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Job Title:Registered Nurse (Operating Room)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:T38-13-44-CSB-920281

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$40,357.00 to $83,091.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, July 09, 2013 to Monday, July 22, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Clarksburg, WV United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Please be certain to read the vacancy announcement in its entirety prior to submitting application packet.


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 920281

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.

Clarksburg, approximate population of 18,000 citizens, is located at the center of West Virginia's 1-79 High Tech Corridor.  The High Tech Corridor is anchored on the north by Morgantown, which is the home of West Virginia University, a Carnegie Foundation Research Institution and training academy for Cisco Systems, Inc., and Oracle.  Morgantown was recently rated the best small city in America bybizjournals.comOther regional high technology operations include the National Energy Technology Laboratory, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NASA IV and V Center, and Department of Defense Biometrics Fusion Center. Additional educational opportunities are available through Fairmont State University, Salem International University, Alderson-Broaddus College and West Virginia Wesleyan College. In addition to exceptional professional challenges, Clarksburg offers an unsurpassed quality of life, which includes low cost of living, short commutes, and outstanding recreational opportunities.  For additional information, please visit

NOTE:  Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and step of the applicant selected. 

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English


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- Responsible to the Nurse Manager/Surgical Services and functions in various capacities in Surgical Services.

- Demonstrate satisfactory performance in perioperative care, utilizing assessment, teaching, and organizational skills, with timely follow-up of patient outcomes.

- Exceptional interpersonal communication skills, dealing effectively with internal and external customers.

- Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members in the overall management of surgical and interventional radiology patients.

- Demonstrate self-direction, initiative, and ability to perform satisfactorily under stressful conditions.

- Evidence of leadership on improving patient care and initiative in quality improvement activities.

- Assess physical, psychological, and social needs of patients, and apply knowledge of illness, injuries, diseases, and available resources in the patient assessment and planning process.

- Function in several surgical areas including Operating Room (OR), Moderate Sedation Administration, Same Day Surgery, and Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU).

- Function independently in clinical nursing practice, with a broad knowledge of surgical procedures and treatments, including but not limited to, abdominal, vascular, ophthalmology, endoscopy, otolaryngology (ENT), podiatry, and gynecological (GYN) surgical procedures and treatments.

- Function in the circulating and scrub nurse role intra-operatively.

Tour of Duty:  Monday-Friday, 8:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M., with on-call responsibility; however, subject to change, depending on the needs of the operating room/service/medical center.




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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

Basic Requirements


~ 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 master’s 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 website.

(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 master’s degree also fully meet the education requirement, even though 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.

~ Registration

(a) Condition 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.

(b) Impaired 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 bachelor’s 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 bachelor’s 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: practice, ethics and resource utilization;

·         Professional Development: performance, education/career development;

·         Collaboration; collaboration, collegiality;

·         Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research.

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


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 positiv e 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.

~ Physical Standards.  The physical requirements of this position include heavy lifting (45 lbs. and over), light carrying (15-44 pounds), straight pulling (2 hours), pushing (5 hours), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers (both hands required), walking (6 hours), standing (2 hours), kneeling (1 hour), repeated bending (6 hours), climbing (use of legs and arms - both legs required).  The mental/sensory requirements include the ability for rapid mental and muscular coordinator simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13” to 16” to Jaeger 1 to4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other eye, ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of colors, hearing (aid permitted), emotional stability, clear speech.  

~ Environmental Factors.  The environment's pace can vary from steady to a sometimes fast pace, requiring handling of multiple priorities, frequent, sometimes intense patient/family interactions, and the ability to adapt to frequent changes in a sometimes noisy environment.  Other environmental factors include, but are not limited to, being outside or inside, excessive noise - intermittently, radiant energy, slippery or uneven walking surfaces, working around moving objects or vehicles, working with hands in water, working closely with others or alone, protracted or irregular hours of work, latex, exposure to communicable diseases.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form, as well as a letter from a regional office indicating the percentage of disability. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect 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


Successful completion of a two year probationary period required.

