According to VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G6, Dated March 17, 2009:
(1) Citizen of the United States
(2) 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).
(3) 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.
(4) Graduates of foreign nursing schools are now required to possess a Certificate from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing School (CGFNS) prior to appointment with the VHA (VHA Handbook 5005/03).
Certification in Nursing Administration in Nursing Administration or Nursing Administration Advanced
You will need to submit this document (CGFNC) in your application packet if you are a graduate from a foreign nursing school in order to receive consideration.
All education claimed by applicants will be verified by appointing agency accordingly.
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.
You must have one of the following education and experience in order to qualify for this position:
· Doctoral degree in nursing or related field with 5 years of current full-time RN experience
· Master's degree in nursing or a related field with a BSN with 4-5 years of current full-time RN experience
· MSN from a Bridge program no BSN required and 4-5 years of current full-time RN experience ( your transcripts must note that you attended a Bridge program while receiving your MSN).
If you are a current VHA employee you must be a Nurse III (pay grade) in order to receive consideration for the Nurse IV position even if you meet the educational requirements.
Your resume MUST reflect the number of hours worked per week for all jobs listed, and a detailed description of your duties performed. IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Professional practice in progressively more responsible leadership assignments in clinical, administrative, educational and/or research areas. This practice has been characterized by a majority of the following behaviors:
- Establishes effective relationships within the service and with administration and other services,
- Establishes effective collegial relationships with other leaders in the larger health care community
- Accepts substantial and continuing responsibility and accountability for planning, organizing, directing and controlling an integrated program.
- Makes decisions, which reflect the distinctive and contributory role of nursing within the local institution and the total health care system.
- Forecasts requirements necessary to long range program planning and model development for effective delivery of health care services.
- Facilitates the delivery of patient care in collaboration with health professional, health managers, and other health care personnel.
- Assures implementation and maintenance of standards for professional practice within the authority of the position.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD
Physical Standards. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
VETPRO CREDENTIALING: Individuals selected for positions that have patient care responsibilities are subject to undergoing an electronic credentialing process called VetPro. As part of this process, it will be necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure and certifications using VetPro (Federal Database). The candidate selected will be provided with further information on how to use VetPro if selected for this position.
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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) with your application packet in order to receive consideration.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)
· Applicants must be citizens of the United States.
· 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.
· Applicants must successfully complete and pass a pre-employment physical prior to coming on board.
· New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.
· Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
· Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a two year probationary period.
· An OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment (version dated January 2001 or later) must be submitted prior to appointment. You should include this form as part of your application documents. This form is available www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf.
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.