Student Nurse Technician/VALOR
Department of Veterans Affairs - Iowa City, IA

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 840486

This position is being reannounced. Applicants who previously applied do not need to reapply in order to be considered.

The Iowa City VA Health Care System (ICVAHCS) is recruiting for four Student Nurse Technicians to work under the Veterans Affairs Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) program. The ICVAHCS is one of the facilities of the VA Midwest Health Care Network (VISN 23).

The program requires a minimum of 400 consecutive hours during the summer months. The VALOR student may continue in the program, on a part-time basis, during the senior academic year. The total residency appointment is 800 hours (including the summer appointment).

Students will be paid at a salary rate equal to 80 percent of the local VA facility’s annum salary rate for a Nurse I, Level 1, Step 1. The salary listed is based on full time employment and will be pro-rated based on actual hours worked.

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. KEY REQUIREMENTS U.S. Citizenship Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.

DUTIES: The Nursing VALOR Program provides opportunities for outstanding students to develop competencies in clinical nursing while at an approved VHA health care facility. Opportunities for learning include didactic or classroom experiences, competency-based clinical practice with a qualified registered nurse preceptor, and participation in nursing-focused clinical conferences. Students recruited for the program must have completed the final semester or quarter of the junior year in an National League for Nursing (NLN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing accredited baccalaureate or generic equivalent nursing program.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: The student must :

  • Be a United States citizen and meet physical examination standards at the time of entry into the Nursing VALOR program.
  • Have a minimum GPA (cumulative grade point average) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, with no grades lower than a B in any nursing course.


  • Complete a minimum of 400 consecutive hours (10 weeks) as a Nursing VALOR student in a VA facility.


  • Submit a letter from the Dean/Director of an NLN or CCNE accredited school of nursing which is to include: a recommendation for nomination into the Nursing VALOR Program, verification of enrollment as a full-time student (as defined by the school).
  • Have successful completion of the junior year by May/June 2012 and anticipated graduation within one year after entry into the Nursing VALOR 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 or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or 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, 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.

    BENEFITS:

    OTHER INFORMATION: Contact the VALOR Program Coordinator for futher information:

    Joyce Kron-Chalupa

    Associate Chief, Patient Care Services/Education

    319-338-0581 x6251

    joyce.kron-chalupa@va.gov

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

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