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Job Title:RN (Certified Clinical Nurse Leader)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:NY-13-CJF-872432

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

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$46,399.00 to $93,833.00 / Per Year


Friday, April 05, 2013 to Monday, April 22, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


2 vacancies in the following location:
Bay Pines, FL United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Salary to be determined by Professional Standards Board


Vacancy Identification Number:  872432



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.

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


Tour:                                       Rotation Shift with varying start times 

The Clinical Nurse Leader is an advanced generalist clinician with specific education in a formal CNL education program. The CNL must bring a high level of competence and knowledge to the point of care and serve as a resource for the nursing team. He/she assumes accountability for healthcare outcomes for a specific group of patients within the assigned unit or setting through the assimilation and application of research-based information to design, implement, and evaluate patient plans of care. 


  • 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 Clinical Nurse Leader serves as a mentor and lead consultant to the nursing staff involved in patient care with a special emphasis on care of the patients assigned to either the cardiac telemetry or the surgical intensive care unit. The clinical nurse leader is a specialized generalist who focuses on the improvement of quality and safety outcomes for patients and their populations. He/she must demonstrate clinical leadership, experience and evidence based approaches to management of patient care. The clinical nurse leader will focus solely on clinical care including the high demand for nursing expertise at the bedside, increased patient acuity and suboptimal continuity of care. The CNL should demonstrate an expert understanding of the nurse-sensitive quality indicators.

v  Mentor and coach to less experience staff

v  Liaison to physicians

v  Facilitate Quality Improvement including dissemination of best practices

v  Coordinate and Plan interdisciplinary Care

v  Communicate with Patient and Families


Cardiac CNL:  Should have experience in providing and coordinating the direct and indirect total nursing care for a cardiac telemetry population.  He/she should be prepared to use the nursing process to assess, diagnose, manage, implement and evaluate nursing actions. Serious candidates should have experience in cardiac pharmacology including cardizem, lidocaine, amiodarone, natrecor and other non-titrated cardio-active medications.  Additional experience in post invasive procedures and pacemaker/AICD care would be beneficial.


Surgical Intensive Care CNL:  Must have experience in providing ongoing monitoring, pharmacological interventions, IV therapy, EKG interpretation, intravascular and cardiac pressure monitoring, CRRT, balloon pump, ventilator management, and performance improvement activities and evaluations within the SICU setting. The RN should be comfortable and skilled with the typical equipment and procedures associated with intensive care nursing. The RN should be a clinical expert in any number of extensive and involved surgeries including vascular, non-cardiac thoracic, GI, GU, ortho, ENT, Interventional radiological procedures and general surgery.



Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses up to $7,500 is authorized for this position to highly qualified candidates.  A two-years service agreement with Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is required.  VA employees in the local commuting area are not eligible for recruitment/relocation incentive.


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Basic requirements include US citizenship, current, full, active and unrestricted license

as a Registered Nurse, and meets licensure requirements for practice in accordance with VA

Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G6, Nurse Qualification Standards; physical and mental

capabilities to satisfactorily perform duties of the assignment; and both written and oral English

language proficiency.  Basic education/experience requirements for the Clinical Nurse Leader

position would include a Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN). Nursing Education must be

accredited by the National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) or the

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and have a minimum of three years of

clinical experience. National Certification as a CNL is required. 


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 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

Functional Requirements

Environmental Factors


Heavy Lifting, 45 pounds and over

Straight pulling 8hrs

Solvents (degreasing agents)

Working with hands in water

Working closely with other

Protracted or irregular hours of work

Pushing 8 hrs

Reaching above shoulder

Use of fingers

Both Hands required

Walking 8 hrs

Standing 8hrs


Repeated bending 8 hrs

Both legs required

Near vision correctable at 13” to 16”

Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20

Hearing (aid permitted)

Constant noise





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 Updated RN application (2850a), 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: T872432.  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, April 22, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package, FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN YOUR APPLICATION BEING RATED AS INCOMPLETE.  Application package should include:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist (Available at (required).
  3. National Certification as a Clinical Nurse Leader (required)
  4. 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
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).
  6. Copy of BLS card.
  7. Copy of clear, unrestricted RN license.




Dorothy Misiak
Phone: (727)398-6661x4124
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
VHA Bay Pines HCS
Online Applications Accepted ONLY
No Mail or Email or In Person Applicants
PO Box 5005 HRMS 05
Bay Pines, FL
33744-9900 Fax: (478)757-3144


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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