Please Note: Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is a requirement for this position. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is a requirement for this position; however, if not current, must be able to attain such within thirty days of entering on duty.
-Current intra-operative surgical experience.
VA Nurse Qualification Standard
~ Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.(Noncitizens
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
(a) 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), an accrediting arm of the
National League for Nursing located at 61 Broadway, 33rdFloor,
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 website; 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
(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 masters degree also fully meet the
education requirement, even though bachelors 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.
of Employment. A registered nurse (RN) will have a current, full, active
and unrestricted registrations 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 appointing official may waive this registration if the RN is
to serve in a country other than the U.S. and the RN has registration in that
country (e.g., Philippines).The RN must
maintain a current, full, active and unrestricted registration to continue
employment with VA.
Registration. An impaired
registration is any registration(s) revoked, suspended, denied,
restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status. Registered
nurse who has or ever had any such impairment to their registrations listed
above may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions of chapter 3,
section B, paragraph 15 of this part.
~ Education Experience for Grades
Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in
Nursing and approximately 2-3years of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in
Nursing and a bachelors degree in 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 approximately2-3 years experience or a Master's degree in
nursing or related field with abs 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 2-3years experience or Doctoral
degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years experience.
~ 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) and7407(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.
The criteria are as follows:
practice, ethics and resource utilization;
Development: performance, education/career development;
Inquiry: quality of care, research.
Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE DETAILED, CLEAR, AND SPECIFIC.
WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.