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Job Title:  Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-552-13-884304

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$101,677.00 to $147,391.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 to Friday, May 31, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Dayton, OH United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):   884304


Tour of Duty:  Monday- Friday 7:00-3:30 PM with 24/7 Call on Rotating Basis. 

Selections may be made anytime during the vacancy opening and the position may close anytime, if a selection is made.

This announcement has been amended to extend announcement closing date and to include recruitment and /or relocation incentives may be authorized for highly qualified candidates.

Our mission:  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.




VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to  


As a VA nurse anesthetist, 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.


  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Active unrestricted license
  • You must submit: VA Form 10-2850a, resume/CV and License


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Duties will include, but are not limited to:  pre-anesthesia, peri-anesthesia, and post-anesthesia care in outpatient and inpatient setting under the medical direction of an Anesthesiologist; administration of general anesthesia, spinal anesthesia, epidural anesthesia, and regional anesthesia in collaboration with the Anesthesiologist; perform thorough pre/peri/post anesthesia assessments and develop individualized anesthesia patient care plans. Responsible for in house call 24/7 on a rotating basis.


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 a.  Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States.  

 b.  Education

 (1)  A degree in nursing from 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:

 (a)  The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).  Additional information may be obtained from the NLNAC Web site; or

 (b)  The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  Additional information may be obtained from the CCNE Web site.

 (c)  In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, and unrestricted registration and the possession of a Certificate from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.  

 (2)  Graduate of an accredited nurse anesthesia educational program approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) at the time the program was completed by the applicant.  The AANA has compiled current listings of approved training institutions, which are published annually in the December issue of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Journal.  The American Hospital Association in their “Guide to the Health Care Field” also publishes listings of approved training institutions annually in August.  

 c.  Registration

 (1)  Condition of Employment.  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.  The nurse anesthetist must maintain a current, full, active and unrestricted registration to continue employment with VA.  

 d.  Certification

 (1)  On and after May 4, 1993, certification by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists is a requirement for employment.  This requirement does not apply to non-certified nurse anesthetists employed by VA as a nurse anesthetist prior to May 4, 1993 and continuously thereafter.  Any nurse anesthetist who leaves VA employment or vacates the nurse anesthetist occupation for another VA position, must meet the current requirement of certification for re-appointment as a nurse anesthetist.  The CCNA and the Council on Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists have designated the AANA’s web site as a display agent for their information.

 (2)  Nurse Anesthetists will maintain recertification by meeting the Council on Recertification of Nurse Anesthetist’s requirements as a condition of employment.

Physical Requirements.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.  These positions require prolonged standing, sitting, bending, pushing, pulling, and lifting.  The positions are inside and the employees are not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

English Language Proficiency.  Nurse Anesthetists must be proficient in spoken and written English.


Grades.   The level that nurse anesthesia practice may be performed is based on a combination of education and experience.  Beyond the minimum education requirements, grade determination upon appointment and advancement is dependent more on acquired knowledge, skills, and abilities than baseline education.  As the nurse anesthetist acquires the knowledge and judgment that accrues with experience, the privilege of increased authority for patient care is expanded.

Grade Determination.  In addition to the basic requirements stated above, the following qualification criteria must be met in determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates:

 (1)  Entry Level:  (Nurse II)

 (a)  Experience and Education.  None beyond the basic requirements. 

 (b)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities.  The following list of knowledge, skills and abilities present the minimum skill set expected of an Entry Level Nurse Anesthetist.  Entry level into nurse anesthesia practice may include but are not limited to the following:  

 1.  Ability to translate the principles of professional nursing practice in the care of assigned patients in order to provide appropriate care.
 2.  Ability to do a pre-anesthetic patient history and physical, which includes collecting pre-operative consults and data.
 3.  Ability to formulate an anesthetic plan and describe the anesthetic risks, benefits and options to the patient.
 4.  Ability to administer inhalation, regional, intravenous, local, and topical anesthetics and to detect unfavorable reactions in order to continuously evaluate the patient's physical status.
 5.  Ability to respond to emergency situations by providing airway management, administration of emergency fluids and drugs, and using appropriate resuscitation procedures for patient care.
 6.  Ability to provide patient care that is abreast of changing concepts and advancements in the profession.
 7.  Ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary environment for improvement of services for patient care.
 8.  Ability to practice nurse anesthesia with colleagues and peers utilizing a collaborative team concept of anesthesia care.

