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Job Title:Registered Nurse - (Outpatient Clinics)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:GF-13-JLL-853089

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$43,330.00 to $97,944.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, March 05, 2013 to Monday, March 18, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




6 vacancies in the following location(s):
The Villages, FL United StatesView Map
Jacksonville, FL United StatesView Map
Ocala, FL United StatesView Map
Waycross, GA United StatesView Map
Tallahassee, FL United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


If you are having difficulty with the "Apply Online" feature on this announcement, please click on the following link:

Please include the Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):  853089 on all documents.

This vacancy will be used to fill multiple Staff Registered Nurse(RN) positions at the following locations:

(1) The Villages, Florida Outpatient Clinic (OPC), (1) Tallahassee, Florida OPC, (1) Jacksonville, Florida OPC, (2) Waycross, Georgia VA Outreach Clinic and (1) Ocala, Florida Community Based Outpatient Clinic.

Please read the announcement in its entirety before beginning the application process to ensure you submit all the required documents.  All documents requiring signature must be signed and dated prior to submission in order to be considered complete.

To fulfill President Lincoln 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.

NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is VN-610-Nurse III. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is VN-0610-Nurse I to VN-610-Nurse III. 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.

Relocation Expenses are NOT authorized.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply

Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English language proficiency required.
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.


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 This vacancy will be used to fill multiple Staff Registered Nurse(RN) positions at the following locations:

(1) The Villages, Florida Outpatient Clinic (OPC), (1) Tallahassee, Florida OPC, (1) Jacksonville, Florida OPC, (2) Waycross, Georgia VA Outreach Clinic and (1) Ocala, Florida Community Based Outpatient Clinic.

Staff Registered Nurse (OPC - Several locations), Nurse I-III

Tour of Duty: Day Shift 8:00 a.m. -4:30 p.m (M-F), some flexibility in hours or days may be required.

Under the direction of the Chief Medical Office, this position will report to the Nurse Manager and will be assigned to the Nursing Section of the VA Satellite Outpatient Clinic or VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic.

  • Provide direct primary and specialty care to veterans.
  • Perform triage nursing and telephone care. 
  • Document observations, assessments, and changes in patient's condition.
  • Collaborate with health team members to facilitate positive patient care outcomes.
  • Provide full range of nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavior problems.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

Our facility is seeking individuals who possess good organizational skills which enable completion of work, a demonstrated ability to assume leadership in a patient centered program, and the ability to establish effective communication with patients, families, visitors and members of the interdisciplinary team. Preferred but not required: previous ambulatory care and/or community based experience, Women's Health experience, demonstrate strong teaching skills, the ability to independently run health seminars, excellent skills in interpersonal relations with the health care team and general public; a strong family advocate, strong computer skills, strong telephone and telephone triage skills.

All areas have a preference, but not requirement of a Bachelor's in Nursing. See the Qualifications section of this announcement for detailed information.(Must provide clear copy of transcripts).

Recruitment and/or Relocation Incentives are NOT authorized.


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1.Citizenship:  Citizen of the United States (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens per VA Handbook 5005/2, Chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3g).

2. English Language Proficiency:   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. 

3. Education:  

a. Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and

b. 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). 

4. Licensure/Certification :  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.  

5. Physical Standards:  Satisfactory physical examination as determined by the Employee Health Unit upon appointment only.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

Grade Determination 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, 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



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 North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System 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. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.  To find out more click here


This announcement can be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.  Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 

1. If you are an eligible Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

2. If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" and/or a copy of the SF-50 that reflects career or career-conditional tenure, or you will not be considered under the merit promotion process. Also, you should submit your most recent performance appraisal.
3. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

4. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

5. You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista , etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement.

6. Schedule A (Federal Employment of People with Disabilities) Acceptable Documentation: Proof of the disability, and a certification of job readiness that describes your ability to perform the essential duties of the position in which you are interested from either: a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional certified by a State, the District of Columbia, or a U. S. territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., State or private); -OR- any Federal agency, State agency, or agency of the District of Columbia or a U. S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits.   The proof of disability and certification of job readiness may come from the same entity listed above.