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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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 Monday, July 22, 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.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Other (VA Form 10 2850a Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists, Copy of Current Licensure, Copy of Basic Life Support Certification, Copy of Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification, Copy of Proficiency Report or Performance Evaluation)

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Other Veterans Document

You will not be contacted for additional information.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 920281.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, July 22, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items  
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.







NOTE: Application (Form 10-2850a), copy of license, copy of BLS certification, copy of ACLS certification (if current), and copy of proficiency report/performance evaluation will be uploaded as document type "Other".

To apply for this position, you MUST provide a COMPLETE Application Package which includes the following, as listed below (failure to provide a complete application packet will result in you not being considered for referral to the selecting official).  Please Note: Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (if current), 8, and 9 apply to ALL applicants.  Number 10 applies to current and former Federal civilian employees only.  Numbers 11, 12, and 13 apply to Veterans only.

1. Completed questionnaire (online or faxed). This is a requirement and must be completed BY ALL APPLICANTS.

2. Properly completed, signed, and dated (within one month of submission to vacancy announcement) VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist. Link to form - Please be certain to answer questions 17A, B, & C on Page 1 of the application. If you answer "yes" to any question 30-39 on page 3, you MUST provide detailed information on a separate sheet of paper, as per the instructions. If you are unable to electronically sign and date your application, you must sign and date, and then scan and upload or fax. This is a required form and must be submitted with your application packet BY ALL APPLICANTS.

3. Detailed resume/curriculum vitae. Please be certain to provide "from" and "to" month and year, and if part-time employment, please provide approximate number of hours worked per week. Resume/CV must contain the name and contact number for current supervisor. This is required and must be submitted with your application packet BY ALL APPLICANTS.

4. Copy of unofficial transcripts from nursing education. Transcripts MUST include your name, name of college/university, degree conferred, and date degree conferred. Official college transcripts will be required before being hired. This is required and must be submitted with your application packet BY ALL APPLICANTS.

5. Copy of current, full, active and unrestricted registration/license as a professional nurse. This is required and must be submitted with your application packet BY ALL APPLICANTS.

6. Copy current of Basic Life Support certification. This is required and must be submitted with your application packet BY ALL APPLICANTS.

7. Copy of Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification – if current. This is required and must be submitted with your application packet BY ALL APPLICANTS, IF CURRENT.

8. Copy of most recent (dated within one year if currently employed) of proficiency report (for VA employee), performance evaluation/appraisal (non-VA employees).  Note:  If employer does not provide evaluations/appraisals, please notify us of such via a cover letter.    This is required and must be submitted with your application packet BY ALL APPLICANTS.

9. Properly completed, signed, and dated (within one month of submission to vacancy announcement) Office of Personnel Management Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment. Link to form - If you answer "yes" to any question 9-15, you MUST provide detailed information in the space provided in #16, as per the instructions. If additional space is needed, please provide on a separate paper and submit with the completed OF 306. If you are unable to electronically sign and date the OF 306 form, you must sign and date, and then scan and upload or fax. This is a required form and must be submitted with your application packet BY ALL APPLICANTS.

10. Copy of most recent SF 50, Notification of Personnel Action, that shows your status - if current or former Federal civilian employee. This is required, IF YOU ARE A CURRENT OR FEDERAL CIVILIAN EMPLOYEE, and must be submitted with your application packet.

11. Copy of DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" - if prior military. Copy MUST show character of discharge. This is required and must be submitted with your application packet, IF APPLICABLE.

12. Copy of letter from a VA Regional Office that shows percentage of disability - if prior military and you have service-connected disability. This is required and must be submitted with your application packet, IF APPLICABLE.

13. Properly completed, signed, and dated (within one month of submission to vacancy announcement) OPM's Standard Form 15, Application for 10 Point Preference - if prior military and you have a service-connected disability. Link to form - This is required and must be submitted with your application packet, IF APPLICABLE.


Chauna S. Bucklew
Phone: (304)623-3461x3396
Agency Information:
VHA Clarksburg VAMC
Online Applications Accepted ONLY
Clarksburg, WV


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions will affect consideration for employment.

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