Veteran Health Administration Licensed Vocational Nurse, Austin Outpatient Clinic/Primary Care in Austin, Texas
Announcement Number: AG3816102-DCa-1761824-BU
Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Position Info: Full Time
Location(s): Austin, TX
Open Period: 2016-07-29 to 2016-09-30
OverviewWho May Apply
United States Citizens
Excepted Service Permanent
Agency Marketing Statement
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1761824
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?
The VA needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served 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. 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. 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 a VA or Federal current permanent employee, please apply under announcement AG3816102-DCa-1761678-BU.
ANNNOUCEMENT AMENDEDThis position is OPEN UNTIL FILLED. First Cut Off 08/12/2016 and every two weeks thereafter.
Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) is one of the largest integrated health care systems in the Department of Veterans Affairs and included facilities in Temple, Waco, and Austin, TX. Community-Based Clinics are located in Brownwood, Cedar park, Palestine, and Bryan-College Station. NO STATE TAXES!!!
VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). Link to form: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf
If you fail to submit the required documents you will be considered ineligible for further consideration.
The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). Eligibility to apply for the EDRP is based on position eligibility, qualifying student loan debt, and availability of funds. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.
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.
Must pass pre-employment examination
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
Background and-or Security Investigation required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
Tour of duty:
Rotating Tours of Duty to include days, weekends, and extended hours. Tours of duty may include 7:00am - 3:30P, 7:30am 4:00pm, 8:00am 4:30pm, 08:30am -5:00pm, 9:30am 6:00pm, or 11:30am 8:00pm.
This position will be located in Austin Outpatient Clinic.
The LVN performs patient care duties under the direct supervision of the RN. He/she provides patient care which is appropriate to the cognitive, emotional, spiritual, chronological, recreational, and diversion needs of the adult (ages 17-59) or geriatric (ages 65+) patient. The LVN demonstrates knowledge of changes associated with aging and provides care based upon age related factors as specified in his/her competencies. Contributes to the interdisciplinary team in developing, implementing, and evaluating the patient's treatment plan. Promotes patient participation in the therapeutic community by fostering self-reliance and independence. Performs assigned duties, treatments, or procedures in acceptable timeframes, following established policies and practices. Performs more complex treatments as assigned. Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability while promoting a team oriented concept of providing quality service.
Functional Statement Title: Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) GS 3-6.
Qualifications And EvaluationQualifications
U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Must be a graduate 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.
Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
Must have a full, current, active and unrestricted license as a graduate licensed practical or vocational nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or District of Columbia.
Must pass a pre-employment examination if selected.
·A minimum of 3 years of successful clinical nursing practice as a LVN
·2 years experience in ambulatory care/outpatient care
·Evidence of continuous learning, such as attending seminars or conferences, continuing formal education and providing in-services back to the unit staff
·Demonstrated skill in performing multiple tasks, managing assignments, and expediting oral and written communications
·Demonstrated ability to interact with others effectively and appropriately, presenting a professional image of the service and the VA
·Skill in utilizing VistA, BCMA, CPRS, Outlook, fax machines, copiers, etc
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
(1) GS-3. None beyond the basic requirements. LPNs at this grade level are expected to perform all duties within the scope of their license (e.g., medication administration); however, completed work may require routine or detailed higher level review depending upon the complexity of the duties involved.
(2) GS-4. Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or
(b) Graduation from an approved school (which may be waived as provided in paragraph 4 of Section C) 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.
(d) LPNs at the GS-4 grade level perform all duties expected of employees at the GS-3 grade level; however, they are expected to exercise greater judgment, require less supervision, and to operate in accordance with all established policies, procedure, and techniques.]
(3) GS-5. Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent.
(4) GS-6. 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.
References: VA Handbook 5005/3 Part II Appendix G13. Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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 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 patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
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 recommend the grade and salary for new appointments. For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
How To Apply InformationHow To Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position, you must complete the View 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 Friday, September 30, 2016 to receive consideration.
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.
Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is 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.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
·Other - VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). Link to form: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
·Other Veterans Document
Please use this checklistto 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, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.
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. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1761824.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
What To Expect Next
After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.
You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on Application Status. For a more detailed update of your status, click on more information. Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.
Benefits And Other InformationBenefits
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.