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Job Title:Research Nurse (Cardiology)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-618-PSS-13-VU844747

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$61,477.00 to $104,849.00 / Per Year


Friday, February 15, 2013 to Friday, March 01, 2013




Full Time - Temporary NTE 13 months


1 vacancy in the following location:
Minneapolis, MN United StatesView Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 844747

Grade and Salary will be determined by a Professional Standards Board.

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?

The Research Service Line at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System (MVAHCS) is seeking to hire one full-time RN for the Research Department, specifically with Cardiology. You will be an integral member of a team devoted to providing the best possible care to our nations' veterans and helping the Minneapolis VA Health Care System and the Veterans Integrated Service Network, VISN 23 meet its' mission.

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 .  


  • 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 Research RN reports to the Chief of the department, Dr McFalls, who is the rating official and approving official, and to the department Nurse Manager for the practice of nursing. This position is time-limited for at least 1 year and will provide benefits. The position is expected to be filled by May 1st.

Clinical Functions:

·                  Evaluate new study protocols and provide recommendations to the Principal Investigator for study selection regarding:

-        Patient population against enrollment requirements

-        Fit with current research portfolio

-        Availability of research staff

-        Required equipment and external resources

-        Adequacy of preliminary budget

·                  Screen patient medical records for potential participation in specific clinical trials.

·                  Conduct the informed consent process with potential research subjects in accordance with all regulatory, ethical, and Institutional Review Board requirements.

·                  Ensure that the well-being of research subjects is safeguarded and that subjects’ rights are protected.

·                  Organize the day-to-day conduct of research activities for assigned studies.

·                  Educate other departments and staff about new studies, providing guidance in understanding and implementing study protocols.

·                  Perform study-related procedures as delegated by the Principal Investigator.

·                  Manage source documentation and accurate case report forms for each study subject, record pertinent observations and data obtained during the study.

·                  Serve as primary liaison with principal investigator, staff, internal/external resources and sponsor regarding patient care issues and progress of the study.

·                  Monitor subjects' progress, including documentation and reporting of adverse events.

·                  Dispense investigational product; monitor and report subject’s response.

·                  Ensure proper collection, processing, and shipment of specimens (e.g. centrifuge, preparation of slides, cryostorage, dry ice packaging, etc.).

·                  Order and interpret labs and other diagnostic tests per study protocol, and communicate results to Principal Investigator.

·                  Ensure staff and subject compliance with protocol guidelines and requirements of regulatory agencies.  Identify and resolve non-compliance or inconsistent practices.

Administrative Functions:

·         Manage the study start-up process, including development of Informed Consent Forms, submission of initial IRB application, and preparation of study start-up materials.

·         Collaborate with the Institutional Review Board to ensure that regulatory requirements are identified, communicated, and observed.

·         Manage ongoing sponsor and IRB regulatory affairs.

·         Oversee the regulatory process, including maintenance of regulatory binders and essential documents. Schedules subjects in VistA; enter notes, orders, and flags in CPRS.

·         Oversee monitoring activities by study sponsors.

·         Ensure the receipt and proper storage of investigational product and study supplies.

·         Prepare and submit necessary reports.

·         Identify opportunities for process improvement and implement process changes.



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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.

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


    The applicant must have at least 2 years of nursing experience; research or cardiology experience is preferred.


    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 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: T844747.  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 Friday, March 01, 2013.


    Non-VA Applicants

    You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. CV or Resume.
    2. VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist (Available at (required).
    3. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required).  
    4. Three references, one which should be a signed and dated performance review.
    5. Math test is required if called for an interview. Schedule this at 612-467-3705.

    VA Applicants

    You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. CV or Resume.
    2. VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist (Available at (required).
    3. SF-50 - Found at


    Pamela Snyder
    Phone: (612)467-2060x4382
    Agency Information:
    VHA Minneapolis HCS
    One Veterans Drive
    Minneapolis, MN


    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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