This Position Is No Longer Available
  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Registered Nurse (Operating Room)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:AG-T38-13-051-BB-834659

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$45,810.00 to $90,004.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 to Wednesday, February 13, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

VN-0610-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Temple, TX United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

"The nurse is obligated to ongoing, comprehensive evaluation and improvement of clinical practice and health care delivery systems to meet the needs of patients in the Operating Room (OR)."

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.  

 

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE 

 

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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov/.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Must pass pre-employment examination if required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.

DUTIES:

Back to top

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 834659

 

Applications will ONLY be accepted online or by fax, 1-478-757-3144.

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) is one of the largest integrated health care systems in the Department of Veterans Affairs and includes facilities in Temple, Waco, and Austin, TX.  Community-Based Outpatient Clinics are located in Brownwood, Cedar Park, Palestine, and Bryan-College Station. 

 

NO STATE TAXES!!! 

 

IF PATIENT NEEDS ARISE, THE INCUMBENT OF THE ABOVE POSITION MAY BE REASSIGNED WITHIN THE CENTRAL TEXAS VETERANS HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.

 

THIS IS BARGAINING UNIT POSITION

 

Tour of duty will range from: 6:30 am – 6:00 pm. Monday – Friday. 

Position has on-call requirements and 8 to 10 hour shifts, either 7:00 am – 3:30 pm, or 6:30 am – 5:00 pm.

DUTIES: The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) Nurse functions as an intermediate level nurse, depending on education and experience. CTVHCS is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical, and neurological inpatients and outpatients. Responsible and accountable for all elements of the nursing process when providing and/or supervising direct patient care. Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates care based on age-specific components. Assumes responsibility for the coordination of care focused on patient transition through the continuum of care, patient and family education, patient self-management after discharge, and supporting factors that impact customer satisfaction. Considers all characteristics of the individual, including age and life stages, state of health, race and culture, values, and previous experiences. Administers medications and procedures per established policies and guidelines. Influences care outcomes by collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary team. Core elements of performance include knowledge and active participation in unit/program level quality improvement processes and initiatives as well as customer service programs. This position potentially requires flexibility in schedule and assignments, as this is a 24/7 hospital. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. The incumbent must be poised and articulate in communicating with people of varied educational levels and varied ethnic backgrounds. Willing to work cooperatively as a member of a team in all assignments. Surgical specialties include Vascular, Thoracic, Ophthalmic, ENT, Orthopedic, Urologic, Gynecologic, Podiatry, Plastic and General Surgery. Three – five years current operating room experience preferred. Makes caring for the veteran his/her priority while in the work setting and demonstrates customer service principles in all aspects of work. Self-motivated in the pursuit of meeting professional work standards.

Works flexible hours and tours of duty.  Primary work site is Temple; however, travel to other system facilities (Austin, Waco, CBOCs, etc.) is required to accomplish duties and responsibilities.

 

***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Back to top

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.

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 I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, no experience.
  • Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field and no experience; or a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and no experience.
  • 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. 
  • IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

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


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

 

FOREIGN EDUCATION: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.

 

Public Law 95-201 requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.  

Veterans' preference does apply to Title 38 positions; therefore, if you are a Veteran applying for veterans preference, you must submit evidence of eligibility, such as:  a copy of your DD-214(s) (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty);  Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference version dated December 2004), if applicable; and the proof requested on the form, such as a Civil Service Preference letter stating your percentage of disability, if applicable.

DD Form 214:  Veterans can now request a copy of their DD-214 online at the following National Personnel Records Center website, http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html. This site also provides instructions and addresses for requesting service records, medical records, proof of military service, correcting records, and replacing medals or awards. Veterans may also request a copy of their DD-214 by calling 800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to determine if you are qualified for this job.   

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package.

 

We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

 

Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position. 

 


BENEFITS:

Back to top

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. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

 VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System has partnered with the Planetree Organization and considers patient centered care one of our primary focus areas.

If you are interested in a career with the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, we are interested in you. We would like to know what patient centered care means to you and why you are interested in working with us?

 

To learn more about Planetree and our efforts to become a true Veteran Centered Organization refer to the following website: http://www.planetree.org/

 

EDUCATION DEBT REDUCTION PROGRAM (EDRP): “The applicant(s) selected for this position maybe eligible to apply for an education loan reimbursement award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program, subject to availability of EDRP funding.”

 

EDRP Coordinator:                 Albert Mersch

                                                Human Resources (05)

                                                Temple, Texas

                                                (254) 743-0777

                                                          Albert.Mersch@va.gov

 

 

 



HOW TO APPLY:

Back to top

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

1.    Your Resume or CV (REQUIRED Documents)

2.    VA Form 10-2850a Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist (REQUIRED Documents) Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850a-fill.pdf

3.    A complete Occupational Questionnaire TAG:Link to Full Questionnaire

4.    Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on TAG:Closing Date.

To begin the process, write down the 6-digit VIN number and go to (https://www.applicationmanager.gov/) to create an account or log in to your existing APPLICATION MANAGER account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire and upload supporting documentation. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in application manager. After applying, return to application manager (https://www.applicationmanager.gov/) to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

1.      Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire TAG:Link to Full Questionnaire.

2.    Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.

3.    Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

4.    Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

 

1.    Complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID TAG:VacancyID. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.

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

 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:


• Résumé or CV and VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist (Available at http://www.vacareers.va.gov/job-search/applications.asp.


• Copy of your transcript(s).
• If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notice of Personnel Action. NOTE: If you are a current employee of CTVHCS, you do not need to submit your most recent SF-50 or VA Form 10-2850a; however, you are required to submit a resume or CV.
• Veterans' Preference documentation (DD-214) or equivalent, SF-15, and VA Preference Letter, as appropriate.

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Bettye Boudreaux
Phone: (254)743-0341
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: BETTYE.BOUDREAUX@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Central Texas HCS Temple
DO NOT EMAIL OR MAIL APPLICATIONS
APPLY ONLINE OR BY FAX ONLY, TX
00000 Fax: (478)757-3144

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Your application, résumé 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.


Back to top
Dock
Print Preview

Job Announcement Number:

AG-T38-13-051-BB-834659

Control Number:

336772600