OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH NURSE
Department of the Army - Fort Richardson, AK

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Ready for a great outdoors adventure? Join the Alaska National Guard today! You'll serve your community, your state and your country. As an Alaska National Guardsman, you may be involved in community efforts, responding to wildfires, earthquakes, or even rescue missions. It may also include deploying overseas or even partnering with foreign forces. So, what does the Alaska National Guard do? Whatever is needed, wherever it is needed. Join us today!

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This position is subject to potential furlough due to planned reuction in the expenditures (TPR715) Ince ntives may be available. Payment of such incentives will be made IAW current Alaska HRO Policy. Incentives are subject to funding availability, superior qualifications as determined by selecting supervisors, quality/recency of experience, and pool of qualified candidates.

NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENT: This is an excepted service position and as such requires active membership in the Alaska Army National Guard, be assigned to a compatible military assignment and wear of the military uniform. Acceptance of an excepted service position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment. Applicants who are not a current member of the Alaska Army National Guard must be eligible for immediate enlistment or appointment if selected for this position. For enlistment/appointment information, contact (907)264-5300.

Opened Area(s) of Consideration: 1, 2, 3

DEFINITION OF AREA(S) OF CONSIDERATION:

Area 1 - AKNG permanent or indefinite technicians, AK AGR and Traditional members currently employed with the Alaska Army or Air National Guard.

Area 2 - All other military members who are eligible to join the Alaska Army National Guard.

Area 3 - All others who are eligible to become military member's of the Alaska Army National Guard.

PDCN: D1234000

Selecting Supervisor: Catherine Jorgensen
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • Alaska Army National Guard membership is required.
  • U.S. Citizenship and Secret Clearance is required.
  • Bargaining Unit: Non-Bargaining
  • Selectee must verify U.S. employment eligibility using Form I-9
  • Selectee is subject to Entrance on Duty (EOD) physical to include audiogram

DUTIES: Establishes, manages and maintains a comprehensive Occupational Health Program. Plans, develops, analyses, and reviews occupational health nursing services and program requirements and determines impact on National Guard military and civilian personnel and public health. Provides occupational health support and oversight to all military and civilian personnel units exposed, or potentially exposed to chemical, biological, or radiological hazards in the work environment (e.g., maintenance, medical and aviation, etc.) Evaluates and administers comprehensive occupational health programs, services and capabilities for military and civilian personnel in the work environment to include field operations, garrison, industrial and administrative sites. Provides occupational health services and medical treatment for non-occupational and occupational health illnesses and injuries IAW incumbents scope of employment, professional State Nursing License "scope of practice", and medical directives approved by a qualified, licensed physician. Reviews and evaluates data to determine the need for expanded occupational health services by participating on interdisciplinary teams involving safety, environmental and industrial hygiene related consultation visits, risk assessment surveys of organizations, facilities and work areas. Coordinates with other DoD agencies, other federal agencies (e.g., OSHA, Center for Disease Control, etc.), and State agencies (e.g., State Departments of Health, State Environmental Quality, State Natural Resources, State Laboratories, etc.) regarding evaluation of toxicological data that is used in determining actual and/or potential hazards to National Guard personnel in accordance with regulatory standards. Assesses environmental exposures (e.g., biological, chemical, respiratory, ergonomic, physical hazards, etc.,) through surveillance and monitoring work situations. Prepares and submit reports of findings and recommendations to improve levels of efficiency and to reduce or eliminate future hazardous conditions. Manages the Case Management Program. In coordination with the US Department of Labor (DOL) Regional OHN Consultant, NGB Regional Office of Workers Compensation Program (OWCP) Liaison, and the Director, Human Resources, serves as the local OHN Case Manager Consultant for ensuring development, evaluation, implementation and monitoring a comprehensive medical case management program for civilian employees who have an occupational health related injury or illness. Develops and maintains a Health Education/Counseling program. Outlines and develops overall requirements and goals to assure comprehensive health education, training, and counseling services. Formulates policy and establishes procedures governing a variety of health maintenance programs. Collects data and prepares final reports on health education efforts. Provides professional nursing advice, assistance, and guidance on difficult nursing or employee counseling problems to the Adjutant General and staff. Evaluates and makes recommendations for safe and healthy work environments. Establishes quality improvement monitoring systems and evaluating criteria. Participates in epidemiological investigations of hazard exposures. Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Candidates must have active, current registration as a professional nurse and meet one of the following requirements:

A. Graduation with a bachelor's or higher degree in nursing.

OR

B. Graduation from a 3-year (at least 30 months) diploma program of professional nursing.

OR

C. Graduation from an associate degree program or other program of at least 2 years in a school of professional nursing.

AND

Degree or diploma from a professional nursing program approved by the legally designated State accrediting agency at the time the program was completed by the applicant. Applicants must have active, current registration as a professional nurse in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.

You must submit a copy of the appropriate college transcripts, diploma or certifications. You will not be considered if you fail to submit the appropriate documents.

