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Job Title:Licensed Vocational Nurse (Open Continuous)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-519-NR-519-896195 hhl

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$32,688.00 to $45,862.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, May 20, 2013 to Tuesday, November 12, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0620-04/06

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location(s):
Abilene, TX View Map
Big Spring, TX View Map
Odessa, TX View Map
San Angelo, TX View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 896195 

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?

Are YOU the one?

The West Texas VA Health Care System honors America's Veterans.

Do you possess the following?

If so, YOU maybe just what we are looking for!

Safety: Safety First! Always!

Kindness: You will treat all Veterans, families, and team members with compassion, respect, and dignity.

Performance Excellence: You will always give your best.

Presentation: You will practice professionalism, positive attitude, and passion.

Stewardship: You will undertake a personal responsibility for the duties entrusted to you.

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT CAREFULLY BEFORE APPLYING ONLINE!!  APPLY ONLINE BY FOLLOWING THE FAXING INSTRUCTIONS LOCATED IN THE "HOW TO APPLY" SECTION.  YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE MUST BE COMPLETE TO INCLUDE ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION (SEE "REQUIRED DOCUMENTS" SECTION) TO RECEIVE FULL CONSIDERATION FOR THIS POSITION.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED SECTION:

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of (IFM) ineligible due to missing forms.  Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package (including licensure if required). We cannot be health responsible for incompatible software, incomplete uploads or fax transmissions.

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 West Texas VA Health Care System is currently accepting applications for the position of Licensed Vocational Nurse(s) at the following locations to include the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Big Spring, Texas and/or the Community Based Outpatient Clinic(s) in Odessa, San Angelo and Abilene, Texas vacancy and/or vacancies become available.  Your application will be considered for the following department(s) providing Veterans patient care:  Community Living Center; Coordinated Care Service: Outpatient Clinic; Urgent Care; and the Community Based Outpatient Clinic(s) in San Angelo, Odessa, and Abilene, Texas listing the desired location(s).

The Licensed Vocational Nurse(s) serves as a member of the Nursing/Patient Care Service Team.  He/she must have considerable knowledge, experience, and skills for concentrated effort and self motivation to carry out assignments.  The incumbent observes patient's changing conditions and health status, charting, and meeting Preventive Health Guidelines and will be responsible for demonstrating nursing processes (assessments, diagnosis, outcome identification, and education planning); provides and documents direct and indirect patient care.  Our facility is seeking individuals who possess good organizational skills, demonstrate  the 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.

Work schedule:  Will vary by the hiring facility.

Salary will be determined by the Nurse Professional Standards Board based on experience and education.

This is an open continuous announcement and will remain open until filled.

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5CF2013(u), Schedule A, Appointment of person with disabilities (i.e.intellectual disabilities, sever physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

* U.S. Citizenship

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

* 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.

* All applicants must be physical and mentally able to perform the duties of the position.

* Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

GS-4

(a)  Six months of qualifying experience.

GS-5

(a)  Completion of at least one (1) year of additional qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent, fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN/LVN.

(b)  Demonstrated knowledge and ability to provide a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems. 

(c)  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

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

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

(c)  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 (RN) or physician (MD/DO).

(d)]  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/LVN recognizes and considers emotional, cultural, spiritual, socio-economic, and age-related factors.

(e) Prepares and administers prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous) and performs treatments according to established policies/procedures.  Observes for physical and/or emotional changes in patient’s condition from prescribed medications/treatments, promptly and accurately documenting noted changes, and reporting any deviations from normal to RN or MD/DO.

(f)  Knowledge and ability to recognize urgent or emergent patient care situations, seek assistance of the RN and/or MD/DO, and initiate appropriate emergency interventions as directed.

(g)  Knowledge and understanding of human behavior, patient motivations and reactions to situations, and ability to appropriately utilize this knowledge in working effectively with patients, family members, and other staff.

(h)  Establishes constructive relationships with individual patients and their families to elicit feelings and attitudes, and to promote positive relationships, communication and socialization skills.  Fosters an environment of respect for individual patient and family rights to privacy and dignity in all aspects of care delivery.  Effectively incorporates knowledge and understanding of established customer service standards in all interactions with patients, family members, and/or other internal/external customers.

(i)  Knowledge and skill in performing support duties for complex diagnostic tests and/or specialized practices or procedures, which include preparing the patient, assisting in the diagnostic examination, preparing and handling specialized instruments or other specialized equipment, and monitoring the patient’s condition before, during, and following the procedure.  Serves as a preceptor in orienting, educating, and training less experienced LPNs/LVNs or NAs/HTs related to support duties for these more complex, specialized tests/procedures.

(j)  Actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge gained with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice.

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

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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  A pre-employment physical will be required for this position.  This position also requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity.  This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing.  Transferring patients and objects may be required.  The incumbent may be exposed to infected patient and contaminated materials and may be required to wear protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures.  The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders.  The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.


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 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.


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 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.



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: 896195.  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 Friday, December 20, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package to be considered for this position 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. Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  5. Copy of Licensure
  6. Copy of Transcripts
  7. 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).  
  8. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Hilda Lara
Phone: (432)264-4820x5575
Email: HILDA.LARA@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA West Texas VA HCS Big Springs
Department of Veterans Affairs
300 Veterans Blvd
Big Spring, TX
79720
USA

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-519-NR-519-896195 hhl

Control Number:

344085500