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Job Title:LVN SPINAL CORD INJURY Home Care Clinic (MEDVAMC Applicants only)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:JP-13-822547-ST

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$33,488.00 to $45,376.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, January 09, 2013 to Wednesday, January 08, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0620-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Agency Employees Only

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

06

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Houston, TX View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

OPEN ONLY TO CURRENT EMPLOYEES OF THE MEDVAMC

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number: JP-13-822547-ST

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?

As a VA professional, 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.

Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities ; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

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LVN

SPINAL CORD INJURY

 Home Care Clinic 

Monday – Friday 7:30-4:00pm 

OPEN ONLY TO CURRENT EMPLOYEES OF THE MEDVAMC!! 

 

The following is a list of required skills and characteristics considered essential assignment attributes:

 

a. Completion of LVN degree from a state accredited school of nursing.

 

b. A minimum of three years of recent clinical experience as a Vocational nurse with outpatient experience preferred.

 

c. Effective oral and written communication skills.

 

d. Ability to provide accurate physical, mental, and preventive health data collection skills.

 

e. Ability to assist with specialized procedures and perform fine manipulation skills.

 

f. Has visual and auditory acuity at a level necessary for safe patient care.

 

g. Ability to withstand considerable amounts of standing and walking including assisting with positioning, transfer or transport.

 

h. Demonstrates self-direction and flexibility in managing assignments.

 

i. Must be effective in providing educational instructions to patients and others.

 

j. Demonstrates effective interpersonal skills when dealing with patients, families, all staff, and management at a professional level.

 

k. Knowledge of and proficiency in keyboarding and basic computer operations.

 

l. Flexibility in assignment scheduling. This may include floating to other clinics, working Saturdays, some holidays, and flexible tours of duty (early/late hours). 

  

m. Must have the physical capability to initiate crisis intervention measures and the ability and willingness to accomplish satisfactory training and performance in nursing care emergencies. Must have BLS for Health care CPR care.

 

      Personal interviews will be conducted with the strongest candidates. Selection criteria include the following:

1.    Specific competencies required for the position include:

2.    Good interview skills required for patient screening

3.    Ability to work effectively with an interdisciplinary team

4.    Motivation for self-development

 

PHYSICAL STANDARDS AND ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS RELATING TO THE ABILITYTO FUNCTION IN THE ROLE:

-Heavy lifting 50 pounds and over

-Heavy carrying 50 pounds and over

-Straight pulling (1-2 hours)

-Pushing (1-2 hours)

-Walking (2-4 hours)

-Standing (2-6 hours)

-Use of fingers

-Both hands required

-Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously

-Near vision correctable

-Far vision correctable

-Depth perception

-Hearing (aide permitted)

-Work closely with others, as well as, protracted or irregular hours of work

-Use stretchers to transfer patients and use patient lifts, if applicable

 

 

 RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE REIMBURSED


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

  • U.S. citizenship.  
  • LVN certificate from an accredited program
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • After appointment, you will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
  • You must have a certification, licensure, or registration credentials as a LVN  for this position. In some, cases, these may be substituted for experience and education.
  • You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.
  • Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination.

 

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

References : Input applicable reference and links.   For example:   VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix F7, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated February 2009,  and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm ( or you may use the following generic citation) VA Handbook 5005 available in the local Human Resources Office and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm. ]


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.  Applicants must, therefore, only report 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 application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   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.

 

 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. 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. 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.  Exceptions include:     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.

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. 

(1)  GS-3.  None beyond the basic requirements.  LPNs at this grade level are expected to perform all duties within the scope of their license (e.g., medication administration); however, completed work may require routine or detailed higher level review depending upon the complexity of the duties involved.

(2)  GS-4.  Employees may be appointed at or advanced to GS-4 if they meet any of the criteria below: (a) Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or 

(b)  Graduation from an approved school (which may be waived as provided in paragraph 4 of Section C) and one year of experience that involved nursing care work in a hospital, outpatient clinic, nursing home, or other supervised medical, nursing, or patient care facility that provided a practical knowledge of human body structure and sterile techniques and procedures; or (c) Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration. (d)  LPNs at the GS-4 grade level perform all duties expected of employees at the GS-3 grade level; however, they are expected to exercise greater judgment, require less supervision, and to operate in accordance with all established policies, procedure, and techniques.

 

(3)  GS-5: (a) Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent.

(b)  Demonstrated knowledge and ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems.  Works with the RN and/or MD/DO to appropriately orient/train less experienced LPNs/LVNs and/or Nursing Assistants (NAs)/Health Technicians (HTs) in relation to acceptable standards of practice in promoting optimal patient care delivery.  Provides effective education to patients and/or family members in relation to common disease processes, medication, and /or prescribed treatment regimes. (c)  Demonstrated ability to serve as a responsible member of the nursing team and interact in an appropriate manner with patients, family members, professional and other]supportive personnel involved in the delivery of patient care, incorporating acceptable, established customer service standards into practice.

(d)  Knowledge and skill sufficient to prepare, administer, and appropriately document actions taken specific to commonly prescribed oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular, and/or intravenous medications as permitted by approved local facility policies and procedures.  Observation and documentation will include patient’s response to medication administered and the reporting of any noted change in patient’s condition to RN or MD/DO. (e)  Knowledge and ability to recognize the need for and to institute emergency measures when indicated, promptly seek the assistance of the RN or MD/DO, and assist in resuscitation procedures in cardiac and/or pulmonary arrest.

(f)  Recognizes and appropriately responds to breakage/malfunction or loss of equipment, safety hazards, and supply deficiencies, promptly reporting to appropriate personnel for corrective action.

(g)  Completed work is under the general supervision of an RN or MD/DO.  Individuals at this grade level are expected to have a broad working knowledge of practical nursing procedures.  However, completion of more complex practices or procedures may be subject to closer higher-level review.

 

(4)  GS-6: [(a)  Completion of] at least one (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.

 

 


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. 

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 begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen 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.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide (http://www4.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:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Assessment Questions
  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 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.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

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: 822547.  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.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, January 08, 2014.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Please read the announcement in its entirety before applying ensuring all required documentation under the How to Apply section (REQUIRED DOCUMENTS) is submitted before the application deadline.

(All APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ONLINE, IF UNABLE, FAX APPLICATION AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS TO THE FAX NUMBER BELOW)

 

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  5. 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).  
  6. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources
Phone: (713)794-7458
Email: VHAHOUHUMANRESOURCESQUESTIONS@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
Medical Care Line
Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center
2002 Holcombe Blvd
Houston, TX
77030-4298
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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Job Announcement Number:

JP-13-822547-ST

Control Number:

335341600