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Job Title:Licensed Practical Nurse (2N/Medical)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-626-13-850500-AJJ

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$30,237.00 to $45,376.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, March 07, 2013 to Friday, March 22, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0620-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Nashville, TN United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 850500

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.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

PLEASE READ THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CAREFULLY AND IN ITS ENTIRETY TO ENSURE THAT ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS ARE SUBMITTED WITH YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE

****PLEASE NOTE: EFFECTIVE 6/2012 NEW FORM OF-306 dated October 2011. YOU WILL NEED TO UPDATE THIS FORM IN YOUR APPLICATION MANAGER. PLEASE SEE LINK IN THE INSTRUCTION ON FORMS REQUIRED.****

These vacancies are advertised at the range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard.  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.

NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is a GS-6.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of a GS-4 to a GS-6The 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.

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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Work Schedule: Based on needs of the service.

The LPN performs progressively complex age-specific nursing care for adult and geriatric inpatients or outpatients with a variety of physical, mental, behavioral or psychosocial needs, which require increased judgment and independent action, according to assignment and training. Responsible for assisting in the coordination of patient care delivery to ensure quality care according to established standards of care/practice, policy and procedures. Performs direct patient care activities, as appropriate to assignment, (includes, but is not limited to): Data collection, bathing, oral care, feeding, turning and positioning, and ambulating. Collecting and labeling specimens. Performing diagnostic procedures such as cardiac monitoring, TPR, B/P, phlebotomy etc. Documents and reports results to the registered nurse and/or physician and the medical record. Administers oral, subcutaneous, and intramuscular medications. Additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

  • Citizenship:   Citizen of the United States.   (Non-citizens may be appointed when no qualified citizens are available in accordance with regulations issued by the Under Secretary for Health or designee)
  • English Language Proficiency:   Applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).  
  • 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. Or from the NLNAC web site; ( http://www.nlnac.org/home.htm).

     ***All applicants must verify that the program where you received your Nursing Degree is accredited by checking to see if it is listed on either the state agency approved list or the NLNAC list (see below) in order to meet the basic qualification requirements. IF your educational degree program is not listed on one of these websites and the program was accredited at the time you graduated, you will need to submit additional written documentation from one of these agencies or from the Director of the Nursing program of your school as proof of accreditation by the NLNAC or the State. Your college transcripts are not proof of this documentation.***

     1.   The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), an accrediting arm of the National League for Nursing located at 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, New York 10006 or call (800) 669-1656 extension 153.   The NLNAC accredits all levels of nursing programs.   Additional information may be obtained from the NLNAC web site; ( http://www.nlnac.org/home.htm) or

     2.   To Verify State Nursing Board: Google – State Nursing Board of _______(the state in which the school is located) and then look for the Board of Nursing approved LPN schools.

    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 LPN/LVN   licensure will be accepted as meeting the education requirements for VHA employment.

The education requirement is waived for 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.

        Licensure:    Condition of employment.   Active, full, current and unrestricted licensure as a Graduate Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e. Puerto Rico), of the United States or the District of Columbia. An LPN who has or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probation status may be appointed only in accordance with regulations issued by the Under Secretary for Health or designee.


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

Physical Standards/Requirements:   See VA Handbook 5005, Part III, Chapter 2, paragraph 7, and VA Handbook 5019, Occupational Health Services. All applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position.   Must be able to lift (30 lbs or more); twisting and/or bending, standing and/or walking almost constantly during the course of the day.  

NOTE:  Wearing of a respirator may be required at times in the performance of the duties of this position.  As a result, employees assigned to these duties cannot have facial hair or any condition that interferes with the face- to-face piece seal or valve function of the respirator.

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 site specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome. 

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

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.


BENEFITS:

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The VA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factor.

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 .

Designated Drug-Testing position: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

Drug Free Workplace : This position may be designated as sensitive as defined in Presidential Order 12564.     After hire, persons employed in sensitive positions are subject to random testing for use of illegal drugs.   Testing will be conducted in accordance with Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Guidelines for Drug Testing Programs.   Random testing will begin no sooner than 30 days from the date a Drug Testing notice is received.



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. 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin the application 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. Make sure that you include all required documentation with your on-line application (see Required Documents). 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.

Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

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  8505002.  Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, March 22, 2013

For any additional information you may contact Melissa Littman, Nurse Recruiter at (615) 225-3608.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To apply for this position, 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.vacareers.va.gov/jobs_download/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).  (Not required for TVHS employees)

3.  Online Questionnaire if applicable.

4.  Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf).  (required)(Not required for TVHS employees)

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 the SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference", furnishing the required documentation as stated on the back of the SF-15.   The form is available at the following internet address: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf15.pdf 

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Jayne K. Johnson
Phone: (615)225-6596
Email: JAYNE.JOHNSON@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Tennessee Valley HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
Murfreesboro, TN
37129

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:

VHA-626-13-850500-AJJ

Control Number:

339328000