Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) GI Scheduler

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United States Citizens. First area of consideration will be given to current James H. Quillen VAMC non-temporary employees. Excepted Service Permanent Full Time Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1177519
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.
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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.
Note: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6 . The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-3 to GS-6 . The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.
Must pass pre-employment examination Must be proficient in written and spoken English Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required Background and-or Security Investigation required Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
The successful applicant will serve as a LPN GI Scheduler in the Nursing Service. The Gastro/Hepatology LPN schedules appointments for patients having colonoscopies and/or endoscopies, along with other diagnostic procedures in the Endoscopy Suite and Gastro/Hepatology Clinic. The incumbent educates the pre-procedure patients on preparation for the procedure and what to expect during the procedure. A high level of knowledge regarding endoscopic procedures and the complications that may possibly occur during the procedure is needed. Appointments are to be made in a timely fashion and complying with the patient date request as much as feasible. He/she will be required to cross train in order to provide coverage when needed for other GI staff including other LPNs and Endoscopy Care Manager as well as other responsibilities as assigned by the Nurse Manager.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.
Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.
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 by the applicant.
Licensure: Current, full, active, and unrestricted license to as a graduate licensed practical or vocational nurse in any State.
Physical standards: Must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others.
English language proficiency: Nurses appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 USC 4105, 4114(f) and 5010(b).
Applicants must meet regulatory qualification standards for a Licensed Practical Nurse as stated in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, and Appendix G13. In addition to the Basic Requirements, applicants must also meet Grade Requirements as indicated in the qualification standard. Although the Grade will be determined by a Professional Standards Board, the expected grade level for this position is GS-3. This qualification standard can be reviewed in Human Resources (Building 20), James H. Quillen VA Medical Center Mountain Home TN 37684.
GS-3: None beyond the basic requirements.
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. LPNs 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.
1. Three to five years increasingly complex nursing practice.
2. Demonstrates ability to function in Gastro/Hepatology environment with minimal supervision.
3. BLS
4. Dependability.
5. Computer literate.
6. Demonstrates ability to work effectively as a team member.
7. Demonstrates competency, interpersonal skills; both verbal and written.
8. Demonstrates ability to provide education to patients/family and/or significant other.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
References: VA Handbook 5005 (also available in the local Human Resources Office). For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site .
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: 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.
Physical Requirements: The LPN must be able to perform work that requires regular and recurrent walking, bending, lifting 45 pounds or more, stooping, reaching, stretching, and similar activites supporting various weights. This also includes frequently pushing medication carts, wheelchairs, lifts, and beds. The incument must be able to care for Veterans with various medical and psychiatric issues. At times, these Veterans exhibit unpredictable behavior. He/she must be able to work closely with others, have sufficient hearing to respond to various alarms, and must be able to communicate verbal and in writing.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or 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 Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit .
Veterans preference rules will be applied for all external recruitment outside the first area of consideration. Once basic qualifications have been determined for each candidate, preference eligible veterans will be referred to the selecting official prior to those candidates without veterans preference.
Your application, r sum and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
If you are referred for consideration,you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which mayinclude, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities;completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
For complete step-by-step instructions please view the following USAJOBS video link:
To a pply for this position , you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, August 11, 2014 to receive consideration.
1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
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 USAJOBS account, , 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 USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
All forms MUST be signed and dated. Forms without signatures and dates will NOT be accepted.
The following documents are required:
VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at ) (Required)
OF306 -Declaration for Employment - ALL applicants must submit a complete/signed/dated OF-306 . This form must be signed and dated within one year of announcement open date. Please note, this form has been recently updated and all applicants must submit the updated OF-306, which is available at this link:
Responses to the questionnaire. (Required)
Forms can also be obtained from
Please use this _ checklist_to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.The Vacancy ID is 1177519
2. Fax your documents to .
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of yourmaterials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST)on Monday, August 11, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses tothe occupational questionnaire items .
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
Manual applications will be accepted from James H.Quillen VAMC employees.
After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made. VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave : Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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