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Job Title:  RN Clinical Nurse Leader, ICU and SDU
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-590-13-882075-JB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$65,401.00 to $95,340.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 to Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Hampton, VA United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 882075

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?


VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

One full-time Registered Nurse, Clinical Nurse Leader position is available for the Intensive Care Unit and Step-Down Unit in the Nursing Service. Tour of duty will be Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm. There may be some instances where the incumbents would be required to work after 4:30pm, or have the flexibility to work outside the normal tour of duty which may include weekends and holidays.  The incumbents will be administratively and clinically accountable to the Nurse Manager in the assigned area.  Salary is determined by Nurse Professional Standards Board based on education, qualifications, experience and credentials.  This announcement is open to all qualified U.S. Citizens.  More than one applicant may be hired from this announcement.  First consideration will be given to permanent VAMC employees.


  • 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 (CNL) is directly responsible to the Nurse Manager in the assigned area. He/she is responsible and accountable for the coordination of care for a culturally diverse veteran population. The CNL possesses the knowledge and skills to effectively apply all aspects of the nursing process and care management principles within a collaborative, interdisciplinary practice setting, which will then enable effective implementation of health promotion and prevention practices, management for acute and chronic illnesses and attainment of appropriate lengths of stay and most effective level of care. The CNL will demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide cost effective care. This includes understanding changes associated with aging and principles of growth and development relevant to the adult and geriatric population, as well as issues related specifically to the Veteran population.


The CNL is accountable for educating staff on current nursing practice and treatment modalities for patients in the assigned practice setting. The CNL develops the orientation, continuing education, and competency assessment of staff. The CNL is an active member of the multidisciplinary team and collaborates in the development, execution and evaluation of the plan of care. The CNL considers factors related to safety, effectiveness and cost in planning and delivering care. The CNL's decisions and actions on behalf of patients are determined in an ethical manner. He or she performs other directly related duties as assigned.



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In accordance with VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G6, March 2009.

Basic Requirements:

Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States.  (Non citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

Graduation from School of Nursing

Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency, and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant.  [NOTE:  See exception in subparagraph (b) below for candidates who are enrolled in a MSN Bridge Program.] (1)The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). OR (2)  The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 

[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 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.


Condition of Employment.  A registered nurse (RN) will have a 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. The RN must maintain a current, full, active and unrestricted registration to continue employment with VA.

Physical Standards.  Per VA Handbook 5019, Part IV, Appendix A, all full- and part-time employees, Volunteers and trainees are required to complete a Tuberculin Test prior to employment or assignment to duties where they may be exposed to tuberculosis.

Physical Functional Requirements. Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; light lifting, under 15 pounds; light carrying, under 15 pounds; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (2 hours); standing (2 hours); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; both eyes required; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; and hearing (aid permitted).

English Language Proficiency.  RNs appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

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. 

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD  


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 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.

Other Qualifications


Current Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications required


Current Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) certification required


Current national certification as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) or obtain CNL certification within 2 years of reassignment or appointment


Preferred Experience:


Master’s degree in nursing or Master’s in related field with BSN


Developed and implemented nursing staff education programs


Recent teaching experience


Recent Emergency Department or Intensive Care Unit/Step-Down Unit or other Critical Care nursing experience. 


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:  Applicants must submit a copy of their transcript(s) to verify education.  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.



CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

·         Applicants must meet any physical, language, license or degree requirements.

·         Applicants must be citizens of the United States, and be at least 16 years of age as of the closing date.

·         Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.

·         New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.

·         Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.

·         Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a two year probationary period.

Public Law 95-201 requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.


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

Full-time Nurses, Nurse Anesthetists, 8 hours earned leave each pay period. 

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

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


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


Telework is not authorized.


Relocation expenses are not authorized.


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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 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: 882075.  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 Tuesday, May 07, 2013.

NOTE:  DO NOT mail, email, fax or hand deliver your application to the Human Resources Management Service, Hampton VA Medical Center.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


1.     CV or Resume. (CV or Resume can NOT be substituted for required VA Form 10-2850a)

2.    VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist (Available at (required).

3.  Transcipts (unofficial are acceptable, bu must show name, date of graduation and degree obtained). (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   All Veterans must submit a copy of your DD-214. Your copies must be legible and must show character of service and all dates of service; more than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service. Copies of your DD-214 may be requested by calling 800-827-1000 or TDD#800-829-4833 or oline at IF APPLICABLE: Military service member's "Statement of Service" will be accepted up to 120 days prior to separation date IF a terminal leave form or DD214 cannot be provided. The "Statement of Service" must be signed by or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin, your rank, dates of active duty service, the Type of Discharge and Character of Service (i.e., honorable).

4.  Disabled veterans and other veterans eligible for preference must also submit a SF-15 with the required VA letter certifying a service connected disability of 10% or more dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces.

5.    If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

Please Note:  Your Resume must include the following information:

Vacancy Information:

Announcement Number VHA-590-13-882075-JB, Position Title RN Clinical Nurse Leader, ICU and SDU and grade

Personal Information:

  • Your full legal name and mailing address
  • Day and Evening telephone numbers including area code
  • Country of citizenship
  • Social Security Number

Work Experience (Note: You must include the following information in order to receive credit for your experience):

  • Name and address of employer
  • Your job title
  • The beginning and ending month and year of your employment
  • A description of your duties that is sufficiently detailed to document the level of your experience.  If the position is (was) with the Federal government (military or civilian), state the series and grade or pay grade (rank) and the date of last promotion.  If the position is (was) in the private sector, please include salary and/or hourly wage.
  • The average hours worked per week. Full-time work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities.  Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly number of hours a week spent in such employment. 
  • Your supervisor's name and phone number (indicate if we may call your supervisor)
  • Education - Name, location and dates of attendance for colleges attended (if required). Type and date of degree received (if any)
  • Other: Training, license(s) or certification(s) relevant to the position.

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





Jeannine Boyd
Phone: (757)722-9961x3291
Agency Information:
VHA Hampton VAMC
Hampton, VA


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  Your qualifications will be reviewed.  After the vacancy announcement closes and referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

Selectee will be subject to the credentialing and VETPro process.

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