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Job Title:Licensed Practical Nurse, Primary Care

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:NSA 13-831907-12

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$32,032.00 to $46,881.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, January 31, 2013 to Wednesday, February 13, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0620-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Saginaw, MI United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 831907

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?

 

Michigan is in the heart of the Great Lakes region, a diverse, medically-advanced community that is the gateway to Michigan's famous four seasons recreational opportunities, such as hunting, skiing, and boating. With an affordable cost of living, exemplary public schools, and various museums, you can spend your winters in snow and your summers on sandy beaches, all while serving America's heroes.

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

 

NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is [GS-06].  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of [GS-03] to [GS-06].  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

 

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or 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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The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) may be assigned to a medical, surgical, specialty unit, primary or specialty clinic.  Primary responsibility is caring for patients as assigned. Has the knowledge and skills necessary for self direction in carrying out complex practical nursing assignments.

 

The LPN utilizes basic nursing skills and techniques, of varying degrees of complexity, in a general care or clinic setting, to provide personal and general nursing care to adult patients, aged 18-85 and older, who require treatment for common medical conditions and/or minor invasive procedures.

 

The majority of care and service is provided to patients aged 45 and older who have chronic health conditions including diabetes, respiratory disease, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, alcoholism and to patients requiring terminal care.

 

The LPN participates in data collection, planning, implementation, and evaluation of care for all aged patients treated. In care of the elderly, planning and implementation is aimed at providing care to support and reduce the effects of the aging process, health maintenance and promotion, minimizing adverse effect. of drugs, and maintenance of optimal psychosocial functioning, including assisting with the management of confusion and disorientation.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

·         U.S. citizenship.  

·         Education: Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) at the time the program was completed by the applicant.

·         License: 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.

·         Licensed practical or vocational nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in both spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

 

Preferred qualifications:

Ø  Current computer competency

Ø  Ability to work effectively with the interdisciplinary health care team.

Ø  Reinforces patient and family teaching; in accordance with policy and procedure.

Ø  Maintains competence in safe patient handling.

Ø  Minimum one year qualifying experience in the role of an LPN.

 

 

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-03 LEVEL:   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.

 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-04 LEVEL:   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. Employees may be appointed at or advanced to GS-4 if they meet any of the criteria in paragraphs 3b(2)(a) through (c) below:

·         Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or

·         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

 

SUBSTITUTING EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-04 LEVEL:   To meet the required specialized experience for the GS-04 level, applicant may substitute: Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.

 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-05 LEVEL Employees may be appointed at or advanced to GS-5 if they meet any of the criteria below:

·         Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent.

·         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.

·         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.

·         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.

·         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.

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

·         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.

 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-06 LEVEL Employees may be appointed at or advanced to GS-06 if they meet any of the criteria below:

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

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

·         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 for appropriateness and conformity with established policies/procedures.

·         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 recognizes and considers emotional, cultural, spiritual, socio-economic, and age-related factors.

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Please include the starting and end date including the month and year for each position listed on your resume. Also, for each job listed on your resume, state whether the position was full-time, part-time, or occasional and how many hours were worked.

 

References : VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also 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.

 

Physical Requirements:  http://www.saginaw.va.gov/careers/LPN.pdf


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 (with type of discharge) 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.

 

Probationary Period: You will be required to complete a one year probationary period.

 

Physical Requirements: 

http://www.saginaw.va.gov/careers/LPN.pdf

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

 

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.

 

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Actions to fill this position will not be based on discriminatory factors such as sex, race, color, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, physical handicap or age, which are prohibited by law.

 

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: Department of Veterans Affairs provides reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodations for any part of the applicant and hiring process, please notify Ms. Jacqueline Hill, Selective Placement Coordinator at (989) 497-2500, extension 13085. Reasonable accommodation decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.



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/Account/Login) 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: 831907.  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.

 

For additional information on this posting please contact:

Susan Wernecke, RN, BSN

Nurse Recruiter

(989)497-2500 ext. 11469

Susan.Wernecke@va.gov

 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, February 13, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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.       If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (with type of discharge) 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).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Susan Wernecke
Phone: (989)321-4469
Email: SUSAN.WERNECKE@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Saginaw VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
HRMS 05
1500 Weiss Street
Saginaw, MI
48602

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:

NSA 13-831907-12

Control Number:

336852500