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Job Title:Licensed Practical Nurse (Community Living Center; Inpatient Mental Health)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-552-13-908916

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$25,387.00 to $46,203.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 to Thursday, July 11, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0620-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

13 vacancies in the following location:
Dayton, OH United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 908916

Tour of Duty:  Rotating shifts, weekends and holidays may be required


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/

Note:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-3 to GS-6.  The 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.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

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

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • **Please see the 'How To Apply' and 'Required Documents' sections**
  • COPY of Licensure verification is required to be submitted

DUTIES:

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Vacancies exist for LPNs in the Community Living Center - Long Term Care (CLC) and Inpatient Mental Health (7S) at the Dayton VA Medical Center within Nursing Service.  These positions are Full-time (80 hours within a two week period) and may include rotating shifts (7:30 am – 4:00 pm, 3:30 pm to Midnight or 12 midnight – 8 am), weekends and holidays.  These are bargaining unit positions.

LONG TERM CARE: The Community Living Centers include traditional nursing units, hospice and skilled care, Medical Rehabilitation and dementia care.  The Veteran population include: cancer, diabetes mellitus, COPD, CHF, CVA, liver disease, cardiac disease, AIDS, substance abuse, renal failure, dementia and other chronic problems needing long term care. 

INPATIENT MENTAL HEALTH: Acute inpatient psychiatric unit delivers quality services to patients in need of crisis stabilization and acute psychiatric intervention.  The inpatient health unit provides care and treatment for patients with acute psychiatric diagnosis, dual diagnosis, including substance abuse, PTSD and TBI.


Please see the ‘Required Documents’ section below to submit a complete application packet.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS

 a.  Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States. 

 

 b.  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.  [Additional information may also be obtained from the NLNAC Website.  Exceptions include:]

 

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

 

     (2)  [ ] 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.

 

     [(3)  Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school.  See paragraph 4, section C.]

 

 c.  Licensure.  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.         

 

 d.  Physical Standards.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

 

 e.  English Language Proficiency.  Licensed practical or vocational nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in [both] spoken and written English.

 

GRADE REQUIREMENTS

 

Definitions

 

Qualifying experience is successful nursing practice [as an LPN/LVN,] maintaining acceptable standards within a health care setting under the direction of a registered nurse [(RN)] or physician [(MD/DO)].  This may include experience as a GPN [or GVN] (graduate practical [or vocational] nurse) provided the candidate was utilized as a practical or vocational nurse and passed the State licensure examination on the first attempt.

    

Grade Determination.  In addition to the basic requirements, the following qualification criteria must be met for each grade.  The candidate’s qualifications must clearly demonstrate the level of competence required for the grade.

 

GS-3 None beyond the basic requirements. 

 

GS-4

  (a)  Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or

  (b)  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

  (c)  Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.

 

GS-5

  (a)  Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent.

 

GS-6 

  (a) Completion of at least 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)] for [ ] appropriateness and conformity with [established policies/procedures.
  (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. 

 

Preferred Qualifications: 

a. One to two years of successful nursing experience preferred.

b. Demonstrated clinical skill in providing a full range or practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical/ and/or behavior problems.
c. Demonstrated ability to serve as a responsible member of an interdisciplinary team and interact with patients, family members, professional and supportive  personnel who provide patient care.
d. Working knowledge of computerized medical records and various computer application programs.
e. Demonstrated ability in recognizing and responding appropriately to emergency situations (CPR and resuscitative methods).

f. Dependability and excellent interpersonal skills, with demonstrated strength in conflict resolution required.
g. Demonstrated knowledge of effective customer service techniques in order to work and deal with individuals with varied backgrounds and levels of understanding.



References:  VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G13, Licensed Practical Nurse or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard

 


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 Requirements: VA Handbook 5019

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.


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.

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.



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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HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, July 11, 2013 to receive consideration.

1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

**It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.**  

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.


Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 908916 
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, July 11, 2013Thursday, July 11, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed. 

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire item http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

REQUIRED: The following documents are required to be submitted by all applicants when applying to this announcement:

1.    Application for Associated Health Occupations available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf
2.    Resume
3.    A complete Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
4.    COPY of Licensure/Certification/Registration verification is required with application package.  [if you do not have a copy of the licensure, please submit proof/verification (i.e., from the state's website)]
5.    Any other documents such as a copy of college Transcripts, etc.


Your resume/application must include dates of employment and should state whether the work was full-time or part-time (Note: if part-time work, please include the approx. number of hours worked per week).


(e)MAILED ITEMS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Please submit application materials online or by fax only.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

LaQueta D. Barnes
Phone: (937)268-6511x1247
Email: LAQUETA.BARNES@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Dayton VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
4100 West Third Street
HRM Service
Dayton, OH
45428

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.

**All Applicants will receive email notifications of their status throughout the application process**

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Job Announcement Number:

VHA-552-13-908916

Control Number:

345485500