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Job Title:RN- Project Nurse (SPS and RME)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:JP-13-854913-ST

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$55,137.00 to $105,085.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, March 07, 2013 to Friday, January 10, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

VN-0610-01

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

03

DUTY LOCATIONS:

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

WHO MAY APPLY:

OPENED UNTIL FILLED

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 854913

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.

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
  • 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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Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Healthcare Network

 

Houston, Texas

VISN 16

Houston VA Medical Center

Sterile Processing Services/ Reusable Medical Equipment Project Nurse

 

 

Initiates Responsibilities

·         Directs and implements practice according to established polices, standards of care and standards of practice

·         Demonstrates leadership in providing and improving the delivery of nursing care

·         Responsible to the Associate Chief of Nursing Operations

·         Initiates policies relative to practice area

·         Demonstrates competencies specific to Reusable Medical Equipment , (RME), and Sterile Processing Services (SPS).

Scope

·         The SPS/RME program supports MEDVAMC policy of providing a culture of safety, ensuring that patients/residents are cared for safely while maintaining a safe work environment for employees.

 

Qualifications

·         Citizen of the United States

·         Graduate of an NLN accredited or State approved School of Nursing

·         Current RN licensure

·         Physical and intellectual capacity to satisfactorily perform assigned duties

 

Education and Experience

·         BSN and approximately 2 to 3 years successful nursing practice (REQUIRED)

·         MSN or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2 - 3 years successful nursing practice (REQUIRED)

 

Assignments to Specialty Areas

·         Requirements will be identified through Role Specific competencies.

 

Physical Standards and Environmental Factors

  • Compliant with the following physical standards and environmental factors;
  • Heavy lifting, 50 pounds & over
  • Heavy carrying, 50 pounds & 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 & 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

 

NOTE: RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE REIMBURSED.

 

 

 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.    

 

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

Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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.

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. 



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 10-2850a IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.

 

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).

http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf

 

http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf

 

  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 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: T854913.  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, March 05, 2014.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume. (REQUIRED)
  2. 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 (Available at http://www4.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/OF306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application, signature not needed until selection is made.
  4. 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).
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Samantha Townsend
Phone: (713)791-1414x5770
Email: SAMANTHA.TOWNSEND@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Houston VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
Michael E DeBakey VAMC 2002 Holcombe BL
Room 4A-149
Houston, TX
77030-4298

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Applications will be reviewed periodically to determine qualified applicants.  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-13-854913-ST

Control Number:

339275100