Some specialties are eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application.
Clarification from the agency
Open to the Public-First Area of Consideration - Current, Permanent, Bruce W Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center employees including employees of the Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) and Community Based Outpatient Clinics. Second Area of Consideration- Current, Permanent, VA Nationwide employees.
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This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT for Bruce W Carter DVAMC and surrounding CBOCs looking for RNs (Multiple Specialties). It will remain open until 06-23-2023. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be 04/03/2023. Eligible applications received after this date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled.
The positions can be located in multiple Miami VA Healthcare locations to include: 1201 Northwest 16th St, Miami, FL; 7369 Sheridan St. #102, Hollywood, FL; 950 N. Krome Avenue, Suite 401, Homestead, FL; 1300 Douglas Circle, Building L-15, Key West, FL; 9800 W. Commercial Blvd, Sunrise, FL;
There are vacancies for RNs in a variety of specialty areas to include:
- Ambulatory Care
- Critical Care (MICU, SICU, PCU)
- Emergency Department (ED)
- Medical Surgery/Telemetry (MED SURG)
- Geriatrics and Extended Care (GEC)
- Mental Health (MH)
- Recovery Room (PACU)
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
The RN delivers patient-family-centered care in a culturally competent manner utilizing evidence-based quality care, safety, and service while ensuring the appropriate care. Demonstrates the following core competencies and behaviors: veteran-centric care, nursing process, technical skills, communication, critical thinking, interpersonal skills, flexibility, organizational skills, accountability, and leadership.
Duties may include but are not limited to:
Critical Care (MICU, SICU, PCU)
- Deliver patient-family-centered care utilizing evidence-based quality, safety, and veteran-centric care standards.
- Prepare patients for, and assist with examination, procedure and treatment.
- Execute nursing interventions by coordinating care across the continuum.
- Monitor and evaluates seriously ill patients.
- Demonstrate sound decision-making based on patient conditions such as vital signs, patient presentation, and assessments including monitoring patient with Pulmonary Artery Catheter, Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy, and Ventilator support.
- Assess, implement, and evaluate the plan of care for patients.
- Determine the health status and needs of patients through the interpretation of data and preventive practice in collaboration with patients and interdisciplinary health care team members.
- Respond quickly and accurately.
- Responsible for providing total comprehensive nursing to patients and their families through the implementation of a plan of care.
- Direct, monitor, and evaluate nursing care utilizing established policies/procedures.
- Responsible for managing the day to day care of acutely ill adult patients requiring cardiac monitoring, frequent assessments, and interventions. Cares for patients experiencing general medical conditions or surgical procedures, which require assessments related to specific conditions.
- Administer medication.
- Complete documentation requirements.
- Monitoring and interpretation of telemetry
- Provide direct and indirect nursing care to meet physiological, psychosocial, and emotional needs of the patient.
- Participate in problem-solving activities of the health care team.
- Closely monitor patients' post-procedure vital signs, assess levels of consciousness, and carefully observe patients for any side effects from anesthesia.
- Collaborate with physicians, surgeons, anesthesiologists, technologists, and other hospital personnel to provide quality patient care. Ensure each patient safely transitions from an anesthetized state to responsiveness.
- Provide direct care services to a culturally diverse group of patients with medical/surgical and rehabilitation needs.
- Provide nursing care for patients with SCI disorders. Patient population includes Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis(ALS)
Competitive salary, regular salary increases, potential for performance awards
Paid Time Off:
50 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year)
Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA
Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care
1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory
Multiple Shifts, includes Days, Mid-Shift, Evenings, Nights, Weekends, and Holidays/On Call; 12hr and 8hr; Flexibility required in to ensure coverage for the operation of the facility.
Not a virtual position.
: Includes a range for all specialties. Salary will be set based on the location and specialty of the position filled.
: Some specialties are Authorized, see "Additional Information" section below. Learn more
: Not Authorized
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Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- 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.
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
- You may be required to serve a probationary period.
- Subject to background/security investigation.
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
- Must pass pre-employment physical examination
- Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP).
- Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details.
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English.
- 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 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 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. OR 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) OR In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement for 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.
