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Job Title: LICENSED VOCATIONAL NURSE - EXTERNAL
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: San Antonio, TX
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
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Job Description
LICENSED VOCATIONAL NURSE - EXTERNAL

South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) is hiring a License Vocational Nurse in the 7A- Bartter Clinical Research Unit (BCRU). The BCRU is an inpatient/outpatient hospital-based clinical research unit in the Audie L. Murphy Veterans Hospital located within the South Texas Medical Center at 7400 Merton Minter San Antonio, Texas, 78229. The research unit supports translational clinical science by providing inpatient and outpatient facilities, nursing support, laboratory services, dietary and food services, research pharmacy, special diagnostic procedures, among others. This position is for an Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) on the 7A Bartter Clinical Research Unit. The unit is primarily an outpatient clinic with inpatient capability. The BCRU conducts various research projects with nursing providing direct patient care to include data collection, laboratory processing, monitoring, and research interventions. The incumbent will have extensive, on-the-job training for the safe conduction of research related study protocols and supporting procedures (e.g. analox glucose analyzer, calorimeter, etc.). The incumbent may collaborate with principal investigators, research team, local administrator staff, and other health care professionals to help facilitate research in the unit or elsewhere in Audie L Murphy as time permits. The incumbent identifies and communicates to the registered nurse and research staff members opportunities for improvement that will impact the research activities. The incumbent participates in the development and implementation of education for research personnel based upon performance improvement initiatives as determined by nursing research administration. Provides timely information about trends and patterns regarding key indicators of care or services as well as opportunities to improve health care delivery. Other functions as required per unit needs may include supporting workload in the Special Diagnostic Treatment Unit (SDTU) with IV medication administration.

Work Schedule: Work Schedule: Flexible scheduling to include off-tours (evenings and nights) and some weekends. Rotating Shift
0730-1600; 1130-2000; 1530-2400; 1930-0800; 2330-0800; 2330-1000

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • 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. 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 NLAC Website (http://www.acenursing.org/).

    Exceptions include: 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. Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school (One year of successful practice is required).

    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.

    English Language Proficiency: Licensed practical or vocational nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in both spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

Preferred Experience: Three years recent LVN nursing experience
Recent experience in PACT/Primary Care Clinic
Experience in ER/Acute Care, ICU or Med/Surg.
Proficient technical skills
Excellent customer service, dependable, strong interpersonal skills, and flexible

Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements stated above, 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. (LVNs at this grade level are expected to perform all duties within the scope of their license; however, completed work may require routine or detailed higher level review depending upon the complexity of the duties involved.

GS-4.
* Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or
* 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
* Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.

LVNs 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, procedures, and techniques.

GS-5. Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent.

GS-6. 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

References: Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard, VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Appendix G13 (http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf).

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-03 to GS-06.

Physical Requirements: Moderate Lifting (15-44 lbs); Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs); Straight Pulling (4-6 hours); Pulling hand over hand (4-6 hours); Pushing (4-6 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (4 hours); Standing (2 hours); Kneeling (2 hours); Repeated bending (2 hours); Climbing, legs only (2 hours); Climbing, use of legs and arms; Both legs required; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Sitting (8 hours per day); Simple Grasping (2-4 hours per day); Fine Manipulation (4-6 hours, includes keyboarding per day); Twisting (4-6 hours per day); Mental and Emotional Stability.

None

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • 10-2850c, Application for Associated Health Occupations
  • Resume


VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • 10-2850c, Application for Associated Health Occupations
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements
Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • 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. 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 NLAC Website (http://www.acenursing.org/).

    Exceptions include: 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. Individuals granted a license by a jurisdiction that does not require graduation from an approved school (One year of successful practice is required).

    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.

    English Language Proficiency: Licensed practical or vocational nurses appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in both spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

Preferred Experience: Three years recent LVN nursing experience
Recent experience in PACT/Primary Care Clinic
Experience in ER/Acute Care, ICU or Med/Surg.
Proficient technical skills
Excellent customer service, dependable, strong interpersonal skills, and flexible

Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements stated above, 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. (LVNs at this grade level are expected to perform all duties within the scope of their license; however, completed work may require routine or detailed higher level review depending upon the complexity of the duties involved.

GS-4.
Six months of qualifying experience as an LPN or LVN; or
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
Graduation from an approved school of at least 24 months duration.

LVNs 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, procedures, and techniques.

GS-5. Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-4 level or equivalent.

GS-6. 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

References: Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard, VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Appendix G13 (http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf).

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-03 to GS-06.

Physical Requirements: Moderate Lifting (15-44 lbs); Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs); Straight Pulling (4-6 hours); Pulling hand over hand (4-6 hours); Pushing (4-6 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (4 hours); Standing (2 hours); Kneeling (2 hours); Repeated bending (2 hours); Climbing, legs only (2 hours); Climbing, use of legs and arms; Both legs required; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Sitting (8 hours per day); Simple Grasping (2-4 hours per day); Fine Manipulation (4-6 hours, includes keyboarding per day); Twisting (4-6 hours per day); Mental and Emotional Stability.

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