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Job Title:RN (Psychiatric Nursing Care)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-NV-13-EBe-877203

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$45,985.00 to $91,872.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 to Wednesday, May 01, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

VN-0610-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Cincinnati, OH United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All groups of qualified individuals

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 877203

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.  

  

DESCRIPTION:

One (1.0) vacancy exists for a Registered Nurse in Mental Health Care Line. This position will in the Inpatient/Acute Psychiatry unit on 7 North. The incumbent will be directly responsible to the Nurse Manager, Acute Psychiatry. This is an evening shift that will include weekend rotations and holidays.

 

At the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, our duty is to make sure Veterans receive the finest health care available within our resources. We are devoted to providing primary healthcare, specialized care, and mental health service to Veterans whom reside within a 50 mile radius of the Medical Center serving veterans in the states of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. For more information, please visit our web site. http://www.cincinnati.va.gov/

 

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.

 

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 and leadership positions 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/

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

 

 Relocation expenses are not authorized 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.

DUTIES:

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The Cincinnati, OH VA Medical Center is seeking an individual who possesses good organizational skills which enable completion of work, a demonstrated ability to assume leadership in a patient centered program, and the ability to establish effective communication with patients, families, visitors and members of the interdisciplinary team.  

As an RN assigned to the  Inpatient/Acute Psychiatry Mental Health Unit, you will be primarily responsible for applying the nursing process to the care of veteran patients admitted to the VA Cincinnati, OH Healthcare System. 

 

Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Functions independently to provide direct and indirect care to patients

  • Provides direct patient care to patients in the acute psychiatry care unit through assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation and outcomes management; consults with other specialists as required and adjusts nursing care processes as needed to ensure optimal care.

  • Performs and documents comprehensive nursing assessment and reassessment including physical and psychological parameters on adult and geriatric patients.
  • Assures that appropriate documentation reflects assessment of patient needs, clinical interventions, and evaluation of patients' responses to treatments.
  • Provides a full range of nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavior problems.
  • Administers medications using the principles and practices of bar code medication administration
  • Interacts professionally with patients, family members and treatment team members; involves patients and family in the information of the plan of care
  • Participates in the development of interdisciplinary mental health treatment plans.
  • Formulates a teaching plan based on identified learning needs and evaluates effectiveness of learning; includes family in teaching as appropriate.
  • Collaborates with health team members to facilitate positive patient care outcomes.
  • Maintains current knowledge of medications and their correct administration based on age of patients and his/her clinical condition.
  • Responds promptly to changes in workload, and adjusts assignments as necessary to achieve optimal productivity and efficiency.
  • Orients new employees to the Psychiatric Unit.
  • Provides clinical leadership by conducting formal and informal education to staff and appropriately delegating duties in accordance with scope of practice and competency achievement
  • Competently facilitates/provides individual patient counseling on a one to one basis.
  • Maintains current clinical practice through ongoing continuing professional growth; practices according to the American Nurses Association Standards of Clinical Nursing Practice.

 

Note:   Psychiatric nursing care experience is preferred.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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According to VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD; All RN's must meet the following Qualifications in order to be eligible for this position.  (http://www1.va.gov/vapubs/viewPublication.asp?Pub_ID=464&FType=2)

 

  1. Citizen of the United States. 
  2. 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). 
  3. 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.    
  4. English language proficiency (written and spoken)
  5. Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. Physical and mental status of individuals should enable them to perform all their duties under normal and emergent conditions.  The applicant must have the ability to perform efficiently and without hazard to self or others.  Incumbent will encompass consideration of physical, mental, and emotional ability as related to realistic requirements for the duties and responsibilities to be assumed.  A physical examination prior to employment will be required.  
  6. Background Investigation- Appointment to this position is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the required background investigation.

 

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.
  • Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of experience, or ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years experience or a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years experience, or a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no experience. 
  • Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years experience or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years experience. 

  

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

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The person in this position must be physically and mentally able to perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others:  stand, walk, bend, stoop, raise arms above shoulder level, climb stairs, use a keyboard, transfer/move adult male and female patient using appropriate assistive devices, push/pull an occupied gurney, and perform all other activities of the position without restrictions.


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. ***

Other Requirements and Information:

  • Incumbent will be required to pass a pre-employment physical examination.
  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a drug testing designated position are subject to random drug screen (urinalysis) for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA.
  • Background Investigation: New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability. Applicants must not be listed on the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB) and Office of Inspector General (OIG) Exclusionary List.
  • The list of eligible candidates resulting from this announcement may be considered for filling appropriate vacancies for 90 days on bargaining unit positions and 180 days for non-bargaining unit positions.  

 

Veterans' Preference: 

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or resume.  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. 

 

IF YOUR RESUME DOES NOT SUPPORT YOUR QUESTIONNAIRE ANSWERS, WE WILL NOT ALLOW CREDIT FOR YOUR RESPONSE(S).  ALL INFORMATION WILL BE EVALUATED AT FACE VALUE -- NO ASSUMPTIONS WILL BE MADE. 