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NOTE:  If you apply for this position electronically (On-Line), you DO NOT need to apply manually using the OPM Form 1203-FX (OPM-Occupational Questionnaire).  If you complete and fax the OPM Form 1203-FX to the designated fax number listed in this vacancy announcement, it will override your previous application you have already submitted electronically (On-Line).   Therefore, please apply for this position using one method only (i.e., apply electronically [On-Line] or apply manually using the OPM Form 1203-FX).  If you apply using both the electronic (On-Line) and manual (OPM FORM 1203-FX) methods, it will result in a duplicate processing error and you may lose consideration for this position.

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 View Occupational Questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

YOU MUST INCLUDE SIGNED VA FORM 10-2850a, APPLICATION FOR NURSE AND NURSE ANSTHETIST, 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: 853089.  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


The following documents are required for a complete Application Package:   

  1. REQUIRED: Resume or CV.  Your resume must have the following information for each position you have held:  job title, duties, dates of employment including month and year start/end dates, and full-time or part-time status with the number of hours worked each week.  IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.  WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).   
  2. REQUIRED: VA-FORM 10-2850a Application for Nurses MUST be submitted as a completed document; to include the signature and date on pages 3 and 4. Incomplete applications will not be considered and will rate the applicant as not having the required documents to be considered for referral. Available at
  3. REQUIRED: Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire TAG:Link to Full Questionnaire .
  4. REQUIRED: SF-50 Notice of Personnel Action. If a current Federal employee,  MUST include latest NON-AWARD SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action must be submitted showing current position, grade, series, etc. ‘Awards' or ‘Incentive' SF-50s do not contain the required information and will not be considered valid required documentation to verify status.
  5. REQUIRED: Copy of transcripts is required.  
  6. REQUIRED: Copy of any related licensure, certification and/or registration.
  7. Latest Performance Appraisal or Proficiency (if current Federal Employee, please submit a copy of your latest Performance Appraisal or Proficiency, if available)
  8. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment; this form is preferred not required.
  9. Other documents - use this  checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). 

IMPORTANT NOTE: You will not be contacted for additional information.  Please review and follow the directions provided in the "How to Apply" section above.  Please ensure you click on "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the process.  If you are having difficulty uploading the required documentation to Application Manager, then please review and follow the directions under "If you cannot apply online" and fax the required documentation to the fax number listed.


Lois Mitchell
Phone: (352)374-6087
TDD: (800)829-4833
Agency Information:
VHA North Florida South Georgia Gainesville
Malcom Randall VAMC
Human Resources Management Service
1601 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL



HR Offices will review the applications for basic requirements only (i.e., each basic requirement as stated in the qualification standard). HR Offices will not review applications for minimum qualifications (e.g., specialized experience requirements).

Notices are sent to applicants for Title 38 vacancies at three points in the recruitment process: when the application is received, when applicants are determined to be ineligible, when applicants are referred, and when a selection is made. USA Staffing automatically sends an acknowledgment notice. The HR recruiter sends the remaining notices. Note that the HR recruiter does not send Notice of Rating letters. This is because HR recruiters do not determine qualifications and in fact qualifications are only determined when a selection is made.

The first notice sent by the HR recruiter is to any ineligible candidates (those who fail to meet basic requirements for the vacancy). The second notice sent by the HR recruiter is the referral notice. (For Title 38 vacancies, all eligible applicants are referred.) The third notice is the disposition notice, informing candidates that a selection has been made. The selected candidate is also notified in writing that they are selected.


HR recruiters screen for basic requirements (such as citizenship or equivalent status, proficiency in English, and required license or degree). When an applicant is determined to be ineligible because they fail to meet a basic requirement, the HR recruiter notifies the applicant that the applicant is ineligible and will not be considered further.

IMPORTANT NOTE: As previously explained, your ratings in this Occupational Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position/agency during the probation period. Please take this opportunity to review your ratings to ensure their accuracy. By agreeing to the statement below, you are confirming that you (1) understand this warning, (2) have reviewed your responses to this questionnaire for accuracy, and (3) verify that your responses accurately describe your current level of experience and capability. Failure to agree to the statement below will disqualify you from further consideration for the position.

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