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Job Title:Registered Nurse (Emergency Department)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VA-13-961243-GHS

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$43,827.00 to $82,178.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, September 17, 2013 to Tuesday, October 01, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


4 vacancies in the following location:
Jackson, MS United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


 SALARY (Commensurate with Qualifications)

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 961243

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?


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service. 


If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.


The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.


The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).


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.


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.


For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to


  • 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: Recruiting emergency experience and or critical care experience Emergency Room RN to rotate Day/Evening, Permanent Evening, and Day/Night Tours of duty weekends, and holidays.


Relocation Expenses/Bonus is not authorized 


Duty Location:  Emergency Room 

The candidate would be expected to provide patient care, direct and assign ancillary staff to perform patient care, and  ensure the delivery of quality nursing care to a variety of patients at various levels of care.  Duties include but are not limited to:


  • Providing direct patient care
  • Interdisciplinary Team Care Planning
  • Discharge planning
  • Assigning staff to provide direct patient care as appropriate to skill levels & competencies
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills with all levels of staff, a variety of patients
  • Patient / Family education
  • Implement clinical guidelines
  • Work with providers (MDs, DOS, PAs, psychologist, etc)
  • Interaction with physicians, family, patients, and support services to develop the patient's treatments / discharge plan


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  • U.S. citizenship.  Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required
  • 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).  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.                   
  • 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.  

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, Part II, Appendix G6 Nurse Qualification Standard. 




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 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: 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: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; moderate lifting 15-44 pounds; light lifting under 15 pounds; heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over; moderate carrying 15-44 pounds, light carrying under 15 pounds; straight pulling; pulling hand over hand; pushing, reaching above shoulder, kneeling, repeated bending; both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, specific visual requirement- repetitive computer entry; both eyes required; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted); emotional and mental stability; required to walk 8 hours; required to stand 8 hours.

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. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


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


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 .




Performance Based Interviewing may be used as part of the selection process for this position.  For information on Performance Based Interviewing, please contact the Human Resources Specialist or Assistant responsible for this announcement (see information contact person) and/or go to website


DRUG TESTING AND PHYSICAL:  All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.  Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.   A pre-employment physical examination shall be made to determine the physical and mental fitness of candidates for appointment in the VA.


REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. 


Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligible's must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a 'Notice of Personnel Action' (SF-50) noting current or last position, grade level, duty location and documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. All applicants must also submit their current, or last, performance appraisal. 


This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.  Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.


Note:  This vacancy announcement may be used to fill any position for which these qualifications are appropriate within a period of ninety days from the date of establishment of the promotion certificate.  Title 38 employees may apply under the interchange agreement.


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 


BARGAINING UNIT STATUS: National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE)


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


   1.   To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your

          existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the

   2.    Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


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.




Please submit the below forms:

ON-STATION APPLICANTS (Individuals who are currently employed at G.V (Sonny) Montgomery VAMC):

1.  Current resume or CV

2.  VA Form  (must be signed and dated). 

3.  The completed OPM 1203fx form (answers to questionnaire) -  if unable to apply on line.

4.  OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (must be signed and dated)

5.  Copy of your transcripts which shows the degree conferred and date.

6.  Copy of your license, which shows your current expiration date.


OFF-STATION APPLICANTS (all others/status eligibles):

1.  Current resume or CV

2.  VA Form (must be signed and dated). 

3.  The completed OPM 1203fx form (answers to questionnaire) - if unable to apply on line.

4.  OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at (must be signed and dated)

5.   Copy of your transcripts which shows the degree conferred and date.

6.   Copy of your license, which shows your current expiration date.

7.  If claiming veteran's preference you must include the following documents:

a.  All copies of your DD Forms 214, member 4 copy (required).  

b.  Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, should also complete and submit a signed SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at, required if claiming.

c.  A copy of your disability rating letter (required if claiming).


One Supervisory reference preferred.  Other Supporting references are encouraged.


Incomplete applications will not be considered.  We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, etc.

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.

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 provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 870325.

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 Tuesday, October 01, 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.

For additional information contact Yolanda Cooper, Nurse Recruiter, at 601-362-4471 ext. 3873 or for questions related to Human Resource issues Gloria H. Smith, HR Specialist.


Gloria H. Smith
Phone: (601)362-4471x1472
Agency Information:
VHA Jackson VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
1500 East Woodrow Wilson Drive
GV Sonny Montgomery VAMC
Jackson, MS


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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