Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 924489


The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidates's qualifications and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

Our MISSION:To fulfill President Lincoln 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.

WHO WE ARE: We are people who take great pride and deep satisfaction in providing America's veterans with the best clinical care, the most innovative technology, and the most comprehensive array of benefits America has to offer.  How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? As a VA professional, 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. Come join our team and get pure job satisfaction, while caring for those who have served (or are currently serving) our country...our nation's Veterans.

The Washington, DC VA Medical Center is located in our Nations Capital and is affiliated with Georgetown University, and other professional schools and conducts active research programs. 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.

Top 5 reasons YOU should choose a career with VA:

1. A premium benefits package

2. A fulfilling and challenging work environment

3. Work where you want to live

4. On-the-job growth and advancement

5. To discover the career you want, for the future you deserve

Be a member of a team providing compassionate healthcare to Veterans. We are an employer of choice who is a center of excellence in patient care, education and research. We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence; we value you. Go to for more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Special Employment Consideration:  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. 


The primary purpose of the Perioperative Nurse position is to demonstrate leadership in delivering and improving holistic care through collaborative strategies with others in the assigned area. The Perioperative RN performs comprehensive circulating and scrubbing duties according to Medical Center Policy and Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses Standards and Recommended Practices. He/she complies with and adheres to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for reprocessing/cleaning Reusable Medical Equipment (RME), demonstrates knowledge of instrumentation specific to the assigned procedure to ensure seamless progression of the operation and assesses cardio-respiratory systems for changes and provides appropriate treatment. Specific nursing activities include patient evaluation, documentation on the intraoperative and perioperative flowsheet, creating and maintaining a sterile and safe surgical environment, pre and post operative patient education, monitoring the patients physical and emotional well being, and integrating and coordinating patient care throughout the surgical care continuum. He/she will also be able to circulate complex surgical procedures (i.e. Cardiac, Robotic, EndoVascular Surgery). He/she must be able to participate in “time out” prior to any intervention in the OR. The Perioperative RN responds appropriately to the patient in an emergency or physically distressful situation.

The Perioperative Nurse responds quickly to changes in a patient’s condition and takes appropriate action. He/she demonstrates the ability to identify an issue, analyze it, develop and implement interventions. He/she looks for opportunities to improve practice or functions at the unit level for a group of patients, using group process to accomplish this; for example, organizing, leading or facilitating interdisciplinary team meetings. The Perioperative Nurse independently functions as a Charge Nurse and assumes responsibility for patient care and patient flow of the Operating Room/Cystoscopy Suite on a rotational basis. He/she also will be mentored by senior nursing peers to assume Team Leader responsibility and accountability for a surgical specialty. He/she functions as a preceptor assuming accountability and responsibility of the assigned orientee’s clinical development.


The population of male and female Veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over.  DCVAMC is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical, and neurological inpatients and outpatients. There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with visits to the Emergency Department and admissions for medical co-morbidities. This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required.  The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.

Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.

Tour of Duty: This is a full-time position