Department Of Veterans Affairs - Salem, VA

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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.

The VA Medical Center of Salem, Virginia is
located adjacent to Roanoke which has natural beauty and many summit features
such as the Roanoke Star and its overlook of the Roanoke Valley, the Mill
Mountain Zoo, and many outdoor pursuits such as the Appalachian Trail and Blue
Ridge Parkway which run through this area.

The Salem VAMC offers generous paid time off
and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more
information on employment opportunities and benefits, please visit our website
at: http://www.vacareers.va.gov

How would you like to become a part of a team
providing compassionate care to Veterans?

VA encourages persons
with disabilities to apply

As a VA professional nurse, your
opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA,
you will have a wide range of opportunities 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.

Applicant's education and experience will be
reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel (for
physicians and dentists) in determining the grade and salary of the applicant
selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for
this vacancy.

Special Employment
Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to
apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with
disabilities ; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities or
psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable
service-connected disability of 30% or more. KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a U.S. Citizen
Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required
Must pass pre-employment examination
Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required
Background and/or Security Investigation required

English Language Proficiency required DUTIES:
The Registered Nurse (RN) is aligned within the Nursing Service assigned to the Department of Mental Health, and is a member of the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) team. The RN should have proficiency in determining the appropriate level of care for emergency health issues, motivating veterans to practice their life/coping skills that are acquired in therapeutic group sessions, as well as medication counseling knowledge.

Salary to be determined by Nursing Profession Standard Board (NPSB)

POSITION: Registered Nurse (PTSD)

RELOCATION EXPENSES: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

2-3 years of medical nursing experience is desirable
A minimum of two (2) years of psychiatric experience and emergency mental health experience preferred.

  • Accountable to the Nurse Manager
  • Responsible for the safety and security of veterans participating in a special in-patient unit program
  • Provdide care in an interdisciplinary team
  • Provide medication counseling and dispensing of medications from an automated system
  • Other duties in support of the program and/or facility’s mission. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Citizen of the United States. Graduate of a school of professional nursing approve 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). 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 . 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. Must be proficient in spoken and written English .

Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. 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, Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing,n o 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 Bachelor’s 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 inNursing and a bachelor’s degree in a related field and 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 bachelor’s 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 1-2 years experience.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD

  • Lifting/carrying - 45 lbs or more
  • Standing
  • Sitting
  • Walking
  • Kneeling
  • Bending/Stooping
  • Twisting
  • Pushing/pulling
  • Both legs required
  • Simple grasping
  • Use of fingers
  • Both hands required
  • Fine manipulation (includes keyboarding)
  • Reaching above shoulders
  • Near vision correctable at 13-16" to Jaeger 1 to 4
  • Far vision correction in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other eye
  • Ability to distinguish basic colors
  • Ability to distinguish shades of colors
  • Hearing whispered voice (with or without aid)
  • Emotional/mental stability
  • Walking on slippery or uneven walking surfaces
  • Working with hands in water
  • Working closely with others
  • Protracted or irregular hours of work
EDUCATION : Graduate of a school of professional nursing that was approved by the appropriate State agency, and accredited by The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) at the time you completed the program.

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
and/or resume. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected
disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled/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, resume and/or supporting
documentation will be verified. Please follow instructions carefully. Errors or
omissions may affect your rating or 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:
Working for the Department of Veterans
Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid
vacation and sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and
participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).

In addition to
"dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help
balance work and life. To learn more about benefits, visit: http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp . OTHER INFORMATION:

This job opportunity announcement may
be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and
does not confer competitive status.
The Interagency
Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan
(CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service
employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service
vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be
found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans'
Preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP
eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...