U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Summary

Hampton VA Medical Center is situated on an attractive waterfront campus.  This area, commonly referred to as Hampton Roads, has a Veteran population of more than 275,000.  The City of Hampton borders the Chesapeake Bay and the area abounds in cultural, historical, and family activities, from historical Williamsburg to the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean.  Hampton’s proximity to many attractions and mild winters offers year round opportunities for your leisure time.  We invite you to join our VA team that cares for our nation’s heroes.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1763203

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?

****This announcement closes 9/30/16 or sooner, when 100 applications are received; 1st cut-off for referral is 2 weeks from opening date. ****

Please identify clinical area(s) of interest in your application.  Multiple full-time Registered Nurse positions are available within Nursing Service, at the Hampton VA Medical Center. Positions available include, but not limited to the following examples: Spinal Cord Injury, PACU, ICU, Inpatient Mental Health, Dialysis, Medical-Surgical Unit and the Community Living Center-Geriatric Specialty Care Unit. The RN is responsible and accountable to the designated Nurse Manager in the assigned area. Tour of duty is a rotating schedule and includes weekends and holidays. Multiple applicants may be hired from this announcement. First consideration will be given to permanent VAMC Hampton employees. – This announcement has been updated to reflect changes in the clinical units.

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.

Duties

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Responsible and accountable for the provision of direct patient care and for the delivery of quality nursing care to a culturally diverse veteran patient population.
  • Responsible for assisting and providing safe nursing care to patients with complex nursing care needs.
  • Guides and evaluates performance of professional and assistive staff.
  • Initiates effective actions in emergencies.
  • Documents observations, assessments, changes in patient’s condition and education.
  • Guides and documents the performance of personnel assigned to area of responsibility and collaborates with the Nurse Manager in evaluating the performance of all levels of personnel.
  • Participates in performance improvement activities at the unit level, as assigned.
  • Teaches and promotes health maintenance and rehabilitation of patients and their families.
  • Collaborates with health team members to facilitate positive patient care outcome.
  • Provides a full range of nursing care to patients with a variety of physical, and/or behavioral problems.
  • Accountable for meeting and maintaining the qualification standards and functional statements of assigned grade.
  • Performs other directly related duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Rotating Shifts

Functional Statement Title/#: Registered Nurse

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 graduate 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. 

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.

Other Requirements

  • Copy of current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification and as appropriate, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS),  prior to firm offer of employment
  • All requested required documents (See Required Documents, under How to Apply)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum of 1-3 years of RN clinical experience preferred, not required.
  • Minimum of 1 year of RN experience in designated clinical area is preferred, not required.

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.

Education/Experience Requirements: Nurse I Level I – An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience required.

Physical Requirements:Heavy lifting, 50 pounds and over; Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; Straight pulling (3 hours); Pulling hand over hand (3 hours); Pushing (3 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (6 hours); Standing (6 hours); Kneeling (3 hours); Repeated bending (3 hours); Climbing, legs only (3hours); Climbing, use of legs and arms; Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Both eyes required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted to 1 ear, not both); and Prolong sitting (6 hours).

Security Clearance

Public Trust – Background Investigation