U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1590576

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?

Come to the historic west, SHERIDAN, WYOMING.

Beautiful scenery, friendly people, bike paths and a historic downtown consistently make Sheridan one of the top places to live, work and play. The majestic Big Horn Mountains are situated perfectly to provide four seasons of fun and sun with spectacular beauty and grand vistas. Take to your cross country skis and snowmobiles in the winter and hike and fish in the summer. Enjoy a PRCA rodeo weekend. Fly fishing in the Big Horns is second to none, while the peaks and valleys provide excellent opportunity for hang gliding Sunday afternoons are warm and inviting at either one of the two polo fields in Sheridan. Watch some of the world’s best polo players or participate yourself with amateur polo. You can always finish off your day at one of the many restaurants or unique shops on historic Main Street and enjoy the wide variety of boutiques and western wear.

The Sheridan VA Healthcare Center provides primary, specialty and mental health care, including psychiatric, substance abuse and PTSD services, to a diverse Veteran Population. Dedicated to Patient-Centered Care, the Sheridan VAMC is comprised of the medical center in Sheridan, Wyoming and eight Community Based Outpatient Clinics / Primary Care Telehealth Outpatient Clinics located in Afton, Casper, Gillette, Evanston, Powell, Riverton, Rock Springs, and Worland.

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.

This vacancy announcement establishes an “Open Continuous Announcement” for eligible applicants to be considered for this position. The first list of eligible applicants will be referred to the Selection Official on 07/29/2016. Applications received after this date, will be referred as additional staffing needs arise, throughout the life of the announcement.

All application packages remain eligible for consideration for 90 days after submission to the announcement. To remain eligible for consideration beyond 90 days, a new application submission is required to indicate your continued interest.

Duties

The Sheridan VA Healthcare System is currently recruiting to fill multiple Registered Nurse (Staff) positions within the facility. The Staff Nurse provides direct nursing care to Veterans, in a variety of patient care settings, including ambulatory care, clinics, procedural areas, mental health, residential rehabilitation and acute medical unit.

The Nursing duties include assessments, developing plans of care, performing treatments and collaborating with various other team members for care coordination.

The Staff Nurse role requires the nurse to assess, plan, implement, coordinate, monitor and evaluate care. The Staff Nurse role also requires that the Nurse act as an advocate for the Veteran, providing education to the Veteran and/or family, delivering care in a manner to maintain and promote high quality, safe care. Staff Nurse may also be involved in patient safety or quality/performance improvement activities.

The Staff Nurse maintains expertise in clinical skills relevant to the area of practice, which may include, but are not limited to: obtaining and analyzing vital signs, laboratory values, specimen collection and processing, starting and maintaining intravenous sites and fluids, medication administration, oxygen administration, assessing and responding to acute changes in patient conditions, delegation of tasks to other team members, operating a variety of equipment and technologies, and documentation in the electronic record.

Work Schedule: Multiple work schedules are available (Full-Time, Part-Time, and/or Intermittent-PRN) Weekends, Holidays and Off Shift tours are required in some positions to meet the needs of patients.

Functional Statement Title/#:

Nurse I / Level 1: 903130

Nurse I / Level 2: 903137

Nurse I / Level 3: 903138

Nurse II: 903131

Nurse III: 903132

Bargaining Unit Status: These positions are part of the bargaining unit.
Relocation / Recruitment Incentives are not authorized for these positions.
Relocation Expenses are not authorized for these positions.
Designated Drug-Testing Position: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

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. 

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:

At a minimum, applicants should possess experience as an RN that is determined to be sustained and consistently at or above an acceptable level of quality. This may include experience as a Graduate Nurse Technician (GNT) provided that candidate was utilized as a professional nurse and passed the State licensing (board) examination on the first attempt, and experience as Nurse Technician Pending Graduation provided the candidate possessed an active, current registration to practice nursing in a State and was utilized as a professional nurse. Professional nursing experience should be documented on the Application for Employment – Nurse and Nurse Anesthetists (VA Form 10-2850a).

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:

Heavy Lifting (45 lbs. and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs. and over); Straight Pulling (up to 4 hours); Pushing (up to 4 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 7-8 hours); Standing (up to 7-8 hours); Repeated bending (up to 7-8 hours); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Far vision correctable to 20/20 in one eye and to 20/40 in the other; Specific visual requirement to be able to read typed characters; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of color; Hearing (aid permitted); emotional and mental stability required.

Security Clearance

Public Trust – Background Investigation