Job Title:RN – AMBULATORY SURGERY (4NE)
Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:VHA-12-118-SK-EC585966
|$51,762.00 to $102,221.00 / Per Year|
|Tuesday, January 03, 2012 to Tuesday, January 17, 2012|
SERIES & GRADE:
|Full Time – Excepted Service Permanent|
|1 vacancy(s) – Denver, CO United StatesView Map|
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:
|United States Citizens|
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 585966
- Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.
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.
For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .
FACT: Ninety percent of applicants fail to submit additional documentation with resume’ or application and are found ineligible; it is imperative that you read the complete announcement. Failure to do so MAY result in LOSS OF FURTHER CONSIDERATION.
Your salary and grade will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB). The PSB is a peer review process. The PSB will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary and grade based on your individual accomplishments.
A vacancy exists for a full time staff RN to function in the Ambulatory Surgery Unit (4 NE). The RN is responsible for preparing patients for surgical/invasive procedures and providing comprehensive pre and post procedure nursing care. The RN is accountable when assigned as a primary nurse for a defined group of patients for the entire episode of care. Based on education, experience and competency, may be assigned responsibilities as a charge nurse, team leader or preceptor.
- 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.
As a Staff Nurse you will provide prescribed medical treatment and personal care services to ill and injured veterans. Duties include documenting observations, assessments, and changes in patient’s condition; collaborating with health team members to facilitate positive patient care outcomes; providing a full range of nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavior problems; and accountable for meeting and maintaining the qualification standards and functional statements of assigned grade. Our facility is seeking individuals who possess good organizational skills which enable completion of work, a demonstrated ability to assume leadership in a patient centered program, and the ability to establish effective communication with patients, families, visitors and members of the interdisciplinary team.
Hours: This position will require working eight hour tours, generally between the hours of 5:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
(1) Citizen or national of the United States
(2) English Language Proficiency: If you are appointed to a direct patient care position, you must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402 (d) and 7407 (d).
(3) Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia.
(4) Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency and accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
(5) Applicants must possess one of the following degrees in nursing to be consider for this position. Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing; or Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing; or enrolled in a Bridge or Master’s Entry Program to Nursing (MEPN) program AND have received a certificate of professional nursing to sit for the National Certification Licensing Examination (NCLEX) and can submit this certification to the Department of Veterans Affairs; or Master’s Degree in Nursing; or Doctoral Degree in Nursing.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
- AD/Diploma in Nursing and two – three years experience; or AD/Diploma in Nursing and bachelors degree in a related field with one – two years experience; or BSN with one – two years experience; or Master’s degree in nursing or related field with a BSN or bachelor’s degree in a related field and no experience.
- Two years of current medical/surgical clinical experience, preferred.
- ACLS certification required or must obtain within four (4) months of hire.
- Working knowledge of JCAHO standards, and Nursing Standards of Care for Ambulatory Surgery and Invasive Procedures.
- Excellent organizational skills are necessary to meet the demands of this fast paced and dynamic clinical environment.
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans’ Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
Conditions of Employment: Within 30 days after hire, you are required to obtain Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification from the American Heart Association. It is highly desirable that this certification is obtained prior to employment.
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. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.
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://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
Within 30 days after hire, you are required to obtain Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification from the American Heart Association. It is highly desirable that this certification is obtained prior to employment.
HOW TO APPLY:
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 Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850a IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY. FAILURE TO PROVIDE THE 10-2850a MAY RESULT IN A NON-QUALIFICATION. You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online. Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide ( http://www.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc ) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications. Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way. Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.
Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS. Check your account ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.
If you cannot apply online:
- Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
- Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf .
- Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
- Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:
- Complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: T585966. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
- Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, January 17, 2012.
1. 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).
In addition to required VA form 10-2850a, we highly recommend that you provide the following documents:
1. CV or Resume, which lists your name, complete address, telephone number(s), and email address. For work experience, list job title (include series and grade if Federal), from and to dates (month and year), hours worked per week, ending salary, employer’s name and complete address, supervisor’s name and telephone number, and a detailed description of all duties related to the job for which you are applying.
2. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (showing the characterization of service). 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). (if applicable).
3. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 – Notification of Personnel Action. (if applicable – if SF-50 not submitted with application packet, we will not be able to verify federal employment).
4. Copy of college transcripts that list the GPA, degree earned, and date conferred.
5. Copy of nursing license, BLS, ACLS, national certifications.
6. Copy of last two performance evaluations.
AGENCY CONTACT INFO:Shelli C. Kriley
VHA Eastern Colorado HCS Denver
Department of Veterans Affairs
820 Clermont Street
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
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.