Specialized Experience is experience, education, or training in the full range of professional nursing care principles, practices and procedures. Experience in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating employee/patient care utilizing the nursing process in determining employer hygiene problems, pre-placement termination and periodic screening tests to determine proper health care of hazards in a work environment. Experience acquired from training or education using health care equipment and techniques common to normal nursing practices. Develops and implements and techniques common to normal nursing practices. Develops and implements occupational health protection plans, informational material, SOPs, policies, procedures and regulations. Experience in compiling statistical information, maintaining records and reports

To qualify for this position as GS-12, the Specialized Experience must be directly related to the following:

--Knowledge of professional nursing principles, theories, concepts and standards of clinical and public health.

--Knowledge of occupational health and preventive medicine concepts.

--Comprehensive knowledge of health hazards in the workplace and required preventive measures needed to establish evaluation methodologies, provide consultative services, and to develop and model programs suitable for areas of responsibility.

--Comprehensive knowledge and ability to administer an occupational health program with extremely diverse elements peculiar to military settings, achieving compliance with regulatory provisions and effectively communicating multiple occupational procedures and practices to both preventive medicine staff and line personnel.

--Comprehensive knowledge of the organization's mission, functions, objectives, etc.

--Knowledge of, and skill to plan, organize, direct, budget, coordinate and evaluate operations, work processes, human-machine interactions and environmental conditions that impact the health and efficiency of personnel.

--Knowledge of, and skill to participate in multidisciplinary investigations to evaluate biological and toxicological effects of widely used chemicals/toxicants and other potentially hazardous materials.

--Advanced knowledge of regulatory guidelines such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Act of 1970, Federal Employees Compensation Act, Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the Code of Federal Regulations, and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

--Comprehensive knowledge of Workers Compensation Program principles, concepts, rules, laws, regulations and precedent decisions in order identify pertinent Workers Compensation Programs elements and program deficiencies; and to recommend desirable courses of management action and decision, and to define likely modes of failure, including procedural deficiencies and their effects upon the efficiency of the system.

--Comprehensive knowledge of the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) to discuss employees' medical condition with physicians and medical personnel to establish validity of claim and the ability to return to work.

--Ability to establish sound working relationships with other professionals including Federal, State and private occupational health medical personnel who are inside and outside the agency, commanders, supervisors, and workers. Work requires skill in written and oral communication.

--Ability to make nursing assessments and refer clients for mental health evaluations when indicated.

--Ability to assess and interpret physical symptoms, laboratory and x-ray results, formulates nursing diagnosis, establish priorities for intervention and refer to a physician.

--Ability to perform physical assessments and/or provide emergency medical treatment within established nursing protocols.

--Knowledge of commonly used budgetary methods, practices, procedures and regulations in order to compile, consolidate and summarize budgetary data from source documents for use in preparing annual budget estimates.

--Skill in utilizing a variety of automated systems and technology (e.g., DoD Occupational Environmental Health Readiness System (DOEHRS), Medical Operational Data Systems (MODS), etc.).

--Ability to supervise the work of lower level support personnel. Knowledge of equal employment and affirmative action programs.

Candidates must have active, current registration as a professional nurse and meet one of the following requirements:

APPOINTMENT FACTORS: Excepted/Officer in the Alaska Army National Guard.

MILITARY COMPATIBILITY: If you are selected for this position, you will be required to become a member of the Alaska Army National Guard and be assigned to a compatible military assignment in the following Officer Branch: 66.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Once the application process is complete, a review of your application/resume will be made to determine your Area of Consideration (AOC) and to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and minimum job requirements. Your initial rating will be based on your responses to the questionnaire in this document. This process measures the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position. Your final rating will be based on our evaluation of your responses, as verified through a review of your resume and other supporting documents. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility and rating.

BENEFITS: The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit: https://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.asp

Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp

Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp

Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit: http://www.ltcfeds.com/

Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/retirement-services/

This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits

OTHER INFORMATION: - If you are a current Federal employee or former Federal employee , you must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" and/or a copy of the SF-50. You may submit your most recent performance appraisal.

- The National Guard is exempt from the Veterans Preference Act. Submission of a copy of your DD-214 is not required unless you are hired for technician position.

- If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

- Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized.

- Cost of Living Allowance (COLA): Entitled to 5.57% COLA in addition to base salary, subject to change.

- Direct Deposit Program: If selected for technician position with the Alaska National Guard, you will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Program. (Salary will be automatically deposited to bank/credit union account).

- Military Bonuses And Student Loan Repayment Program: If you are selected for this position, you may lose your eligibility for your National Guard Enlistment/Reenlistment Bonus and Student Loan Repayment Program (incentives). In order to avoid losing your incentive eligibility and possibly being required to pay for an incentive you have received (recoupment), you should check with your servicing incentive manager (AKARNG - J1 or AKANG - Retention Office) prior to accepting an offer for the position. For M-Day personnel who are currently receiving incentives to include Bonuses and the Student Loan Repayment Program, the following termination rules apply: - Incentive Termination with Recoupment: If you accept an Active Guard Reserve (AGR) position or a Military Technician (Mil Tech) position where membership in the National Guard is a condition of employment and you have not served at least six months of the incentive contract term. - Incentive Termination without Recoupment: If you accept an Active Guard Reserve (AGR) position or a Military Technician (Mil Tech) position where membership in the National Guard is a condition of employment and you have served at least six months of the incentive contract term.

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