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Job Title:Registered Nurse - Cardiac Cath Lab

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-558-14-DU974185-JLS

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$50,669.00 to $103,224.00 / Per Year


Friday, October 18, 2013 to Thursday, October 31, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Durham, NC View Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 974185

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.

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.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply

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.


A Recruitment Incentive is authorized for this position.


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
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification or Registration required
  • U.S. Citizenship required


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***YOU MUST INCLUDE OF 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (available at Failure to submit a current, completed and signed OF 306, dated within the past year, will result in your application not being considered. This form must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement.  Please refer to the "Required Documents" section of this announcement for further guidance. *** 


Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday, 10 hour shift, 7:30 am - 6:00 pm, no call


The Cardiovascular Laboratory is composed of 2 invasive procedure rooms.  Services are provided for outpatients and inpatients include the following:  coronary angiography, Percutaneous Coronary Interventions, Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS), temporary and permanent pacemaker insertions, Electrophysiology studies, Radiofrequency ablations, Intra -Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP), and Trans Esophageal Echocardiography (TEEs).  Hours of operation are 7:30am-6:00pm, Monday-Friday.

Each procedure room is staffed with a monitor, circulator and a scrub nurse/technician.  In high risk cases, an additional person in the scrub or circulator role may be required depending on the complexity of the care.  Primary care modalities include moderate sedation, pain management, radiation and environmental safety.  Patient safety is at the forefront of care provided.  All RNs and Technicians have completed hospital and unit based orientation that is knowledge and skill based.  Competencies are validated annually.  All RN and Technician staff is ACLS certified.

Direct patient care is provided the RNs and Technicians in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team:  Attending/Fellow Physicians, PA/NP, pharmacy and laboratory services. 

Most Common Patient Problems Requiring Nursing Care:

1.  Diagnostic procedures

2.  Interventional procedures

3.  Implants – Pacemaker and Automatic Implantable Cardioverter/Defibrillator

4.  Moderate sedation

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

      ·         Assisting physicians in performing cardiac catheterizations, PTCAs, stent placement, EP studies, AICD, and pacemaker implantations

·         Circulating in the Catheterization and EP lab procedure rooms: monitoring, evaluating and assessing patient conditions.

·         Administering moderate sedation, medications and starting drips per physician orders.

·         Monitoring and evaluation EKG readings, measuring cardiac pressures

·         Managing procedural equipment:  Pacemaker, IABP, FICK, FFR, CARTO

·         Rotating charge nurse duties

·         Communicating effectively with team members

·         Educating patients and families

·         Ability and capacity to wear a leaded x-ray apron

·         Ability to stand for extended periods

            Assisting with research protocols and documentation


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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.  

Preferred Qualifications:

·          Successful Critical Care Nursing experience within the past two years

·          Worked successfully in a Cardiac Cath and or Electrophysiology Lab within the past 2 years

·          Demonstrated ability to assume a charge nurse role navigating the flow of patients to the various critical care and recovery areas, assigning staff appropriately to match the skills needed for each patient care need

·          Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and with interdisciplinary staff members

·          Demonstrated ability to use the computer systems for patient care and documentation

·          PriorVA experience

·          Prior experience working with the Veteran population

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 crit
eria are as follows:

  • Practice: practice, ethics and resource utilization;
  • Professional Development: performance, education/career development; 
  • Collaboration: collaboration, collegiality;
  • Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research.     


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.

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 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 Veterans and objects may be required. Staff may be required to don protective equipment in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. RN is responsible for the reprocessing of reusable medical equipment, according to the medical center policies. They are required to used available safe patient handling lifting devices in all clinical areas. They may also be exposed to Veterans who are combative, secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders.

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 Thursday, October 31, 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):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Other (VA Form 10-2850a)
   ·Other Veterans Document


***YOU MUST INCLUDE OF 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (available at  Failure to submit a current, completed and signed OF 306, dated within the past year, will result in your application not being considered.   This form must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement.  Please refer to the "Required Documents" section of this announcement for further guidance. *** 

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

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 974185.
  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 Thursday, October 31, 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.


Claudette Forrest
Phone: (919)286-6858
Agency Information:
Thank You, NC


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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