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Job Title:Registered Nurse - Float Pool (Intermittent)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-626-13-865174-ATW

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$55,631.00 to $85,081.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 to Tuesday, April 09, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

VN-0610-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Intermittent - Intermittent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

4 vacancies in the following location:
Nashville, TN United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 865174

Tour of Duty: Based on the needs of the Service

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. 

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.  

 

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.

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

 

PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE APPLYING ON LINE !!  

External applicants (not an employee of Tennessee Valley Healthcare System), to be considered for this job you must submit Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetists (VA form 10-2850a) and the Declaration of Federal Employment (OF-306).  If we do not receive these two forms, you will have an incomplete application and will not be considered. 

****PLEASE NOTE: NEW FORM OF-306 FORM REVISED DATE OF OCT. 2011. YOU WILL NEED TO UPDATE THIS FORM IN YOUR APPLICATION MANAGER. PLEASE SEE LINK IN THE INSTRUCTION ON FORMS REQUIRED.****

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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.

DUTIES:

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The RN will be responsible for the direct care of a panel of patients throughout the continuum of care, to assure that care is timely, appropriate, of high quality, and cost effective.   The RN is primarily responsible for and accountable for assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care through telehealth technology and identifying outcomes for patients in the care coordination home telehealth program.  In addition, the care coordinator provides ongoing evaluation of care management services.  He/She is responsible for coordinating patient care delivery to ensure quality care according to established standards of care/practice, policy and procedure.  The specific patient population to whom care is provided includes adults with a variety of different conditions. The practice of the nurse is characterized by leadership in improving patient care. He/She is responsible for their professional development.  The incumbent must have computer skills and telephone etiquette, and a sound medical/mental health background to assess patient data and make sound clinical judgments based on this data, and speaking to the patients on the telephone.  The RN needs to become familiar with the equipment and how it works, in order to assist patients in troubleshooting over the telephone when there is equipment failure.  Communicates regularly with lead coordinator, nurse managers, physicians, nursing supervisors, charge nurses, transfer coordinators, healthcare technicians, Pharmacy, and the business office. Additional duties as assigned.

 

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position. 

THE VA TENNESSEE VALLEY HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Citizenship:   Citizen of the United States

 

Licensure: Active, full, current and unrestricted licensure as a Graduate Professional Nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico), in the United States or the District of Columbia.   The RN must maintain a current, full, active and unrestricted registration to continue employment with VA.

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).

 

***All applicants must ensure the nursing program for the school where the Nursing Degree was received, is accredited and listed on one of these two sites to meet the requirements of the education qualifications. *****

IF your nursing program is not listed on one of the websites below, and the program was accredited at the time of graduation, you will need to submit additional written documentation from one of these agencies, or from the Director of the Nursing program from your school, as proof of accreditation by the NLNAC or CCNE. Your college transcripts are not proof of this accreditation.***                  

  1 . The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), an accrediting arm of the National League for Nursing located at 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, New York 10006 or call (800) 669-1656 extension 153.   The NLNAC accredits all levels of nursing programs.   Additional information may be obtained from the NLNAC web site ; ( http://www.nlnac.org/home.htm ) or

  

  2 .   The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).   The CCNE accredits bachelors and masters degree programs, and is located at One Dupont Circle N.W., Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036 or call (202) 463-6930.   Additional information may be obtained from the CCNE web site . ( http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation/accredited-programs )

 

 (b)   The completion of coursework equivalent to a nursing degree in a MSN Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration constitutes the completion of an approved course of study of professional nursing.   In these programs, students are given a certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX and should submit this certification to VA prior to appointment.   Students do not earn a BSN, but receive a MSN degree upon completion of course work.   A copy of the MSN transcript must be provided to VA.   Bridge programs that confer a master's degree also fully meet the education requirement, even though a Bachelor's Degree is not awarded.

 

(c)  In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active, and unrestricted registration (see paragraph 2a(3)) will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.

 

Physical Standards/Requirements:   All applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position.   Must be able to lift (30 lbs or more); twisting and/or bending, standing and/or walking almost constantly during the course of the day.   

 

Applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English.    All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.


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.   

  • 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. 
  • If MSN obtained in a Bridge Program, no BSN required. 
  • Basis Life Support (BLS) Certification is preferred.

 

Preferred qualifications:

·    MSN or Master's in a related field with a BSN (NLN accredited or regionally accredited college or university) is preferred or BSN degree (NLNAC or CCNE accredited) with at least two years of successful nursing practice, two years of which includes progressive leadership role, or

·     Doctoral degree in Nursing or related field from a regionally accredited university or college approximately three years of successful nursing practice, two years of which includes progressive leadership role.

·     Clinical and classroom experience for assigned teaching responsibilities.

·     Evidence of ability to function in the full range of responsibilities for the nursing educator including excellent oral and written communication skills.

·     Current BLS certification

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD http://www1.va.gov/vapubs/viewPublication.asp?Pub_ID=464&FType=2

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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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.


BENEFITS:

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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 http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

THE VA TENNESSEE VALLEY HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE SECTION BEFORE PROCEEDING. 

Current Tennessee Valley Healthcare System employees:  To apply you must complete the Assessment Questionnaire and submit a current resume, (this is all that is required), Please make sure your resume shows your current position, and include the duties that you perform, (also list all of your nursing work history) before the closing date of this announcement. You may also submit any other documentation of education/awards/training/etc. that would enhance your qualifications for this position. See instructions below to apply online.

 

External Applicants to Tennessee Valley Healthcare System:  

Follow the Apply Online instructions below and refer to the Required Documents section of this announcement for all documentation needed for a complete application package. See instructions below to apply online.

 

To apply on-line:

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 and Form OF-306 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 ( http://www.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc ) 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 ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload after completing the questionnaire on-line and wish to fax your supporting documents:

1.  Complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following     

2.  Fax your documents to 1-(478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, April 09, 2013

 

If you CANNOT apply online and want to fax  your complete application and answers

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 http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf  

3.  Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents:

     use fax number: 1-(478)757-3144. 

 Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on  Tuesday, April 09, 2013



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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  http://federalgovernmentjobs.us/forms/vha-10-2850a-fill.pdf(required).

3.     Optional Form 306 - NOTICE: You must submit the updated OF-306, revised Oct. 2011. Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OF306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.

4.      If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (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 http://www.opm.gov/forms

5.     If currently employed in the VA system (external to TVHS), include latest SF-50 (that indicates your grade and step)- Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Tammy W. Watson
Phone: (615)225-6858
Email: TAMY.WATSON@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Tennessee Valley HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
Murfreesboro, TN
37129

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

VHA-626-13-865174-ATW

Control Number:

340538500