U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1720304

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people – our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country’s service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are”, our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE“).

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.

Current permanent VA employees should apply under the announcement VIN 1722289.

This is an open continuous announcement. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled and/or the closing date, which event occurs first; consequently, the position may be filled before the posted closing date.

The first list of eligible applicants will be pulled for referral on July 5, 2016. Subsequent referrals will be made every 15 business days, or based on business need. Applicants received after the first cut-off date, will be considered for the second cut-off, and so on throughout the life of the announcement and within your specific period of eligibility.

All applicants may receive consideration for 6 months from the date of application. If you wish to be considered after that period, and the announcement is still open to receive applicants, you must re-apply to indicate your continued interest.  

Duties

This announcement will be used to fill multiple vacancies in Critical Care, ER, Inpatient, Outpatient, Education, Women’s Health, CLC, OR, Mental Health, Gerontology, Medical Surgical Oncology, Renal Care Center, etc. at the VHA Washington, DC VA Medical Center (VAMC).

Major duties include but are not limited to:

  • Leading and organizing delivery of care to assure continuity of care and peer accountability for practice, including access to care and discharge planning;
  • Using advanced clinical knowledge judgment to promote staff involvement in planning, decision-making, and evaluating outcomes;
  • Functioning as an expert in clinical practice and/or areas related to the assigned roles and responsibilities;
  • Systematically evaluating current practice, and formulating outcomes for groups of patients and/or organizational processes within an area of expertise;
  • Guiding, developing, and supporting staff from a leadership perspective, and
  • Using professional standards of care, scientific evidence, and practice to evaluate programs and/or service activities.

Work Schedule: Various Shifts

Functional Statement Title/#: Registered Nurse (General)

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.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

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.
  • 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) 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)
  • 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: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.

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 in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 year’s of nursing practice/experience.

Preferred Experience:

BSN preferred

ACLS and CPR certifications preferred

Operating Room

2 years recent OR experience preferred (recent within the last 3 years)

Recent experience as scrub nurse preferred

Critical Care (MICU, SICU, PACU)

2 years  recent experience in MICU, SICU, or PACU (recent within the last 3 years)

CCRN Certification preferred

Emergency Department

2 years recent experience in emergency nursing (recent within the last 3 years)

CEN certification preferred

Mental Health

2 years recent experience in Mental Health

CNS certification in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing preferred

ANCC certification in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing preferred

Medical Surgical Nursing

2 years recent medical surgical nursing experience (recent within the last 3 years)

Telemetry experience preferred

ANCC certification in Medical-Surgical nursing

Gerontological Nursing

2 years recent experience in Long-term care rehabilitation nursing preferred (recent within the last 3 years)

ANCC certification in Gerontological nursing

Medical Surgical Oncology

2 years recent M/S oncology experience (recent within the last 3 years)

OCN and chemotherapy-biotherapy  certifications preferred

Renal Care Center

2 years recent experience in hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis preferred (recent within the last 3 years)

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.

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: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.

Security Clearance

Other