 (2)  Full Performance Level:  (Nurse III)

 (a)  Experience and Education.  In addition to meeting the requirements for Entry Level, the CRNA has had progressively responsible experience in the administration of anesthetics as indicated in the knowledge, skills and abilities listed below.

 (b)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.  Full Performance Level practice in nurse anesthesia includes but is not limited to the following:

 1.  Skill in conducting and managing anesthesia for a broad range of complex surgical procedures.  In addition, the CRNA must be able to adapt/modify anesthesia techniques in order to optimize patient care.
 2.  Ability to complete work assignments selected to add depth and breadth to their technical knowledge and skill competence.  Work assignments will vary at each facility depending on the progressive acuity required for anesthesia care.
 3.  Ability to respond to emergency situations by providing airway management, administration of emergency fluids and drugs, and by the use of basic or advanced cardiac life support techniques in order to perform necessary resuscitation procedures.
  4.  Ability to effectively blend technology, skills, and competency for the advancement of anesthesia techniques, pharmacology, and equipment.
 5.  Ability to apply new developments and theories to develop and demonstrate the ability to recognize and solve various complex anesthesia situations.
 6.  Ability to practice nurse anesthesia with colleagues and peers in a team concept of anesthesia care and blend management skills with technical experience.
 7.  Ability to recognize clinical and technical aspects of anesthesia care and has in-depth knowledge of anesthesia methods and techniques for the practice of anesthesia. 
 8.  Ability to perform as a mentor, preceptor, or nurse educator providing didactic and clinical instruction for graduate-level nurse anesthesia students and/or other anesthesia care providers.
 9.  Ability to participate in the development of anesthesia patient care audit processes involving in depth review and analysis of anesthesia records.
 10.  Ability to provide guidance and instruction in preparing others for positions of leadership and ethical practices which impact patient care.   


IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.  WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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 your rating or consideration for employment.


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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


Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.  VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.


Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package  (see Required Documents section below).


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 31, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  After applying, return to USAJOBS ( to see the status of your application, 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 any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

Need additional assistance on How To Apply Online: Click on the link for the Application Manager Quick Start Guide


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 884304.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


The following documents are required to be Submitted by all when applying to this announcement:

  1. Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists 10-2850a, VA Form 10-2850a available at:
  2.  Resume
  3. A complete Occupational Questionnaire, see above, View Occupational Questionnaire
  4. COPY of Nursing License [Please submit proof/verification; printout from the state's website is acceptable]-required
  5. Other documents as needed for verification such as education, certification, etc.


Your application/resume must include dates of employment and should state whether the work was full-time or part-time (Note: if part-time work, please include the approx. number of hours worked per week).


INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package.  


CURRENT VA EMPLOYEES PLEASE NOTE:  Please submit a complete application package prior to the closing date.  Include all of your relevant work information (ie starting and ending dates of employment, hours worked, duties, etc).  The information you provide through this application process is forwarded to the selecting official.  It is highly recommended that you use the resume builder in USA JOBS as it contains all of the information we need to determine whether or not you are qualified for this position.  Failure to provide a complete application and all the documents requested in the announcement may render you not qualified for the position you are applying for.


(e)MAILED ITEMS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Please submit application materials online or by fax only.


Leanna B. Seyler
Phone: (937)268-6511x1242
Agency Information:
Department of Veteran Affairs
4100 West Third Street
HRM Service
Dayton, OH


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and a qualification determination will be made. You will be notified when a decision is made. If you qualify, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified if you are referred.


**All Applicants will receive email notifications of their status throughout the application process**

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