U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1751715

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?

As a VA professional nurse, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

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.


Some specialty areas are on critical care pay with a  salary range of $50,805-$94,361. *

This announcement is a combined unit announcement which will be utilized to obtain eligible/qualified applicants to be considered for the position of Registered Nurse for current and futurevacancy recruitment with the Tennessee Valley Health Care System (TVHS). Reminder – not all areas are being recruited for at this time. The list of eligible applicants, will be maintained for 90 days for any future vacancies to be filled. The specific practice areas featured in this announcement include:

  • Surgery – This area of care includes operating room, ASU/PACU, SICU and a Med/Surg unit.
  • Specialty Care Clinics – This area of care includes GI Lab, Dialysis, Cardiology/Cath Lab, and Home Telehealth and specific specialty care clinics- (dermatology, ophthalmology, podiatry etc.)
  • Primary Care– located at THVS campuses (Nashville & Murfreesboro) as well as the Community Based Outpatient Clinics (These are Monday-Friday days only clinics)
  • Acute Care /Mental Health– This area of patient care includes Intensive Care Unit and Mental Health
  • Medicine – This area of care includes Marrow Transplant, MICU, Emergency Department (Nashville & Murfreesboro), MICU and a Med/Surg unit.
  • Community Living Center – This area of patient care includes nursing home, hospice and short-stay rehabilitation care.

Work Schedule: Work schedules will vary based upon the location of the vacancy and the needs of the service.  As a hospital, Tennessee Valley Health Care System has many 24/7 units where our Veterans depend on patient care around-the-clock including weekends and holidays.  TVHS also have clinical units that operate primarily Monday – Friday. 

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As one of the selected RNs to join this dynamic team of professionals providing quality health care, with dignity, compassion and respect to Veterans in Middle Tennessee, you will employ sound clinical judgment and adept skills within the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of nursing care for Veterans. You will be responsible for:

  • direct delivery of care to a Veteran population ranging from adults 18 years and over through the geriatric life span with the largest concentration of patients treated being in the 50+age group; devise Veterans care plans;
  • administer prescribed medication and ensure safety/security of narcotic administration;
  • collaborate with inter-disciplinary team members;
  • monitor staff compliance with RME;
  • compliant with guidelines, procedures and policies; and
  • educate Veterans, families and other team members;
  • additional duties as assigned.

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.



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). 

 ***All applicants must ensure the nursing program for the school where the Nursing Degree was received, is accredited and listed on one of these two sites to meet the requirements of the education qualifications.  NLNAC web site; (http://www.nlnac.org/home.htm )CCNE web site; (http://directory.ccnecommunity.org/reports/accprog.asp)***

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. 

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.

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: See VA Handbook 5005, Part III, and Chapter 2, paragraph 7, and VA Handbook 5019,You must be able to perform work that requires regular and recurrent bending, lifting 45 pounds or more, stooping, climbing, reaching above the shoulder, stretching, and similar activities supporting various weights; walking and standing for 8 hours; frequent pushing medication carts, wheelchairs, litters, beds; use of fingers, both hands and both legs; emotional stability (you must be able to care for Veterans with various medical and psychiatric illnesses who at times may exhibit unpredictable behavior and may have the potential to be physically or verbally assultive); near vision correctable at 13″ to 16″ / far vision correctable in one eye to 20/50 and to 20/100 in the other / both eyes required with ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing aid permitted in order to sufficiently hear various alarms and respond immediately.  Must be able to lift (30 lbs or more); twisting and/or bending, standing and/or walking almost constantly during the course of the day.

Security Clearance

Public Trust – Background Investigation



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