Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Veterans Affairs Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) program in Saint Louis, Missouri

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Summary

The VA St Louis Health Care System is recruiting for two Student Nurse Technicians to work under the Veterans Affairs Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) program. The Nursing VALOR Program is for outstanding students who have completed the final semester/quarter of the junior year in an Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited baccalaureate or equivalent program.

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Responsibilities

The VALOR SNT provides nursing care under the supervision of an RN Preceptor. The VALOR Student administratively reports to the Nurse Residency Coordinator - Nursing Education and clinically reports to the Nurse Manager of the assigned unit. The VALOR SNT functions under the direct supervision of the RN Preceptor who is responsible for the coordination of patient care. The VALOR SNT is currently enrolled in an accredited School of Nursing recognized by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and has successfully completed two (2) clinical semesters in a Baccalaureate nursing program. Delegated assignments will be progressive and based on verification of completed clinical skills within the nursing program and/or the clinical experience at the VA ST Louis Health Care System.

The VALOR program requires a minimum of 400 consecutive hours during the summer months. The VALOR student may continue in the program - pending funding, 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 annual 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.

The duty station is the VA St Louis Health Care system; however, the duty station may be changed to one or multiple associated VAMC locations within the metropolitan St. Louis, MO area based on the needs of the medical center.

This is a time-limited, intermittent position within Learning and Organizational Development Service. Internal candidates - please note that accepting a position as a VALOR Student Nurse Technician is considered a position transfer. There is no guarantee that the prior position or equivalent position would be available or that you would be selected for any position after the VALOR program completes.

Work Schedule: Varies Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

00

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0610 Nurse

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Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination
Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 02/22/2019. 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. * Be a full time student and has successfully completed of the junior year by May/June 2019 and anticipated graduation with BSN within one year after entry into the Nursing VALOR Program. Program must be accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). * Be able to complete 400 hours as a Nursing VALOR student in our facility. * Not have any service obligation to any Federal, state, or private institution; or a recipient of any Federal scholarship that incurs a service obligation.

Physical Requirements: The Physical requirements of this position include the following tasks which may be performed intermittently: lifting of up to 50 lbs. (3 hours), sitting (2 hours), standing (4 hours), walking (8 hours), climbing (1 hour), kneeling (3 hours), bending/stooping (3 hours), twisting (2 hours), pushing/pulling (6 hours), simple grasping (8 hours), fine manipulation (8 hours), reaching above the shoulder (4 hours), and operating machinery (8 hours).

Education

IMPORTANT:A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

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 authority.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

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.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Other

Drug test required

No

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Required Documents

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

  1. VA Form 2850d, Application for Health Professions Trainees - https://www.va.gov/vaforms/formdetail.asp?FormNo=2850d

  2. Submit official transcript and 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.

  3. Submit a signed letter of recommendation from the Dean/Director of an ACEN or CCNE accredited school of nursing. The letter should include: a recommendation for nomination into the Nursing VALOR Program, verification of enrollment as a full-time student (as defined by the school).

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 02/22/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10419497.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. 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 USA JOBS 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 USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. HCPs that are unable to receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a face mask throughout the influenza season.

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Agency contact information
GWENDOLYN HOLLAND
Phone

314-289-6479

Email

GWENDOLYN.HOLLAND@VA.GOV

Address

VA St Louis Health Care System 1 Jefferson Barracks Drive St. Louis, MO 63125 US

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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. 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. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. 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.

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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/523891500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 02/08/2019 to 02/22/2019

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: VN 00

Salary: $21.29 to $21.29 per hour

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time