U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1720922

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.

This IS A Bargaining Unit position.

Relocation Incentives ARE NOT authorized.

Functional Statement for Registered Nurse (RN) Specialty Care is on file in Human Resources

Tour of Duty: Monday-Friday and Weekends; Days & Evenings; Rotating 8 Hour Shifts between 7AM & 7PM

NOTE: Applicant’s education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and step of the applicant selected.

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.

Vacancy is open until filled. Qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official every 14 days.

Residents of Greater New Orleans enjoy one of the highest qualities of life in the United States. While we are known to enjoy many of the best restaurants in the world, more than 300 festivals, vibrant night life, not to mention Mardi Gras, that’s just the beginning of what we have to offer. We treasure family and community, our children have access to high-quality education, we enjoy an incredible abundance of the arts, and so much more! Here at Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, we strive to be an efficient organization through continual process improvement and orderliness by eliminating waste in everything we do. We are generating a Lean environment of abundance and ownership, enabling us to become “one team creating the perfect patient experience “so that we may honor Veterans and their families. We’re in the process of constructing and activating a new medical center that will serve as a model for health care of the future and set the standards for patient-centered care, flexibility and sustainability. It will be a level one, 200 bed tertiary care regional referral center that is projected to serve 70,000 enrolled Veterans. The new medical center will be approximately 1.6 million square feet, with two additional 1,000-car garages for both patients and staff on a 30-acre site in New Orleans. The facility has been designed to meet the full array of VA missions: health care to America’s heroes, education, research and national preparedness. It will authentically reflect the culture of the region and be the cornerstone for the emerging biosciences industry in New Orleans. You can help us build from the ground up. Create history with us and join our team! For more information about the greater New Orleans area, visit http://www.destinationgno.com/ To learn more about Project Legacy, the project to design and build a new medical center to replace the one damaged from Hurricane Katrina, visit http://www.neworleans.va.gov/Project_Legacy.asp

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Duties

The Ambulatory Care Specialty Registered Nurse (RN) adheres to established policies, standards of care, and standards of practice when assisting with specialized outpatient procedures. The incumbent demonstrates leadership when providing care in multiple medicine, surgery or mental health subspecialty clinic locations. He or she serves as a role model when assigned as a staff nurse to clinical sites. The RN works with providers and members of the health care team to provide efficient effective clinical care and patient processing. The RN also recognizes changes in the patient’s condition based upon the system affected and reports promptly for intervention.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No


Job Requirements

Key Requirements

  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • 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.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Applicants must submit a VA 10-2850
  • Current employees must submit an SF-50

Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Education: 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 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. 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).

Licensure: Current, full, active, and unrestricted licensure as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

Nurse II: BSN with 2-3 years of experience (OR) Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing and bachelors degree in a related field with 2-3 years of experience (OR) Master’s degree in nursing or related field with BSN or bachelor’s degree in a related field with approximately 1-2 years of experience OR Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in related field.

Nurse III: Master’s degree in nursing or related field with BSN or bachelor’s degree in a related field with 2-3 years of experience (OR) Doctoral degree in nursing or related field with 2-3 years of experience

Grade Determinations: 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 or practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Waiver of NLNAC or CCNE Accreditation Requirement. The approving official may authorize a waiver of the requirement for NLNAC or CCNE Accreditation of any degree in nursing provided the college or university has regional accreditation (or was State approved) at the time of the candidate’s graduation and the composite qualifications of the applicant warrant such consideration. Waivers at the doctoral level are not required; however, the program must be regionally accredited at the time of the candidate’s graduation.

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.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27 Part II Appendix G6 Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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.

Physical Requirements: Heavy Lifting (45 lbs. and over); Heavy carrying (45 lbs. and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 – 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 6 hours); Standing (up to 8 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13″ to 16″; Hearing (aid permitted).

Security Clearance

Not Applicable