Practical Nurse/Vocational Nurse

Department Of The Army Tacoma , WA 98402

Posted 5 months ago

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About the Position: The initial cut-off date for referral consideration is 5 days from the opening date of the announcement. Applicants applying by the initial cut off will receive first consideration. Applications received after this date will be given referral consideration as vacancies occur.

A recruitment and/or relocation incentive may be authorized.

This is a Direct Hire Solicitation.

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Responsibilities

  • Obtain information from patient and/or family to identify major complaints, symptoms, or reason for seeking healthcare.

  • Take vital signs (blood pressure, temperature, pulse, respiration, pain level, height, weight) and perform a behavioral health screening.

  • Provide individualized nursing care to patients of all ages based upon the physician's medical plan, the nursing assessment and the physical, mental and emotional needs of the patient.

  • Assist physician with various examinations and diagnostic procedures.

  • Screen and review immunization records to select required immunizations, correct dosages, and administer oral, intradermal, subcutaneous, intramuscular immunizations to all age groups.

  • Perform teaching to patients and/or family regarding self-care procedures and documents teaching.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Business Travel may be required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential
6

  • Job family (Series)
    0620 Practical Nurse

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.

  • Selectees will be required to sign a statement (Condition of Employment) consenting to seasonal influenza vaccinations or must provide a recognized exemption.

  • This position is a Testing Designated Position subject to applicant testing and random drug testing. Selectees will be required to sign DA Form 5019 requiring participation in random drug urinalysis testing.

  • A pre-placement medical examination may be required.

  • Immunization screening is required. Hepatitis B immunization is required for all positions with direct patient contact. Applicants may be required to show proof of other immunizations depending on the type of position.

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain current Basic Life Support (BLS) Training and certification sponsored or endorsed by the American Heart Association (AHA). Advanced certification (e.g., Advanced Life Support) does not supersede BLS completion.

  • These positions may have specific initial background investigation and periodic re-verification requirements since their duties may require interaction with children and youth under the age of eighteen (18) years of age on a recurring basis.

  • Positions may require employees to wear a uniform and/or protective clothing.

  • Some positions may be designated as Emergency Essential.

  • Shift work may be required to include nights, weekends, holidays, rotating shifts and on-call.

  • Moderate to heavy lifting may be required.

  • Permanent positions: Two year trial/probationary period may be required.

  • Temporary/Term positions: One year trial period may be required.

  • Position may be designated as Inclement Weather Essential. The incumbent must make every attempt to report for work on time and/or remain on duty during severe weather conditions.

  • Applicants may have to fulfill credentialing requirements and obtain and maintain appropriate/relevant clinical privileges.

  • This may be an obligated position.

  • Additional requirements may be determined as positions arise and will be communicated during the hiring process if you are selected.

Qualifications

Who May Apply: In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. 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; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Basic Requirement for Practical Nurse/Vocational Nurse

  • Licensure: A current license to practice as a practical/vocational nurse in a State or territory of the United States or District of Columbia OR must have applied for a license to practice. Applications of candidates possessing a license must be accompanied by a certified or photostatic copy of the license. Non-licensed candidates who have completed their training may be appointed subject to obtaining the required license during the probationary period. Those not licensed must furnish the date on which they applied for a license and the jurisdiction involved. No person appointed pending licensure may be retained beyond the probationary period if licensure has not been attained.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

  • Experience required for GS-03: Applicants who meet the licensure requirement are considered fully qualified for GS-03.

  • Experience required for GS-04: Six months of nursing experience 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, performing duties such as providing nursing care to patients to include but not limited to taking vital signs or health screenings; administering immunizations or medications via various routes; and screening or updating patient medical records. This definition of experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-03) OR

  • Education/Training: Successful completion of a program in practical nursing of a least 9 months' duration combined with one year of nursing assistant experience; OR successful completion of a two-year degree program in an accredited community college, junior college, or college or university in practical nursing.

  • Experience required for GS-05: One year of nursing experience 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, performing such duties as providing nursing care to patients to include but not limited to taking vitals or health screenings; administering immunizations or medications via various routes; and screening or updating patient medical records. This definition of nursing experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-04).

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this grade level, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

  • Experience required for GS-06: One year of nursing experience 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, performing such duties as providing nursing care to patients to include but not limited to taking vitals or health screenings; administering immunizations or medications via various routes; screening or updating patient medical records; and performing routine procedures such as electrocardiograms (EKGs), pulmonary function tests, wound care, audiograms and vision screenings. This definition of nursing experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-05).

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this grade level, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

NOTE: This announcement may be used to fill Practical/Vocational Nurse positions in the following specialty areas: (Office Automation (OA), Administrative, Psychiatric, Advanced Practice, Obstetric/Gynecologic, General, Primary Care, Pediatric, Sports Medicine, Occupational/Community Health, Operating Room, Surgery, Lead Practical Nurse, Orthopedic/Podiatry, Supervisory Practical Nurse, Dermatology, Quality Assurance Evaluation, Gastroenterology, Pulmonary, or Instructor).

Education

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html


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