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Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-672-14-NX-1103112-MG

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$35,394.00 to $92,800.00 / Per Year
Thursday, April 24, 2014 to Monday, August 25, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
San Juan, PR View Map
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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1103112

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.

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.

As a VA Professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple funcitons 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

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.
In addition to the Annual Salary: 4.20% Cost-Of-Living-Allowance.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Exempt

Bargaining Unit Status: Not Covered

Recruitment Incentive Authorized: No

Tour of Duty: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.



  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.
  • Spanish Language Proficiency required.


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The Wound Care Nurse for Inpatient Acute/Intermediate provides direct and indirect nursing care to patients and families in the inpatient and outpatient areas. He/She is accountable for adhering to establish policies, standards of care and standards of practice.  The Wound Care Nurse demonstrates leadership when providing and improving patient care in an inpatient and outpatient setting.  The Wound Care Nurse serves as a role model when functioning as a clinical consultant, content expert.  The Wound care nurse runs wound care clinics and provides specialized evidence based treatments for non-healing ulcers and wounds to the inpatient as well as outpatient population.  The population includes:  venous/arterial ulcers, diabetic ulcers, and traumatic and non-healing surgical wounds.  The wound care nurse also collaborates with physicians, therapist, social services, and home care agencies and provides the most current scientific based wound treatment modalities from in-patient to long-term care and/or home care settings.  The wound care nurse is responsible for the education of care-givers through seminars and workshops that improve the services rendered and is chair for the wound care workgroup.




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·         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. 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.

·         Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

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 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD



1. Must have a BSN, required.

2. Minimum of two (2) years of experience as a Wound Care Nurse within the last four (4) years, required.


3. Certified in wound care by an approved credentialing center (National Alliance Wound Care Institute, Wound Management Institute, WOCNCB), required.

Preferred Experience: 


1. MSN, preferred.

2. Experience with computer software including Microsoft Excel, Words and Power Point, preferred.

3. Experience in Performance Improvement activities, preferred.



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: 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: [This position involves lifting, moving, and transporting of patients and driving. The position involves exposure to blood pathogens, fine manipulation, standing, walking, bending, crouching, and reaching patients. It requires dealing with the acutely ill, with patients who may display disturbed behaviors, and with stressful situations. Assisting with transferring patients to wheelchairs, and/or may need to escort a patient to other areas. Moving patients and weighing patients in excess of 50kg. or more. Wearing of a respirator may be required at times in the performance of the duties of this position. when required to use respirator, employee cannot have facial hair or any condition that interferes with the face to face piece seal or valve function of the respirator. See VA Directive and 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


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.


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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 .


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


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


Qualified candidates referred for consideration will be interviewed using the Performance Based Interview (PBI) Process.  For information about PBI, you may access


Failure to submit required material will be deemed ineligible.  Applicants will not be contacted for additional information if their applicaitons are incomplete or inadequate.  All technical, legal and regulatory requirements must be met on the closing date of the announcement.


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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 ( ) 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 ( 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:
  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 using the following Vacancy ID: T1103112.  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 Monday, August 25, 2014.


If you are a permanent VA Caribbean Healthcare System Employee 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 (required).
  3. Latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action, (required).
  4. Copy of Registered Nurse license and registration, (required).
  5. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at, (required).


If you are not currently a permanent employee working at the VA Caribbean Healthcare System 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 (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
  4. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).
  5. Copy of every license and registration, certification you've had in every state, even expired licenses (required).
  6. Copy of Diploma/Transcript or Certification of degree, (required).
  7.  Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at, (required).



Mayra Garcia
Phone: (787)641-7582x13241
Agency Information:
VHA Caribbean Islands HCS
Human Resources Management Service
10 Casia Street
San Juan, PR


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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