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Job Title:RN New Grad Program

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:826360EG

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$78,690.00 to $104,650.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 to Wednesday, January 30, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

AD-0610-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Temporary NTE 13 months

DUTY LOCATIONS:

12 vacancies in the following location:
Palo Alto, CA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 826360

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 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/ .  

 

RN New Grad Program at VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) - Nursing specialty available in areas of Gero/Psych, Spinal Cord Injury, Polytrauma, Acute In-patient Mental Health, Critical Care, Med/Surg, and Operating Room.

NOTE:  Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant(s) selected.  The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

 

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • RN license required by 02-14-13 for program consideration.
  • 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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DOCUMENTS:  Please submit the following documents.

RESUME AND APPLICATION should include:

  • Dates of employment and the number of hours worked for each position held.  If you are a current VAPAHCS employee, in addition, please include current position title and name of unit.
  • All licenses numbers and State EVER held.  Include old expired licenses, LVN or other licenses held if an RN/RNP, and any foreign licenses.
  • Clinical rotations, AND number of hours of any volunteer experience or any previous work experience related to the position, such as EMT, EKG Tech, Surgical Tech, etc. Include date of graduation from nursing school.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • U.S. Citizen
  • RN license - must have by 02-14-2013 for program consideration.
  • New RN Graduates from December 2011 or after.  BSN or MSN graduates strongly preferred.
  • Must have specific interest in the specialty areas and commit to VA Palo Alto Health Care System in that specialty area for a minimum of 2 years after completion of specific program.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not  authorized for this position.

 

FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT NUMBER:  000000.

WORK SCHEDULE:  MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY - 8:00AM TO 4:30PM

WORK SCHEDULE:  VARIES - SUBJECT TO ROTATING SHIFTS WITH THE REQUIREMENT TO WORK WEEKENDS AND FEDERAL HOLIDAYS. 

 

  1. Incumbent will be responsible for the following duties, but not limited to:
  2. Responsible to the Nurse Manager of specific assigned area.
  3. Responsible for providing direct patient care in specific assigned area.
  4. Works in partnership with the health care team in implementing standards of care in accordance with the purpose, philosophy and objectives of nursing, while being a positive team player.
  5. Responsible for maintenance, care and use of equipment used, applying principles of asepsis, therapeutic and technical knowledge to ensure a safe environment for patients and staff.
  6. Provides patient and family teaching.
  7. Documents nursing interventions.
  8. Participates in in-services, journal club presentations and TQI activities.
  9. Manages resources to meet patient care needs and assure high quality care.

                                                                                                             

Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Citizen of the United States.  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).  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.    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.

 

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

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD http://www1.va.gov/vapubs/viewPublication.asp?Pub_ID=464&FType=2


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.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.


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. 

 

RPL/ICTAP/CTAP:  The Reemployment Priority List (RPL), 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. Information about RPL, ICTAP, and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/

 

Reasonable Accommodation: This office provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If requested and appropriate, and you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify this office either orally or in writing. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Information about Reasonable Accommodation is on OPM’s Reasonable Accommodation website at:

http://www.opm.gov/Disability/ReasonableAccommodation.asp

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs supports a drug-free environment.

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

VA employees, applicants for employment, and former employees shall not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, gender (sex), national origin, age, physical or mental disability, and/or reprisal for filling a charge of discrimination, participating in an investigation, or having opposed prohibited discrimination.  Sexual and non-sexual harassment based on the above categories is also prohibited.

 

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within (90) days.

 

 

 

 

 

 



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 A COMPLETED (FILLED OUT, SIGNED, AND DATED) VA FORM 10-2850a 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://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:

  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 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: T826360.  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 30, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Federal Resume.
  2. Completed (filled out, signed, and dated) 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).
  3. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Link to OF-306 – Declaration for Federal Employment: http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OF306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 [Member-4 copy] or proof of service (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).
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).
  6. Resume Reminder - Your federal resume must include the following information for each job listed: Job title; Duties (be as detailed as possible); Month & year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008); Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

NURSE RECRUITER
Phone: (650)493-5000x64530
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: V21PALNURSERECRUITER@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Palo Alto HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
Palo Alto Health Care System
NO MAIL/EMAIL/IN-PERSON APPLICATIONS
Palo Alto, CA
94304 Fax: (478)757-3144

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:

826360EG

Control Number:

335800800