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Job Title:Registered Nurse - Intermittent -Specialty Clinics

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:YE-14-990291-PH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$45,720.00 to $91,931.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 to Wednesday, November 20, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

VN-0610-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Intermittent - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Shreveport, LA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Q - Nonsensitive

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 990291

This position is located at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Nursing Service, (Specialty Clinics), Shreveport, LA.

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/

The Overton Brooks VA Medical Center is located in the northwest corner of the state, commonly known as the “Ark-La-Tex,” the point where Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas meet. The Shreveport-Bossier City, LA area is home of Barksdale Air Force Base. With a population of nearly 400,000 in the city’s metropolitan region, the area promises much to do while maintaining a reasonable cost of living, 17 percent lower than the national average. Shreveport/Bossier City is a popular tourist destination. There is an excellent climate and low cost of living.  We have numerous colleges and universities, theaters, lakes, golf courses & other available family entertainment.  Sporting activities include hunting, fishing, Shreveport Sports minor league baseball and the Independence Bowl.  Cultural activities include Strand Theatre, Sci-Port Discovery museum for children, Norton Museum of Fine Arts, Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, Peter Pan Players, and Century Link Center arena where numerous concerts are held (i.e. Aerosmith, George Strait and Disney on Ice, etc.).

NOTE:  Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and step of the applicant selected.  

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.

 

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

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.

DUTIES:

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·         Able to manage and deliver care for complex adult patient situations incorporating age specific competencies.

·         May function in team leader and/or charge nurse role supervising multiple areas.

·         Oversee care for > 100 Veterans a day in an Outpatient Clinic setting.

·         Collaborate with multiple specialty care providers in scheduling and providing care.

·         This job requires someone who is good at multitasking.

·         Implements the nursing process to include performing physical and psychosocial assessments; participation in the development, review and ongoing revision of an interdisciplinary plan of care to reflect the changing needs of the patient.  The RN also performs telephone triage; satisfies applicable clinical performance measures, prepares patients for injections and minor procedures, knowledgeable of casting and removal of casts, and supervises licensed and unlicensed assistive personnel.

·         Completes assessment in required timeframe and identifies priority needs.

·         Assesses for subtle changes in patient’s condition that indicates an impending emergency and takes appropriate action.

·         Maintains environmental safety by adhering to VAMC policies

·         Work practice each day incorporates all of the following:
OSHA; HIPPA; Joint Commission Standards, VAMC policies and procedures; EEO; Safety; Infection Control; Patient Education: Nursing Research; Ethics; Risk Management; Maintenance of Required Education.

·         Provide individualized patient/family and group education inclusive of health promotion information.

·         Implements ongoing educational plan to support own professional development

·         Provides excellent customer service and utilizing effective communication skills to promote the team concept in the delivery of patient care.

·         Will be expected to cross-train and assist in all areas of Specialty Care Outpatient Clinics as a Float Nurse primarily assigned to 5 West & Nurse Manager.

This position reports directly to the Nurse Manager, Specialty Clinics.

Tour of Duty:  7:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday - Friday with occasional late clinic patient care.

 

Grade and salary for these positions will be determined by the Nurse Professional Standards Board (NPSB). 

 

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:   

  •  U.S. citizenship.  Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

 

        ·         Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.

 

·         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).  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.  

o    The completion of coursework equivalent to a nursing degree in a MSN Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration constitutes the completion of an approved course of study of professional nursing.  Students should submit the certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX to the VA along with a copy of the MSN transcript. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6)

·         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. 

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. 

 

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

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.    

Reference:  VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G6 Nurse Qualification Standard.

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

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:  Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Moderate Carrying (15-44 pounds); Straight Pulling (up to 2 hours); Pushing (3 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 8 hours); Standing (up to 8 hours); Kneeling (1 hour); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (without aid); Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; and Working closely with others. 


Education Required:      

BLS – Basic Life Support
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Education Preferred:

BSN
MSN
PhD in Nursing

ACLS – Advanced Cardiac Life Support
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Certification Preferred:

Medical Surgical by ANCC or AMSN
or
Ambulatory Care by ANCC
or
Other certification related to position and approved by the VA
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Preferred Experience:

2 years Medical – Surgical Nursing
With
Documented progressive management and Charge Nurse Experience

2 years of VA experience

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Preferred Qualities:

Team Player

Leader

Good Steward of time and leave

Shows enthusiasm for work

Critical Thinker

Good communication skills

People person

Ability to resolve conflict

   

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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BENEFITS AND OTHER INFORMATION:

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.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/index.asp.

 

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

 



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 10-2850a 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-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: T990291.  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 Wednesday, November 20, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  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).
  3. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (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 VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Nancy Creech
Phone: (318)990-4060
Email: NANCY.CREECH2@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Shreveport VAMC
Overton Brooks VA Medical Center
510 East Stoner Avenue -HRMS/05
Shreveport, LA
71101-4295

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:

YE-14-990291-PH

Control Number:

354760900