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Job Title:LVN (Specialty)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:890349NM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$41,496.00 to $58,090.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, May 10, 2013 to Thursday, May 30, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0620-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

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

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 890349 

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, 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/ .  

 

NOTE 1: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-3 to GS-6 The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s qualifications 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.

 

NOTE 2: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s qualifications and recommend the 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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FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT NUMBER:  000000.

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

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

Direct Patient Care: On an ongoing basis, provides quality care to patients with multi-system problems, including seriously and chronically-ill patients. Has knowledge and skill in performing support duties for complex diagnostic tests and/or specialized practices or procedures.  Utilizes verbal or written "hand off" interactive communication that allows the opportunity for questioning between giver and receiver of patient information.  Consistently distinguishes, evaluates, and reports subtle changes in patient status, and initiates appropriate action.  Proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient population.  Preparing the patient, assisting in the diagnostic examination, preparing and handling instruments/equipments and monitoring the patient's condition before, during and following the procedure.  Observes, identifies, and responds to patients' needs of care, including medication and equipment-assisted care and recognizes deviations from normal.  Has knowledge and ability to recognize urgent or emergent patient care situations.  Indirect Patient Care: Accurately recognizes, reports, and records relevant to patient information: Assist with computer check-in and check-out of clinic appointments; Ensures that encounter form documentation for clinics is complete. Correctly documents in medical record using software computer programs.  Consistently practices Standard Precautions and other infection control measures, including good hand hygiene and promotes compliance with procedures for patients with suspected communicable disease, utilization of personal protective equipment, etc.  Contributes to smooth operation of clinic by consistently ensuring that support and administrative tasks are carried out.  


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

·         U.S. citizenship.  

·         Education. Graduate of a school of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State agency and/or accredited by the National League of Nursing at the time of the program was completed by the applicant.

·         Licensure.  Full, active, current and unrestricted licensure as a licensed practical or vocational nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or District of Columbia

·         English Language Proficiency.  Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must be able to be proficient in both spoken and written English.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:  In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicant must meet the following qualification criteria for each grade.

GS-3:  None beyond the basic requirements.

 

GS-4:  Six months of qualifying experience; or Graduation from an approved school 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; or Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.   LVNs 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.

 

GS-5:  Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent.  LVN at this grade level must have demonstrated knowledge and ability to provide a full-range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems.  Demonstrated ability to serve as a responsible member of the nursing team and interact with patients, family members, professional and supportive personnel who provide patient care, and with members of other services.

 

GS-6:  In addition to meeting the requirements for the GS-5 level, has completed at least an additional year of qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent.  Has the knowledge’s and skills necessary for concentrated effort and self-direction in carrying out the most complex practical nursing care assignments, including assignments for selected acute, care, long-term or ambulatory care, or psychiatric patients requiring skilled nursing care.  Serves as a member of a health care team with these selected patients and provides care to them on a regular and recurring basis.  Complete assigned duties and responsibilities which involve performing nonstandard and specialized practical nursing activities at the GS-6 level, requiring broad work experience and demonstrated skill sufficient to resolve a range of nursing problems.

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

References:    VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G13, Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard, dated April 10, 2003.  VA Handbook 5005 available in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements: Position is subject to a pre-employment physical and medical examination.

This position requires: heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over; pushing (2 hours); use of fingers; both hands required; walking (8 hours); standing (8 hours); kneeling (.25 hours); climbing, legs only (.25 hours); both legs required; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted).  Environmental Factors: outside and inside; excessive heat; excessive noise, intermittent; dust; working closely with others; protracted or irregular hours of work; unusual emotional strain.

 


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.  Applicants must, therefore, only report 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 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. 

 

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.

  

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 



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 COMPLETED (FILLED OUT, SIGNED, AND DATED) 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/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: 890349.  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 Thursday, May 30, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. Completed (filled out, signed, and dated) 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. 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.
  5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD 214 [Member-4 copy] (required) or proof of service.   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

    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)

  7. Any other documents required by the checklist.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

VAPAHCS USAS
Phone: (650)493-5000x63951
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: V21PALWORKFORTHEVA@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:

890349NM

Control Number:

343337000