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Job Title:Registered Nurse (Nurse Manager- SICU)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-652-13-BRG-940211

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$49,804.00 to $94,898.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, August 12, 2013 to Monday, August 26, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

VN-0610-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Richmond, VA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 940211 

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.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to 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. 

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.

 

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

 

 

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

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The Nurse Manager (SICU) is administratively responsible and accountable to the Associate Director for Patient Care Services, through the Associate Chief, Nursing Service for that clinical service.  This Nurse Manager is responsible for providing leadership in delivering and improving patient care through collaborative strategies with others, and is responsible and accountable for the management and supervision of all nursing personnel and support staff as assigned. Duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

    -Manage and supervise total patient care programs.
    -Make rounds in the clinical area as appropriate to ensure safe delivery of patient care.
    -Direct, control and evaluate programs and follow-up actions, as required by internal and external review organizations.
    -Communicate and interact appropriately and courteously with all internal and external customers.
    -Maintain confidentiality of electronic, written, and/or verbal patient/employee information.
    -Demonstrate managerial practices that include effective Labor Management Partnership and leadership skills.
    -Demonstrate working practices that include adherence to Infection Control standards and the safe use and operation of equipment and adherence to safe work practices.
        Work Schedule:  Monday-Friday, 7:30am - 4:00pm.  

      Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status:  Exempt

      Supervisory Position:  Yes

      Bargaining Unit Position:  No 

      Recruitment/relocation incentives: Recruitment/Relocation Incentives are authorized for this position.

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

      Probationary period: May be required

       


      QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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      Basic Requirements: 

      ·         U.S. citizenship.   Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

      ·         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). 

      ·         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.  In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.   

      ·         Must be proficient in spoken and written English. 

       

      Education/Experience Requirements: 

      • 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. 

       

      Preferred Experience: Master's Degree in related field preferred. Two (2) years in nursing management. Three (3) to four (4) years ICU experience.  

      Grade Determinations

      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.

      BLS/ACLS REQUIREMENTS:  Current certification in BLS is required for all staff providing direct patient care, and police.  Additionally, current ACLS is required for patient care staff that work in specified or high risk areas (SICU/ICU/CCU/MICU/PACU/ED/and all procedure suites using moderate sedation, etc.).  If you are selected for a position which requires BLS/ACLS certification, you will be required to have proof of certification prior to being boarded for appointment with VA.  If selected, obtain such certification in order to avoid any delays in the hiring process.  

       

      Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD http://www1.va.gov/vapubs/viewPublication.asp?Pub_ID=464&FType=2

      IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

       


      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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html 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 Requirements:  The physical requirements of this position include lifting, prolonged standing and sitting, frequent bending, walking (distance), climbing, reaching (overhead, extensive/repetitive), repetitive motion and stooping.  The mental/sensory requirements include recall, reasoning, problem-solving, hearing, speaking clearly, writing legibly, keyboarding, reading and logical thinking.  The environment's pace can vary from steady to a sometimes fast pace requiring handling of multiple priorities, frequent, sometimes intense customer interactions, and the ability to adapt to frequent changes in a sometimes noisy environment.  There may be the need to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to disease, illness and hazardous materials.

       

      Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and 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.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application  checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .

      HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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


      BENEFITS:

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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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/index.asp.



      OTHER INFORMATION:

      • This is a bargaining unit position.
      • This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 
      • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
      • Male applicants born after 12/31/1959, who are required to register with the Selective Service under Section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act, must be registered (or must have registered a the time they were required to do so) in order to be eligible for appointment.
      • Equal Employment Opportunity:  All applicants will receive consideration regardless of race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, political affliliation, sexual orientation, marital status as a parent, or non-disqualifying physical handicap.  For information regarding the No FEAR Act Regulations, refer to 5 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 724. 


      HOW TO APPLY:

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      HOW TO APPLY: 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, August 26, 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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.

       

       



      REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

      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   http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850a-fill.pdf) (required).
      3. Declaration of Federal Employment OF 306 – (http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf)
      4. Candidates should provide copies of two (2) most recent annual proficiency reports or performance evaluations.
      5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).
      6. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
      7. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).
      8. Copies of official college transcript(s).
      9. Copies of all licenses and specialty board certifications.

       

      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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is    940211.

      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, August 26, 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   http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf. 

      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:  Mailed/e-mailed application packages will not be accepted.   Paper application packages will still be accepted in Human Resources at the McGuire VA Medical Center in room 2K-150 from current VA bargaining unit employees ONLY.  Manual submissions must be received by 4:00 PM on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

       

      INCOMPLETE APPLICATION:  Incomplete application packages will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms).  Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package.  We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

       

       

      AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

      Sylvia A. Holsinger
      Phone: (804)675-5873
      Email: SYLVIA.HOLSINGER@VA.GOV
      Agency Information:
      VHA Richmond VAMC
      Department of Veterans Affairs MC
      1201 Broad Rock Blvd
      HR Management Service - 05
      Richmond, VA
      23249
      USA

      WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

      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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      Job Announcement Number:

      VHA-652-13-BRG-940211

      Control Number:

      349197200