the jurisdiction in which the individual is licensed as qualifying for full LPN/LVN licensure will be accepted as meeting the education requirements for VHA employment.

 

     (2)  [ ] VHA employees who were converted to appointments under 38 U.S.C. 7401(3) in implementation of Public Law 98-160, enacted November 21, 1983, and for VHA employees converted to appointments under 38 U.S.C. 7405 in implementation of Public Law 99-576, enacted October 28, 1986; and for their future personnel actions under this authority.  The waiver will not apply to persons appointed under 38 U.S.C. 7401(3) or 7405 after these conversions.

 

     [(3)  Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school.  See paragraph 4, section C.]

 

     c.  Licensure.  Full, active, current and unrestricted licensure as a [ ] licensed practical or vocational nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or District of Columbia.         

 

d.  Physical Standards.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

 

e.  English Language Proficiency.  Licensed practical or vocational nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in [both] spoken and written English.

 

GRADE REQUIREMENTS

 

Definitions

 

Qualifying experience is successful nursing practice [as an LPN/LVN,] maintaining acceptable standards within a health care setting under the direction of a registered nurse [(RN)] or physician [(MD/DO)].  This may include experience as a GPN [or GVN] (graduate practical [or vocational] nurse) provided the candidate was utilized as a practical or vocational nurse and passed the State licensure examination on the first attempt.

    

Grade Determination.  In addition to the basic requirements, the following qualification criteria must be met for each grade.  The candidate’s qualifications must clearly demonstrate the level of competence required for the grade.

 

GS-6

 

    (a) Completion of at least 1 year of [additional] qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent [, fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN/LVN.

 

     (b)  Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations.

 

    (c)  Knowledge and ability to appropriately carry out assigned patient care based on the patients’ conditions; to use judgment in selecting the appropriate order and sequence of procedures and treatments; and to accurately recognize, report and record relevant] patient information.  Completed work [should need] only a general review by a registered nurse [(RN) or physician (MD/DO)] for [ ] appropriateness and conformity with [established policies/procedures.

 

     (d)  [ ] Ability to observe, identify and respond to the patient’s needs for [care, including] medication, [ ] equipment-assisted care and [patient/family education].  In [organizing and delivering] care [ ], the [LPN/LVN recognizes and] considers [ ] emotional [, cultural, spiritual, socio-economic, and age-related] factors.

 

     (e)  Prepares and administers prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous) and performs treatments according to established policies/procedures.  Observes for physical and/or emotional changes in patient’s condition from prescribed medications/treatments, promptly and accurately documenting noted changes, and reporting any deviations from normal to RN or MD/DO.

 

     (f)  Knowledge and ability to recognize urgent or emergent patient care situations, seek assistance of the RN and/or MD/DO, and initiate appropriate emergency interventions as directed.

 

     (g)  Knowledge and understanding of human behavior, patient motivations and reactions to situations, and ability to appropriately utilize this knowledge in working effectively with patients, family members, and other staff.

 

     (h)  Establishes constructive relationships with individual patients and their families to elicit feelings and attitudes, and to promote positive relationships, communication and socialization skills.  Fosters an environment of respect for individual patient and family rights to privacy and dignity in all aspects of care delivery.  Effectively incorporates knowledge and understanding of established customer service standards in all interactions with patients, family members, and/or other internal/external customers.

 

    (i) Knowledge and skill in performing support duties for complex diagnostic tests and/or specialized practices or procedures, which include preparing the patient, assisting in the diagnostic examination, preparing and handling specialized instruments or other specialized equipment, and monitoring the patient’s condition before, during, and following the procedure.  Serves as a preceptor in orienting, educating, and training less experienced LPNs/LVNs or NAs/HTs related to support duties for these more complex, specialized tests/procedures.

 

     (j)  Actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge gained with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice.

 

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: 

 

a.  A minimum of 3 years of successful LPN nursing practice.

b.  Demonstrated clinical skill in providing a full range or practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical/ and/or behavior problems.

c.  Demonstrated ability to serve as a responsible member of an interdisciplinary team and interact with patients, family members, professional and supportive personnel who provide care.

d.  Working knowledge of computerized medical records and various computer application programs.

e.  Demonstrated ability in recognizing and responding appropriately to emergency situations (CPR and resuscitative methods).

f.  Demonstrated knowledge of effective customer service techniques in order to work and deal with individuals with varied backgrounds and levels of understanding.


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:

Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

 

Evaluation Method:
a. Management will use Performance Based Interview (PBI) questions during the interview process.  For a sample of PBI questions, or to find additional information regarding PBI, visit the following website: www.va.gov/pbi.  Exaggeration or misstatements may be cause for your disqualification or later removal from service.


b. The candidate tentatively selected will be peer reviewed by the Professional Standards Board and must meet the Board requirements prior to appointment.  The Board will evaluate the candidate’s qualifications for the position to determine the salaries and grade level.  The incumbent selected will be appointed at the appropriate grade level based on the nature and extent of professional education, training and experience.


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, 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.

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



OTHER INFORMATION:

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.



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 Wednesday, January 23, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

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

 

If you cannot apply online:

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

2.    Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.

3.    Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

 

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 692690.

2.     Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required to be submitted by ALL applicants when applying to this announcement:

1.    Application for Associated Health Occupations at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf 

2.   Your Resume
3.    A complete Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
4.    SUBMIT: COPY of Licensure/Certification/Registration verification is required with application package.
[if you do not have a copy of the licensure, please submit proof/verification (i.e., from the state's website]
5.    Any other documents required by the checklist such as a copy of Transcripts, etc.

 

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package.

Your resume/application must include dates of employment and should state whether the work was full-time or part-time (Note: if part-time work, please include the approx. number of hours worked per week).

(e)MAILED ITEMS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Please submit application materials online or by fax only.

CURRENT VA EMPLOYEES PLEASE NOTE:  Please submit a complete application package prior to the closing date.  Include all of your relevant work information (ie starting and ending dates of employment, hours worked, duties, etc).  The information 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 complete application and all the documents requested in the announcement may render you not qualified for the position you are applying for.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Gwendalyn D. Williams
Phone: (937)268-6511x1212
Email: GWENDALYN.WILLIAMS@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Dayton VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
4100 West Third Street
HRM Service
Dayton, OH
45428

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and a qualification determination will be made. You will be notified when a decision is made. If you qualify, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified if you are referred.

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Job Announcement Number:

VHA-552-12-692690

Control Number:

319980300