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Job Title:Registered Nurse - MICU

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-NV-13-LAD-964862

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

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$45,985.00 to $91,872.00 / Per Year


Friday, September 27, 2013 to Wednesday, October 02, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




3 vacancies in the following location:
Cincinnati, OH United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN)  964862


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.



At the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, our duty is to make sure Veterans receive the finest health care available within our resources. We are devoted to providing primary health care, specialized care, and mental health service to Veterans whom reside within a 50 mile radius of the Medical Center serving veterans in the states of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. For more information, please visit our web site.  


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 and leadership positions 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. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information onset's Department of Veterans Affairs, go to


This announcement is open to all U.S. Citizens that qualify.     This vacancy is also being announced to all Current Status Employees of the Cincinnati VA Medical Center only under Announcement # VHA-NV-13-LAD-964861 from 9/20/2013 to 10/03/2013.


The Department of Veterans' Affairs Medical Center located in Cincinnati, OH is currently looking for Three (3.0) Full-Time Permanent Registered Nurse's for the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU).  This position will report directly to the Nurse Manager of the MICU.


WORK SCHEDULE:  Will be required to work rotating shifts, days, evenings, nights.  Must be able to work weekends and holidays.


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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The Medical Intensive Care Unit (M.I.C.U.) staff nurse provides inpatient nursing care with a primary focus on cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, pulmonary, renal and general medicine. The M.I.C.U. registered nurse will provide care to critically ill medical patients, many of whom have multi-system failure, requiring the staff nurse to be proficient in hemodynamic monitoring, ECG interpretation, titration of multiple critical infusions,  ventilator management,  etc..  The staff nurse provides care frequently to patients withcomplex psychosocial issues including dual diagnosis and complex family issues. Renal failure patients require the M.I.C.U. nurse to be proficient in managing peritoneal dialysis, ensuring patency of hemodialysis access, and implementing and managing patients requiring CVVH.

Registered Nurses are responsible and accountable for all elements of the nursing process when providing and/or supervising direct patient care. He/she administers medications and procedures per established policies and guidelines. The staff nurse considers all characteristics of the individual, including sex and sex role identification, age and life stage, state of health, race and culture, socio-economic status, values and previous experience with similar events, in order to assist each patient to identify and meet basic health needs and improve his/her  health status to the individual’s maximum potential. 

The staff nurse consistently demonstrates sound clinical judgment and the ability to effectively provide and/or direct the care provided by team members for patients on an assigned tour of duty and modifies and updates the plans of care/treatment plans for patients on an assigned tour or duty.  Documentation consistently reflects the use of the nursing process in recording patient responses/outcomes and revising and modifying the plan of care and/or treatment plans.  The incumbent appropriately and consistently revises and modifies the plan of care or treatment plan for patients with complex nursing care needs, based on nursing assessment.  He/She identifies significant patient care problems and sets priorities for their management.  In the role of charge nurse, provides and directs nursing care for clients with complex nursing care needs; i.e. multi-system health care issues, complex psychosocial issues, etc.  The staff nurse demonstrates leadership qualities through collaboration with others.   The incumbent participates in studying, identifying, evaluating and implementing creative process and system improvements that facilitate the Mission of the Medical Center at the program or service level and which can be documented through demonstrated outcomes.  He/She demonstrates understanding of patient rights, policies relating to patient rights (i.e. Advanced Directives, DNR, patient confidentiality) and understanding of ethics for the Federal employee.  The incumbent acts as a patient advocate, guides, directs or supports co-workers regarding ethical issues and makes appropriate referrals when issues are suspected or identified; i.e. knowledgeable regarding the chain-of command and ensures referrals are made to the Medical Ethics Committee when appropriate.

The staff nurse completes assignments in a timely and effective manner and follows safety protocols designed to reduce/eliminate employee risk of injury.  The incumbent guides and ensures that other health team members follow established safety protocols that have been designed to reduce/eliminate the risk of injury and when in charge, makes assignments in a manner that appropriately utilizes and optimizes the resources available for the shift.  He/She consistently demonstrates consideration and/or utilization of restraint alternative and/or utilizes the least restrictive form of restraint possible.   He/She supports and enhances client self-determination.

The MICU staff nurse demonstrates creativity in meeting patient needs and demonstrates initiative in discharge planning and reducing patient length of stay.  The incumbent identifies risk areas and analyzes resources available in the use of patient care equipment and body mechanics, while evaluating options available and selecting a course of action resulting in favorable patient/organizational outcomes.  The staff nurse verbalizes understanding of the process for advancement utilizing the Nursing Professional Standards Board process, the Nurse Qualification Standards and functional statements.  He/She demonstrates knowledge of VA policies, procedures and clinical protocols andtakes initiative in developing and evaluating unit level and/or disease specific standards of care, policies, procedures and nursing programs that guide nursing practice an/or measure performance.  The incumbent demonstrates leadership by developing, revising, evaluating and communicating standards of nursing practice related to his/her area of nursing practice.

The staff nurse will complete unit-based competency education and maintain the proficiency in all required unit-based procedures, skills and competencies and is self-directed in communicating progress to manager and identifying additional education needs.  In collaboration with nurse manager or supervisor, he/she develops and implements a personal education/career development plan, which might include conducting a literature review on an appropriate topic area and sharing information with peers, matriculating towards an advance degree, attending management and leadership conference, identify and utilizing an appropriate mentor.  Formally and informally the incumbent coaches and/or mentors staff by identifying learning needs and sharing information related to new or unfamiliar technology, procedures, medications, trends, practices, etc. and participates in clinical orientation of new personnel.

The staff nurse will communicate effectively with co-workers and participate in staff meetings and unit in-services.  He/she will maintain effective communication with intra-department staff and demonstrate professional behavior by role-modeling, respect for others, collegiality, ability to accept constructive criticism and participate on ad hoc, nursing or medical center/health care system committees or task forces.  The staff nurse will utilize effective channels of communication to report information, demonstrate effective team work and customer service skills with professional and supportive personnel providing care.  The staff nurse will collaborate with other health professionals as a member of the multi-discipliniary team to ensure continuity of patient care by evaluating patient needs and identifying continuum of care strategies.  Leadership is evidenced through effective interdisciplinary problem solving and consultation with others.


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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.  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.  Students should submit the certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX to the VA along with a copy of the MSN transcript. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6)
  • 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.  




  • A BSN is preferred
  • Critical Care experience is strongly preferred


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.


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: The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over.  The VA Medical Center is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical, and neurological inpatients and outpatients.  There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with 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.

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


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



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 Wednesday, October 02, 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)

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


VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (Available at (required).


Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). 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 964862.
  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 Wednesday, October 02, 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.


Lisa A. Drake
Phone: (513)559-3600x3674
Agency Information:
VHA Cincinnati VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
3200 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH



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


NOTE: If you are selected for this position a number of pre-employment requirements must be met before a final commitment of employment can be made. Two of these requirements, the background check (E-Qip) and Credentialing (VetPro, if required), must be initiated and completed by the applicant within three (3) days of the tentative offer of employment. Failure to complete E-Qip and Credentialing (VetPro) within three (3) calendar days may result in withdrawal of the tentative employment offer.

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