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Job Title:Registered Nurse (Readiness Coordinator) VN-0610

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VQ-RN-13-4-QAL-812357R

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$45,305.00 to $82,198.00 / Per Year


Thursday, January 31, 2013 to Thursday, February 14, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Fargo, ND United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 812357 

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

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?

Fargo is a thriving metropolitan area of nearly 200,000 that offers a sense of solid values and has been ranked 1 nationally for safety.   Additionally, the July 2010: Money Magazine ranked Fargo among top "100 Best Places to Live".   The community supports 4 hospitals, 3 colleges and all the amenities one would expect in a metropolitan area including great shopping, excellent private and public schools, an active arts community, and sports activities for every interest.  If the Minnesota lakes country appeals to you we are a short commute from the tranquility of the great outdoors. Major metropolitan areas of Minneapolis and Winnipeg are an easy drive down the interstate and the major airlines offer direct service to many cities.  Fargo Moorhead is a diverse, stimulating, family-oriented city with, affordable housing, and an overall low cost-of-living, all amenities that make for a satisfying and fulfilling life. Join a dynamic leadership team at a progressive medical center in a truly wonderful community!  Go to or for more information.

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.



  • 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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This is a reannouncement of this position.  If you have previously applied for this position, you do not need to reappy.

The Readiness Coordinator serves as the coordinator for regulatory surveillance activities for the Fargo VA Healthcare System.  The position is in Performance Improvement and reports to the Director of Performance Improvement.  The Readiness Coordinator plays a critical role in supporting the efforts to ensure the medical center is meeting regulatory standards and provides primary oversight and consultative services toward organizational continuous readiness for the following accrediting/monitorin organizations/activities: 

  • The Joint Commission
  • Hospital Manual
  • Long Term Care Manual
  • Behaviorial Health Manual
  • Home Care Manual
  • The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilitities (CARF)
  • Office of Inspector General (OIG)
  • Any other external readiness survery to include ongoing readiness rounds

The Readiness Coordinator must have a broad-based knowledge of the overall medical center organization, function, mission, vision, and values.  Major duties include:  assists in the coordination of accreditation program specific reviews and preparation for internal and external reviews.  Assists in ensuring that processes are in place to meet the established standards of the accreditation organization or regulating body. Assists with ongoing tracer activities and keep abreast of changes with new standards. Assists in the development of and monitoring of corrective actions that meet identified recommendations. Facilitate the development and coordination of internal review systems to assure that both clinical and administrative activities are in compliance with agency, accrediting, and regulatory requirements. Oversight includes working with Service Line managers/supervisors to identify and correct discrepancies.  Develop policy guidance, motivational materials, and information to facilitate staff compliance with required standards.  Coordinates the annual Joint Commission Periodic Performance Review (PPR) and submission.  In addition, this position would assist with PI analyst functions-chart reviews, analyzing data, and assist with facilitating Improvement Team activity. Participate in recurring comprehensive environmental risk assessment scanning activities, which are used to evaluate the impact of social, economic, and other organizational conditions or trends and for making forecasts that are to be considered long-range decision-making. In addition, provides support to other medical center accreditation activities that are not directly coordinated from Performance Improvement, i.e. American Association of Blood Banks/College of American Pathologies (AABB/CAP), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).                                                                                                             

WORK SCHEDULE:  Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


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PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  In addition to basic qualifications, possess a Bachelor's degree in Nursing.  Work experience in Quality Management, and/or working with preparation for internal and external hospital accreditations and surveys.


BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:  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.

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. 


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

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Mostly sedentary in an office setting.

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.  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.

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, 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.


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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, thrift savings plan, 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


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 


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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.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850a IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and 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.   Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and 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:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:
  3. 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.
  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 using the following Vacancy ID: T812357.  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.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, February 14, 2013.


You MUST provide a complete application package. Failure to do so will result in an incomplete application and your package will not be considered. A complete Application Package includes:

  1. Completed Online Questionnaire
  2. CV or Resume
  3. VA Form 10- 2850a - Application For Nurses And Nurse Anesthetists (Available at
  4. OF 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at
  5. Unofficial transcript(s) - official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired.
  6. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Form 214s.
  7. Applicants claiming veterans 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
  8. If you are a current or former Federal employee, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action.



Quincy A. Lofberg
Phone: (701)239-3700x3641
Fax: (701)237-2645
Agency Information:
2101 N Elm Street
Fargo, ND
58102 Fax: (701)237-2645


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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