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Job Title:RN-Emergency Room Educator

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-13-118-SK-EC849519

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$51,762.00 to $102,221.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, March 06, 2013 to Monday, March 18, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Denver, CO United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 849519


  • Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

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?

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.

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

VA encourages people with disabilities to apply

NOTE:   Please submit all required documents.   Failure to submit required documents may result in loss of further consideration.

Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.  The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

Position Summary:

The Registered Nurse Unit Based Nurse Educator is a registered, professional nurse who provides formal/informal/virtual instruction for clinicians, support staff, patients and families.  The Educator practices as direct expert caregiver, administrator/coordinator, consultant, researcher, and educator roles specific to Emergency Nursing.

  • The Educator functions in a leadership role providing the highest quality of care. 
  • The Nurse Educator must to be experienced in telemetry nursing.  
  • The Nurse Educator reports to the unit Nurse Manager.


  • 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 Unit Based Nurse Educator collaborates with multiple disciplines in the assessment, planning, organization, implementation and evaluation of an effective program including orientation, continuing education and in-services. The Unit Based Nurse Educator is a role model in demonstrating excellence in practice, serves as a clinical mentor/preceptor for clinical and administrative staff, consults and collaborates in patient care and research, and educates in both formal and informal situations.  The Unit Based Nurse Educator demonstrates leadership in delivering and improving holistic care through collaborative strategies with others.  The Unit Educator will also function as a direct patient care provider when necessary.

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Systematic evaluation of current clinical practice
  • Program development
  • Nursing staff development
  • Expert consultation in clinical practice
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Problem resolution
  • Develops strategies to manage critical or complex events and analyzes outcomes
  • Guides staff in the application of the critical thinking process
  • Analyzes documentation and reporting systems and lans strategies to initiate needed change
  • Evaluates patient education programs for groups of patients
  • Demonstrates expertise for an expanded range of competencies and procedures
  • Demonstrates the ability to initiate and lead interdisciplinary groups
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of educational programs involving patients, families and nursing staff; initiating recommendations regarding improvement
  • Assumes a leadership role in fostering accountability in others for professional practice and patient care
  • Recommends and implements changes to meet practice standards
  • Functionas as a staff RN caring for a patient load as needed

Tour of Duty:

This position will require working 8-hour day tours Monday – Friday with occasional rotation to off-tours to monitor services provided by team members.  

Candidate must be willing to work weekends, irregular work hours and extended hours.  The candidate must be willing to be placed, detailed or temporarily assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary.


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(1)   Citizen or national of the United States

(2)   English Language Proficiency:   If you are appointed to a direct patient care position, you must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402 (d) and 7407 (d).

(3)   Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia.

(4)  Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency and accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

(5)    Applicants must possess one of the following degrees in nursing to be consider for this position.  Bachelor's Degree in Nursing; or enrolled in a Bridge or Master's Entry Program to Nursing (MEPN) program  AND have received a certificate of professional nursing to sit for the National Certification Licensing Examination (NCLEX) and can submit this certification to the Department of Veterans Affairs; or Master's Degree in Nursing; or Doctoral Degree in Nursing. 

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

Desirable Factors: 

  • At least 3 years of successful acute clinical experience, with demonstrated competence in technical skills
  • 2-3 years experience as an educator in a healthcare setting preferred
  • Current clinical experience working in the ED
  • ACLS required
  • CEN certification preferred; if not, required within one year of hire
  • Excellent IV skill highly desirable
  • Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with BSN or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field, preferred.  Applicants currently enrolled in Master's program will be considered.
  • Telemetry Certification preferred
  • Documented sustained high level of clinical practice and dependability
  • Documented ability to easily establish and maintain effective interpersonal relationships and communication with providers, staff, and patients
  • Working knowledge of Joint Commission standards and Nursing Standards of Care, with ability to interpret and communicate policies and procedures to staff, residents and members of the health care team
  • Demonstrated competence in teaching, leadership, organization, and communication
  • Evidence of ongoing continuing education
  • Excellent computer keyboarding skills with experience in Microsoft Office products including Power Point and Excel preferred

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.  Applicants must, therefore, only report 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

Conditions of Employment:

  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, or 16 with a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent, as of the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
  • All Non-VA applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in any designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.   Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
  • Subject to suitability determination.
  • Employees who occupy a Testing Designated Position are subject to random testing.
  • Males born after 31 December 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).
  • You may be required to serve a two-year initial probationary period.

Within 30 days after hire, you are required to obtain Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification from the American Heart Association.  It is highly desirable that this certification is obtained prior to employment.

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


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 .



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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.   FAILURE TO PROVIDE THE 10-2850a MAY RESULT IN A NON-QUALIFICATION. 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: T849519.  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 Monday, March 18, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume which lists your name, complete address, telephone number(s), and email address.  For work experience, list job title (include series and grade if Federal), from and to dates (month and year), hours worked per week, ending salary, employer's name and complete address, supervisor's name and telephone number, and a detailed description of all duties related to the job for which you are applying.  Be sure to include experience worked as a RN and LPN.   It is also extremely important that you provide the following in your resume/application packet:  Evidence of Leadership Experience, Professional Recognition/Nursing Organizations, Performance Evaluations, Significant and Distinguished Contributions, Teaching Experience, Significant Nursing Focused Community Contributions.
  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 or proof of service (required).   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
  4. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


If you are selected for this position, the following other documents will be required:

Copy of college transcripts that list the GPA, degree earned, and date conferred.
Copy of nursing license, BLS, ACLS, national certifications.
Copy of last two performance evaluations.


Shelli C. Kriley
Phone: (303)399-8020x2047
Agency Information:
VHA Eastern Colorado HCS Denver
Department of Veterans Affairs
820 Clermont Street
Suite 130
Denver, CO


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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