 


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.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp or http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .   



OTHER INFORMATION:

  • This announcement may be used to fill additional unanticipated vacancies at the same grade level(s) and location(s) as stated in this announcement that occur within ninety (90) days of the issue date of the certificate of eligible's for this vacancy. 
  • This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position.
  • Request for copies, return of forms or transfer of consideration to another announcement will not be honored.
  • This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 
  • This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.  Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.
  • 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.

 

EEO Policy Statement:   http://www.usajobs.gov/eeo 

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:   http://www/usajobs.gov/raps 

Legal and Regulatory Guidance: http://www.usajobs.gov/lrg  

 

ICTAP and CTAP: The 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. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .



HOW TO APPLY:

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PLEASE READ THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CAREFULLY AND IN ITS ENTIRETY TO ENSURE THAT ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS ARE SUBMITTED WITH YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE.  FAILURE TO SUBMIT A COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGE WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF CONSIDERATION. 

NOTE: Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application. 

INCOMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGES WILL BE RATED INELIGIBLE.

 

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.

 

This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under the Required Documents section. 

 

YOU MUST INCLUDE 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-suing 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.

 

Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

 

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.

 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on  Wednesday, May 01, 2013 

 

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.

 

If you are unable to upload the required documents:

  1. Complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following 877203.  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 help uploading documents or for other general questions, please see the HELP/FAQ's link at the bottom of the USAJOBS webpage



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Please read this entire announcement. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms).  

 

Applicants CANNOT be contacted for any required documents listed above. Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, erroneous fax transmissions, etc.


Federal forms can be accessed on websites www.va.gov/vaforms and www.opm.gov/forms

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

****The following documents are required: The documents that you submit must reflect the answers that you provide on the Questionnaire.****

  1. CV or Resume.
  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). Please be sure to sign the forms (REQUIRED).
  3. If prior military service, be sure to 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).
  4. If currently employed in the Cincinnati, OH VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (Required to be considered an internal applicant). You must provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action." The SF-50 must indicate proof of status (for example, you were a career or a career-conditional employee) and should identify your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted) (This is not the "Award" SF-50).
  5. OF 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. Please be sure to sign the forms (REQUIRED)
  6. Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy (Use this checklist). 
  7. Transcripts- please provide a copy of your transcripts. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected for the position.
  8. Any other documents required by this checklist.
  9. If you were unable to click on the apply online button at the beginning of this announcement and answer the questions - then you will need to print off the Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and answer them using the instructions that can be found under the HOW TO APPLY section of this announcement.

 

CURRENT VA EMPLOYEES PLEASE NOTE:  The selecting official for this position is not allowed access to your electronic OPF which is why it is required for you to submit a thorough and complete resume to include all of your relevant work information (ie starting and ending dates of employment, hours worked, duties, etc).  The resume you provide through this application process is forwarded to the selecting official.  It is highly recommended that you use the resume builder in USA JOBS as it contains all of the information we need to determine whether or not you are qualified for this position.  Failure to provide a resume and all the documents requested in the announcement may render you not qualified for the position you are applying for.

 

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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Elizabeth Berry
Phone: (513)475-6361
Email: ELIZABETH.BERRY1@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Cincinnati VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
3200 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH
45220

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You may check the status of your application anytime by logging in to Application Manager at https://applicationmanager.gov/.

 

Please do not call the Human Resources office to check on the status of your application. Once the Human Resources department knows, you will receive a notice via the e-mail address that you provided. Once the Human Resources Department knows the status of this position, you will know!

 

After you Submit Your Application...

After the human resources department receives your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed by a Human Resources Specialist to determine if you meet the requirements. You will be notified by e-mail when this decision is made.  

 

What happens when your application is referred?

If you meet all of the basic requirements of this position, your application package will be referred to the selecting official in the Mental Health Care Line. Once the Selecting Official in Mental Health (which is not the HR Specialist) looks over the applications, he/she will then decide if they would like to contact you for an interview. The interview will be arranged and coordinated by the Selecting Official in Mental Health. You will be notified by e-mail if your name is referred to the selecting official in Mental Health.

 

After interviewing is Complete...

Once the Selecting Official in Mental Health decides on a candidate for the position, they will send the certificate back to Human Resources and all other candidates that are not selected will once again be notified of the outcome via the e-mail address provided.

 

What does the pre-appointment process entail?
At this point a tentative offer will be made to the applicant that the Mental Health Selecting Official chooses. If you are selected for this position a number of pre-employment requirements must be met before a final commitment of employment can be made. The more active you are in this process, the quicker you can be brought on board. There are a number of steps in the pre-employment process. Failure to complete the pre-employment process within three (3) calendar days will result in withdrawal of the tentative employment offer. Once the selected applicant completes all requirements & all requirements have been verified, you will be contacted by a Human Resources Specialist to discuss an official start date and commitment package.


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Job Announcement Number:

VHA-NV-13-EBe-877203

Control Number:

341861200