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Job Title:Nursing Assistant-Outpatient Mental Health (SHOW LOW)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:T38-13-947233/B5

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$27,990.00 to $40,706.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, August 22, 2013 to Thursday, September 05, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0621-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Show Low, AZ United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

 The Phoenix VA Health Care System is currently recruiting for a Nursing Assistant-Outpatient Mental Health (SHOW LOW).

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 947233

 

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? You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans! Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country.  Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.   The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.
 
The VA is much more than just another employer.  It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care.  Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.   The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department.  The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries.  The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

Basking in sunshine 300 days a year in the aptly named Valley of the Sun, the Phoenix VA Health Care System is located near downtown Phoenix, Arizona.  Although renowned for its warm, dry climate, Arizona's capitol offers much more than great weather.  The Phoenix metro area, now America's 5th largest city, offers affordable housing and a relaxed, informal southwestern lifestyle.  Diversity abounds.  Greater Phoenix has an abundance of golf courses, parks, public swimming pools and bike paths.  For the sports fans Phoenix is home to the NBA's Phoenix Suns, NFL's Arizona Cardinals; Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks and the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes.  Across the state, more than 11 million acres of national forest lands provide a varied playground for those who enjoy skiing, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, boating, hiking or camping for the more adventurous, there's white water rafting on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon!   For city dwellers, the valley boasts exceptional shopping and retail establishments, restaurants and night life.  The valley is also rapidly gaining prominence as a Mecca for the arts.  Phoenix possesses world class museums, a ballet, symphony orchestra and several theater companies. For more information on the City of Phoenix, visit the Chamber of Commerce site at http://www.phoenixchamber.com/

More information about the Phoenix VA Health Care System team may be found here:  http://www.phoenix.med.va.gov/ 
 
Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment medical examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

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Duties and Responsibilities:  As a Nursing Assistant in the Nursing Service of the Phoenix VA Health Care System, Phoenix, AZ you will perform a wide range of patient personal care, diagnostic services, treatment and charting activities on a regular and continuing basis. The incumbent delivers safe and individualized nursing care to patients with multiple and complex needs and performs in such a way as to promote a sense of worth and dignity for the individual. The incumbent should possess basic understanding of the total patient program, understanding of simple scientific facts and principles, a broad spectrum of technical skills, adaptation of procedures to meet individual patient needs, and recognition of the relatedness of patients' behavior and physical condition. The NA attends in-services and begins to recognize the need for continuing self-development. The nursing assistant will participate in care planning and performance improvement activities as a team member and other duties as assigned. These positions may be subject to reassignment to other areas within Nursing Service as patient care is needed.

This position will be located in our Outpatient Mental Health Unit Show Low, Arizona.

Work Schedule: Eight hour rotating shifts, rotating days, nights, weekends and holidays.

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



QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  
•U.S. citizenship.  
•This position requires a pre-employment physical examination.
•Proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). 
 
GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
 
GS-4:  Six (6) months of general and (6) months of specialized experience OR Successful completion of a 2-year degree program in an accredited school in practical nursing or in a field of study appropriate to the specialization of the position, such as education in a program for psychology, psychiatric, or operating room technician.
GS-5:  One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 level OR successful completion of a full four-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, with major study or courses in practical nursing or in a field of study appropriate to the specialization of the position being filled, such as education in a program for a psychology, psychiatric, geriatric or operating room technician.
 
Note - Applicants who are qualifying based on experience must possess at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level, which provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position (definition below).
 
DEFINITION OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One year of experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position. To be credible, experience should have been gained at the next lower grade level. Qualifying specialized experience includes nonprofessional nursing care work in a hospital, outpatient clinic, nursing home, or other medical, nursing, or patient care facility, or in such work as that of a home health aide performing duties such as:
     • Providing personal nursing care such as providing pre- and post-operative care.
     • Support duties for diagnostic and technical treatment procedures, such as setting up and operating special medical equipment and apparatus.
     • Caring for mentally ill patients, including observing, recording, and reporting changes in their behavior, and providing reassurance and encouragement.
     • Assisting surgeons and registered nurses in operating room activities, including passing instruments, maintaining sterile conditions, and draping and positioning patients. 
 
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
 
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/alph-ndx.asp.


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) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.).  Additionally, Veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non-service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as well as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF-15, “Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference” and required documentation with your application materials.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please 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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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:   http://www4.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp%20
VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies.  This position may be authorized for telework.  Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.



OTHER INFORMATION:

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 

 

This position is subject to a 1 year probation period, if not already completed.

 

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 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: TAG:Link to Full 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: TAG:VacancyID.  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, September 05, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
 3.Occupational Questionnaire
4.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).  
5.If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).
6.Copy of transcripts (if qualifying based on education).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Recruitment Team
Phone: (602)277-5551x7594
Email: VHAPHOJOBS@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Phoenix HCS
Human Resources Management Service 05B
650 East Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ
85012

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:

T38-13-947233/B5

Control Number:

350020200