U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
$49,548.00 to $91,215.00
Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
$49,548 to $91,215 per year
Pay scale & grade
1 vacancy in the following location:
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Current or former competitive service federal employees.
Provides care to Employees seeking care in the Occupational Health clinic setting. Incumbent must demonstrate leadership in delivering and improving holistic care to the adult and geriatric populations in the setting by using collaborative strategies and in compliance with Nursing Practice Acts, in addition to Medical Center and Department standards. The incumbent will provide direct nursing care to individual and groups of patients under the guidance and direction of the Occupational Health Care Nurse Manager. The occupational health nurse provides leadership that facilitates the delivery of quality care to employees and volunteers who present for employee health, employee injury/illness concerns, surveillance for specifically defined populations of employees, employee wellness, and safe patient handling and mobility. This nurse works effectively with all levels of staff and promotes collaborative efforts with other healthcare professionals. Duties and functions are included in four dimensions of the functional statement addressed below. The primary location of service is Saginaw Campus. Some travel to Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) related to the various program elements may be required throughout the year as planned, infrequent visits.
The occupational health nurse is a registered nurse with education and experience who cares for a specific population in a defined setting of occupational health and wellness across the healthcare system. The nurse oversees the auxiliary occupational health functions in other locations including primary care clinics, Occupational Health clinics/programs, extended care programs, community based outpatient clinics, inpatient care, and ambulatory surgery programs. The nurse provides a unique approach to healthcare that allows the incorporation of traditional nursing skills. The Occupational Health Nurse functions as the lead nurse, coordinator, and point of contact for employee health promotion, disease prevention and injury prevention. He/she is responsible for planning, developing, implementing and evaluating educational programs/activities based on assessed learning needs of employees to enhance the employee's personal well beings and in turn improve the effectiveness, productivity and satisfaction of employees.
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He/she works collaboratively with all levels of staff within the facility including Occupational Health, Dietetics, Employee Assistance Program staff, unit supervisors, and others to assess and develop employee health promotion and disease prevention activities. He/she is responsible for creating and translating policies, collecting and analyzing appropriate data and communicating outcomes. He/she will work with the occupational health provider in completing surveillance of several programs; asbestos exposure, laser exposure, drug testing, fit for duty, employee immunizations, Occupational Health Recordkeeping System (OHRS) reports, pandemic oversight and employee
The nurse assist with care provided to employees and volunteers in the Occupational Health Program. Students, without compensation (WOC), and other visitors to the campus under agreements, arrangements, or affiliations may receive limited services from Occupational Health as outlined by policy, directive, or memoranda. The Occupational Health Nurse provides leadership and has continuing responsibility for the updating, deployment, coordination, and evaluation of the Occupational Health (OH) program at the Saginaw VAMC. This includes collaboration with a designated Employee Health physician, the Emergency Department, Human Resources, and other local and facility resources as needed. Programs include pre-employment screening, incumbent annual health evaluation and immunization, post-exposure counseling and treatment, evaluation and reporting of employee work related injuries and illnesses (OWCP), and maintenance of employee health records. Responsible, in collaboration with the OH LPN and Provider.
Work Schedule: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Monday through Friday, may be required to work some evenings and weekends)
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: Not a virtual position.
Functional Statement Title: Registered Nurse Occupational Health Nurse VN-0610
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Job family (Series)
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
You may be required to serve a two year probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Physical Requirements: Physical demands include repetitive body movements including the following: frequent reaching, standing, walking, and lifting of equipment and/or patients to provide patient care. This position requires extension of the hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction including above or below shoulder level, during the provision of patient care, including retrieval of needed equipment, supplies and to make contact with the patient. This position requires the maintenance of an upright position to perform duties associated with patient care. This position is typically non-sedentary, and frequently involves being in the standing position. This position requires moving about to accomplish tasks, such as assisting with patient ambulation and moving one patient area to the next. This position requires the raising of objects from a lower position to a higher position or the movement of objects horizontally position to position. Lifting may be done to move a patient from one location to the next, i.e.- from the exam table to the chair, and in the movement of equipment or supplies. This position requires exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 25 pounds of force frequently to move objects. This position requires writing or otherwise working with fingers and/or hands, including one or both hands frequently. This is done when taking a patient's pulse, utilizing a stethoscope, administering medications, etc.
Note: Must have Basic Life Support (BLS) certification and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) prior to assuming clinical duties. The BLS requirement is satisfied by successfully completing an American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Healthcare Provider Course or Military Training Network (MTN). The ACLS requirement is satisfied by attaining, and maintaining, current status through an approved AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support Course. BLS courses are normally offered within 1-5 days of entry on duty. No online certifications will be accepted.
Preferred Experience: Occupational health experience or certified occ heath nurse.
Selected applicants may be required to complete an online onboarding process.
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.
Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved 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 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), previously known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 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. OR The completion of coursework equivalent to a nursing degree in a MSN Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration constitutes the completion of an approved course of study of professional nursing. Students should submit the certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX to the VA along with a copy of the MSN transcript. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6) OR In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement for graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.
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.
English Language Proficiency. RNs appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade: Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience required.
Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience; OR a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) with no additional nursing practice/experience.
Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no additional nursing practice/experience.
Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience required.
Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree.
Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005
, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard.
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
Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.
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.
Veterans preference does not apply to this job announcement per the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (PL 113-146, dated August 7, 2014).
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.
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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.
The Medical Center is smoke free in all areas other than the one designated area for employees.
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.
NOTE: Candidate'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. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.
Experience as an 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
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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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes(You must see the checklist below to determine if you are required to submit other documents required to determine your eligibility/qualifications for the position):
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist
to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript, SF-50's, etc.
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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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How to Apply
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 03/23/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10143991
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Agency contact information
Recruitment Helpline Recruitment Helpline
Aleda E Lutz Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
1500 Weiss Street
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The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.