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Job Title:Registered Nurse (Quality Management Consultant)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-626-13-916992-AMB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$44,836.00 to $87,583.00 / Per Year


Thursday, June 27, 2013 to Friday, July 12, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Nashville, TN United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 916992


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.





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.







  • 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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Tour of Duty: Based on the needs of the service. 


The Quality Management (QM) Consultant is administratively responsible to the Assistant Chief, Quality Management Section. The QM Consultant is a registered nurse who provides clinical and administrative recommendations relative to all quality management functions within Tennessee Valley Healthcare Systems (TVHS). The consultant promotes and facilitates ongoing effective communication respective to all quality improvement activities. Practice is based on conscious and deliberate planning utilizing critical thinking skills. The consultant is knowledgeable of quality management/improvement principles and The Joint Commission standards and ability to interpret principles and standards and requirements, clinical ethics, privacy and cyber security requirements and the management of medical center, including VA regulations and established procedures. Additional duties as assigned.


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





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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; ( 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. (


(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. 
  • Additional Qualifications Preferred:

    1. Prefer minimum education/experience qualifications to include a Bachelor’s degree (BSN) from a National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

    2. 3-5 years of successful clinical nursing practice in an acute care setting preferred with demonstrated clinical competence; evidence of skills in leadership, motivation, self-direction, and initiative; knowledge of various clinical treatment modalities; sound judgment in clinical and administrative decision; experience in program development, education principles, database management and accreditation standards.

    3. Basis Life Support (BLS) Certification preferred.

    4. Customer Service –being highly skilled in interpersonal effectiveness preferred. The RN promotes service to internal and external customers and solves customer problems, treats customers with dignity and respect, acknowledges customers, and responds quickly to customer needs.



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

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 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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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.


For additional information, you may call the nurse recruiter Melissa Littman at 615-225-3608.


All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, July 12, 2013 to receive consideration.

1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.




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  

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  Friday, July 12, 2013


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

3.     Optional Form 306 - NOTICE: You must submit the updated OF-306, revised Oct. 2011. Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  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

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).


Margaret Blunt
Phone: (615)225-3728
Agency Information:
VHA Tennessee Valley HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
Murfreesboro, TN


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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