Additional Preferred Experience per Specialty
- Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN)
- Minimum of 2 years (in the area applied)
- Current BLS/ACLS certification
Critical care (PCU/MICU)
- RN clinical outpatient or ambulatory care experience
- Telephone triage experience
- Experience in Ambulatory Care Setting
- 2-3 years of RN in critical care experience
- Surgical intensive care experience including open-heart surgery
- EKG interpretation and interventions
- Successful completion and certificate of critical care course
Geriatrics and Extended Care
- 2-3 years experience in Emergency Care Setting
- BLS, ACLS, PALS certification
- Certification in area of expertise
- Proficient in interpreting EKG
- Rehab experience
- 2-3 years Med/SURG
- Rehab certification
- 2 years of clinical nursing practice on a medical surgical unit
- Telemetry training
Recovery Room (PACU)
- Certification in an area of expertise
- 2-3 years experience in nursing Mental/Behavioral Health
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
- 2-3 years of recent PACU experience with complex surgical procedure
- 2-3 years experience in Critical Care
- BSN preferred
- SCI/Rehab experience preferred
- Spinal cord injury/disorder interest or experience in rehabilitation nursing preferred
- CRRN (Rehabilitation) certification preferred
The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade:
- Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience required.
- Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience; OR a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) with no additional nursing practice/experience.
- Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no additional nursing practice/experience.
- Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience required.
- Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience.
Note regarding MSN degrees: If your MSN was obtained via a Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration, a BSN is not required.
VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
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. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. 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. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. The incumbent who provides care in home settings or other off-site locations may be required to drive and/or ride in GSA-vehicles.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
Note: If your school has changed names, or is no longer in existence, you must provide this information in your application.
Note: If your school was accredited at the time of graduation, but is no longer listed on the ACEN, CCNE, or DAPIP website, you must provide documentation of accreditation with your application packet. (Please verify, failure to do so can result in an ineligible rating.)
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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.
Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.
Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): Authorized; Some positions included in this announcement may be eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program within VHA, pending funding and approval. If selected for this position you must meet specific individual eligibility criteria in accordance with VHA policy 1021 and apply for EDRP within four (4) months of appointment. Final award amount and program start date is determined after review of a complete EDRP application and supporting documentation by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the VISN 8 Compensation Center of Excellence at VISN8CCOE@va.gov. This is for applicants selected for RN specialties in Ambulatory Care (some areas), Critical Care (ICU, MICU, SICU), Emergency Department, Geriatrics and Extended Care, Inpatient Psychiatry (MH), or Medical/Surgery, only.
If you are unable to apply online or need an alternate method to submit documents, please reach out to the Agency Contact listed in this Job Opportunity Announcement.
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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: Candidate's education, scope, and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse 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.
Experience as an 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.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
The Department of Veterans Affairs performs pre-employment reference checks as an assessment method used in the hiring process to verify information provided by a candidate (e.g., on resume or during interview or hiring process); gain additional knowledge regarding a candidate's abilities; and assist a hiring manager with making a final selection for a position.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- Registry Certification (if applicable)
- VA 10 2850a
- CGFNS/ICD (if applicable for foreign education)
VA Form 10-2850a (Required)- Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists can be found at: About VA Form 10-2850A | Veterans Affairs
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist
to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
SF50: must be current (indicate current title, series, grade and salary) and/or highest grade held SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action (Not an award SF50).
Veterans' Preference Note:
- Cover Letter
- DD-214/ Statement of Service
- Disability Letter (VA)
- VA 10 2850a
- Performance Appraisal
- Professional Certification
- SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
Preference eligible candidates and other Veterans will be given preference when qualification of candidates are approximately equal for Title 38 positions in VHA. When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit Feds Hire Vets - Veterans - Job Seekers - Veterans' Preference
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from
schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 06/23/2023 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11895930.
- To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
- Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
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NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). It is a requirement that all HCP to receive annual seasonal influenza vaccination or obtain an exemption for medical or religious reasons. Wearing a face mask is required when an exemption to the influenza vaccination has been granted. HCP in violation of this directive may face disciplinary action up to and including removal from federal service. HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations or who come into contact with VA patients or other HCP as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased medical facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, remote and onsite, paid and without compensation, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, researchers, volunteers and health professions trainees (HPTs) who are expected to perform any or all of their work at these facilities. HPTs may be paid or unpaid and include residents, interns, fellows and students. HCP also includes VHA personnel providing home-based care to Veterans and drivers and other personnel whose duties put them in contact with patients outside VA medical facilities.