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Job Title:  Registered Nurse - Operating Room Unit
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-613-13-JDL790579

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$59,796.00 to $101,486.00 / Per Year
Monday, November 19, 2012 to Monday, December 03, 2012
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location:
Martinsburg, WV United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Tour of Duty: Rotating Shifts plus call as needed.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 790579  

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.

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 professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. 

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

This position is located within Nursing Services at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center. The VA Medical Center is located in the heart of West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle on 175 acres in historic Berkeley County. The Medical Center offers a comprehensive range of services, including internal medicine, ambulatory surgery, audiology and speech pathology, dental, nursing home, nutrition, podiatry, prosthetics, women's health, mental health, and rehabilitation medicine. Patient Care is provided through an integrated primary care concept, and each veteran is assigned to a team of health care providers who follow the patient's care both as an inpatient and an outpatient. The Medical Center has a service area of nearly 130,000 veterans in West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

It is the mission of the Martinsburg VAMC to honor America's veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. Medical Center employees are dedicated to improving the quality of life for eligible veterans through excellent health care. The Medical Center operates seven VA-staffed Outpatient Clinics in Cumberland, Hagerstown and Frederick, Maryland, Stephens City and Harrisonburg, Virginia and Franklin and Petersburg, West Virginia. Primary Care and Mental Health care are provided at the CBOCs.


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.


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The nurse accepted for this position must be a highly skilled individual who will be responsible for performing the duties of scrub and/or circulator for a patient population that includes, but is not limited to general surgery, GU, GI, EENT, vascular and orthopedic procedures.  This nurse will be responsible for assisting with all aspects of surgical care from preparation of the patient and OR suite to assisting the surgeon during procedures.  The RN chosen for the position must also be competent to deliver patient care and rotate through Same Day Surgery, Endoscopy, Recovery and the clinics.  Rotation to other tours will be based on patient care needs.  This RN will be clinically and administratively accountable to the Nurse Manager of Surgical Services.


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  • Citizen of the United States. 
  • 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). 
  • 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.  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.    
  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English.
  • Must possess a current ACLS certification.
  • Minimum of 5 years of OR circulator and scrub experience preferred.
  • Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.   Experience as a 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 of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel. The criteria are as follows: Practice: practice, ethics and resource utilization, Professional Development: performance, education/career development, Collaboration; collaboration, collegiality, Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research.     

Education/Experience Requirements:   

  • Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of experience; or a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of experience, or a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no experience.
  • Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of experience, or ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years experience or a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years experience, or a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no experience. 
  • Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years experience or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years experience.   


Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD

Proof of Education will be required upon selection to position through an official transcript.

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Your application, resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.   To find out more click here


If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency. 

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, and age, membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factors. 

Reasonable Accommodation:  This Medical Center will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities upon request. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  


  1. THE VA FORM 10-2850a, 

You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form over again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.    

PERMANENT MARTINSBURG VA EMPLOYEES must submit ALL of the following documents by either applying online or via fax directly to USA Staffing. 

  1. Current Resume
  2. Last two most recent proficiencies
  3. Complete Occupational Questionnaire  

Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much faster. 

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.  

If you cannot apply online:

Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire

  1. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:
  2. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  3. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed. 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 790579.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.

  1. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144. 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, December 03, 2012.



All applicants must provide a complete Application Package when applying online or applying via fax to USA Staffing.   

Required documents for External Applicants include

  2.VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist - available at

  3.A completed Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

  4.If prior military service, include all copies of your DD 214.   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at  

Required documents for existing Martinsburg VA permanent employees include 

  1. Resume
  2. Last two most recent proficiencies
  3. Completed Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire



Tera Sheppard
Phone: (304)263-0811x4734
Agency Information:
VHA Martinsburg VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
Human Resources Management Service
510 Butler Avenue
Martinsburg, WV


After we receive your completed Application Package, your package will be reviewed to determine if you meet the basic requirements for this vacant position.  You will receive notification when this process has been completed. 

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