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Nursing Va Learning Opportunities Residency Valor

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$26.38 to $26.38

Portland, OR
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$26.38 to $26.38 per hour

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Temporary - 6/30/19


2 vacancies in the following location:

Portland, OR

Portland, OR

2 vacancies

Relocation expenses reimbursed


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The VA Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) Program gives outstanding registered nursing students who have completed their junior year in an accredited clinical program the opportunity to develop competencies in clinical nursing.

The VALOR student at the VA Portland Health Care System, Portland, Oregon, will be assigned to either the Emergency Services Department or the Medical/Surgical Department. The VALOR student, under the direct supervision of a VA registered nurse preceptor, provides care and counseling of persons or in the promotion and maintenance of health and prevention of illness and injury based upon the nursing process which includes systematic data gathering, assessment, appropriate nursing judgment, and evaluation of human responses to actual or potential health problems through such services as case finding, health teaching, health counseling; provision of care supportive to or restorative of life and well-being; and executing medical regimens including administering medications and treatments prescribed by a licensed or otherwise legally authorized provider.

The VALOR is a student nurse with limited experience within the situations in which they are ultimately expected to perform. This is the dependent stage of working closely with a preceptor with a goal of developing skills and judgment to utilize the nursing process in real situations. The focus is on individual growth and development in practice with increased levels of self-direction. The VALOR student brings principles and theory with limited application of critical thinking skills.

The VALOR student begins in an observational mode with an RN preceptor and gradually, as they and their preceptor assess their abilities and comfort levels, the student assumes greater levels of responsibility. This guided and mentored experience is intended to strengthen confidence, critical thinking abilities, time management skills, and prioritization and delegation of care.

Work Schedule: Days/Nights - Hours are varied per unit and schedule will depend on the preceptor's tour of duty, TBD

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

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The VALOR students will be assigned to either the Emergency Services Department or the Medical/Surgical Department at VA Portland Health Care System. Duties include, but are not limited to:

Be responsible and accountable for all elements of the nursing process when providing direct patient care

Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates care based on age-specific components

Assumes responsibility for the coordination of care focused on patient transition through the continuum of care, patient and family education, patient self-management after discharge, and supporting factors that impact customer satisfaction

Considers all characteristics of the individual, including age and life states, state of health, race and culture, values and previous experiences

Administers medications and procedures per established policies and guidelines

Influences care outcomes by collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary team.

Works with preceptor and nurse manager to identify and select a leadership project that meets the needs of VAPORHCS as well as affording the student an opportunity to develop leadership skills

The VALOR student is expected to attend staff meetings and unit based, as well as, facility wide educational offerings

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Job family (Series)

0610 Nurse



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 probationary period

Subject to a background/security investigation

Must be proficient in written and spoken English

Possess a 3.0 GPA out of 4.0 possible GPA (cummulative)

Must have completed Junior year of BSN accredited program


Basic Requirements:The VALOR student applicant MUST meet all requirements listed below by the closing date of this vacancy: Must be a United States citizen at time of entry into Nursing VALOR program

Must be proficient in written and spoken English (English Language Proficiency)

Must be currently enrolled and in good standing as a rising Senior nursing student in a college that is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN); OR the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (Official Transcript required)

Must have successfully completed the final semester of the junior year in an accredited Baccalaureate nursing program (Official Transcript required)

Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. (Official Transcript required). The GPA must be computed on a post-secondary academic work taken with in the past 3 years, or based on academic work accepted for credit towards the nursing degree. While a student may have a grade of C in a nursing course, the CGPA for the nursing core courses may not be less than 3.0

Must be able to complete a minimum of 400 consecutive hours (10 weeks) as a Nursing VALOR student in the Portland VA facility

Must submit a letter from the Dean/Director from the school of nursing you currently attend 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)

Must have successfully completed two (2) semesters in a Baccalaureate program, which includes experience in medication administration

Must submit a complete application with all required documents (see required documents section of this announcement)

Must meet the physical requirements of the position as listed below

Must NOT have a service obligation to any Federal, state, or private institution or be a recipient of any Federal scholarships that incur a service obligation

Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15-44 lbs), Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs), Straight pulling (1 hour), Pushing (1-2 hours), Reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (3 hours), standing (4-6 hours), repeated bending (2 hours), both legs required, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, Near vision correctable at 13 to 16 Jaeger 1 to 4, Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, depth perception, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid permitted), mental and emotional stability.


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: ****. 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: ****Additional information

VALOR students who work in a full-time or part-time status are entitled to accrue annual and sick leave in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 63. Intermittent appointments are not entitled to accrue leave. An employee whose current employment is limited to less than 90 days is entitled to annual leave only after being employed for a continuous period of 90 days without a break in service. After completing the 90-day period, the employee is entitled to be credited with the leave that would have accrued.

VALOR student appointments will be from 3 to 12 months, with a minimum requirement of 400 consecutive hours.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

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

Travel funding is not available. Relocation incentives are not available.

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.

Compressed tour is not available.

This position will not receive any additional premium pay for working on a legal holiday, on Sunday, or at night. Students will receive their regular straight time pay. No compensation will be paid to students for working overtime; however, they may be granted equivalent time off for service in excess of 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week (compensatory time).

United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

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

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.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents

Required Documents

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


Letter of support/recommendation from your school's Dean


Transcript (Official)

1) VA Form 10-2850d - Application for Health Professions Trainees can be found at: ****.

2) Letter from the Dean/Director of the school of nursing to the Nurse Executive of the Portland VA. The letter should include a nomination of the student to the program, verification of enrollment as a full-time student (as defined by the school), successful completion of the junior year by May/June 2018 (or its equivalent for rotating time off school schedules), and anticipated graduation date within one year after entry into the Nursing VALOR program

3) Resume

4) Official Transcripts that show Cumulative GPA

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 (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, etc. Cover Letter




Recommendation Letter from Dean

Disability Rating





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.



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.

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 03/22/2018 to receive consideration.

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.

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, ****, 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.

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Portland VA Medical Center

3710 Southwest US Veterans Hospital Road

Portland, OR


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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.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help Center

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

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 and hiring process 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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Selective Service

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
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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.

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